Barry Keoghan’s appearance in Matt Reeves’ The Batman may have been brief in the theatrical cut, but a recently released deleted scene showcased his dedication to bringing a fresh iteration of the Joker to the big screen. In an exclusive interview with Collider’s Steven Weintraub for The Banshees of Inisherin, Keoghan delved into his experience with Batman and shared intriguing insights into his role in one of DC’s major releases.
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Keoghan’s portrayal of the Joker unfolds in one of the final scenes of The Batman, where the Clown Prince of Crime welcomes a new inmate to Arkham Asylum, played by Paul Dano’s Riddler. While this scene felt like a tantalizing teaser for a potential villainous team-up, it turns out that the Joker played a more substantial role in Reeves’ vision. A five-minute sequence was filmed in which Batman visits the Joker in Arkham Asylum, seeking his assistance in capturing the Riddler. The scene carries echoes of The Silence of the Lambs, offering a compelling showcase of Keoghan’s unique take on the character. However, given the film’s already extensive three-hour runtime, it’s understandable why this moment didn’t make the final cut.
The question of whether and when Keoghan will return as the Joker remains unanswered, but we gained further insights into his approach to the character. As Keoghan explains, portraying the Joker can be an intimidating task, especially when iconic actors like Heath Ledger have left their mark on the role. Yet, he embraces the challenge by bringing his distinct interpretation to the character. Keoghan’s philosophy centers on avoiding emulation and instead striving to make the character his own. This approach, he believes, can offer audiences a fresh and unique perspective, creating a Joker that no one has seen before. Despite the intimidation, Keoghan was excited to bring his version of the character to life, hoping it would resonate with viewers in a novel way.
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During the interview, Barry Keoghan expressed his contentment at the release of the deleted scene while emphasizing his trust in Matt Reeves and the entire creative team’s decision-making process when it came to editing the movie. Keoghan’s primary desire was for audiences to witness his unique portrayal of the Joker, and he felt blessed to have had the opportunity to bring the character to life. Reflecting on his time on set, Keoghan lauded Matt Reeves for his exceptional direction and clear vision for the project.
Keoghan emphasized how Reeves excels at effectively communicating his directorial vision, which, in turn, aids actors in understanding and embodying their roles. Working alongside fellow actors Rob Pattinson and Paul Dano, Keoghan considered the experience to be a masterclass in filmmaking.
During the interview, Keoghan also delved into his experience of watching a movie in which he played a significant role. Unlike typical audience members, he doesn’t enjoy the film passively; instead, he scrutinizes his performance, seeking areas for improvement and making mental notes to enhance his craft. Keoghan views watching a movie as a learning experience, constantly looking for ways to infuse his performances with greater authenticity. While he acknowledges that it can be challenging to watch oneself on screen, he approaches it as an opportunity for growth and self-improvement.
Currently, The Batman is available for streaming on HBO Max, and The Banshees of Inisherin is set to hit theaters on October 21. To uncover more secrets about The Batman, explore our interview with director Matt Reeves, and stay tuned for additional insights from our conversation with Barry Keoghan.