Matt Reeves cut a scene from ‘The Batman’ of the titular character meeting Joker – but intends to post it soon.
The director shot footage where Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader sneaked into Arkham Asylum to speak with one of the inmates, but ultimately felt the ideas behind the moment were fulfilled elsewhere, so let it go the scene.
Matt explained how Batman traveled to Arkham in an effort to better understand the Riddler (Paul Dano) by meeting Joker (Barry Keoghan).
He told The Hollywood Reporter, “And this guy goes, ‘It’s almost our anniversary, isn’t it?’ You realize they have a relationship, and this guy obviously did something, and Batman kind of brought him to Arkham.”
Batman tells Joker he wants to know how Riddler thinks, and Matt says his nemesis replied, “What do you mean, you want to know how he thinks? You think the same.
He added: “What he really does is get inside Batman’s head. And [Batman] violently resists this idea. And so that’s what this scene was. It was a scene to destabilize him.
“It wasn’t necessary, it was one of those scenes where, given the complexity of the narrative, by cutting it out, he kept the story moving as it should.”
Matt loved the “scary and cool” scene and plans to share it with fans once enough people have seen “The Batman.”
He said: “It’s a really scary and cool scene. This was the scene that was meant to introduce this guy and just tease the audience to be like, ‘Oh my god, is he there too? And he’s not the Joker yet – what’s it going to be? And then it feels so delightful in the story, since we already had it set up, to have the end of the story, the completion of the Riddler arc, that he’s in a cell next to this guy .
Although Barry does appear as the Joker in a brief scene near the end of the film, the director insisted it wasn’t a tease for a sequel.
He said: “I never tried to say, ‘Hey guess what, here comes the Joker. Next movie!’
“The idea was more to say, ‘Hey look, if you think trouble is going to go away in Gotham, you can forget about it. It’s already there. And it’s already delicious.’
“This is not an Easter egg scene. This isn’t one of those Marvel or DC end credits scenes where it goes, like, “Hey, here’s the next movie!” In fact, I have no idea when or if we will return to this character in the films.”