Batman fans believe Barry Keoghan could be the new Joker

Hot take: The Joker is played out.

words by: Alee Kwong
Feb 24, 2022

When there’s mention of Batman, there’s usually mention of Joker following right behind. For decades, Batman has almost always found himself in the same room with Joker—making the Clown Prince of Crime, Batman’s greatest foe. It’s been rumored since last year that another iteration of the Joker would be introduced in Matt Reeves’ Batman trilogy.


The film is set during the Dark Knight’s sophomore year of vigilantism, and follows his battle with the serial killer, known as the Riddler. The loaded cast includes Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, and Colin Farrell as Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot/Penguin.


In 2017, it was announced that Ben Affleck would no longer be starring and directing the upcoming Warner Bros. project. Unlike Affleck’s Batman, Pattinson’s Batman will not be a part of the DCEU.



On Meta (formerly known as Facebook), Barry Keoghan’s brother, Eric Keoghan, posted in reaction to Joker fanart saying, “So it’s finally out My Brother playing the JOKER in the new Batman Unreal Stuff.” As you would imagine, the fandom started squeezing every bit of life out of that one comment. In 2020, the Eternals star was cast as Stanley Merkel, a Gotham City cop who is known as Commissioner James Gordon’s partner in the comics.


It’s possible that Keoghan’s Merkel could play an important role in the upcoming HBO Max The Batman spin-off Gotham PD. The series will reportedly maintain the same gritty tone as the film and will focus on James Gordon and the Gotham City Police Department. Following Terence Winter’s exit last November, Joe Barton (Giri/Haji) took over as showrunner. Reeves has stated that Gotham PD is meant to be a prequel to The Batman and will be set in the Batman Year One period. Barton noted that it will examine the corruption in Gotham City and is told from the POV of a dishonest cop.


The Batman is slated to release in theaters on March 4, 2022.


In related news, rumors of Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker sequel are that it starts filming in 2023.


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