It is without a doubt one of the most hotly contested, debate, and speculated questions in geekdom at the moment: what villains will make their appearance in the third Batman movie, and who will play them. Weâ€™ve seen horrible rumors about Cher playing Catwoman. We havenâ€™t even heard from Christopher Nolan as to whether heâ€™ll even return immediately for a third. But weâ€™re still debating it like itâ€™s all cast in stone.
But for the first time, there is a semi-legit half-confirmation from Michael Caine, who plays Alfred in the Nolan Batman files, on a previously reported rumor that has got all the fanboys and girls in a twist: Johnny Depp as the Riddler and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin.
In a radio interview, Depp had denied the rumor to be true, yet expressed his interest in the role nonetheless.
In an interview with MTV, Caine seemed to confirm that these are the actors that Warner Bros. are currently seeking, for characters that, presumably, have already been decided upon.
Apparently, Caine saw the rumors in the newspaper, along with the rest of us. But being an inside man, he went and got confirmation from an unnamed WB executive.
â€œI was with [a Warner Bros.] executive and I said, â€˜Are we going to make another one?â€™ They said yeah. I said, â€˜How the hell are we going to top Heath? And he says â€˜Iâ€™ll tell you how you top Heath â€” Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.â€™ I said, â€˜Sâ€“t, theyâ€™ve done it again!â€™â€
From a purely theoretical point of view, the Riddler and the Penguin make sense as characters for a third film, and the actors attached to them also fit, especially considering Nolanâ€™s desire to make his films realistic. But I still canâ€™t get past the fact that Nolan hasnâ€™t announced heâ€™ll be coming back, and that in the past, he has had massive creative control over the films. Everything seems a little backward at the moment. Nevertheless, if these rumors turn out to be true, Iâ€™ll be happy. I just want Catwoman as well added to the mix!