With a third Batman film from Christopher Nolan likely to be in the works soon with the monumental success of The Dark Knight still underway, a lot of people have put speculation into which villains Batman would go up against in the new movies and whoever they may be, who would portray them. Note-None of these villains have been confirmed for the sequel to The Dark Knight, however according to the UK’s The Daily Telegraph, Warner Bros. have targeted them to play them. One of the ideas was for the Riddler to come into play in the sequel, and who other than Johny Depp to portray him. Depp is a very deep actor, in that he can be the very serious, or he can be totally whimsical and silly. In Nolan’s world, he’d have to portray the Riddler sort of like Ledger did with the Joker, which was fantastic. The Riddler’s character in the comics is am obsessive quirky man who has to leave these clues and riddles at the scens of his crimes. He’s a smart man as well, just loves word games and riddles. I believe Johny Depp can totally do it right.
The next was Phillip Seymour Hoffman to play the Penguin. Don’t know who Phillip Seymour Hoffman is? Check out the photo above. The Penguin is a mob boss, who has a love for birds and umbrellas, however most likely in Nolan’s world that particular aspect would be dropped. In an IGN article, their idea was for the Penguin to be a crime boss, but for the name “Penguin” just to be used in private, possibly only between mob members and Batman himself. He fancies himself as a “Gentleman of Crime”, and isn’t insane or demented as other Batman villains like the Joker and Two Face are. He uses a string of night clubs as cover for his activities. I totally think Hoffman would be great for the part. Hoffman has starred in movies such as Boogie Nights, Along Came Polly, Mission Impossible 3, and Charlie WIlson’s War.
The final one which to me seemed the most unlikely of sorts was the role of Catwoman. This was not a casting rumor or words leaked from any official source, however was a recommendation from Julie Newmar, the woman who played Catwoman on the original Batman television series with Adam West. She said quote “Angelina Jolie would own the part. My industry friends tell me [she] has made inquiries about the role. I can understand how it would pique her interest.” While the idea of the Riddler and the Penguin appearing in the third movie is highly plausible and likely, the idea of Catwoman in Nolan’s world portrayed by Angelina Jolie, would not only bring in the pervert market of 40 year old guys that live in basements and 15 year old boys to the theaters, but I don’t believe would quite mesh with the world. Okay, I’ll admit, I’d wanna see the movie more. I mean, how do you logically and realistically explain a woman dressed as a cat?
Overall, the sequel to The Dark Knight, one of the best comic book movies in the past few years, may have some trouble living up to the standard set by The Dark Knight, however if some of these casting rumors become reality, I think the sequel can meet expectations. What do you think? Anyone have any other ideas for possible Batman villains, or possible other people to play these infamous characters? Drop a comment and let me know.