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Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ might add new Joker character, report says

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker won’t be included. Another one might be added

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A set photo from “The Batman.”

A pair of set photos from the upcoming DC Comics film “The Batman” have dropped online, offering our first glimpse at the full Batman suit.

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Don’t expect Joaquin Phoenix to appear in Matt Reeves’ “The Batman.” The film will likely add a new Joker into the mix.

What’s the news:

  • Matt Reeves is slated to produce a trilogy of Batman films for DC Comics, bringing another round of Batman films into the pop culture scene. And he plans to introduce a new Joker character within them, according to The Direct, a news and rumors site for pop culture and entertainment.
  • The report says:
According to our contributing insider Daniel Richtman, Matt Reeves is planning to introduce a new Joker into his Batman trilogy. Reeves is planning for the Joker to appear in the second and third movies as one of the films’ multiple villains. This new Joker will be referenced in 2021’s The Batman, and casting for the role has not yet begun.

  • Of course, the report is merely a rumor at this point considering that “The Batman” is still in production.

Some more context:

  • As ComicBook.com highlighted, the new Joker character would be the third Joker in less than 10 years in the movies. Joaquin Phoenix played the character in “Joker,” Jared Leto play the Clown Prince of Crime in “Suicide Squad” and Heath Ledger played him in “The Dark Knight.”