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Michael Cera joins the cast of Batman vs Superman as The Riddler!

Apr. 1, 2014by:

After the news that Warner Bros would be making announcements soon regarding their DC Cinematic Universe comes the news that BATMAN VS SUPERMAN will not only have a foe for the Henry Cavill's Man of Steel but one for Ben Affleck's Dark Knight as well. Deadline is reporting that Michael Cera has been cast as The Riddler in Zack Snyder's superhero movie, putting him alongside Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor as the second bad guy in the film. This will mark the second big screen incarnation of The Riddler since Jim Carrey played the part in Joel Schumacher's BATMAN FOREVER. Wow.

Following the same outside the box casting of Eisenberg, Cera will bring a less imposing presence as the man once known as Edward Nigma. Many may be considering this another nail in the coffin for the MAN OF STEEL sequel, but the selection of Cera could provide a much more grounded and realistic villain for the franchise. Cera recently starred in a pair of indie films, CRYSTAL FAIRY and MAGIC MAGIC, both of which were departures for the actor best known for his roles on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and in movies like SUPERBAD and SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD.

With Warner Bros building towards a JUSTICE LEAGUE film, casting The Riddler gives them the potential to have a breakout turn for Cera that could turn him into the DC equivalent of Loki: a fast-talking bad guy who could fight a single hero or a whole team of them. It is also an apparent character selection that can keep the franchise away from recasting The Joker for a little longer.

Am I excited at the prospect of Michael Cera taking on The Riddler? No, I am not. While I can see how it may work, it just doesn't strike me as a strong enough pick for the part. There are a lot of Cera haters out there and, while I am not among them, I don't think this will ultimately work.

Cera will join the already packed cast that includes Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, and Jesse Eisenberg. BATMAN VS SUPERMAN will also be moving up it's release to avoid CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 and will now hit screens on April 1, 2016. Get it?

Source: Deadline

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12:44PM on 04/04/2014
I'm LOVING the fact that Batman vs. Superman is casting actors and actresses that you'd never expect. Every time a new casting is announced I get more and more excited.
I'm LOVING the fact that Batman vs. Superman is casting actors and actresses that you'd never expect. Every time a new casting is announced I get more and more excited.
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5:58AM on 04/02/2014

Well done

I do enjoy these as they do make me think and question everything. The whole Ei8ht one a few years ago got me so good I to this date question everything.
I do enjoy these as they do make me think and question everything. The whole Ei8ht one a few years ago got me so good I to this date question everything.
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5:04AM on 04/02/2014
Everyone will be very young in this movie, except for Batman....
Everyone will be very young in this movie, except for Batman....
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4:26AM on 04/02/2014
Damn man. You got me. I read this in transit and the "new" release date didn't compute. I went through half the day annoyed and baffled but figured it made sense with some of the bizarre casting. Around lunch time I realised the date and was thinking that Joblo hadn't done an April Fool's article this year; thought about it for a few moments and smiled; well played.
Damn man. You got me. I read this in transit and the "new" release date didn't compute. I went through half the day annoyed and baffled but figured it made sense with some of the bizarre casting. Around lunch time I realised the date and was thinking that Joblo hadn't done an April Fool's article this year; thought about it for a few moments and smiled; well played.
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11:20PM on 04/01/2014
Nicely done! Jokes on you though when they end up casting him as Bizarro or Doomsday! Hahaha could you even imagine!?
Nicely done! Jokes on you though when they end up casting him as Bizarro or Doomsday! Hahaha could you even imagine!?
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10:51PM on 04/01/2014

LAAAAAAME

Ei8ht is still my all time fave fools joke
Ei8ht is still my all time fave fools joke
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8:00PM on 04/01/2014

WHERE IS NIGHTWING????????????????????

Expand the DC universe already and bring in fresh blood!!!
Expand the DC universe already and bring in fresh blood!!!
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7:37PM on 04/01/2014
I guess this is April's Fool's joke. .
I guess this is April's Fool's joke. .
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7:29PM on 04/01/2014

What the hell!

April's fool ?
April's fool ?
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7:23PM on 04/01/2014
Lol. I totally believed it because, following the trend of BvS, this piece of news just wasn't surprising. When I first read this I thought "not the worst casting in this film, but still bad".
Lol. I totally believed it because, following the trend of BvS, this piece of news just wasn't surprising. When I first read this I thought "not the worst casting in this film, but still bad".
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6:59PM on 04/01/2014
Ironically, an actual Riddler has just been cast for the Gotham TV series.
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Ironically, an actual Riddler has just been cast for the Gotham TV series.
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6:54PM on 04/01/2014
You know now that I think about it Jesse essinberg would've been a good fit for riddler.
You know now that I think about it Jesse essinberg would've been a good fit for riddler.
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5:45PM on 04/01/2014

I should have read the whole thing...

It drove everyone nuts in my house. Good job!
It drove everyone nuts in my house. Good job!
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5:18PM on 04/01/2014

You Got Me

I think this is the first time I have ever fallen for one of your April Fool's articles, but I agree with akskier, the casting for this film was been so freaking bizarre that it actually didn't seem like that much of a stretch.
I think this is the first time I have ever fallen for one of your April Fool's articles, but I agree with akskier, the casting for this film was been so freaking bizarre that it actually didn't seem like that much of a stretch.
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5:12PM on 04/01/2014
Read this last night and tried to comment on it but couldn't. But before I was done reading I knew it had to be a joke, Cera and Eisenberg in the same film, I used to think they were the same person at one point, don't know how I did, but I did. Anyways, this joke was alright, the joke that almost got me was on another site saying that Fox sold back its Marvel properity to Disneyfor 1.8 billion. They even had fake quotes from both headsfrom Fox and Marvel Entertainment. Suppose to happen after
Read this last night and tried to comment on it but couldn't. But before I was done reading I knew it had to be a joke, Cera and Eisenberg in the same film, I used to think they were the same person at one point, don't know how I did, but I did. Anyways, this joke was alright, the joke that almost got me was on another site saying that Fox sold back its Marvel properity to Disneyfor 1.8 billion. They even had fake quotes from both headsfrom Fox and Marvel Entertainment. Suppose to happen after the F.F. Reboot. Now I wish that was true.
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4:58PM on 04/01/2014
When I saw it earlier I knew it was joke, skipped to the end looking for the extra tidbit thatd let us in on the joke, it wasnt there so I proceeded to get pissed until I read it all the way thru. Please for the love of all things good, dont let DC get any ideas
When I saw it earlier I knew it was joke, skipped to the end looking for the extra tidbit thatd let us in on the joke, it wasnt there so I proceeded to get pissed until I read it all the way thru. Please for the love of all things good, dont let DC get any ideas
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4:18PM on 04/01/2014

Damnit

Every year I fall for these articles on April 1. I'm such a schmuck!
Every year I fall for these articles on April 1. I'm such a schmuck!
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4:04PM on 04/01/2014
You win.
You win.
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3:56PM on 04/01/2014
Its so funny how many sites have republished the story, even spanish language ones, french and I think arabic ones.
Its so funny how many sites have republished the story, even spanish language ones, french and I think arabic ones.
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3:52PM on 04/01/2014
Even though I was excitedly waiting for an April Fool's Day post from you guys, the casting for this film has been so strange I totally believed this for a few minutes. Well done!
Even though I was excitedly waiting for an April Fool's Day post from you guys, the casting for this film has been so strange I totally believed this for a few minutes. Well done!
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3:49PM on 04/01/2014
When I first read the headline I thought it was real. Hey its not like WB would make a stupid casting decision right? Then I looked at the date on the bottom corner of my computer and realized what this was.
When I first read the headline I thought it was real. Hey its not like WB would make a stupid casting decision right? Then I looked at the date on the bottom corner of my computer and realized what this was.
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3:23PM on 04/01/2014
What's so insane about this is that I think Cera would've been an interesting Riddler.
What's so insane about this is that I think Cera would've been an interesting Riddler.
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3:03PM on 04/01/2014

To all who thought that this was real

You must be new here :)
You must be new here :)
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3:02PM on 04/01/2014

Not very clever April Fools joke...

This isn't up to par with the usual April Fools day pranks. It isn't believable nor is it funny.
This isn't up to par with the usual April Fools day pranks. It isn't believable nor is it funny.
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4:07PM on 04/01/2014
it isn't believable? They cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther!!
it isn't believable? They cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther!!
5:03PM on 04/01/2014
LOL! Amen KyleG!
LOL! Amen KyleG!
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2:53PM on 04/01/2014
Fucking stupid.
Fucking stupid.
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1:47PM on 04/01/2014
It's sad how many other entertainment news outles have picked this up as a real story. Not surprising, but still sad. All they had to do was click the Deadline link!
It's sad how many other entertainment news outles have picked this up as a real story. Not surprising, but still sad. All they had to do was click the Deadline link!
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1:03PM on 04/01/2014
Good one. Now tell me the other news has been a very elaborate April Fools joke too....please.
Good one. Now tell me the other news has been a very elaborate April Fools joke too....please.
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1:03PM on 04/01/2014
DC is so worried about this that they wont even let it go head to head against Marvel's second tier super hero. That says a lot right there.
DC is so worried about this that they wont even let it go head to head against Marvel's second tier super hero. That says a lot right there.
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12:56PM on 04/01/2014
Dont let David Goyer see this article, he may consider it
Dont let David Goyer see this article, he may consider it
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12:26PM on 04/01/2014

Word!

Ha... got me.
Ha... got me.
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12:11PM on 04/01/2014

April fools!

Nice job.
Nice job.
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11:46AM on 04/01/2014

Oh, it is April 1st, fuck you, Joblo!

Oh, it is April 1st, fuck you, Joblo!
Oh, it is April 1st, fuck you, Joblo!
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11:45AM on 04/01/2014
hahaha, its funny because of how bad the casting has been for this movie
haha
ha
wait, now I'm sad :/
hahaha, its funny because of how bad the casting has been for this movie
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ha
wait, now I'm sad :/
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11:44AM on 04/01/2014

I could kick the shit out of both The Riddler and Lex in real life with only my left nut!

I could kick the shit out of both The Riddler and Lex in real life with only my left nut! These are the two meekest people to cast as villains, at least compared to Henry Cavill and Affleck, could you imagine a real fight between all of them? I know this is a movie, but it has to be somewhat grounded.
I could kick the shit out of both The Riddler and Lex in real life with only my left nut! These are the two meekest people to cast as villains, at least compared to Henry Cavill and Affleck, could you imagine a real fight between all of them? I know this is a movie, but it has to be somewhat grounded.
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11:37AM on 04/01/2014
Nice April Fools joke.
Nice April Fools joke.
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11:14AM on 04/01/2014
This is real. Jonah Hill is going to be Penguin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is going to be Robin. Oh yeah!!!!
This is real. Jonah Hill is going to be Penguin and Christopher Mintz-Plasse is going to be Robin. Oh yeah!!!!
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11:22AM on 04/01/2014
The Motherf**ker as Robin? So twisted it's awesome! Hahaha.
The Motherf**ker as Robin? So twisted it's awesome! Hahaha.
11:55AM on 04/01/2014
I was thinking more in terms of a Superbad characters "reunion". :D I don't know who Seth Roagen could play.....
I was thinking more in terms of a Superbad characters "reunion". :D I don't know who Seth Roagen could play.....
12:22PM on 04/01/2014
A really lost Green Hornet.
A really lost Green Hornet.
12:39PM on 04/01/2014
Seth Rogen would be Gordon
Seth Rogen would be Gordon
1:31PM on 04/01/2014
Bill Hader as Alfred & Emma Stone as Nameless steet vixen #4. haha. Make it Happen, Warner Bros.!!
Bill Hader as Alfred & Emma Stone as Nameless steet vixen #4. haha. Make it Happen, Warner Bros.!!
2:02AM on 04/02/2014
Emma Stone as Babs Gordon!
Emma Stone as Babs Gordon!
11:12AM on 04/01/2014

Was thinking Joblo.com would run w/ "Star Wars" tihs year...that would've been funny.

Given that Disney/Lucasfilm has released the equivalent of the "screen time of Darth Maul" in terms of official news. (i.e. little to none / next to nothing)
Given that Disney/Lucasfilm has released the equivalent of the "screen time of Darth Maul" in terms of official news. (i.e. little to none / next to nothing)
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11:11AM on 04/01/2014
Thanks for allowing for comments, the comments on these are half the fun. Matthew Goode has been cast in the film; I wouldn't mind if he turned out to be the Riddler.
Thanks for allowing for comments, the comments on these are half the fun. Matthew Goode has been cast in the film; I wouldn't mind if he turned out to be the Riddler.
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11:23AM on 04/01/2014
Where did you hear he was actually casted? Is it confirmed?
Where did you hear he was actually casted? Is it confirmed?
12:20PM on 04/01/2014
He met with WB, but the casting hasn't been confirmed yet. My bad. It could have been that he lost the role of Luthor to Eisenberg, or that he's still in the running for a part somewhere, or that he has already been cast and it's just still under wraps.
He met with WB, but the casting hasn't been confirmed yet. My bad. It could have been that he lost the role of Luthor to Eisenberg, or that he's still in the running for a part somewhere, or that he has already been cast and it's just still under wraps.
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10:50AM on 04/01/2014

I actually thought it was real.

I mean, come on, would anyone be surprised at this point?
I mean, come on, would anyone be surprised at this point?
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10:46AM on 04/01/2014
Happy April Fools! Joblo always does this holiday proud.
Happy April Fools! Joblo always does this holiday proud.
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10:40AM on 04/01/2014
Happy April Fools! Joblo always does this holiday proud.
Happy April Fools! Joblo always does this holiday proud.
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10:39AM on 04/01/2014

First April Fools

That was transparent from the title of the article. I always look forward to Joblo's cause they actuality do fool me for a couple seconds. However no casting director would ever put Cera, Eisenberg, and Aaron Taylor Johnson in the same movie unless they are playing siblings.
That was transparent from the title of the article. I always look forward to Joblo's cause they actuality do fool me for a couple seconds. However no casting director would ever put Cera, Eisenberg, and Aaron Taylor Johnson in the same movie unless they are playing siblings.
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11:12AM on 04/01/2014
Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn't in this one, is he?
Aaron Taylor-Johnson isn't in this one, is he?
1:29PM on 04/01/2014
I'm not sure how you put Aaron Taylor Johnson in the same category as Eisenberg or Cera. Other than possibly Kick Ass (which is a stretch if you ask me), he hasn't played similar characters at all.
I'm not sure how you put Aaron Taylor Johnson in the same category as Eisenberg or Cera. Other than possibly Kick Ass (which is a stretch if you ask me), he hasn't played similar characters at all.
4:28PM on 04/01/2014
Well, there's Quicksilver . . . :P
Well, there's Quicksilver . . . :P
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