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.
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.
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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