So there you have it, folks: The Joker himself, played by Barry Keoghan, in our first clear glimpse of him! Warner Bros. has published the complete deleted scene from Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” in which Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader speaks with the Joker at Arkham Asylum, following yet another tiresome set of puzzles on the AR website rataalada.com.
It will require some astute detective work like Batman himself to get there. You see, if you visit the Rata Alada, you’ll be asked to participate in a cruel riddle game, with each player’s order being randomly determined. Una of them departs “It hits you at the very end once you’ve been prepared. Straight on,” “It’s not a joke, but occasionally you need to yell it twice to fully mean it,” and finally, “To wit: a wild card in the truest sense.””
You receive countless guesses, and if you’re wrong, you get funny replies. The website offers you the chance to answer a second question if you really struggle with the first one, but in order to access the deleted scene, you must correctly answer all three.
(If you really want to know the answers, they are Punchline, Ha, and Joker, in that sequence.)
If you select properly, you will receive a link to the whole deleted scene, which you can view below.
What a punchline
It has taken a while to get to this deleted sequence. Some time ago, there were rumours that Barry Keoghan had been cast in a secret role for “The Batman,” which many people mistakenly identified as the Joker. Warner Bros. reportedly test-screened the movie with and without him in it, adding fuel to the controversy. Director Matt Reeves later acknowledged that he had really shot a lengthy scene between Batman and the Joker that was something akin to “The Silence of the Lambs” before the final movie was released and spectators were given a very brief and obscure glimpse of the new Mr. J.
In fact, the scene is just like each previous scene in which a detective visits a psychopath in jail and employs him to identify the latest murderer. Despite spending little time together on screen, there is a clear sense of history between the two new renditions of the characters, which is intriguing.
The Joker’s new appearance is another factor. Keoghan’s interpretation of the character is very different from Jack Nicholson’s sophisticated Joker, Heath Ledger’s man with facial scars, or even Jared Leto’s thug with face tattoos. Instead, this Joker has a deformed face that Matt Reeves claims was influenced by the original Joker idea, a 1928 movie called “The Man Who Laughs,” about a man who was scarred as a youngster and has a permanent grin.
Reeves claims that it is not a certain that we will see this Joker in a potential “The Batman” sequel, but you can still enjoy the prolonged sequence above.