Matt Reeves’ The Batman has been deemed the ‘best’ version by fans with one of the reasons being that they get to see the Dark Knight actually do detective work as he was obviously meant to do, along with the unforgettable ‘creepy’ meeting with Eternals actor Barry Keoghan’s Joker in the 2022 DC film. The Joker actor reveals he is down to reprise his role in the near future.
In an interview with The New York Times, Keoghan spoke about his process in coming up with something new on bringing his character to life on screen, especially having competition with previous actors like Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Joaquin Phoenix. Read his quote below:
“It was intimidating,” the actor starts, “But if you stay true to yourself, that in itself is new. I know that sounds pretty lame, but I’m a big believer that if I’m myself, whatever I do is going to be completely fresh and unique.” While it is difficult among actors to make their own take in their roles in various remade versions, it certainly doesn’t seem to be the case with Barry Keoghan.
Keoghan’s version of the Joker happened to be, as quoted from Matt Reeves himself on his Director commentary video, “marked since his birth” because of his deformed face that forces him to smile all the time, whose story will be expanded if he happens to be the big villain Batman confronts in the sequel. Keoghan does share he had a backstory prepared in advance in case he happens to reprise his role:
“I already have a backstory that I’ve created in case it [the Joker in The Batman 2] does happen — a totally fresh way of playing him. As soon as that call comes, I’m there, man, I’m there.”
While Keoghan’s rising popularity roots from his involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC universe, the Clown Prince of Crime actor admitted that he initially auditioned for a different role, The Riddler. However, four months after his audition, producer Dylan Clark told him, “The Batman wants you to play the Joker – but you cannot tell anyone.”
Thus, Keoghan’s Joker was born.
DC’s The Batman is streaming on HBO Max.