Barry Keoghan has revealed his unsolicited Riddler audition helped him land the Joker role in Matt Reeves The Batman.
The actor appeared as the Clown Prince of Crime in a lengthy deleted scene, but it wasn’t the role he originally chose.
“I wanted to be Riddler,” he said United Kingdom in a recent interview.
Keoghan auditioned for The Batman sending in an unsolicited tape over three years ago, after hearing that Reeves was looking to cast someone like The Riddler.
Although Paul Dano had already landed the role, Keoghan met with producer Dylan Clark and asked him to watch his audition tape.
The two-minute clip sees Keoghan, dressed in black with green suspenders and a bowler hat, nonchalantly stepping out of an elevator and wandering down a hallway, before walking towards the camera with blood on his face. You can watch it below.
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Four months after sending the tape, the actor received a call from Clark. “The Batman wants you to play the Joker – but you can’t tell anyone,” his agent told him.
Keoghan described his vision of the Joker as “a little charming and a little hurt, a broken down boy”, adding: “I wanted some kind of human behind the makeup. I want people to relate to him… [to know] he puts on a facade.
The actor went on to say that while the The Batman sequel has been officially greenlit, he has yet to be asked to reprise his role as the Joker.
“As soon as that call comes in, I’m their man, I’m there,” he said.
Elsewhere in the interview, Keoghan spoke about his eagerness to work with director Taika Waititi on its next star wars film. “I’m trying to meet him,” Keoghan said. “I asked everyone.”
Last year, Waititi explained that his film, due for release in December 2025, will be “expand the star wars universe and introduce a whole new set of characters.