Riddle me this… the less of them you have, the more one is worth… Enter the halls of Arkham Asylum and meet Barry Keoghan’s Joker from Matt Reeves’ The Batman
With the world still digesting Barry Keoghan’s cameo as The Joker in Matt Reeves’ The Batman (read our review); the director has pulled another rabbit out of the hat. Taking to social media, Reeves has shared a chilling deleted scene featuring Arkham Asylum and one of its most notorious inmates. In the scene, Robert Pattinson’s caped crusader enters one of the darkened cells and comes face to face with the clown prince of crime. And in what will undoubtedly go down as one of the biggest crimes against cinema, both icons come together to get inside the mind of The Riddler. Check it out below:
It’s very bizarre to see these bitter rivals working together to unravel the unhinged mind of Paul Dano’s Riddler. But they work together so well … until The Joker changes the game. But it hints at a grander encounter somewhere else down the line. However, it is notable that The Joker comments that he perceives the gift of The Riddler’s file as a one-year anniversary present. Does this mean that Batman apprehended The Joker during year one? Did we miss out on watching their very first encounter in Gotham City? It certainly seems like it.
CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
Why this scene ended up on the cutting room floor has been blamed on it not fitting in with the wider narrative of the story. But for me, it’s a crime against cinema. This chilling scene is masterfully crafted; perfectly chilling, and puts meat on the bones of the relationship of two of the greatest rivals in DC history. I’m sure Matt Reeves had his reasons, but in the cold light of day, fans, like myself would rather enjoy this scene as it was intended. As a part of the three-hour DC bonanza, and not another deleted scene discarded to the special features section on our blu-ray discs.
Hopefully, we’ll get to see these two match wits on the big screen in the sequel because this is an encounter I need to see. And if this is a taster of what awaits us then the wait is going to be arduous.
What say you, readers? Should this scene have been left on the cutting room floor? Sound off below.
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