The Batman has finally found its way into theaters, as we get introduced to a very different cinematic take of the iconic character. Director Matt Reeves took a grounded take on the franchise to offer a refreshing direction for the characters, which also included quite a few curious teases for the future of the new franchise. Robert Pattinson has teased his interest in tackling a trilogy in this new take on the Dark Knight, but Reeves has confirmed one major addition.
The rest of the article tackles a big spoiler from the film’s final moments. So, only continue at your own risk if you haven’t seen The Batman yet.
In the closing moments, Edward Nashton realizes that his original intention to break down Gotham has failed with Batman coming out on top. During this scene in Arkham, we are introduced to a fellow cellmate that has a very recognizable voice belonging to Barry Keoghan. We never get a good look at his design, but a familiar laugh hinted that this might be The Batman’s take on the Joker. Luckily, IGN shared a video interview where director Matt Reeves not only confirms it but also hints at his take of the character.
You know because the movie is not an origin tale of Batman, but it’s his early days. It really is an origin tale for the rogue’s gallery characters. The scene is not meant to be there to say: “Here’s an Easter egg, the next film is X.” I don’t know that the Joker will be in the next movie, but I can tell you here is what you’re seeing is an early days version of the character, trouble is, as always, brewing in Gotham.Matt Reeves
The most interesting addition is that he declares that this is a version of the character that he’s “a Joker that is not yet a Joker” and the design was molded after the character’s original inspiration, the 1928 film The Man Who Laughs. So, while it doesn’t mean we’ll definitely see the character appear. He also hints that the take of the character is a man with a disease that constantly is stuck smiling and the way this character would be shaped by it. “Life has been a cruel joke on him” was his biggest tease on Keoghan‘s character and we’ll see when he might make his appearance in a future entry.