For the past few months, there have been rumors that Eternals star Barry Keoghan is going to appear as the Joker in The Batman. While the actor's casting was confirmed, his exact role was still under wraps which lead to a lot of speculations and whispers that there were test screenings that indicated that he is likely playing the iconic villain. Now, it looks like we finally have the confirmation that the actor will indeed be playing a mysterious character that might hint at the rumored villainous role.
Per Heroic Hollywood, the official credit sheet for The Batman is now out online where you can see the list of the entire cast and crew who worked on the film. If you look at the cast members, you can see Keoghan's name on the ninth line where he is credited as the "Unseen Arkham Prisoner." This is in contrast to the previous reports which said that he is going to play a character named Officer Stanley Merkel.
While it's not a confirmation that Keoghan is going to play the Joker, it is the closest hint that we got on the rumor and it is a strong indication that he might actually be playing the character in a future sequel since he was only credited as an Arkham Asylum prisoner. We still haven't seen the film yet so we can't tell what kind of involvement does he have in the main story and how much of the screen time will he have. There's a chance that he appears as a hint and set-up for the sequels.
It is very interesting to know that he is officially going to play the "Unseen Arkham Prisoner." Whether it means that he will be playing the Joker or another villain, it is a confirmation that his character will not be on the good side when we potentially see him again in a future film when he has a larger role. For now, all we can do is speculate whether he is going to be the Joker or another iconic villain and, once we finally get to see the film, we will get more idea about his character.
The Batman is set to be released in theaters on March 4.