Barry Keoghan Set to Reprise Joker Role in ‘The Batman: Part II’

Barry Keoghan Set to Reprise Joker Role in The Batman Part II
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With the release of ‘Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom’, the DCEU era officially wraps up, ushering in a new phase led by James Gunn and his rebranded DCU cinematic universe. However, not all DC character projects will align with this new universe. Matt Reeves’ dark and gritty Batman-centric stories will exist as standalone “Elseworlds” tales, a decision consistent with Pattinson’s Batman not being part of the DCEU. Pattinson leads as Bruce Wayne, joined by Kravitz as Catwoman, Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Farrell as the Penguin.

While most roles were confirmed earlier, Keoghan’s portrayal of the Joker remains uncertain, despite Reeves confirming his role in the first movie post-release. Though Collider reported Keoghan’s return a year ago, official studio confirmation is still pending. Vanity Fair’s inquiry received no explicit denial from Keoghan, leading fans to speculate on the Joker’s potential minor role in the sequel, with potential for expansion in future installments.

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Barry Keoghan’s acting career began in 2011 when he auditioned for ‘Between the Canals,’ landing a small role as Aido. He later appeared in the Irish soap opera ‘Fair City’ at 18, gaining recognition for his role in ‘Love/Hate’ in 2013. Keoghan’s breakthrough came in 2017 with roles in acclaimed films like ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ earning him an Irish Film and Television Award.

He continued to impress in ‘Black ’47’ and ‘American Animals,’ receiving a BAFTA Rising Star Award nomination in 2019. Keoghan showcased his talent in projects like ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘Calm With Horses’ before joining Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ in 2021 as Druig. His performance in ‘The Banshees of Inisherin’ garnered critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination.

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