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Why The Batman Doesn’t Show [SPOILER] Face, According to Cinematographer

Greig Fraser, the film’s cinematographer, explains to the audience why they were not allowed to see the face of Barry Keoghan’s unexpected role.

WARNING: This article contains The Batman spoilers

Greig Fraser, the film’s cinematographer, explains to the audience why they were not allowed to see the face of Barry Keoghan’s unexpected role.

In Matt Reeves’ reimagining of Batman, Robert Pattinson plays the Caped Crusader as he seeks to become the “World’s Greatest Detective.”

The Batman adds antagonists such as Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), Colin Farrell’s Penguin (Colin Farrell), and Paul Dano’s Riddler (Paul Dano).

The Joker was supposed to appear in the picture long before it hit theatres.

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In 2020, Warner Bros. announced that Keoghan would join the cast of The Batman as GCPD officer Stanley Merkel. Keoghan, on the other hand, sparked rumors that he had been cast as the latest Clown Prince of Crime. There’s little doubt that Merkel has been a snafu.

A disappointed Riddler is imprisoned at Arkham Asylum near the end of the finished film. Keoghan’s Joker, who has been a buddy to him since he was a child, informs him that there are worse things he could have done. The last line, the green hair, and a maniacal laugh are enough to identify him to the audience, even though they don’t get a close look at his face.

On The Wrap recently, Fraser was asked about the decision to obscure much of The Joker’s face. “I can’t remark on who it is, but this Gotham is a bubbling sewer of crime, isn’t it?” he asked the cinematographer, playing coy. Continue reading the following passage:

“So, giving a little kiss or an introduction of who else may be living in this prison. I mean, what a fantastic opportunity to do that. And again, going back to the adage of you don’t want to see too much. You never want to see too much. Sometimes seeing too much can distract from some of the beauty or joy of watching films.”

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In the movie, Keoghan is referred to as “Unseen Arkham Prisoner.” It’s understandable that Fraser would want to keep the film’s release date a secret so soon afterward. The deleted sequence in which Batman meets with The Joker before Riddler is imprisoned has already been teased by Reeves in The Batman. Although the moment was cool, it was a bit out of place in a 3-hour long film, according to Reeves.

Penguin and Arkham Asylum are the focus of two upcoming HBO Max spinoffs. Reeves has referred to the latter as a haunted home movie populated by Batman villains. Keoghan’s Joker could play an important role in the upcoming series, but that is yet to be seen.

Since Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix’s portrayals of the Joker are so deeply ingrained in popular culture, it’s possible that another live-action rendition of the character might be a bad idea.

In order to test the waters and hint at the greater Batverse, Keoghan’s appearance, or lack thereof, may exist. For fans of The Batman, characters like Hush and even Mr. Freeze would be great additions to the live-action roster.