Rarely do we point out spoilers in the first sentence, but this time it’s probably appropriate. If you haven’t seen The Batman yet, be warned: This article contains key story snippets from the new Batman film.
Specifically, you get to see Batman’s greatest adversary – and in a special way. The iconic Joker appears in a cut scene that cannot be seen in the cinema.
Alternatively, if you’d rather not get spoilers, check out The Batman’s trailer:
The Batman – The first movie trailer gives a glimpse into Bruce Wayne’s dark beginnings
The deleted scene (spoilers)
In fact, the Joker makes a brief appearance at the end of The Batman, but is not properly seen, rather audible. As opposed to the director Matt Reeves IGN explained, the Joker only appears because it played an important role earlier in the story. But that very scene was cut from the film!
If you stayed in the cinema until the very end of the credits, you got a Website directed. There the Riddler asked tricky puzzles in order to finally reveal the following cut scene as a reward. Warner Bros. has since released the scene on YouTube. So you no longer have to torture your gray cells, but can start watching straight away.
Here’s the edited five-minute scene from The Batman:
link to YouTube content
This shows the scene (spoilers)
You can see the new Joker, played by Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk, Eternals), as he appears in the
Arkham State Hospital imprisoned. The Batman pays him a visit to get him to help him in his quest for the Riddler’s identity.
Director Matt Reeves explained that we are indeed seeing the new Joker, but before he becomes the
Joker becomes known. So it’s sort of an origin story of the Joker.
[Der Batman] seeks out another killer he’s had experience with in the first two years. And this killer is not yet the character we are getting to know in this story. So it’s all still in its infancy. In the comics, these characters often declare their alter egos in response to the fact that there’s a Batman out there. And so here we have a joker that isn’t the joker yet.
Matt Reeves, IGN.com
The Joker precursor in The Batman appears ill or wounded, he suffers from extensive hair loss, his skin seems covered with scars and wounds. With his crazy way of speaking, he leaves the viewer with a sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach. At least that’s what you’d expect from the Joker.
The Batman 2
What we know so far
So fans can look forward to a new Joker. What is already known about the second film is summarized for you above.