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Gordon-Levitt to be the Riddler?

The Riddler in Batman 3?

With Inception in full swing, dominating the box office charts and breaking into IMDB.com’s sometimes fabled top 10 hype for Christopher Nolan’s next movie, the third installment of the awesome Batman series, was bound to be amped up in tandom and this week the Hollywood publicity machine didn’t fail to disappoint.

The rumours surrounding the villain in Nolan’s next Batman movie have been circulating for months, with such names as Catwoman, the Penguin and the Riddler with many Hollywood actors attached. The latest is Inception’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt who is said to be ‘interested’ in the role.

Josepth Gordon-Levitt is the Riddler????

But is it just publicity? FirstShowing.net this week revealed they had a casting grid sent to them by a ‘trusting source’ that not only states that the Riddler WILL BE the next Batman villain, but Gordon-Levitt will play the enigmatic (get the pun? If not, shame on you…) Batman villain.

It also kinda makes sense. As of late Nolan is known for re-using trusted actors in his films, particularly Michael Caine, Cillian Murphy and Christian Bale so perhaps Gordon-Levitt impressed him so much in Inception he has made it into Nolan’s good graces? And wouldn’t he? Gordon-Levitt did a solid job in Inception and strikes me as a versatile actor who could potentially handle the role.

The Riddler to be the next Batman villain???

My thoughts on the whole thing? Riddler could be a good villain if done correctly and one would imagine with Nolan at the helm this is most likely to be the case. But is another ‘cerebral’ villain really what the third (and possibly final) Batman movie needs. The Riddler character has never been very hands on as a villain and often relies on mind over brawn which is good, but is that really enough to make this movie go out with a bang? Perhaps other villains are involved, if they are I would like to see the Riddler manipulate them to do his bidding – like a dumber, brawnier villain like Killer Croc and perhaps even Bane (althought he’s not all that dumb in his own right).

And Gordon-Levitt? As I said above I think he’s a versatile actor and did a solid job in Inception – do I believe he’d make a good Riddler? Yes, I do. He’s got the build for it and the acting chops to do it, althought I hope he doesn’t get too caught up in trying to ‘out-do’ Heath Ledger’s Joker or even Jim Carrey’s version of the Riddler in Batman Forever.

What do you think?

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2 Responses to Gordon-Levitt to be the Riddler?

  1. Ryan says:

    I think JGL would be pretty good as the Riddler, but I’m just not sold on him being the “big baddy” in the next (and potentially final) film. One big bonus for the Riddler would be that he is an intellectual — something that hasn’t necessarily been present in Nolan’s Batman films. We’ve never seen “The Detective” only the brawler, so for someone to come out and really challenge Wayne’s intellect would be pretty cool.

    The Riddler would probably be cool if modeled after Azzarello’s Joker version of The Riddler.

    I’m still a big supporter of Black Mask being the main villain, with perhaps a secondary villain (Riddler?). I just think the dynamic of Black Mask fits in with the way the trilogy would unfold — the constant play on duality and masks, and it would just work on many levels. Having Sionis go after Wayne instead of Batman would be great, and something different.

    But — in Nolan I trust. Whatever it is, I’ll no doubt enjoy it.

  2. The Master of Awesomeness says:

    I agree. These days Nolan cabn’t do wrong – I’ve been a fan of him since Memento.

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