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The Riddler and Penguin Casting Rumors Confirmed by Michael Caine

September 09, 2008 02:59:53 GMT

The actor who portrayed Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's loyal butler, has added up more spices to the casting rumors of possible villains for the 'Dark Knight' sequel.


The Riddler and Penguin Casting Rumors Confirmed by Michael Caine
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"The Dark Knight" actor, Michael Caine, has provided a ray of light in the midst of circulating rumors around the next possible foes for Batman and the actors who will play them in the next movie installment of the dark superhero. To MTV's Splash Page, the actor who played Alfred Pennyworth said that the studio have indicated that they want to cast Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Penguin.

At the 2008 Toronto Film Festival while promoting "Is There Anybody There?", he spoke out about how he learned about what the studio have in mind. "I was with [a Warner Bros.] executive and I said, 'Are we going to make another one?' They said yeah," he tipped off. "I said, 'How the hell are we going to top Heath [Ledger]? And he says 'I'll tell you how you top Heath - Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.' I said, 'S--t, they've done it again!'"

While Caine's statement on the casting of the villains seems to be confirming the widespread rumor, the studio have yet to offer any clarification or affirmation on the matter. Nevertheless, Depp himself has denied that he is up for the baddie role earlier in an interview with a Florida radio show insisting that he knows nothing about it, though admitting that the part would be "a fun gig". On the other hand, Hoffman and his camp have remained mum on the subject so far.

Said to be tentatively entitled "The Caped Crusade", the sequel to the record-breaking "The Dark Knight", has been hit with many speculations on its possible baddies. While many predicted that the most likely villains presented are The Riddler and Penguin, some speculated that Catwoman may have a part as well suggesting that Cher and Angelina Jolie are lining up for the role. The filming allegedly is scheduled to begin in Vancouver early 2009.

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posted by Riddler on Mar 11, 2010
The Riddler is the best, hope they won't screw it up!!!
posted by Lphqaoqr on Jul 13, 2009
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posted by mba39 on Apr 24, 2009
Depp as the riddler? Sweet! He'd be perfect.
posted by Asterio on Feb 07, 2009
I think they should consider Charlize Theron for the role of Catwoman. She's a beautiful woman and a great actress. On the other hand, Angelina Jolie would be a disaster
posted by Bruce Wayne on Sep 26, 2008
NYC COMIC-CON NEWSLETTER: author: Dave Micah 4/18/08 NEWS OF BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE NIGHT Batman 3 Synopsis: Jervis Tetch (Mad Hatter) is a neuroscientist who pursues his theories despite genetic sanctions. He creates a synthetic organism by combining his nano technology with human stem cells. Then he gambles to reverse his autistic patient (Riddler) Edward Nigma's mental degradation and prove himself right. He is caught, fired and shunned by the scientific community, but not before discovering the key to mind control. He has the misfortune of testing a subject by the name of (Catwoman) Selina Kyle. She is reclusive secretary suffering from split personality disorder. A home body who's only companionship lies in her cats. Batman is confronted by a new foe named (Dick Grayson) Nightwing. A revenge driven vigilante who's sole declaration is to do to criminals what the Dark Knight will not. Which is kill those who commit atrocities on the people of Gotham like his family. A series of mysterious deaths are approximated within sightings of Nightwing. However, once he announces responsibility for murders Batman had Commissioner Gordon blame him for to preserve Harvey Dent's good name. Batman begins to question the validity of Nightwing's claims to being a murderous vigilante. Batman hunts down Nightwing in an effort to persuade him from becoming what he hates most. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is seduced by Wayne Enterprise's newest addition Selina Kyle. Selina's alter ego becomes her psyche's dominant personality due to Jervis' attempt to control her. After unforeseen side effects on Selina's neural pathways send her adrenal glands into overdrive and her conscious mind to fall victim to Tetch. Catwoman emerges with unbridled strength, agility and an overconfident sexual appetite. As Tetch uses a cognitive transmitter to impose his will. He plagues the citizens of Gotham, as Mad Hatter, with an organism which gives him reign over their consciousness. The Dark Knight is engulfed at every turn with attempts to end his life by the citizens he swore to protect. Their very eyes act as cameras and their bodies act as weapons to prevent Batman's attempts to stop him. Under the guidance of Lucius Fox, Batman infects himself with Tetch's organism to establish a telepathic link. Bruce Wayne pits himself against Mad Hatter in a battle of mind vs madness. He is greeted by a world from which he wished he had come from. Then in an instant he is confronted by a nightmarish existence from which he can not escape. While he tries to convince Selina Kyle that she is the key to stopping Mad Hatter. Lucius Fox succumbs to Tetch's control and Batman is left trapped in his own head. This leaves a psychotic Catwoman as one of the Dark Knight's only hopes of waking up to the real world again. As a blood thirsty vigilante, who blames Batman for not stopping the man responsible for his family's death, is left to choose his fate.
posted by tdh589 on Sep 09, 2008
this entire article is complete BS. Christopher Nolan has yet to commit and David Goyer has said that, like 'Begins,' they would use villains that had not been used in other films. batman begins nor the dark knight never even filmed in vancouver. if a third is made, production wouldn't start until atleast spring 2010.
posted by Amol on Sep 08, 2008
I would have liked to see The Black Mask who is more real, more Vicious and more Powerful. But its OK. What can we, Batfans, do about it except request and hope that there is no Robin, Catwoman or any love-interest in the 3rd or any number of installment of Nolan.

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