The Batman is probably the beginning of the take of a whole new rendition of the titular character’s franchise. While there might not be any confirmation yet, we can be sure that the movie is going to have a sequel. There are things that this movie left hanging as threads and it clearly means that there is a lot more to be explored in this take on Gotham. While fans wait for a possible sequel to the movie, there are interesting details from this movie itself. One of the most essential details in this movie has to be about the appearance of Joker and his arc in the movie. It seems that there might be an interesting narrative behind Joker’s Scars in The Batman. Hopefully, we’ll get a good backstory on him.
Fans have finally gotten to see the deleted scene featuring Joker in The Batman. It was long theorized that Barry Keoghan will be taking on this role in the movie and there were some interesting leaked details too. The actor managed to keep his head low and in order to keep things under wraps, Matt Reeves actually had the actor appear as a completely different character in the behind-the-scenes for the movie. But it was revealed right after the release of the movie that Keoghan will be appearing in this role for the movie. Now fans have also gotten to have a proper look at the character.
Following the release of the movie, Reeves was asked about Keoghan’s role in the movie. The director ended up explaining the deleted scene for the movie and it has to be the best description for the recently released deleted scene. According to Reeves:
The scene that was not in the movie, the scene that this is really the companion to, which is actually a really cool scene that will release at some point, it’s a scene where Batman is so unnerved because the Riddler is writing to him. And he’s like, ‘Well, why is this guy writing to me?’ And he figures he’s got to profile this killer.
He goes to see another killer that he’s clearly had an experience with in these first two years. And this killer in this story is not yet the character that we come to know, right? So everybody’s in their infancy. So in the comics, these characters often declare their alter egos in response to the fact that there’s a Batman out there. And so here, we have a Joker who’s not yet the Joker.
Joker’s Scars in The Batman
Joker’s appearance in this deleted scene is absolutely scary with a lot of scars in whatever amount of skin that was visible. Facial scars are something Joker has been associated with as both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s versions had some unique scars on their face. This actually made it appear as if the character is smiling all the time giving it a clown-like make-up look. While the story behind Ledger’s version having the scars were never revealed, Keoghan’s Joker might have interesting reasoning for this distorted appearance.
He’s got this congenital disease. He can never stop smiling. And it made Mike and I think about — I was talking about The Elephant Man because I love David Lynch. And I was like, ‘Well, maybe there’s something here where it’s not something where he fell in a vat of chemicals or it’s not the Nolan thing where he has these scars and we don’t know where they came from. What if this is something that he’s been touched by from birth and that he has a congenital disease that refuses to let him stop smiling? And he’s had this very dark reaction to it, and he’s had to spend a life of people looking at him in a certain way and he knows how to get into your head.’
This arc actually fits the tone of the movie where there’s less attention given to establishing origin stories and instead more focus is given to drive the story along. While we might get to see Joker and Batman’s narrative being explored in the future, it won’t be surprising if the scars are properly explained too. Since Batman himself is a feared figure in Gotham, it would be interesting to see how Joker’s daunting persona strikes for the people of Gotham.
The Batman is now playing in theaters worldwide.