LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Robert Pattinson attends a special screening of The Batman at BFI IMAX Waterloo on February 23, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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Let's Talk About That Big The Batman Cameo, And What It Means
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for "The Batman."
"The Batman" doesn't follow in the footsteps of many comic book movies by having any kind of credits scene — there's a fun little Easter egg at the very end of the credits, but it's not a lead-in to a potential follow-up. But "The Batman" still manages to set up a sequel that appears to already be in development via a scene that could have easily been included in the credits.
Riddler's New Friend
Now locked up, presumably in Arkham Asylum, Riddler is distraught when he sees on the news that his grand scheme ended up being thwarted. He is comforted by a clearly disfigured fellow criminal who we are only able to get a peek at through a small cell door opening.
Keoghan's Joker
That mysterious prisoner is "Eternals" and "Dunkirk" star Barry Keoghan. Though he's only credited as "Unseen Arkham Prisoner" in the official credits, the dialogue and facial disfigurement certainly suggest that Keoghan is playing Batman's ultimate nemesis.
Yet Another Joker?
The Joker is Batman's arch-nemesis, but with the multiple film iterations, not to mention all of his appearances in video games, comics, and merchandise, the villain has become overexposed. Sure, the prospect of Keoghan's Joker has some potential, but it would be nice if Matt Reeves would dig into Batman's extensive rogues’ gallery for someone new.