The Batman director explains: [REDACTED] cameo

The Batman director explains: [REDACTED] cameo

the batter is now in theaters, and it’s a delight for critics and fans alike. Director Matt Reeves’ dark, gritty noir take on Gotham has accomplished exactly what it set out to do: tell a story about Batman early in his career as a crime fighter who is still figuring out exactly what he wants to represent to the world at large. The film features numerous notable characters from the Batman mythos, including a serial killer-inspired version of The Riddler (Paul Dano), The Penguin (Colin Farrell), and Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz).

If you’ve seen the movie, you know there’s another standout. We’re going to a major SPOILER in front of the batter below, as Reeves recently shed a little more light on this surprising cameo, how it came about in the movie, and what he originally planned for the character.

The surprising villain cameo in the batter is not setting up a sequel

While many Batman movies have shown the origins of the Caped Crusader, Reeves wanted to turn things around in the batter by letting it serve as more of an origin story for some of its most famous enemies. For example, we see the Penguin, the Riddler and Catwoman all in the early days of their criminal careers.

The other villain seen briefly in the film is the Joker, played by Barry Keoghan (Eternals In one of the final scenes of the film, we see the Riddler locked up in Arkham Asylum, lamenting how Batman foiled his plans. The prisoner in the cell next to him starts talking to him and we see the beginnings of a disturbed friendship. Keoghan is credited as “Unnamed Arkham Inmate”, and is barely visible through the thick glass of his cell door. But from his commentary about how life can make you “a clown” and his hysterical laugh, it’s easy to infer that he’s playing the Joker. Reeves has since confirmed that.

Ending stingers has become de rigueur in superhero movies these days, with Marvel leading the way. But Reeves insists that was never his intention with the Joker scene. “It’s not an Easter egg scene,” he said Variety† “It’s not one of those end credits Marvel or DC scenes where it goes, like, ‘Hey, here’s the next movie!’ In fact, I have no idea when or if we would return to that character in the movies.”

I said to Barry [Keoghan], from the beginning: ‘Look, I don’t know where this is going. I can’t promise it will ever come back. I do not know.’ And I still have that feeling now. I do not know exactly. There are things I’m very interested in doing in an Arkham space, possibly for HBO Max. There are things we talked about there. So it is very possible. It’s also not impossible that there’s a story that comes back where Joker comes into our world.

The Joker’s deleted scene in the batter will be released “at some point”

It turns out that the Joker originally had a slightly bigger role to play in the movie. “What’s interesting is that the reason Joker is in the movie was actually another scene that was before. And because the movie isn’t an original story for Batman, but his early days, it’s really an original story for the Rogue’s Gallery characters,” Reeves said. IGN† “And for me, I think [it’s] the idea that the Joker is not yet the Joker, but they already have this relationship.

The scene that wasn’t in the movie, the scene that this is really the companion to, which is actually a really cool scene that will come out at some point, it’s a scene where Batman is so nervous because the Riddler is writing him. And he says, “Well, why is this man writing to me?” And he thinks he should profile this killer.

Needing another psychotic perspective on the Riddler’s actions, Batman sneaks into Arkham and has a scene reminiscent of The Silence of the lambs where he approaches the Joker’s cell for advice. “And this guy says, ‘It’s almost our anniversary, isn’t it?'” explains Reeves. “You realize they’re in a relationship, and this guy obviously did something, and Batman somehow got him into Arkham… And this killer in this story isn’t the character we’re getting to know yet.” , right? So everyone is still in their infancy. So in the comics, these characters often declare their alter egos in response to the fact that there is a Batman. And so here we have a Joker who isn’t the Joker yet.”

It’s a really creepy, cool scene. That was the scene meant to introduce this guy and just tease the audience to say, ‘Oh my god, He is also here? And he’s not the Joker yet – what’s this going to be?’ And then it seems so wonderful in the story, since we already had him set up, to have the end of the story, the completion of the Riddler arc, that he was in a cell next to this guy.

So what advice does the Joker give Batman? Apparently nothing useful. When Batman asks the Joker for help in understanding how the Riddler thinks, the Joker replies, “What do you mean, you want to know how he thinks?” You think the same.”

What he really does is get inside Batman’s head. And [Batman] strongly opposes this idea. And so that’s what that scene was. It was a scene to upset him.

PAUL DANO as Edward Nashton/the Riddler in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action-adventure “THE BATMAN”, a release from Warner Bros. pictures. Photo: Jonathan Olley/™ & © DC Comics. © 2021 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All rights reserved.

Why the Joker stayed in the movie

Cutting that first scene with the Joker was a tough decision, but in the end Reeves felt the film served its purpose better. The idea that the Joker is bringing up – that Batman and the Riddler are both trying to solve the same problem, but from different angles – comes to the fore in other parts of the film.

“I’ve only been taking the scene in the movie for a short time,” Reeves revealed. “And we tested it, and I realized that for me it completes the arc of the Riddler on the one hand, because you know how his story plays out and you see him in the aftermath of what happened and how Batman in been able to thwart what he was doing.”

But it was also this idea that right now, now that Falcone’s stranglehold has been broken, it means that there is not only a moment of hope, but also the moment of greatest danger in the city for a long time, because it means that everyone is going to seize power. And when Selina [Kyle] talking to Batman at the end of the film and they say their very poignant goodbyes because they will always be on the other side of things, she tells him, “You know this place isn’t going to change.” And when I took the scene out, the stakes of the scene changed because that scene shows you that when she says that, you just saw it and you see them two [Joker and Riddler] next to each other. And that’s just one example of how the problems in Gotham will never go away. There will always be someone with a plan.

And so it drastically changed the movie. So the scene isn’t supposed to be there to say, ‘Oh, here’s an Easter egg. The next movie is X.” I don’t know if the Joker would be in the next movie, but I can tell you that this is an early version of this character, and as always, problems are brewing in Gotham.

the batter now runs exclusively in cinemas. Check out our review of the film here.

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