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A new international trailer for The Batman has released, bringing with it a few snippets of new footage. It also includes what some fans believe to be the first official teaser for Joker's arrival in Robert Pattinson's Batman universe.
The Batman is being billed as an epic crime noir thriller in which a young Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) must follow a trail of bodies left by a serial killer known only as Riddler (Paul Dano). Other classic characters confirmed to appear include Penguin (Colin Farrell), and Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz).
As packed as The Batman is already looking, there is growing speculation that another iconic member of the Dark Knight's rogue's gallery is set to make a surprise appearance.
A few months ago, it emerged that acclaimed actor Barry Keoghan (The Eternals, Chernobyl) would be joining the cast as a Gotham City police officer by the name of Stanley Merkel. Naturally, fans quickly assumed that an actor of Keoghan's caliber would not have joined The Batman simply to play a cop with a minor part. Thus, the theory that Keoghan is actually playing Batman's greatest foe, Joker, was born.
The thinking is that Merkel is actually the Clown Prince Of Crime, hiding in plain sight for the entire movie before a dramatic reveal in its final moments. This is a fun theory, but it took on considerably more weight when Barry's brother Eric shared on social media: “So it’s finally out My Brother playing the JOKER in the new Batman. Unreal Stuff.” The post was almost immediately scrubbed from the internet, funnily enough.
While Warner Bros has yet to confirm or deny the existence of the villain, the new international teaser for The Batman appears to have given us our first look at Joker. It's a real blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but eagle-eyed Twitter users spotted an old photo of Bruce Wayne on a wall seemingly dedicated to news stories all about the billionaire playboy. In the background of this particular photo, there's a shadowy figure with a terrifyingly familiar grin. A grin that could only belong to one Gotham City resident. See for yourself below:
The Batman arrives in cinemas March 4, 2022.
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