Final week The Batman director Matt Reeves launched a deleted scene from the movie wherein Batman goes to Arkham Asylum to speak with The Joker. I believed it was an attention-grabbing scene, and it supplied a a lot better have a look at what Barry Keoghan’s model of The Joker is like.
Joker’s look within the movie drew comparisons to the Demise of the Household story arc the place the Joker’s face is reduce off and reattached, additional disfiguring the Crown Prince of Crime. It’s a reasonably jacked-up look.
Reeves beforehand mentioned Joker was impressed by Conrad Veidt’s efficiency within the 1928 silent movie The Man Who Laughs, based mostly on a novel by Victor Hugo. He defined, “It’s like ‘Phantom of the Opera. He has a congenital illness the place he can’t cease smiling and it’s horrific. His face is half-covered by way of a lot of the movie.”
In a current interview with IGN, Reeves expanded on that, saying, “He is held on this very suspenseful means, away from you visually. However I wished to create an iteration of him that felt distinctive and new, however went proper again to the roots. So he is very a lot out of the Conrad Veidt mould and that concept of the silent movie of The Man Who Laughs.”
Reeves beforehand revealed that he wished this model of The Joker to be based mostly on a child born with a situation wherein he by no means stopped smiling. He mentioned, “It’s not about some model the place he falls right into a vat of chemical compounds and his face is distorted, or what [Christopher] Nolan did, the place there’s some thriller to how he bought these scars carved into his face. What if this man from beginning had this illness and he was cursed? He had this smile that individuals stared at that was grotesque and terrifying. At the same time as a toddler, individuals checked out him with horror, and his response was to say, ‘Okay, so a joke was performed on me,’ and this was his nihilistic tackle the world.”
On this current interview, Reeves expanded on this and likened the character to The Elephant Man. He says: “He can by no means cease smiling. And it made Mike [Marino] and I take into consideration — I used to be speaking about The Elephant Man as a result of I like David Lynch. And I used to be like, ‘Effectively, perhaps there’s one thing right here the place it is not one thing the place he fell in a vat of chemical compounds or it is not the [Christopher] Nolan factor the place he has these scars and we do not know the place they got here from. What if that is one thing that he is been touched by from beginning and that he has a congenital illness that refuses to let him cease smiling? And he is had this very darkish response to it, and he is needed to spend a lifetime of individuals taking a look at him in a sure means and he is aware of find out how to get into your head.'”
With reference to this model of Joker, Reeves explains, “Life has been a merciless joke on him. And that is his response, and he is ultimately going to declare himself as a clown, declare himself because the Joker. That was the concept.”
I truly just like the course that Reeves is taking with this traditional villain character. It is going to be attention-grabbing to see how he continues to play with the character. I think about that can occur within the Arkham sequence that Reeves is at the moment creating.