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.