Batman 3 Rumor: 3 Inception Stars Up for Riddler?

Yeah, this doesn’t seem very likely at all.

Buuuuuuuuuuut … according to CBM, quoting “unnamed sources” deep within the bowels of Warner Bros. (actually, an intern who used to work there), the studio is considering three actors for the role of The Riddler in Christopher Nolan’s upcoming and still-untitled “Batman 3″. And all three actors just happen to have been in Nolan’s last movie together, “Inception”.

They are: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, long thought to be the frontrunner and fanboy favorite for the role of The Riddler; “Inception” star Leonardo DiCaprio; and Tom Hardy, who is quickly poised to become the next Sam Worthington. Meaning, guy’s being considered for everything nowadays.

Right off the bat, you can probably take Leonardo DiCaprio’s name out of the running. Why? Because studios and directors don’t “consider” Leonardo “I’m King of the World!” DiCaprio for movie roles, DiCaprio considers them. Meaning, the guy is way too big to be “in the running” for any role, even something like “Batman 3″. Granted, the Riddler would be a pretty big and juicy part, and after what it did for Heath Ledger’s career (if not, alas, his life), lots of people will be up for it. Even so, at this stage in his career, Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t put himself “in the running” for movies, movies put themselves in the running to have the privilege of him starring in them.

So, that out of the way.

Tom Hardy? I don’t see this one, either. Hardy is insanely busy right now, and it seems highly unlikely he’ll be able to commit to “Batman 3″ and another long Nolan movie with, according to reports, two “Mad Max” movies set for sometime early next year. Besides a potentially year-long (or thereabouts) wandering in a post-apocalyptic Australia in his near future, Hardy’s already lined up the action-comedy “This Means War”. So where exactly does that leave him time to do “Batman 3″ sometime in 2011 to make the film’s already announced 2012 release date? I don’t see it happening.

Which leaves us with … Joseph Gordon-Levitt as still the best choice for the Riddler.

Unless, of course, Nolan decides the Riddler is too jokey for his Bat-verse, in which case this is all moot. At this point, although the script is said to be finished, we still have no idea who the villain (or villains) will be for part three. For purely personal reasons, I would rather see Batman face a physically tougher foe than one that relies on gimmicks like The Riddler, but that’s just me.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I wouldn't mind Hardy, but you're right he is rather busy, and Levitt would just own the role. He's fast becoming a favorite of mine.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    i wanna see a catwoman / riddler combo

  • Ulik

    Levitt as The Riddler, Leonardo as Black Mask, Hardy as Hush.

  • Brian

    I really like how you did the Leo bit with him considering movies, not people considering him for movies. It's good to see more people looking at him as the great actor he is. There are still a lot out there that don't think he's very good…crazy people but they're out there!

  • batfan

    you r a genius

  • batfan

    Personally, I think that Jack White of “The White Stripes”, and such movies as cold mountain and walk hard, would be exceptional as the riddler. Just imagine it, AMAZING RIGHT!!!

  • Renaissance

    Johnny Depp without a doubt, come on people!

  • ULIK

    @batfan Thanks, I wish. Just the way I put it makes most sense to me. I doubt that Hush or even Black Mask will be in Batman 3 but you never know.

  • ULIK

    The only way to add Black Mask for Batman 3 ,he'd have to be in the background only and not a DIRECT or “main” villain just yet,he'd have to be sort of in the background and very mysterious, which Leo wouldn't do a small role like that. Without showing Hush's origin in Batman Begins as Bruce Wayne's childhood friend it be hard to introduce him at this point. My hopes for main characters in Batman 3 are Talia Al' Ghul, The Riddler and Bane. I also want The Return of Two-Face but not as a villain just as a rogue/anti-hero and a thorn in Batman's side. The Main villains would be The Riddler and Bane while Talia wouldn't be a villain per say but still antagonist/ally for Batman,helping to keep Batman alive enough to either finish him off herself and or to find out the truth of her father's death and the potential of what Bruce Wayne could be and why her father was so obsessed with him. I'd bring the Riddler in as an agent or detective type that suffers from obsessive compulsive behavior but is incredible at solving crimes that becomes obsessed with Batman and Bruce Wayne and becomes The Riddler and challenges Batman's intellect and detective skills and Bane challenges Batman's will,stamina,mind and body. Many other characters could just make cameos as prisoners in Arkham Asylum.

  • John

    one of the villains i want to see is Death Stroke,.

    • randomfan101

      I also share this want. To see Death Stroke would make the movie to me all that much more enjoyable. Is Harley in this next one? Cuz if not i defiantely think she should be.