While any version of Batman to hit the big screen is going to have its fair share of detractors due to the Dark Knight’s lengthy and varied history, we absolutely loved Matt Reeve’s The Batman and his take on an angrier, more volatile Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) just two years into his commitment to cleaning up Gotham City by wits or by fists. And, instead of relying on Batman’s mainstay villains, Reeves helped add depth and breadth to Batman’s world by offering up a creepier, more insidiously destructive version of the Riddler deftly played by Paul Dano.
Of course, Batman mainstay the Joker did make an appearance courtesy of Barry Keoghan (The Eternals), but only briefly and with little context to the relationship between the two. Now, Warner Bros. has released an extended deleted scene from Arkham Asylum scene that fills in the blanks, while offering more of what we might see of the Joker in future movies.
The Batman was directed by Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes movies) from a screenplay he wrote with Peter Craig. The stellar Bat-cast includes Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle (Catwoman), Paul Dano as Edward Nashton (The Riddler), Jeffrey Wright as the GCPD’s James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone; Peter Sarsgaard as Gotham D.A. Gil Colson; Barry Keoghan as Officer Stanley Merkel and Jayme Lawson as mayoral candidate Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred and Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot (The Penguin).
The Batman is in theaters now!