The Batman has seemingly filled in the backlog of all the DC movies which failed to impress the audience. While fans are rejoicing the success of World’s Greatest Detective, a deleted scene from Warner Bros' recent blockbuster has been making rounds on the internet which was shared by the director Matt Reeves himself.
Interestingly, the scene features Robert Pattinson's Batman meeting and interacting with the Joker inside Arkham State Penitentiary.
The scene was eventually shot as part of the film's first act but cut as director Matt felt Joker's presence in the film may distract viewers from the actual villain- the Riddler (played by Paul Dano). Joker (Barry Keoghan) did make a brief appearance in the film's post-credit scene where he is seen talking to the Riddler.
The recently shared deleted scene was shared on YouTube in the form of an unlisted link by Warner Bros on Thursday. Reeves shared the link on his social media handle later in the day.
As per the video, the video opens with Batman visiting the Arkham to meet a mystery inmate. He hands over files about the Riddler's crimes to the inmate, asking for their opinion. The inmate, all this while, is out of focus of the camera, not revealing their identity. But the subtle laugh, scarred skin, and blurred smile on the face hint to him being Batman's arch-nemesis, the Joker.
Later, the scene descends into a to-and-fro between Batman and Joker as the latter tries to unsettle the hero.
"This has upset you," he says to Batman, who retorts, "We're not here to talk about me". It strongly hints at informing the audience about the two already have a history in this universe and somewhat of a symbiotic relationship where they both need each other.
As Batman gets annoyed and leaves, we see the Joker's face in focus for the first time and he breaks out into his signature laughter.
Riddle me this... the less of them you have, the more one is worth... 🤡 Watch The Batman | Arkham Deleted scene in 4k https://t.co/VsyTGU9Fec And see #TheBatman, now playing on the big screen, #OnlyInTheaters 🦇— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) March 24, 2022
Fans flooded the comment section with an appreciation for the scene and in particular Barry's portrayal of the iconic character. "Honestly, I need more of this. We all are in Arkham trying to get answers to complete ourselves," one fan commented.
For the unversed, the Joker is one of the most iconic comic book villains and over the years, has been portrayed by multiple actors, from Jack Nicholson in the 1989 film Batman to Jared Leto in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.
Both Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix won the Oscar for their portrayal of the character in The Dark Knight (2008) and Joker (2019), respectively.
Given such a strong pedigree, fans who were wary of Barry's portrayal of the character seem to love him now. One of the comments on the YouTube video read, "I honestly didn't know how Barry Keoghan would be as Joker, but he's perfect."
Another fan remarked how well Barry managed Joker's signature laugh. "I also like how he and The Batman have history already. And Barry’s laugh was perfect! I hope we get more of him and Pattinson," they wrote.
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