The Joker, played by Barry Keoghan is shown in a deleted scene from The Batman when fans complete Easter egg riddles.
The footage was discovered after fans solve three riddles on the website linked to the film – rataalada.com.
The website link was used in the film, translating to ‘rat with wings’, as the Riddler (Paul Dano) knew there was a rat amongst the pigeons in Gotham.
The website later flashed on-screen after all the credits, though the link, at the time, didn’t yield results.
Now, the website is being used to lay riddles for fans with a reward at the end of the breadcrumb trail. All the riddles link back to Barry Keoghan’s Joker, who appears in the film as credited ‘Arkham Prisoner’, though this new deleted scene confirms audience suspicions that it is a new incarnation of the crazed lunatic.
Keoghan joins the line-up of actors of Heath Ledger, and more recently, the Oscar-winning performance by Joaquin Phoenix as the mad nemesis to the caped crusader.
The three riddles and their answers are:
It’s not a joke, but sometimes you need to shout it twice to really mean it. – Answer: Ha
Once you’ve been set up, it hits you at the end. Straight on. – Answer: Punchline
To wit: a wild card in the truest sense. – Answer: Joker
Through the five-minute deleted scenes audiences see the Joker and Batman exchange dialogue that clearly shows their pre-existing relationship, as the Joker hints at Bats how he already knows the Riddler’s identity while providing exposition as to his motives.
It is clear why this scene was deleted, having the same expositional motive explanation twice would have added to the over three-hour runtime, however, does add a darker tone to the final riddle of the film.
Riddle me this, the less of these you have, the more one is worth.
Answer: A friend.
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