With Matt Reeves’ The Batman given the green light to resume filming, speculation is running rampant about what is in store for the Caped Crusader in the 2021 release. While some have been confirmed, others, especially this latest rumour, are still purely hypothetical.
2020 marks the Joker’s 80th year of appearing in comics. As one of the Dark Knights most well known and popular enemies, it’s no surprise that a new rumour is circulating the web.
The Direct is claiming to have an exclusive scoop in regards to the Joker and Matt Reeves’ trilogy. Supposedly the plan is to have the Joker appear in a sequel to The Batman after being referenced in next year’s film. He would then play a role in the sequel as well as a planned third film in the trilogy in amongst other members of Batman’s rogue gallery.
Now, this might be premature considering we’ve yet to see Robert Pattinson‘s first outing as the Dark Knight or how well the film will be received. Regardless, it’s hard not to get excited about another potential Batman trilogy especially if Reeves replicates the scope and success of his Planet of the Ape films with this franchise.
It certainly wouldn’t be the first time the Clown Prince tangoed with Batman on the big screen. Cesar Romero faced off against Adam West’s Batman in the 1960s, Jack Nicholson fought Michael Keaton’s Batman in 1989, Heath Ledger squared off with Christian Bale’s Batman in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, Jared Leto had a turn as Harley Quinn’s lover in David Ayer’s Suicide Squad and most recently Joaquin Phoenix portrayed the dark character study of the Joker’s origins in 2019’s Joker.
But don’t expect any of these names to don the makeup again for Reeves’ trilogy because it is said to be a new actor in the role. There’s no word on who that might be and it’s likely too far in the future to be set in stone but fans are already casting their own ideal Jokers ranging from Willem Dafoe to Bill Skarsgard and everyone in between.
Providing nothing changes, The Batman is set to be released on October 1st, 2021 with Robert Pattinson in the titular role and is reportedly set early in the Dark Knight’s career with a focus on his detective skills.
The supporting cast consists of Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nygma/The Riddler, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin and John Turturro as Carmine Falcone.
Are you excited for The Batman? Who do you want to play the Joker opposite Pattinson?