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Barry Keoghan Breaks Silence About His Role In The Batman

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Barry Keoghan Breaks Silence About His Role In The Batman
Barry Keoghan Breaks Silence About His Role In The Batman (Alamy/Warner Bros.)

Warning: Contains Spoilers.

Irish actor Barry Keoghan has broken his silence on his mysterious role in Robert Pattinson's The Batman.

Those who have already treated themselves to a viewing of The Batman will likely know exactly who I'm referring to when I say 'Untitled Arkham Prisoner', but until recently the actor behind that particular role has had to keep quiet about his involvement.

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All has been revealed following the film's release, though, when director Matt Reeves agreed to talk in detail about the character being portrayed by Keoghan.

Robert Pattinson in The Batman (Alamy)
Robert Pattinson in The Batman (Alamy)

Seen only in snippets while behind bars, Keoghan's character is not introduced until the end of the film, when he makes his acquaintance with The Riddler.

In an interview with IGN, Reeves confirmed that Keoghan is in fact the Joker to Pattinson's Batman, making him one of the best-known villains in the superhero universe.

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The actor himself broke his silence on the role while speaking to Esquire Middle East at this year’s Middle East Film and Comic Con, where he discussed working with Reeves and producer Dylan Clark, saying the pair were 'really amazing' to him.

Keoghan described Reeves as a filmmaker he 'hugely admire[s]', and said he was in a 'blessed position' in being able to 'walk alongside [Reeves] and see how he works, and seeing much like Chloe Zhao, how comfortable he makes you on set, and he gives you the time you need and what you want.'

Barry Keoghan and Jeffrey Wright at The Batman's premiere (Alamy)
Barry Keoghan and Jeffrey Wright at The Batman's premiere (Alamy)

When it came to discussing his involvement in the film as a whole, Keoghan admitted that getting to be a part of the Batman universe is a big deal.

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He said: 'I’m a fanboy of these movies, and especially the Batman universe. So be to be in that world, I’m still pinching myself.'

In the film, Keoghan is only seen interacting with The Riddler, aka Paul Dano, someone who Keoghan is a 'huge fan' of. He described his co-star as 'such a good dude', and noted he's 'watched all of his movies'.

Reeves has revealed there was originally another scene involving Keoghan's character, but he ended up cutting it from the final film.

Speaking to IGN, Reeves said: 'In the scene that you'll see in the future, you'll see that we worked on what [the Joker] looked like. And he's held in this very suspenseful way, away from you visually.

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"But I wanted to create an iteration of him that felt distinctive and new, but went right back to the roots.

Barry Keoghan at The Batman's premiere (Alamy)
Barry Keoghan at The Batman's premiere (Alamy)

'So he's very much out of the Conrad Veidt mould and that idea of the silent film of The Man Who Laughs.'

Not even Keoghan himself has seen the scene in question, though it seems Reeves is planning to reveal it at some point in the future.

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Emily Brown

Emily Brown graduated with a BA Hons in English Language in the Media from Lancaster University before going on to contribute to The Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems. She joined UNILAD in 2018 and now works as Senior Journalist covering breaking news, trending stories and longer form features with a focus on human interest stories.

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Entertainment, DC Comics, Batman