“The Batman” Blu-ray Includes More Joker, Penguin, & Catwoman
Co-writer/director Matt Reeves’ The Batman only gave us a last-second tease of Barry Keoghan’s Joker, but you’ll be getting more of the scarred psychopath when the 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD release drops on May 24. (The digital release is a mere few days away, as The Batman comes to HBO Max on April 18.) The moment in question was actually revealed last month and has now become one of the more iconic deleted scenes in recent movie history.
Haven’t seen that scene yet? Well, it’s got major Silence of the Lambs vibe, as Batman visits Joker at Arkham Asylum for a little help tracking down another lunatic, Paul Dano’s the Riddler. In the theatrical release, Batman figures out how to corner the Riddler (with some major help from Andy Serkis’s Alfred, Jeffrey Wright’s Jim Gordon, and Zoë Kravitz’s Catwoman), even if the Riddler really was the one leading Batman to himself all along. It’s intriguing to imagine this alternate version in which Batman, clearly frustrated in his search, tries to employ an incarcerated Joker to help him get inside the mind of a fellow lunatic.
Along with this deleted scene, the special features include in the home releases are extensive, and include another deleted scene between Kravitz’s Catwoman and Colin Farrell’s Penguin (h/t Collider). The Catwoman/Penguin scene finds Selina Kyle (Kravitz) having a meeting with Oswald Cobblepot (Farrell) at the 44 Below Club, that club-within-a-club at the Iceberg Lounge that the Penguin operates as a kind of safe space for criminals and their hangers-on. The details of the scene aren’t known, but we do know that Selina is hellbent on finding Annika (Hana Hrzic), her missing roommate who was last scene with Mayor Don Mitchell, Jr. (Rupert Penry-Jones).
Farrell’s Penguin will get a lot more screen time in the near future—he’s got his own HBO Max series in production that will focus on his rise within the Gotham underworld. That rise is made possible because of the events in The Batman, in which the Penguin manages to survive whereas his boss, John Turturro’s Carmine Falcone, meets his maker.
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Featured image: Caption: ROBERT PATTINSON as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “THE BATMAN,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ ™ & © DC Comics