Barry Keoghan Relates How He Got The Role Of The Joker In The Batman

Barry Keoghan says a funny thing happened on the way to playing the Joker in the new Batman film.

“The Joker, that was funny how that happened,” he related in an Esquire interview.

He heard there might be an opening for the role of the Riddler. No one asked him to audition. No one encouraged him to send in a tape. But he sent in a tape which fetaured him walking down a hallway in slow motion without speaking.

“I just made it up. I wanted to make it Kubrick-y: symmetrical, the X on the back, the square doorframe, everything square. I just wanted swag to come across. Swag and endearing. It was just me giving my idea. And then I’s like, I’ma send this in!”

As it turns out, The Riddler role went to Paul Dano. Keoghan instead got The Joker, joining the long, colorful line of players in the role that started with Cesar Romero.

The Barry Keoghan version of the Joker has been visible so far only briefly in the 2022 movie The Batman and on YouTube in a deleted scene with Robert Pattinson.

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