The newly released five-minute clip was shared after fans were tasked with cracking a series of riddles on rataalada.com, the film’s alternate reality game website. As Distractify reported, the website previously teased that “something is coming.”
Featuring Robert Pattinson’s Batman in a one-on-one conversation with Joker at Arkham Asylum, the moody moment expands upon the brief tease toward the end of the film in which the character —without being fully revealed—talks with the Riddler upon his defeat to the Caped Crusader.
Keoghan retweeted the clip and shared his excitement to portray the character. “Honestly I am stuck for words but I am very very BLESSED to play this role after the AMAZING AMAZING actors before me,” he wrote. “Here’s my version. Enjoy.”
Joker has previously been played by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, Jared Leto, Cesar Romero, and Joaquin Phoenix among others. As one of the stars of Eternals, Keoghan now has his feet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as DC’s ever-expanding screen offerings.
The scene gives a close look at the character’s scarred face, whereas the film only gives shadowy glimpses and that haunting cackle. It’s hard to mistake Keoghan’s credit of “Unseen Arkham Prisoner” for anyone else but Batman’s arch-enemy with this tense interrogation.
“Almost our anniversary isn’t it?” he tells Batman in a fascinating allusion.
“There’s a serial killer, I want your perspective,” Batman says.
Since The Batman picks up two years into Bruce Wayne’s journey as the titular character, his chat with Joker at Arkham offers a few tantalizing hints at their history. Unfortunately for fans who want to see more of Keoghan as the supervillain, director/writer Matt Reeves told Variety this month that the scene in the theatrical rendition isn’t there to set up Joker as a major baddie for the sequel.
“It’s not an Easter egg scene,” Reeves said. “It’s not one of those end credits Marvel or DC scenes where it’s going, 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.” He went as far as to describe the deleted scene in question, which he ultimately concluded “wasn’t necessary.”
The Planet of the Apes franchise veteran also explained where the moment would have appeared in The Batman, taking place shortly after a key murder. “It was one of those scenes where, given how complex the narrative was, by taking it out, it kept the story moving in a way it needed to,” he said.
Check out the deleted scene with Robert Pattinson’s Batman and Barry Keoghan’s Joker up top.