It’s a big deal for an actor to say they’ve had a chance to star in both Marvel and DC movies, and Barry Keoghan just recently became one of them.
Keoghan previously starred in the acclaimed TV series Chernobyl and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, but he became known to a wider audience last year thanks to the role of Druig in the MCU movie Eternals. Only five months after the release of Eternals, Keoghan now had a minor role in the newest DC movie The Batman, where he played Unseen Arkham Prisoner, at least that’s how the role was officially listed.
Spoiler Alert for The Batman is now on!
Although officially listed as Unseen Arkham Prisoner, it was pretty obvious which character Keoghan played in the movie, and Matt Reeves later only confirmed the obvious. In one of the final scenes of the movie, Paul Dano’s Riddler has been seen locked up in Arkham Asylum, where he talked with an unseen prisoner in another cell. Although his face wasn’t clearly seen, the voice and laugh gave out that mysterious character is clearly the Joker, which Reeves confirmed shortly after the movie was released. Now, with his role in the movie revealed, Keoghan decided to finally speak out:
“He’s brilliant, man. And Matt Reeves and Dylan Clark especially and together were amazing to me– eally, really amazing to me. And, you know, getting to be part of the Batman universe is [a huge deal for me]. I’m a fanboy of these movies, and especially the Batman universe. So be to be in that world, I’m still pinching myself. He’s a filmmaker I hugely admire as well. And to get to walk alongside him and see how he works, and seeing much like Chloe Zhao, how comfortable he makes you on set, and he gives you the time you need and what you want. I’m in such a blessed position.” — Barry Keoghan for Esquire Middle East
Director Matt Reeves previously confirmed that Keoghan’s role was the Joker, but he said that doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be in the sequel right away. There has been a lot of speculation on who might be a villain in the sequel, including Hush, Mr. Freeze, Court Of Owls, and, most recently, Two-Face.
“The scene is not meant to be there to say, like, ‘Oh, there’s an easter egg, the next movie is X.’. Like, I don’t know that the Joker would be in the next movie, but I can tell you is that here’s what you’re seeing is an early days version of the character, and trouble, as always, is brewing in Gotham.” — Matt Reeves for IGN
The Batman now plays in theaters.