The Joker played by Barry Keoghan had made his debut in a small scene in The Batman, towards the end. But a deleted scene, that was released later, showed that he could be a major part of The Batman 2. The first movie already has three major Batman villains – The Ridler, Carmine Falcone, and The Penguin. But the movie managed to lay the groundwork for a fourth one as well. Also, Barry Keoghan is the seventh actor to portray the character in live-action.
Will Barry Keoghan’s Joker be in The Batman 2?
The deleted scene does hint that Joker could be a part of The Batman 2. But here is what the director, Matt Reeves said about the character’s future. In the press tour of The Batman, Matt Reeves said, “The scene is not meant to be there to say, like, ‘Oh, there’s an easter egg, the next movie is X.’. Like, I don’t know that the Joker would be in the next movie, but I can tell you is that here’s what you’re seeing is an early days version of the character, and trouble, as always, is brewing in Gotham.”
But with Barry Keoghan already cast in the role and a scene of him teased, the director must have planned the future of the character. It could be that the Batman 2 is the origin story of the Joker. Plus, the deleted scene hints at the connection between Batman and Joker. This could mean that we will get to see more of Barry Keoghan as Joker in the sequel. Even if he is not the main villain.
The Batman 2 was announced at CinemaCon 2022
At the CinemaCon 2022, among other announcements, Warner Bros. announced The Batman 2. The manager of Warner Bros. Toby Emmerich confirmed the news. He said that the creative team is returning to make the yet-untitled sequel. He announced, “Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson, and the whole team will be taking audiences back to Gotham with The Batman 2.”
Though not much has been shared about the sequel, we could hope to see some of the major characters being reprised. The release date of the film is yet to be announced. The movie is in its early stages and not much is known about it. But the movie could include Barry Keoghan’s Joker.