Barry Keoghan expresses hopes about possibly returning as the Joker in director Matt Reeves’ future DC projects set within The Batman universe.
With director Matt Reeves’ forthcoming sequel to The Batman in the works, Golden Globe nominee Barry Keoghan is expressing his desire to portray the Joker once again.
While speaking on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast, Keoghan was asked about his future as Joker, revealing that he would definitely return if Reeves will give him another opportunity to play the iconic DC villain. “Obviously I’d love another crack,” he declared. “I’ve got a ton of back work done on him. If an opportunity does arise but, you know, they make the call, and I’ve got to respect that.” The Irish actor also went to tease his briefly scene version of Joker, confirming that he has a lot of plans in store for the character should he be given another chance.
Keoghan’s appearance as the Clown Prince of Crime in the final moments of The Batman came as a surprise, especially when he was initially thought to be playing another DC character in the form of Gotham City Police Officer Stanley Merkel. Later on, Reeves released a five-minute-long deleted scene from The Batman, featuring Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader interrogating Keoghan’s Joker. During the film’s theatrical run, Keoghan was originally credited as an unnamed Arkham Prisoner. When asked why he decided to cut the scene, Reeves revealed he was also actually considering removing Keoghan’s brief cameo from the final cut, but decided against it since he felt that “it finishes the Riddler’s arc.”
Barry Keoghan’s Journey to Playing Joker
In a previous interview, Keoghan confirmed that he landed the role of Joker through an unsolicited audition tape of him playing The Riddler. Following the positive reception to his The Batman cameo, he posted his full Riddler audition tape on his Vimeo account, which showed him coming out of an elevator while wearing a bowler hat and green suspenders.
The actor, who appeared in the 2021 Marvel Cinematic Universe movie Eternals as Druig, described the experience of getting the iconic DC Comics villain role as intimidating since the character was previously brought to life by Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix, all of whom gave acclaimed performances. Keoghan also discussed his approach to playing Joker, revealing that he wants his version to appeal to the sympathy of the people by showcasing the villain’s humanity behind the makeup and mischievous smile; a smile that, as the aforementioned deleted scene reveals, is mangled.
At the time of writing, there have been no official announcements yet regarding Keoghan’s possible Joker return in Reeves’ future DC projects, which include The Penguin series and The Batman sequel. The latter’s development was first confirmed during the 2022 CinemaCon. The film is being written by Reeves and Mattson Tomlin, with Pattinson as the only confirmed cast member thus far.
The Batman is now available for streaming on HBO Max.
Source: Happy Sad Confused via YouTube
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