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Edward Norton would gladly take a role in the next Batman film

09.27.2010

This is a small tidbit that managed to slip through the cracks over the weekend. But it's also a fun one to ponder the possibilities over. Plus, I really like Edward Norton and think he's a super classy guy.

On Friday, IGN UK discussed Norton's upcoming film STONE. But of course, they also got into the Hulk situation again. He basically gave the site the same gist as he had everyone else, and obviously had no hard feelings about Mark Ruffalo taking on the role. "I think I said everything I want to say in the one thing I put out about that. It was a great privilege to do it, and I couldn't be more appreciative of everybody's support and positivity towards that because I love those films too. And I hate it when they miss. I hate it when they miss on one - it seems like such a wasted opportunity. But the truth is I'm probably more naturally interested in doing something that I haven't done. I have only good thoughts towards that though," Norton explained.

He said that he wasn't against doing another superhero film. In fact, if a good role came along, he would snatch it right up.

"Chris Nolan's making the best ones out there by far. I'd do one with him. He's set a new bar for sure, and I think he's done a great, great job," said Norton. IGN asked if the actor would be up for playing a villain in the next BATMAN film, "That would be fun, I would not say no to that." They even asked if he would play the Riddler, "Your guys can put their votes in on that."

Hmmmm...Norton as the Riddler. Would it work? Is there another villain that might be better suited for him? Did they just say that because both characters share the same name? Tell us what you think!

Extra Tidbit: Norton and Ron Livingston were college buddies at Yale.
Source: IGN UK

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11:11PM on 09/29/2010

Norton = God

I'm down for anything Norton, and if he's in the next Batman film I'd be beyond ridiculously excited.
I'm down for anything Norton, and if he's in the next Batman film I'd be beyond ridiculously excited.
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8:02PM on 09/29/2010
Ed Norton as Black Mask, Victor Zsasz, or Hush.
Ed Norton as Black Mask, Victor Zsasz, or Hush.
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6:32PM on 09/28/2010
I've been saying Norton should play Riddler since Batman Begins first came out. That would be beyond awesome!
I've been saying Norton should play Riddler since Batman Begins first came out. That would be beyond awesome!
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5:02PM on 09/28/2010
Norton is awesome. Would absolutely love to see him in the next Batman.
Norton is awesome. Would absolutely love to see him in the next Batman.
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12:49PM on 09/28/2010
Norton would be good in any role, but I only want to see the riddler as supporting. Bane (played by Nathan Jones with a tan) should be the main villain who collaborates or uses the riddler.
Norton would be good in any role, but I only want to see the riddler as supporting. Bane (played by Nathan Jones with a tan) should be the main villain who collaborates or uses the riddler.
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12:03PM on 09/28/2010
I've been saying Norton should be the Riddler since the rumors first began.
I've been saying Norton should be the Riddler since the rumors first began.
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8:25AM on 09/28/2010

It works

I was thinking Joseph Gorden Levitt or Adrian Brody...but Norton is now on my list.

Additionally, I would like to see Hush as a villain, if not a Bane that was actually intelligent.
I was thinking Joseph Gorden Levitt or Adrian Brody...but Norton is now on my list.

Additionally, I would like to see Hush as a villain, if not a Bane that was actually intelligent.
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6:49AM on 09/28/2010
YES all the way! No matter what he does, he kicks ass at it. Norton can do no wrong in my book.
YES all the way! No matter what he does, he kicks ass at it. Norton can do no wrong in my book.
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5:10AM on 09/28/2010

I don't mind

don't really mind, sounds cool, as long as Nolan's directing, i'm cool with it
don't really mind, sounds cool, as long as Nolan's directing, i'm cool with it
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3:39AM on 09/28/2010
Hell yeahhh, I always thought Norton would be a great riddler even though I doubt he will be offered the part.
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Hell yeahhh, I always thought Norton would be a great riddler even though I doubt he will be offered the part.
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2:18AM on 09/28/2010
this is cool news! I'd like to see him in a batman film. He might play a good riddler.
this is cool news! I'd like to see him in a batman film. He might play a good riddler.
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1:21AM on 09/28/2010
i think edward norton would be a great hush
i think edward norton would be a great hush
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3:35AM on 09/28/2010
I would love to see Hush in the next film. Good call hunter zolomon.
I would love to see Hush in the next film. Good call hunter zolomon.
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12:33AM on 09/28/2010
Norton's great but let's get Javier Bardem in there as Bane.
Norton's great but let's get Javier Bardem in there as Bane.
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11:57PM on 09/27/2010
I'm starting to have some serious doubts that we'll being seeing the Riddler in the next movie. Seeing as how Nolan doesn't strike me as the type to make the obvious choice but if we do then I'd be down for Norton.
I'm starting to have some serious doubts that we'll being seeing the Riddler in the next movie. Seeing as how Nolan doesn't strike me as the type to make the obvious choice but if we do then I'd be down for Norton.
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11:26PM on 09/27/2010

NO S#!T

Who DOESN'T want to be in the next Nolan Batman?

...except Katie Holmes... Good career choice!

Norton is great, yes - BUT maybe too much of a "heavy hitter" for Nolan's Bats. Same with J. Depp - I wouldn't want to see them in there...

...then again, abcdehacademy had it pegged: THE VENTRILOQUIST!

Why not? After all, in TDK the mob "...turned to a man they didn't fully understand..." So, why not a man obviously split?

Besides, he's a REAL man. Norton could absolutely pull this
Who DOESN'T want to be in the next Nolan Batman?

...except Katie Holmes... Good career choice!

Norton is great, yes - BUT maybe too much of a "heavy hitter" for Nolan's Bats. Same with J. Depp - I wouldn't want to see them in there...

...then again, abcdehacademy had it pegged: THE VENTRILOQUIST!

Why not? After all, in TDK the mob "...turned to a man they didn't fully understand..." So, why not a man obviously split?

Besides, he's a REAL man. Norton could absolutely pull this off PERFECTLY with his previous dual personality roles, and he has the weight to bring a realism to the character. Norton would make him believable, not laughable.

The Riddler's always been a second rate Joker. Never ruthless or psychotic.

The problem is that Ledger pushed it SO incredibly, and we were given Two-Face for an added layer with a splash of Scarecrow...

B3 has to have another villain... S000o..?.. The Penguin is perfect. Again, a REAL man.

...but I go with Bob Hoskins. He's got the gruff for an arms dealer with a penchant for faux refinement. Plus he IS short and portly already. I've always imagined the Penguin British anyway'

Hoffman? Great actor, but see previous comments about Norton. Same reason why I'm not even entertaining the idea of J. Depp in the movie.

Oldham disappears in his roles, Caine is a superb background actor that doesn't DEMAND your attention, as was Neeson, and Bale has been made by Batman...

Nolan's Bats do not need any "name" actor.
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11:03PM on 09/27/2010
He would make a great Black Mask.
He would make a great Black Mask.
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10:36PM on 09/27/2010
I would like to see Norton in Batman 3 but not as Riddler. It is a really difficult role to cast, not Riddler, but the villain in general. Ledger knocked the Joker so far out of the park, any actor following his villain role should be scared shitless. As much as I love the Riddler, who is to say he even is the next main villain? I would love to see Nolan take a villain that nobody expects and make them work in his universe like Mr. Freeze or Clayface.
I would like to see Norton in Batman 3 but not as Riddler. It is a really difficult role to cast, not Riddler, but the villain in general. Ledger knocked the Joker so far out of the park, any actor following his villain role should be scared shitless. As much as I love the Riddler, who is to say he even is the next main villain? I would love to see Nolan take a villain that nobody expects and make them work in his universe like Mr. Freeze or Clayface.
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10:25PM on 09/27/2010
I can see how this would play out now--(summons Nolan to his trailer)--"Chris, I just had some script ideas I wanted to go over with you.."
I can see how this would play out now--(summons Nolan to his trailer)--"Chris, I just had some script ideas I wanted to go over with you.."
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10:25PM on 09/27/2010

how about...

i think that norton would make an amazing victor zsasz. this dude cuts a hash mark for every person he kills. that is a messed up kinda villan that they could make a great movie around.
i think that norton would make an amazing victor zsasz. this dude cuts a hash mark for every person he kills. that is a messed up kinda villan that they could make a great movie around.
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6:35PM on 09/28/2010
Zsasz was already in Batman Begins. It wasn't a very big role though.
Zsasz was already in Batman Begins. It wasn't a very big role though.
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10:09PM on 09/27/2010
Norton can be an amazing anything. Just imagine what he can do with Christopher Nolan
Norton can be an amazing anything. Just imagine what he can do with Christopher Nolan
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9:13AM on 09/28/2010
ewwww not a picture i want to imagine.
ewwww not a picture i want to imagine.
10:07PM on 09/27/2010

You Know What?

Norton would be an Amazing HULK...
Norton would be an Amazing HULK...
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10:07PM on 09/27/2010

Michael C. Hall

I think that Michael C. Hall would be a far better candidate for The Riddler. But at the same time i would like to see a new villain emerge in the Batman saga.
I think that Michael C. Hall would be a far better candidate for The Riddler. But at the same time i would like to see a new villain emerge in the Batman saga.
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9:47PM on 09/27/2010
Eh
Eh
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8:59PM on 09/27/2010
Chocolate and peanut butter - together at last~~
Chocolate and peanut butter - together at last~~
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8:31PM on 09/27/2010

He could play the role

Definitely. The only thing is that would stop him is how you pitch the character. Do you play him as the pre-coma obsessive compulsive, or the post-coma ambiguous private consultant?
Definitely. The only thing is that would stop him is how you pitch the character. Do you play him as the pre-coma obsessive compulsive, or the post-coma ambiguous private consultant?
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8:08PM on 09/27/2010

NORTON AS THE RIDDLER???????

HELL YEAH, that would be absolutely perfect casting. Norton can play intelligence and be very menacing at the same time, plus he looks right for the role as well. I'd also vote for Hugo Weaving but now he's playing Red Skull or Jude Law.
HELL YEAH, that would be absolutely perfect casting. Norton can play intelligence and be very menacing at the same time, plus he looks right for the role as well. I'd also vote for Hugo Weaving but now he's playing Red Skull or Jude Law.
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7:57PM on 09/27/2010
i haven't heard any casting ideas that are as surprising or out of left field as Heath was for The Joker. I hope Nolan continues to play against type and doesn't cast Hugh L., the dexter dude, guy pierce, joseph gordon levit, etc.
i haven't heard any casting ideas that are as surprising or out of left field as Heath was for The Joker. I hope Nolan continues to play against type and doesn't cast Hugh L., the dexter dude, guy pierce, joseph gordon levit, etc.
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7:55PM on 09/27/2010
norton is my choice for riddler. i'm glad to hear he's at least interested.
norton is my choice for riddler. i'm glad to hear he's at least interested.
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7:49PM on 09/27/2010
I don't see him as The Riddler but I can definitely see him as The Penguin. With the right make up, he can pull The Penguin off. Honestly I just wanna see Batman vs. Bane.
I don't see him as The Riddler but I can definitely see him as The Penguin. With the right make up, he can pull The Penguin off. Honestly I just wanna see Batman vs. Bane.
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7:48PM on 09/27/2010
I know that he has no direct relation to the batman universe, but I'd love to see DEATHSTROKE on a batman film someday.. Played by Norton. Or maybe if a Justice League movie becomes true someday.
I know that he has no direct relation to the batman universe, but I'd love to see DEATHSTROKE on a batman film someday.. Played by Norton. Or maybe if a Justice League movie becomes true someday.
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7:07PM on 09/27/2010
I would love to see Norton as the Riddler. He's the man, and he's right about Nolan too.
I would love to see Norton as the Riddler. He's the man, and he's right about Nolan too.
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6:58PM on 09/27/2010
While it would be fun to contemplate, I feel this might just cancel out the possibility of Norton ever being considered (at least for The Riddler). Ever since Nolan chose the one guy who wasn't on fanboys' wishlist to play The Joker. That's why I also don't think JGL will get the role, if indeed the Riddler is going to be in Batman 3.
While it would be fun to contemplate, I feel this might just cancel out the possibility of Norton ever being considered (at least for The Riddler). Ever since Nolan chose the one guy who wasn't on fanboys' wishlist to play The Joker. That's why I also don't think JGL will get the role, if indeed the Riddler is going to be in Batman 3.
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6:38PM on 09/27/2010
Yeah, didn't Robin Williams say the same thing a few months back. Heck, everyone already assumes Riddler is the villian when in fact no one but the Nolan's know. There are many other villians I'd ratehr see before Riddler.
Yeah, didn't Robin Williams say the same thing a few months back. Heck, everyone already assumes Riddler is the villian when in fact no one but the Nolan's know. There are many other villians I'd ratehr see before Riddler.
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6:35PM on 09/27/2010

Bring back Jim Carrey!

Ha, just kidding of course! But Carrey's riddler in Batman Forever was totally entertaining. He can do dark though... I bet it would be pretty interesting to see Nolan's version of Jim Carrey's riddler...
Ha, just kidding of course! But Carrey's riddler in Batman Forever was totally entertaining. He can do dark though... I bet it would be pretty interesting to see Nolan's version of Jim Carrey's riddler...
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6:36PM on 09/27/2010
hate how he gets lumped in when people rip on the old batman movies. i thought he killed that role.
hate how he gets lumped in when people rip on the old batman movies. i thought he killed that role.
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6:28PM on 09/27/2010
Would be a treat to see Norton in Nolan's Batman universe.
Would be a treat to see Norton in Nolan's Batman universe.
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6:26PM on 09/27/2010
that would be a big F U to marvel, wouldn't it?
that would be a big F U to marvel, wouldn't it?
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6:13PM on 09/27/2010
How many people couldn't see Heath Ledger as the Joker right when he was cast? The majority I would say, and look how that turned out. At this point I'm happy to completely trust Nolan's casting, and I know he'll find the right actor to embody whatever the part in question needs. He could cast Jaleel White and the world would be intrigued.

I'd love to see Norton in such a film though, talented guy.
How many people couldn't see Heath Ledger as the Joker right when he was cast? The majority I would say, and look how that turned out. At this point I'm happy to completely trust Nolan's casting, and I know he'll find the right actor to embody whatever the part in question needs. He could cast Jaleel White and the world would be intrigued.

I'd love to see Norton in such a film though, talented guy.
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6:06PM on 09/27/2010
I don't see him as the Riddler but definatley as a different villan in the new Batman film.
I don't see him as the Riddler but definatley as a different villan in the new Batman film.
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5:37PM on 09/27/2010
...I'm still hanging onto those ancient rumours that Phillip Seymour Hoffman would play Penguin. My brain implodes at the sheer prospect.
...I'm still hanging onto those ancient rumours that Phillip Seymour Hoffman would play Penguin. My brain implodes at the sheer prospect.
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5:33PM on 09/27/2010
Too bad the Two Face origin was used in TDK, I would have loved to see Nolan's take on "The Long Halloween." Norton would be perfect as Alberto Falcone.
Too bad the Two Face origin was used in TDK, I would have loved to see Nolan's take on "The Long Halloween." Norton would be perfect as Alberto Falcone.
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5:28PM on 09/27/2010
I'd prefer Guy Pearce over Norton in any Batman movie.
I'd prefer Guy Pearce over Norton in any Batman movie.
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5:33PM on 09/27/2010
Pearce would be a good choice and is one of the people who I hope gets the role. The list for me would be Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, Edward Norton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and then Guy Pearce.
Pearce would be a good choice and is one of the people who I hope gets the role. The list for me would be Michael C. Hall, Hugh Laurie, Edward Norton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and then Guy Pearce.
5:49PM on 09/27/2010
I never even considered Guy (if we're talking about casting the Riddler). That's a great idea! I'll throw Paddy Considine's name out there too.
I never even considered Guy (if we're talking about casting the Riddler). That's a great idea! I'll throw Paddy Considine's name out there too.
5:25PM on 09/27/2010

THE VENTRILOQUIST

they should make a 20 minute short film and release/attach it a few months before the third film is released (similar to the way they showed the opening scene in front of i am legend)... could be totally unrelated to the plot of batman 3... would be super awesome
they should make a 20 minute short film and release/attach it a few months before the third film is released (similar to the way they showed the opening scene in front of i am legend)... could be totally unrelated to the plot of batman 3... would be super awesome
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5:24PM on 09/27/2010
Norton was also offered the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight, but didn't do it because of his commitment to The Incredible Hulk.
Norton was also offered the role of Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight, but didn't do it because of his commitment to The Incredible Hulk.
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5:23PM on 09/27/2010
Norton as The Riddler would be great casting. He is an actor who could easily disappear into the role like Heath did for The Joker. Norton also plays mysterious (The Illusionist), crazy (Primal Fear), and pissed off (American History x) effortlessly. My preferred choice would still be Michael C. Hall, but I would be just as excited if Norton got the oppurtunity.
Norton as The Riddler would be great casting. He is an actor who could easily disappear into the role like Heath did for The Joker. Norton also plays mysterious (The Illusionist), crazy (Primal Fear), and pissed off (American History x) effortlessly. My preferred choice would still be Michael C. Hall, but I would be just as excited if Norton got the oppurtunity.
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5:20PM on 09/27/2010

Sounds Good

I want to see more Bruce Wayne playboy antics, and more detective work on the job.

Other than that...Norton could pull off a straight-faced sociopath that could easily match the calibur of The Joker, yet access an entirely new territory of fear. Too bad they already used up Zsasz...he'd be even better for that. Howabout a standalone Bat-franchise R-Rated?
I want to see more Bruce Wayne playboy antics, and more detective work on the job.

Other than that...Norton could pull off a straight-faced sociopath that could easily match the calibur of The Joker, yet access an entirely new territory of fear. Too bad they already used up Zsasz...he'd be even better for that. Howabout a standalone Bat-franchise R-Rated?
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5:16PM on 09/27/2010
Norton as the Riddler would work and work well. Think his character in "Primal Fear" matched with his character in "The Illusionist" and bingo. Of course I'm a hardcore Norton fan, so I'm biased.
Norton as the Riddler would work and work well. Think his character in "Primal Fear" matched with his character in "The Illusionist" and bingo. Of course I'm a hardcore Norton fan, so I'm biased.
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