Batman hinted at the Joker’s return in the sequel, and now we know what actor Barry Keoghan has planned for DC’s most notorious adversary. Ever since The Batman’s closing credits rolled, fans have been anticipating the sequel’s villain, and a fresh Joker hint just adds to the intrigue.
Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) fought the nefarious Riddler (Jared Leto) in Matt Reeves’ The Batman (Paul Dano). Catwoman (Zo Kravitz), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and The Penguin (Colin Farrell) were just a few of the stars that appeared in the film, but The Joker (Barry Keoghan) also made a cameo.
Just enough time was allotted for Batman’s notorious arch-nemesis to shine in a post-credits sequence and several deleted scenes, leaving viewers wanting more. Speaking with GQ about Batman, Barry Keoghan hinted at future villain roles and showed enthusiasm about repeating his role as the Joker.
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He said that he’d “want to show a little arc of him,” building his depiction of the Joker in a way that would set it apart from other versions. The chance has arisen, and Keoghan’s idea for an exciting new take on DC’s most famous heroes may be realized in The Batman 2.
The Joker’s brief appearance in “The Batman” is well-utilized.
Even with all that material at his disposal, Batman 2 can make the Joker even more terrifying. The Zodiac Killer and films like SE7EN seem to have served as influence for Reeves’ portrayal of the Riddler.
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A more intellectual take on Batman’s most iconic foe, developed with the help of material like Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story and other prominent serial murderers, would appeal to Keoghan’s skills as an actor.
The Riddler in The Batman may have established the tone for the series’ villains, but the Joker can go even further in terms of upsetting the audience.
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Following in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Joaquin Phoenix is no easy task, but The Batman 2 might give Keoghan a chance to give his Joker a distinct personality. It would be a new and interesting twist to have the Joker really be on Batman’s side for a while.
A sequence between the Joker and Batman that was cut saw him helping Batman understand the Riddler’s intentions, casting him in a position reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter. This strange and nuanced interplay between Batman and the Joker should be developed further in The Batman 2, with the Joker’s perverse perspective serving as a necessary evil in order to comprehend Batman’s other criminal adversaries.