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The Batman has officially hit cinema screens, and the buzz surrounding it has only increased. Fans are already pouring over Easter egg details in the film and eagerly awaiting a sequel announcement.
Many film buffs are also waiting for the movie's deleted scenes to drop, one of which features Barry Keoghan (Eternals, Dunkirk), who is credited in the film as 'Unseen Arkham Prisoner' – with many believing this prisoner is the infamous Batman villain The Joker.
Speaking to Tech Radar, The Batman director Matt Reeves discussed this deleted scene: "There were scenes we cut that I liked. In fact, there's a scene with the unseen prisoner (Keoghan), who appears at the end of the movie in Arkham [Asylum] with the Riddler.
"There was an earlier scene where Batman went to Arkham to try to profile the Riddler, and Barry is in that scene.
"It's a very cool scene, and I'm sure we'll we'll release the scene after the movie comes out, because it's a really cool deleted scene."
The scene taking place in Arkham Aslyum has added to the belief that Keoghan will be playing the Joker in later films.
This would parallel Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, which also ended its first movie by teasing the Joker’s imminent arrival.
Keoghan would be the latest actor to have played the iconic villain in recent years. Jared Leto played the role in 2016's Suicide Squad while Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar for his take on the character in 2020's Joker.
In Nolan's trilogy, the Joker had been played by the late Heath Ledger. The Joker is considered by many to be Ledger's finest performance, and he was posthumously awarded the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Fans will have to wait for the deleted scene to see if their theory proves correct though.
Reeves's film is also full to the brim with other iconic Batman villains. Both the Penguin and Riddler appear in the movie, played by Colin Farrell and Paul Dano respectively. Anti-hero Selina Kyle, better known as Catwoman, also has a starring role, portrayed this time by Zoë Kravitz.
A sequel is yet to be officially announced, but fans are already eagerly awaiting any information.