"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.