This story contains spoilers for The Batman.
The Batman star Barry Keoghan says he hasn’t been asked back to play The Joker… yet.
During an interview with GQ Magazine, he revealed that Warner Bros. hasn’t yet approached him about returning to the role but he looks as though he won’t take much convincing:
“As soon as that call comes, I’m there man,” he said. “I’m here.”
Keoghan took the coveted role of The Joker in The Batman – Robert Pattinson’s recent Batman debut. More of a cameo than a starring role, The Joker appears in Arkham Asylum after The Riddler (Paul Dano) is incarcerated alongside him.
Keoghan explained that the Joker is formed from his own experience – “a bit charming and a bit hurt”. Sporting a heavily scarred face this time around, it’s a notable departure from some of the more colorful renditions of the character. However, Keoghan insisted that he retained his blue eyes so that behind the makeup, his Joker would still feel human.
“I wanted some sort of human in there behind the makeup,” he said. “I want people to relate to him… [to know] this is a facade he puts on.” He went on to describe him as simply “a broken-down boy”.
Although Keoghan only made a brief appearance in The Batman, he made quite an impression – Keoghan himself noted that he was recently included in a list of the best on-screen Jokers.
“There were seven and I was number four,” he said. “Lads, with four minutes of screen time, not bad eh!?”
Although a sequel to The Batman is fairly inevitable, it still hasn’t been greenlit as yet. The Batman 2 is thought to be in development, but it’s reportedly “years away” at this point.
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