Did you stay until the end of “The Batman” trailer that debuted at DC FanDome in August 2020? If so, you might have seen a fleeting glimpse of a character that resembled the Joker.
But was it really him? Let’s examine the evidence and theories.
The scene in question occurs near the end of the teaser, after Batman (played by Robert Pattinson) has beaten up several thugs and revealed his face to one of them. The thug looks shocked and says, “Whoa, this guy’s crazy!”
Then we see a quick shot of someone sitting in a chair with their back to us, wearing a red suit and green hair. They turn their head slightly and smile widely, revealing white makeup on their face.
This shot lasts only a few seconds and is accompanied by eerie music and laughter. Then the title card appears and the trailer ends.
So, was that the Joker? Here are some clues that support both sides:
- Pro: The red suit and green hair are classic Joker traits, as seen in various comics, movies, and TV shows.
- Con: The person’s face is not shown clearly enough to confirm their identity beyond doubt.
- Pro: The smile seems very Joker-like in its wide and twisted expression.
- Con: The white makeup could be worn by other villains or henchmen as well.
- Pro: The laughter in the background is reminiscent of Mark Hamill’s iconic Joker laugh from “Batman: The Animated Series” and other media.
- Con: The laughter could be a red herring or simply a generic horror sound effect.
Given these clues, fans have come up with several theories about who the person in the chair could be:
- The Joker: This is the most obvious and popular theory, as many fans would love to see the Clown Prince of Crime in “The Batman” and think that this brief tease confirms his presence.
- A Joker Imposter: Some fans speculate that this person could be someone pretending to be the Joker, either as a copycat or a decoy. This could tie into other villains like the Riddler or Hush, who are known for their elaborate schemes.
- A Henchman: A more mundane but still possible theory is that this person is simply a henchman of one of the main villains, perhaps dressed up for a special occasion or as a tribute to the Joker.
- A Red Herring: Of course, it’s also possible that this shot was included solely to mislead and excite fans without actually featuring the Joker or any other significant character. Director Matt Reeves has said that “The Batman” will focus on early versions of Batman’s rogues gallery, so it’s possible that some characters won’t appear until later movies or not at all.
In conclusion, we don’t know for sure if that was the Joker at the end of “The Batman” trailer. However, we can say that the possibility exists and that it has sparked much discussion and speculation among fans. Whether you’re excited by the prospect of another live-action Joker or wary of his overexposure, one thing is clear: “The Batman” has already generated a lot of buzz and anticipation.
What do you think? Was that the Joker or someone else?
Which theory do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below!