Matt Reeves' The Batman is still dominating the box office by following Spiderman: No Way Home as the second film to break $100 million since the COVID-19 Pandemic began. Now, fans can't help to wonder what is next for Matt Reeves' new reboot of the new Bat vigilante, who is now played by Robert Pattinson. Reeves introduced two villains in the film, The Riddler, and The Penguin, but one special villain cameo has struck the fans completely, and that is no other than Barry Keoghan's Joker.
After a lot of rumors about the Joker's appearance even before the film was released, director Matt Reeves had finally confirmed that the mysterious inmate in the Arkham Asylum is indeed the Joker. While we didn't have any idea why the Joker made a cameo for the film, Reeves finally discussed a potential future for the iconic Batman villain.
In an interview with Den of Geek, director Matt Reeves was questioned if he felt to reinvent the Joker, like what he did to Paul Dano's Riddler in The Batman.
"His appearance at the end of the movie is really more contextual, so I can't say whether we would do him specifically in the movies or not." Reeves added, "What you're seeing is a pre-Joker Joker actually, we'd go back to the Conrad Veidt—The Man That Laughs inspiration, which is the Bob Kane/Bill Finger reference."
The director furtherly discussed the Joker and compared the character to The Phantom of The Opera, and explained how his interpretation of the villain is incapable of smiling due to his congenital disease. Reeves explained, "Obviously, that guy has a congenital disease, it's like The Phantom of the Opera, he can't not smile and that instead of being the story of The Elephant Man, where all of his grotesque outward appearance belied the beauty inside, that this would form his nihilistic world view and that he would have an insidious understanding of human nature and so that's kinda where this psychology comes from and who this guy would be."
While it is obvious that director Matt Reeves is holding back in discussing his plans for the new Joker, putting a 'pre-Joker' definitely explains that the director already had plans for the character. Aside from the fact that the Joker is Batman's big bad villain in the Comics and live-action, it's certain that The Batman won't be Joker's last appearance.
Reeves also revealed in recent interviews that the initial Gotham PD was scrapped but has evolved into a new untitled series, focusing on the Arkham Asylum where the Joker and The Riddler are currently locked up. The series is reportedly equated by Reeves to have a horror genre.
The Batman is still showing in theaters worldwide.