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This Batman
Deleted Scene
Confirms suspicions
About Barry
Keoghan's Joker

By EAMMON JACOBS

THIS STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE BATMAN.

SPOILER WARNING!

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The deleted scene offers a full look at the Joker, as Batman visits him in Arkham Asylum seeking assistance in unpacking the Riddler's sadistic mind. Keoghan is kept out of focus for most of the sequence, only revealing the villain's horrific smile toward the end.

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The scene officially confirms that Batman and Joker have already crossed paths before, because the Joker whispers "It's our first anniversary, isn't it?" Since the movie takes place in Bruce's second year of crime-fighting, this line suggests he went up against the Clown in his early vigilante days.

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Coming up with a fresh take on the character was difficult for Reeves, because there have been so many classic iterations of the iconic villain. The director revealed his Joker has a congenital disease that left him completely disfigured, pulling inspiration from the film "The Man Who Laughs."

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The Joker's startling look feels reminiscent of the nightmarish take of the character in Grant Morrison's "Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth." Now that an "Arkham Asylum" series is planned for HBO Max, we can only hope Keoghan's Joker shows up there too.

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