Monday, August 4, 2008

Batman's Next Villain

After a nice, over-lunch discussion about the film that will eventually follow The Dark Knight, I have been doing a little research about who might appear as the third films villain. I personally thought that the idea of Poison Ivy would be cool, and thought it plausible just due to the fact that there has yet to be a female villain in the Nolan/Bale Batman franchise and the name of Catwoman has been pretty throughly tarnished by Halle Berry. The more I think about it though, the more I think it would be difficult to pull off a realistic version of Poison Ivy, at least as the central villain, because if you take away the paranormal aspect of her powers you just kind of end up with a sexy botanist, which is cool as fuck, but not that tough of a match for Batman. I have decided that I would personally most like to see either The Riddler or The Mad Hatter appear next.

Jervis Tetch AKA The Mad Hatter is brilliant but utterly insane, much like the Joker, and obsessed with Lewis Caroll's Alice In Wonderland. His specializes in mind altering, or mind-control, through various methods. It is apparently hinted in the comic that he is also a pedophile who kidnaps little girls by the name of Alice, which actually might be too dark for this series of Batman.

The Riddler, on the other hand, is just one of those great villains, I think. It would be a nice change from The Dark Knight to have a villain that, of course, is insane, but not insane insane. In other words, it seems like every villain in Batman is brilliant and crazy but The Riddler at least has a heavy lean towards the former.

Upon scouring the net for what little information there is about the next Batman movie I have found a little bit of information here and there, and based on that I think it can be safely assumed that that the next Batman film will feature The Riddler in some aspect. This is mostly due to this little quote from Gary Oldman in an interview he did with Movie Hole:

"Maybe we don't need the Joker. Because we'll have The Riddler."

I don't think you can get any more straight forward than that. According to IMDB, there is a letter to the editor released with the viral marketing newspaper for The Dark Knight that is written by Edward Nashton, which is a name that The Riddler frequently used.

(A nice little piece of fan art done by CrimsonPhantasm at

There have been things popping up online saying that Johnny Depp has been asked to play The Riddler but the source of this information seems very shady. That coupled with the fact that that same source also stated the Philip Seemore Hoffman is going to be playing The Penguin in the next movie. Director Chistopher Nolan has this to say in Esquire Magazine:

Esquire: "The Internet thinks you're casting Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin."

Nolan: [laughs] "Not true. I'd be more excited to have Philip Seymour Hoffman in the film than to have the Penguin. There are certain characters that are easier to mesh with the more real take on Batman we're doing. The Penguin would be tricky."


Haylee Joel said...

Yay! I hope it's the Riddler.. although the Mad Hatter would be especially awesome and it seems like he would fit the "dark" theme in the new Batman franchise; I think that him being a pedophile might actually fit well, too. As gross and creepy as that is, it seems as though Nolan is going in the direction of weird and a little grotesque.

mant said...

i'm hoping Harley Quinn will come into her own as a formidable foe.

Karl said...

Please God, bring back Jim Carrey