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Philip Seymour Hoffman Denies Batman Casting

September 10, 2008 03:38:25 GMT

The Academy Award-winning actor opened up about the possibility of him being involved in the next Batman movie installment.


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After Michael Caine let out a so-called confirmation about the Batman's foes casting rumor a while back, Philip Seymour Hoffman, the actor rumored to be portraying Penguin in "The Dark Knight" sequel, has finally spoken up about it. At the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, September 9, the 41-year-old stated to MTV News, "No one has talked to me about it ever - never."

Sounded similar to the reaction given by Johnny Depp who has been linked to the role of The Riddler, Hoffman put off the burning flame by confessing that he has never met director Christopher Nolan and the speculation is a mere rumor. "It happened, like, five years ago, too," he said. "It was a rumor back then and it's still a rumor. [laughs] It's just in the press. It's funny."

When asked about his interest in starring as the mobster-type criminal with high-tech umbrellas, he confessed, "I don't know. I think I'm more interested in seeing someone else do it. I don't know if I'd be a good Penguin to be quite honest." He also noted that as a fan of comic book movies, he intended to stay purely as a fan saying, "I'm such a fan of those movies. Comic book movies in general I look forward to - I am a real cheerleader for them."

"I want them to do well because those are terrific stories. As a kid I was a big comic book collector. What [Nolan]'s doing is taking it in a whole other exciting great place. I'm more a fan, so the interest of being in it isn't that great. It's more the interest in wanting to see the next one. It's probably better that way."

Following the massive success of "Dark Knight" on retaining the second slot of highest grossing movie of all time with $512.4 million nationwide, speculations about the possible sequel which is tentatively named "The Caped Crusade" has been streaming in, especially from the possible casting of the villains. Aside from Hoffman and Depp, other thesps linked to other Batman's foe, Catwoman, include singer Cher and "Wanted (2008)" star Angelina Jolie.

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posted by Lp on Oct 15, 2009
If Philip Seymour Hoffman doesnt want to take the role as the penguin they should have Ray Winstone play the role I think he is great for the role.
posted by seymour hoffman fan on Oct 15, 2009
i cant believe he would not want the play the penguin he's perfect to play that role he is a great actor and seeing him actor with johnny depp would be awesome
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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.

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