The Batman director Matt Reeves kept his previous promise to eventually release the scene, which was cut from the final film for pacing reasons. And recently, Warner Bros. has released the first deleted scene from The Batman.
In the deleted scene, Batman visits the Joker in captivity at Arkham Asylum in order to pick his brain about his fellow supervillain the Riddler (Paul Dano), who is on a killing spree of Gotham bigwigs but the Joker has his own nefarious intentions for their encounter. Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader finds himself locked in a battle of wits with Barry Keoghan’s Joker in a deleted scene from The Batman.
The idea is similar to The Silence Of The Lambs, where Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling visits Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter in prison in order to pump him for advice on how to apprehend one of his fellow serial killers. When the Joker catches sight of Batman through the glass he vamps, “Almost our anniversary, isn’t it?’ hinting that the superhero helped put him away.”
Batman says, “There’s a serial killer. I want your perspective.” But Joker keeps teasing and dissembling as he looks over pictures of the Riddler’s crime scenes. He marvels at the ‘baroque’ nature of the Riddler’s brutality, adding, ‘He likes little puzzles, doesn’t he? So meticulous, like he’d been planning this his whole life.’
The Joker tells Batman that the Riddler is ‘a nobody wants to be somebody’ and explains, ‘He’s got a vision.’ However when Batman asks, ‘You think his motive is political?’ Joker replies, ‘Oh, no, no, no, this is very, very personal.’ Joker decides that the Riddler’s motivations spring from deep in his past when he had been ‘wronged’ by the people who ultimately became his victims.
The official synopsis of The Batman reads, “Batman ventures into Gotham City’s underworld when a sadistic killer leaves behind a trail of cryptic clues. As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, he must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued the metropolis.”