THE BATMAN Star Barry Keoghan Auditioned For The Riddler Before Finding Out He'd Be Playing The Joker

The Batman star Barry Keoghan has revealed his secret audition for The Ridller, explaining how that led to him playing The Joker and what he hopes the future holds in store for the Clown Prince of Crime.

One of The Batman's biggest surprises came right at the end of the movie when we learned that The Riddler's neighbour in Arkham Asylum is The Joker. He's not a fully-fledged version of that villain quite yet, though a deleted scene revealed some of the history he shares with the Dark Knight after the hero captured the serial killer during his first year in Gotham City.

Talking to GQ, Joker actor Barry Keoghan revealed that The Joker wasn't the Batman villain he originally auditioned for. 

"I wanted to be Riddler," the actor says, explaining that this video on his Vimeo channel was meant as his unofficial audition for the role after he heard The Batman was in the works. By the time he met producer Dylan Clark, Jonah Hill had been cast as The Riddler, though Paul Dano would later be enlisted to star as the iconic DC Comics villain. 

However, four months later, he got a call from his agent saying, "The Batman wants you to play the Joker – but you cannot tell anyone."

Saying his take on the Clown Prince of Crime is "a bit charming and a bit hurt," Keoghan insisted that his eyes remain visible beneath all those prosthetics. "I wanted some sort of human in there behind the makeup. I want people to relate to him...[to know] this is a façade he puts on." To him, The Joker is "a broken-down boy."

Confirming he hasn't heard anything about The Batman 2, the actor made it clear that, "As soon as that call comes. I’m there man, I’m there."

We're certainly intrigued to see what the future holds in store for Keoghan's version of The Joker, particularly as his transformation into the villain we know from the comic books is far from complete. He fits into the world that filmmaker Matt Reeves is creating, though, and common sense says the Harlequin of Hate will take centre stage in the follow-up.

The Batman sequel doesn't currently have a release date. 
 


Scarlet-Witch-20232
THE PENGUIN Is Reportedly Looking To Recast One Of THE BATMAN's Villains For Key Role
Related:

THE PENGUIN Is Reportedly Looking To Recast One Of THE BATMAN's Villains For Key Role

THE PENGUIN: New Details About Sofia Falcone And Characters From BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN Revealed
Recommended For You:

THE PENGUIN: New Details About Sofia Falcone And Characters From BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN Revealed

DISCLAIMER: This post was submitted by a user who has agreed to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. As a user-generated content platform, Comic Book Movie and Best Little Sites LLC is protected under the DMCA... [MORE]
Related
THE PENGUIN Is Reportedly Looking To Recast One Of THE BATMAN's Villains For Key Role
The cast of The Penguin is quickly starting to take shape, and a new report suggests Warner Bros. and HBO Max are looking to recast one of The Batman's villains: Salvatore Maroni. Read on for details...
THE PENGUIN: New Details About Sofia Falcone And Characters From BATMAN: THE LONG HALLOWEEN Revealed
More details about The Batman spin-off, The Penguin, have been revealed, and as well as a unique take on Sofia Falcone, we can look forward to seeing more familiar faces from Batman: The Long Halloween.
THE BATMAN: New Story Details Revealed For The Penguin's Upcoming HBO Max Spin-Off - SPOILERS
New story details for The Batman spin-off, The Penguin, have been revealed, and it sounds like Oswald Cobblepot is going to have his hands full with a sick mother and some unexpected allies. Check it out!
THE PENGUIN: HBO Max Boss Reveals How The Upcoming Series Ties Into THE BATMAN 2's Timeline
Some new details have been revealed about The Penguin TV series coming to HBO Max, and it sounds like it will be important for both Oswald Cobblepot and the wider The Batman franchise. Check it out...
BARBARIAN Director Hopes His Dream BATMAN Project Could Become A Reality Under New DCU Leadership
Barbarian director Zach Cregger recently revealed that he's written a "Batman-adjacent" script, and with James Gunn and Peter Safran now in charge of the DCU, he'd love to see it become a reality...

The Best Little Sites Network (BLS)

Action Movie and TV News - AnimeMojo.com
Anime News, Trailers & More - AnimeMojo.com
Superhero News, Videos, Rumors & More - ComicBookMovie.com
Horror News - FearHQ.com
Video Game News, Reviews, Trailers & More - GameFragger.com
Sci-Fi and Fantasy News, Videos, Rumors & More - SFFGazette.com
Cartoon and Animated Film News, Videos, Rumors & More - Toonado.com
Professional Wrestling News, Videos, Rumors & More - TheRingReport.com