Barry Keoghan has expressed interest in returning to the role of The Joker following his appearance as the character in The Batman.
Earlier this year, The Batman featured the debut of a new take on The Joker, with 29-year-old actor Barry Keoghan taking on the role of the Clown Prince of Crime. Best known for his work in the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Chloé Zhao’s Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals, Keoghan is the seventh actor who has played The Joker in a live-action format, and the third youngest to do after Heath Ledger and Cameron Monaghan.
Despite The Batman‘s massive 176-minute runtime, Barry Keoghan only had one scene in the movie as The Joker. Director Matt Reeves later released another scene featuring The Joker and Robert Pattinson’s Batman, which was cut from the final version of the movie. During a recent interview with GQ, Keoghan mentioned that he’d be down to reprise the role in a sequel to The Batman.
“As soon as that call comes, I’m there man, I’m there.”
Earlier on in his interview with GQ, Barry Keoghan mentioned that he initially wanted to play The Riddler, but the role had already been filled with Paul Dano. However, Keoghan still sent an audition tape to the people behind The Batman and even met with producer Dylan Clark. Four months later, Keoghan’s agent told him that they wanted him to bring The Joker to life. “The Batman wants you to play the Joker – but you cannot tell anyone,” is what Keoghan was told in regards to the role.
A sequel to The Batman is currently in development at Warner Brothers, with Matt Reeves writing the script alongside Mattson Tomlin. Details about the film’s plot are being kept under lock and key. A spin-off series revolving around The Penguin is also in the works at HBO Max, with filming set to begin next year.
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the Penguin and Barry Keoghan as The Joker.
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