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05.06.2016

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With news that Ben Affleck will direct and star in the next standalone Batman movie, the first since Christopher Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES in 2012, it’s no surprise that there are already rumors swirling about a potential villain or even villains to go up against the caped crusader. Before things get too out of hand, I thought I would slow things down with a single casting debate of my favorite villain from the rogues gallery, The Riddler.

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The last time we saw The Riddler on the big screen, he was being portrayed by Jim Carrey in an over-the-top, almost cringe worthy fashion. I was hoping he would have shown up in Nolan’s trilogy, as that would have made for some terrific marketing and smart screenwriting, but alas, he’s been MIA since BATMAN FOREVER over 20 years ago.

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Edward Nigma is an iconic character and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly again in my opinion. I’d love to see him played in a serious way while still twisted and darkly comical too. The ingenious supervillain’s obsession with riddles and puzzles makes him the perfect foil for detective-mode Ben Affleck. The new version needs to be a genuine threat to Gotham’s Dark Knight, rather than a wacky sound-effect in a green suit.

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Call me a sucker for comedians who want to show something different, but my top three would be Bill Hader, Adam Scott, and Zach Galifianakis. Hader is my lead choice, just when I had thought I had seen everything he had to offer from a comedy standpoint, he delivers a dramatic performance in THE SKELETON TWINS and blows me away. I have no doubt that he could bring on untapped potential for a reinvention of The Riddler. Then we have Scott and Galifianakis; the two funny men have also proven their versatility with various roles and continue to raise their standing among leading stars. Can I imagine these guys torturing their victims with convoluted puzzles, traps and disturbing clues? Yes I can!

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Many actors have been linked to the role over the past twenty years; names like Leonardo DiCaprioJohnny Depp, and the late great Robin Williams just to name a few. Should we hope for an older iteration on the character or go the way of new Hollywood and cast a young and rising star? Riddler is arguably as wild as The Joker but hasn’t had a fair shot from where I’m standing. I’d love to see an actor come along and just reinvent the character. Would you want to see an older actor like Jackie Earle Haley or John Hawkes for the role? What about younger guys like Jim Parsons and Ben Foster? Let's toss in Walton Goggins in just because.

Riddle us this: who should The Riddler?

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Extra Tidbit: A version of the Joker's origin reveals that Riddler was involved with the events that led to Joker's birth. Whether or not this is true has yet to be proven.
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9:29PM on 05/10/2016

Jokes make you laugh, Riddles make you think!

I am not liking the idea of going with the comedian type for this role at all, just seems stupid and a less cool version of the joker. Jokes make you laugh, Riddles make you think, so not sure why everyone thinks the Riddler needs to be the maniacal jokester like the Joker, if it is just because of Batman Forever, then that really shouldn't be your the standard for you to live up to. They will most likely go with a clever and calculating genius like villain, someone a bit more serious and
I am not liking the idea of going with the comedian type for this role at all, just seems stupid and a less cool version of the joker. Jokes make you laugh, Riddles make you think, so not sure why everyone thinks the Riddler needs to be the maniacal jokester like the Joker, if it is just because of Batman Forever, then that really shouldn't be your the standard for you to live up to. They will most likely go with a clever and calculating genius like villain, someone a bit more serious and collected, not flamboyant as you all seem to think it should be. Kevin Spacey's character is Seven left clues and riddles for his foes, that is what this should be like just less horrific and grotesque. The riddler should be Jeremy Irons from Die Hard With A Vengeance, but maybe a younger actor and more obscure actor. I would cast Edward Snowden!
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1:45AM on 05/09/2016
All these comments and no one has yet said Neil Patrick Harris?

Or Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

...just kidding. I actually think Scoot McNairy is an interesting idea (despite he's already lived and died in the DCCU).
All these comments and no one has yet said Neil Patrick Harris?

Or Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

...just kidding. I actually think Scoot McNairy is an interesting idea (despite he's already lived and died in the DCCU).
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12:20PM on 05/08/2016
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5:01AM on 05/08/2016
I think Yeehaw08 has a point: Domhnall Gleeson!
He is a versatile actor, just compare his roles from The Force Awakens to Dredd to The Revenant to Ex_Machina.
I think Yeehaw08 has a point: Domhnall Gleeson!
He is a versatile actor, just compare his roles from The Force Awakens to Dredd to The Revenant to Ex_Machina.
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6:11PM on 05/07/2016

Hader

As soon as I read this article's title, Hader came to my mind. He could easily capture the brilliance of Nigma.
As soon as I read this article's title, Hader came to my mind. He could easily capture the brilliance of Nigma.
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4:35PM on 05/07/2016
Aiden Gillen has the right look and personality for a good riddler. You'd have to ignore his small part in Dark Knight Rises. I think Adrian Brody would be interesting as well.
Aiden Gillen has the right look and personality for a good riddler. You'd have to ignore his small part in Dark Knight Rises. I think Adrian Brody would be interesting as well.
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12:40PM on 05/09/2016
Considering TDKR is a different take on DC that shouldn't be a problem. Heck, we almost got Tom Hardy as Rick Flag!
Considering TDKR is a different take on DC that shouldn't be a problem. Heck, we almost got Tom Hardy as Rick Flag!
9:34AM on 05/07/2016
I don't know why, but... John Turturro.
I don't know why, but... John Turturro.
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2:12AM on 05/07/2016
Domhnall Gleeson
Matthew Gray Gubler
Domhnall Gleeson
Matthew Gray Gubler
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2:37PM on 05/07/2016
Domnhall Gleeson is great. red hair aside, I'm not sure he's Nygma, but he could be.
Domnhall Gleeson is great. red hair aside, I'm not sure he's Nygma, but he could be.
8:58PM on 05/06/2016
My vote goes to Stephen Merchant.
My vote goes to Stephen Merchant.
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7:37PM on 05/06/2016
Watched Bat 3 the other day and really appreciated Carrey's work, not sure why he get's so much hate lately considering the overall tone of the film. In fact, I think he's the best thing in it, feel free to disagree though.
For a new riddler, how about Nicholas Hoult?
Watched Bat 3 the other day and really appreciated Carrey's work, not sure why he get's so much hate lately considering the overall tone of the film. In fact, I think he's the best thing in it, feel free to disagree though.
For a new riddler, how about Nicholas Hoult?
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5:55PM on 05/06/2016
An addition to my earlier suggestions... What about Alan Tudyk?
An addition to my earlier suggestions... What about Alan Tudyk?
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5:26PM on 05/06/2016
Daisy Riddlery.
Daisy Riddlery.
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4:44PM on 05/06/2016
Bill Hader.

I was hoping Guy Pearce would play the role in Chris Nolan's Bat-universe.
Bill Hader.

I was hoping Guy Pearce would play the role in Chris Nolan's Bat-universe.
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3:46PM on 05/06/2016
How about Chris Messina? I think he has range and I've always wanted to see him in a superhero movie.
How about Chris Messina? I think he has range and I've always wanted to see him in a superhero movie.
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3:01PM on 05/06/2016
My first thoughts were John Hawkes and Hugh Laurie. They might be on the old side, if that's something we're supposed to take into consideration. Bill Hader might be damn near perfect.
My first thoughts were John Hawkes and Hugh Laurie. They might be on the old side, if that's something we're supposed to take into consideration. Bill Hader might be damn near perfect.
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3:05PM on 05/06/2016
I wanna see Hugh Laurie as the new J Jonah Jameson for Spider Man.
I wanna see Hugh Laurie as the new J Jonah Jameson for Spider Man.
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2:29PM on 05/06/2016
If they didn't have roles in other comic book flicks, I think Scoot McNairy and Jeremy Renner would be good (especially Renner, being directed by Affleck again).

So in no particular order, I say these
Bill Hader
Matt Damon
Jon Hamm
Bryan Cranston
Jeff Goldblum

And wether this is a sequel or prequel to BvS, I think Batman should already know who the Riddler is, already have locked him up before. A shame Renner can't do this. There's really lots of ways to go. Gosling could be
If they didn't have roles in other comic book flicks, I think Scoot McNairy and Jeremy Renner would be good (especially Renner, being directed by Affleck again).

So in no particular order, I say these
Bill Hader
Matt Damon
Jon Hamm
Bryan Cranston
Jeff Goldblum

And wether this is a sequel or prequel to BvS, I think Batman should already know who the Riddler is, already have locked him up before. A shame Renner can't do this. There's really lots of ways to go. Gosling could be good too
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2:02PM on 05/06/2016
Wow. Bill Hader is a great, creative choice. I never would've thought of him. And I believe he should've gotten an Oscar nomination for skeleton twins. Isn't Zack G voicing Joker in the Lego batman movie? That doesn't mean he can't do it, but he wouldn't be my first pic.

I kind of think the opposite about Adam Scott. I really like him and enjoy his stuff, but if he's in anything more serious than The Overnight, which he was great in and has a lot of comedy, he takes me out of the
Wow. Bill Hader is a great, creative choice. I never would've thought of him. And I believe he should've gotten an Oscar nomination for skeleton twins. Isn't Zack G voicing Joker in the Lego batman movie? That doesn't mean he can't do it, but he wouldn't be my first pic.

I kind of think the opposite about Adam Scott. I really like him and enjoy his stuff, but if he's in anything more serious than The Overnight, which he was great in and has a lot of comedy, he takes me out of the movie. Like in Black Mass, his serious role takes me out of that serious film the second I see him. And I think of his villain roles as the 2D stuff he did in Step-Bros, which I didn't care for in that strate up comedy and don't want in a batman film.

Riddled is difficult Bc a lot of times he is very "Joker light." They'd have to be sure and flesh that out well in the script. Perhaps make him more of a John Doe from Seven kind of character, motivationally speaking. As much as I'd support Bill Hader, because of this I think a non-comedian would be better. All the actors names below would be great to decent choices.
I know it's just for fun, but I'd rather speculate on which villains, and story, Affleck is using for his definitive batman film. Hush is a top contender, which Casey Affleck could do. And I really want Matt Damon involved. He'd prolly be better as Dent, but he could do Riddler. Kinda mix that in with a Bourne edge?
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1:59PM on 05/06/2016

I was gonna say...

I like the Hader idea, but then someone suggested Goldblum and blew my mind.

Goldblum is the Riddler irl
I like the Hader idea, but then someone suggested Goldblum and blew my mind.

Goldblum is the Riddler irl
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1:57PM on 05/06/2016

Jeff Goldblum!

His odd mannerisms and extensive eyeglass collection makes him the ideal Riddler!
His odd mannerisms and extensive eyeglass collection makes him the ideal Riddler!
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1:58PM on 05/06/2016
Yes!
Yes!
2:21PM on 05/06/2016
That's a pretty amazing pic too
That's a pretty amazing pic too
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1:35PM on 05/06/2016
Edward Norton has been my choice ever since Batman Begins was announced and i'm still sticking by that one. He would be great as a more serious take on The Riddler. No more comedians please.
Edward Norton has been my choice ever since Batman Begins was announced and i'm still sticking by that one. He would be great as a more serious take on The Riddler. No more comedians please.
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1:03PM on 05/06/2016
I like Hader and Scott as candidates. Riddler can be done in so many ways so it depends. If this is an earlier in Batmans career Riddler those guys would be great. If it was a later in his career movie like after BvS or right before, I would like to see Buscemi.
I like Hader and Scott as candidates. Riddler can be done in so many ways so it depends. If this is an earlier in Batmans career Riddler those guys would be great. If it was a later in his career movie like after BvS or right before, I would like to see Buscemi.
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2:20PM on 05/06/2016
Buscemi is a great pic
Buscemi is a great pic
12:26PM on 05/06/2016
Crispin Glover.
Crispin Glover.
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12:08PM on 05/06/2016
Ewan McGregor for me. Somehow I think he fits the role. He has tackled a variety of roles over the year. I'm sure he can handle it.
Ewan McGregor for me. Somehow I think he fits the role. He has tackled a variety of roles over the year. I'm sure he can handle it.
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11:54AM on 05/06/2016

Adam Scott

Everyone else would play him as over the top and not menacing/threatening.
Everyone else would play him as over the top and not menacing/threatening.
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11:48AM on 05/06/2016

Hader

I never give too much thought to major villain casting in hopes that they pick something different from the huge rogues gallery ... but I have never thought of Bill Hader before as a dramatic, comic book villain but I'm starting to really dig the idea
I never give too much thought to major villain casting in hopes that they pick something different from the huge rogues gallery ... but I have never thought of Bill Hader before as a dramatic, comic book villain but I'm starting to really dig the idea
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11:38AM on 05/06/2016
The Riddler is my favourite Bat-villain, was gutted Nolan opted not to include him!

Ignoring the fact all three are MCU actors my top picks (in order) would be:

1. David Tennant
2. Benedict Cumberbatch
3. Tom Hiddleston

I do also like someone else's suggestion of Sam Rockwell.
The Riddler is my favourite Bat-villain, was gutted Nolan opted not to include him!

Ignoring the fact all three are MCU actors my top picks (in order) would be:

1. David Tennant
2. Benedict Cumberbatch
3. Tom Hiddleston

I do also like someone else's suggestion of Sam Rockwell.
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2:19PM on 05/06/2016
I think Rockwell is the best of the 4
I think Rockwell is the best of the 4
11:19AM on 05/06/2016
There's part of me that wants to surround Affleck with actors he's worked with before. Like Casey Affleck for Riddler (Matt Damon for Dent). I always thought Jason Flemying would kick ass as the Riddler though.
There's part of me that wants to surround Affleck with actors he's worked with before. Like Casey Affleck for Riddler (Matt Damon for Dent). I always thought Jason Flemying would kick ass as the Riddler though.
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11:27AM on 05/06/2016
I don't think you could cast Casey for anything. There would be too much of a resemblance.
I don't think you could cast Casey for anything. There would be too much of a resemblance.
2:18PM on 05/06/2016
Casey is perfect for hush.

What about...I'm blanking on his name, the star of Mad Men who was in the town? He could be great. I'd put him in top 3.

Or who was his partner in the town? A guy Affleck puts in all his films.
Casey is perfect for hush.

What about...I'm blanking on his name, the star of Mad Men who was in the town? He could be great. I'd put him in top 3.

Or who was his partner in the town? A guy Affleck puts in all his films.
3:03PM on 05/06/2016
Titus Welliver. The guy has been in all four Affleck directed films so far.
Titus Welliver. The guy has been in all four Affleck directed films so far.
4:13PM on 06/10/2016
Casey and Ben look nothing alike
Casey and Ben look nothing alike
11:19AM on 05/06/2016

Sam Rockwell

Since he wasn't utilized enough as Justin Hammer for the MCU, I would love to see what he could do with the Riddler.
Since he wasn't utilized enough as Justin Hammer for the MCU, I would love to see what he could do with the Riddler.
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11:18AM on 05/06/2016
I really think Jesse Eisenberg would have been a better Riddler than Lex Luther. Too bad they gave him the wrong character to play.
I really think Jesse Eisenberg would have been a better Riddler than Lex Luther. Too bad they gave him the wrong character to play.
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1:06PM on 05/06/2016
I agree. He popped in my head then I remembered he was already Lex.
I agree. He popped in my head then I remembered he was already Lex.
2:16PM on 05/06/2016
He would be better as the Riddler but I don't want him anywhere near a DC film again. Hopefully they cast him as Lex Jr Bc they knew it was a risk and they could bring lex Sr in if it didn't pan out
He would be better as the Riddler but I don't want him anywhere near a DC film again. Hopefully they cast him as Lex Jr Bc they knew it was a risk and they could bring lex Sr in if it didn't pan out
2:17PM on 05/06/2016
And just Bc he'd be a better riddler, that's really not saying much
And just Bc he'd be a better riddler, that's really not saying much
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11:00AM on 05/06/2016

Tom Hiddleston

think he'd be great
think he'd be great
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2:14PM on 05/06/2016
He prolly would but I say no Bc of Loki. He's too prominent in the MCU and I'd be afraid he'd come off to Jokerish
He prolly would but I say no Bc of Loki. He's too prominent in the MCU and I'd be afraid he'd come off to Jokerish
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