Warner Bros. Releases the Deleted Joker Scene from THE BATMAN!

By: John M Jerva

It was well documented that Barry Keoghan’s version of The Joker was featured a little more prominently in The Batman besides the ending. Director Matt Reeves has mentioned that a scene existed where Robert Pattinson’s Batman visits Joker in jail in order to learn more about Paul Dano’s The Riddler.

It was a scene reminiscent from Michael Mann’s 1986 Manhunter where William Peterson’s police profiler Will Graham visits Hannibal Lecter to learn more about the serial killer he is tracking.

Now fans can see the full sequence as Warner Bros. has now officially released the deleted scene from The Batman showcasing the conversation between The Dark Knight and The Clown Prince of Crime. Check it out below!

Reeves talked in length about the scene in an interview with Collider where he talks about how the scene was eventually cut because it didn’t help the plot and it didn’t add anything to the larger picture.

“Not because anyone asked me to cut it, but [I didn’t think] it was necessary,” Reeves said. “But it’s a really cool scene with that same unseen prisoner in Arkham. There was an earlier scene where Batman, because he’s getting these cards and letters from the Riddler, and he’s thinking, ‘Why is this guy writing to me? I’m supposed to be anonymous and he’s putting a lens on me. I don’t like that,’ and so he goes to kind of profile this kind of serial killer.”

Reeves went on to say:

“And you see him meeting with somebody who is obviously a serial killer himself, who, because it’s not Batman’s origin, but it is the origins of all these other characters, you’re seeing a version of this character who, yes, when you see the unknown prisoner, you’re like, ‘well, gee, I think that’s who that is.’ Well, that is who that is, but he’s not yet that character.”

“I always say, you don’t set out with a movie like this to a make a Chapter 1 unless you’re making two movies at once because then you know you really are making two halves of the same story,” Reeves stated. “But in this case, I have plenty of ideas about where it goes.”

In my honest opinion, the movie was already almost 3 hours long so why not include this scene as it’s heavy in drama and fans would have enjoyed it. At least we still get to see the full version and more of Keoghan’s demented take on Joker. It’s definitely one of the most deranged performances ever regarding the iconic villain.

The Batman has been a huge hit for Warner Bros. accumulating well over $600 million at the worldwide box office. The film is still on course to debut on HBOMAX next month on April 19th.

Check out my exclusive review of the film which is destined to take its place as one of the best Batman movies of all time.

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