How The Batman 2 Breaking A Live-Action Joker Trend Can Impact The DCU

  • The Batman – Part II can test an established Joker & Batman dynamic, bringing a new twist to their well-known relationship.
  • Previous live-action Jokers met Batman for the first time, but The Batman 2 shows the duo already have history together.
  • The Joker is Batman's most popular villain, so exploring their relationship without making Joker the main threat is crucial.
Thanks to a surprise appearance in the first movie, The Batman – Part II can bring a new Joker (played by Barry Keoghan), and through him, it would be breaking a live-action Joker trend. The DC Universe keeps expanding after the failures of the DC Extended Universe, bringing new characters and new versions of popular ones while also continuing the stories of already established characters, but with a different place in this universe. Such is the case of Matt Reeves’ The Batman movies, which are now part of the DC Universe’s branch of DC Elseworlds, along with Todd Phillip’s Joker, as they aren’t part of the main continuity.
The Batman introduced the audience to a younger Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson) in his second year of crime-fighting in Gotham City as Batman. The Caped Crusader helped Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) catch a mysterious serial killer known as the Riddler (Paul Dano) while he also dived into Gotham’s criminal underworld, led by Carmine Falcone (John Turturro) and Oswald Cobbeplot a.k.a. The Penguin (Colin Farrell). The success of The Batman led to a sequel being greenlit, which is expected to bring Keoghan’s Joker back after his surprise appearance in the first movie, thus breaking a live-action Joker trend.


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