Matt Reeves’ The Batman cast several Batman villains to the big screen in a way no filmmaker ever had before. Enemies like the Paul Dano Riddler seemed uncomfortably realistic because he could very well exist in the real world. However, in one The Batman deleted scene, Robert Pattinson’s Dark Knight sits down with the Joker (Barry Keoghan) in Arkham. If Reeves had included the clip in the final cut, it could have changed the entire movie.
In ‘The Batman’ deleted scene, Robert Pattinson meets the Joker
Batman, Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), and Commissioner Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) struggled to stop the Riddler as he killed people across Gotham City. However, Reeves originally planned for the Dark Knight to turn to an unlikely source for help.
In The Batman deleted scene, Pattinson’s vigilante descended into Arkham Asylum, called Arkham State Hospital in the movie. To catch a criminal, he decides to ask one. Then, behind thick glass, a familiar, scarred person appears.
While in The Batman ending, Keoghan appeared very briefly as the Joker, fans did not get a full look at him. However, the deleted scenes showed him in full.
Keoghan sports twisted scars and a chilling grin. He cackles a Joker laugh multiple times in the clip. However, while the twisted smile and personality bring back classic images from DC Comics’ Clown Prince of Crime, his words could have changed the movie entirely.
How ‘The Batman’ deleted scene could have changed the entire film
As the Joker taunts the Robert Pattinson Batman, he stops Bruce Wayne just before he leaves in The Batman deleted scene.
“I think you don’t really care about his motives, whether he loves or hates you. I think somewhere, deep down, you’re just terrified because you’re not sure he’s wrong, huh?” Joker taunted. “You think they deserved it!”
Those who saw the film know that while The Batman movie does not shy away from harsher realities, it ends on a more hopeful note about coming together.
However, if the Joker’s brief monologue remained in the movie, the hopeful ending would have been extremely muddied. The inspiring words of Robert Pattinson‘s hero could have a very different tint if even he doubts the possibility of redemption.
Should Robert Pattinson’s clip with the Barry Keoghan Joker have remained in the Matt Reeves’ movie?
The Batman deleted scene could have altered the entire message of the film. The Joker could have turned a hopeful ending into an ending, questioning if there’s anything left to save in Gotham City.
While it would have made the movie a much harder pill to swallow, should the scene have remained?
Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. The Batman rogues gallery included corrupt politicians like Two-Face, mob bosses like the Penguin (Colin Farrell in The Batman), and even hitmen like Carmine Falcone (John Turturro).
Batman has always battled injustices that face our real world. However, while he has become popular for being a symbol of vengeance, Reeves wanted to give Bruce Wayne more of a character arc.
If Joker even suggested that Batman lost hope in Gotham City, it could have undermined his personal journey for some fans.
While The Batman deleted scene remains on the cutting room floor, it’s interesting to see how the movie could have changed with it. However, one has to wonder how The Batman sequel could have been altered as well.