Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Riddler in Batman 3?

This actually makes sense in a lot of ways, but as to it being true … well, I’ll leave that up to you folks. (Which, conveniently, takes me off the hook. See how that works?) According to the website HollywoodLife (via Playlist), Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been chosen by Christopher Nolan to play the villain in the third Batman film.

Now before you dismiss it, consider these facts:

Gordon-Levitt is one of the better young actors coming up in Hollywood today, and he can do both blockbuster and indie equally well, as he’s just proven with “Inception”, which also happens to be directed by Nolan. So Nolan already knows what Gordon-Levitt is capable of. And honestly, did anyone thought Heath Ledger could have pulled off The Joker in “The Dark Knight” before he actually pulled it off with flying colors?

So yes, the latest “Batman 3″ rumor is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the Riddler. It’s not nearly as crazy as it sounds. In fact, I think it would be downright brilliant casting if it was true.



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  • ULIK

    I'd support this but….he looks too similar to Heath Ledger and that would be too eerie to look at even though Heath wore make up as the Joker. IDK… It could work though,but his character would have to be a polar opposite of Ledger's Joker,nothing similar at all. Even though it will probably happen anyway,we don't really need people comparing Ledger's Joker to Levitt's Riddler. I'd be ok with Levitt's Riddler compared to Jim Carey's but The Riddler and The Joker MUST be totally different.

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

    “So yes, the latest “Batman 3″ rumor is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the Riddler. It’s not nearly as crazy as it sounds. In fact, I think it would be downright brilliant casting if it was true.”

    Agreed! With that and what you said Ulik. They really have to be different. I think the way to go is closer to what was seen in “The Batman,” not so much in look but in character and in his MO. This being the age of technology “The Batman's” version of the Riddler was perfect. Stealing money and information through the city's mainframe and using the riddles to keep Batman occupied with a fake crime, though I'd up the stales for the movie and have another real crime set up with those riddles. Batman needs his mind challenged, but I'd still love to see someone like Bane or Deathstroke to challenge him physically as well. An attack on both fronts. Levitt would make a great riddler. They have to use the sunglasses look too. I thought changing from the domino mask to the shades was a great choice. I'd even like to see him closer to his look in Brian Azzarello's and Lee Burmejo's “Joker” graphic novel, with the tattoos.

  • Vid

    ehh I'd rather see a villain you hasn't already appeared in the movie franchise already…enough of these “mastermind” types who couldn't last 10 seconds in a physical altercation with batman. My only exception to this would be Bane (but a smart one like in the comics and not some stereotypical brainless thug)

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

    Which is why I'd love to see “Hush” done. I love Bane and think if they did him right he'd be great as well. OR they could do the whole thing that “The Batman” did so well, and that's make enemies that weren't physical threats surprise both the Batman and the viewer by making them capable of actually fighting Batman. They did it with Joker, and Penguin in the show but I'd love for the Riddler to be all about his brains, and then when he gets attacked have him use the cane (or staff as it was in the show) very well as a weapon with a line like “What you think you're the only one who can build both their mind AND body into weapons?”

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

    “So yes, the latest “Batman 3″ rumor is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the Riddler. It’s not nearly as crazy as it sounds. In fact, I think it would be downright brilliant casting if it was true.”

    Agreed! With that and what you said Ulik. They really have to be different. I think the way to go is closer to what was seen in “The Batman,” not so much in look but in character and in his MO. This being the age of technology “The Batman's” version of the Riddler was perfect. Stealing money and information through the city's mainframe and using the riddles to keep Batman occupied with a fake crime, though I'd up the stales for the movie and have another real crime set up with those riddles. Batman needs his mind challenged, but I'd still love to see someone like Bane or Deathstroke to challenge him physically as well. An attack on both fronts. Levitt would make a great riddler. They have to use the sunglasses look too. I thought changing from the domino mask to the shades was a great choice. I'd even like to see him closer to his look in Brian Azzarello's and Lee Burmejo's “Joker” graphic novel, with the tattoos.

  • Vid

    ehh I'd rather see a villain you hasn't already appeared in the movie franchise already…enough of these “mastermind” types who couldn't last 10 seconds in a physical altercation with batman. My only exception to this would be Bane (but a smart one like in the comics and not some stereotypical brainless thug)

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

    Which is why I'd love to see “Hush” done. I love Bane and think if they did him right he'd be great as well. OR they could do the whole thing that “The Batman” did so well, and that's make enemies that weren't physical threats surprise both the Batman and the viewer by making them capable of actually fighting Batman. They did it with Joker, and Penguin in the show but I'd love for the Riddler to be all about his brains, and then when he gets attacked have him use the cane (or staff as it was in the show) very well as a weapon with a line like “What you think you're the only one who can build both their mind AND body into weapons?”

  • A little Bird

    I was thinking Inception was his “get to know Levitt” film to take over as the Joker, look alot the same, he's shown to be a good actor, don't rule THAT out, Nolan had been planning on using the Joker for 3 anyway

  • the last saiyan

    if you ask me he just looks too young to be playing a villain in a movie. his face is still childish. i'm not saying he couldn't do it and i'm not saying heath ledger looked old i mean he looked young but he still looked his age. i know that doesnt make since it's just hard to say…i guess what i'm trying to say is he looked young but more mature at the same time

  • justinM

    i agree, levitt and heath ledger look almost IDENTICAL.. so that was my first thought when i heard levitt was going to be in the film