An In-Depth Look at Each of Batman’s Future Foes-The Riddler

September 18, 2008 at 4:27 pm (Comics, Movies)


This is a little series I’d like to do, taking a look at all the villains people are rumoring to be the next Batman villain, and my thoughts on how they could be realistically brought into Nolan’s world. If you have any suggestions for the next villain, feel free to let me know. 

The first villain needed to look at is The Riddler, a.k.a Edward Nigma. Nigma is a lover of puzzles, and is obsessed with them. His interpersonal psyche is ruled by riddles. When ever he has the upper hand over a foe, he can’t simply defeat them then and there, he has to present them with a riddle, and see if they can escape it. As a young boy Nigma is challenged by a teacher to solve a riddle. He is so determined he sneaks into the school and memorizes the answer. He wins the prize for the contest, a book of riddles. He then goes on to work at a carnival, tricking passers with his riddles of wit. He eventually decides to go against Batman as he sees him as a worthy opponent and adversary to his puzzles and questions. The Riddler put Batman in several deathtraps in comics, Batman always escaping somehow. Riddler is a strategist, and prides himself trying to outsmart others with his riddles. The premise of this character is very possible for Nolan to tap into, and to ground in realism. Make the Riddler a lover of puzzles, and bring him in to challenge Batman’s intelligence and try to outsmart him, possibly catch him. But eventually Nigma goes insane with trying to outsmart him, and becomes the suited madman. As far as who would play him, I would really like to see someone other than Johny Depp do it. Someone riskier. I’d like to see someone zany like Gene Wilder or I could see someone who fit the physical bill like David Anders or Anthony Micheal Hall, maybe even Hugh Laurie play the puzzle maniac. Feel free to share your thoughts, rebuttles, support, or comments.



  1. nolanator said,


  2. The James said,

    What do you have against depp? He is great at this kind of stuff….ok, but if not him….I could see Hugh Laurie…but that is’nt that much more of a risk.

    No, I say get an unknown. Bring in some fresh talent.

  3. earlman27 said,

    I don’t have anything against Depp playing it, I think he’d do great with it, it’s just not like Nolan to pick someone THAT mainstream. I want to see him take a chance with someone every knows but doesn’t expect, like he did with Ledger, or like you said, get someone we forgot about or noone knows.

  4. The James said,

    I am all for unknowns…I mean, really do we need any more big names?

  5. The James said,

    I KNOW!


  6. nolanator said,

    Yeah, and I could be the next pope!
    (sarcasim intended)

  7. earlman27 said,

    Nolan, James was joking.

  8. nolanator said,

    I know that. You think I’m stupid?

  9. dragonshensi said,

    None of those guys would work. Go with Depp out of all these.

  10. earlman27 said,

    Nolan, is that a a trick question?

  11. earlman27 said,

    All of these guys would totally work. Johny Depp is way too safe of a pick. It wouldn’t be like Nolan to take Depp.

  12. nolanator said,

    Trick question?!

  13. dragonshensi said,

    you guys need to stop arguing. It’s gone on long enough

  14. The James said,

    does it really matter?!

  15. dragonshensi said,

    what?The arguing?

  16. The James said,

    uh…sure lets go with the arguing.

  17. nolanator said,

    Arguing? We weren’t arguing.

  18. nolanator said,

    And if you think we were, I’m sorry.

  19. The James said,

    that pic on the left looks funny

  20. What? said,

    none of those would work an he was gonna pick johnny depp but since heath ledger died depp is most likly playing joker he said an also david tenent (doctor who) was asked to be the riddler but hey who knows we have till 2011

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