Will Johnny Depp star as The Riddler in next Batman movie?
Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman have both been tipped to star in the next Batman movie, following the huge success of The Dark Knight.
After the follow-up to Batman Begins hit the jackpot at the box office in its opening weekend in America and has received critical acclaim across the globe, producers are hoping they can convince Johnny Depp to take on the role of The Riddler in the third in Christopher Nolan’s Batman series.
According to The National Enquirer, studio heads are also targeting Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman for the role of The Penguin.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that Angelina Jolie is eager to take up the part of Catwoman – even the original Catwoman from the Batman TV series, Julie Newmar, believes Angelina would ‘own the part’.
The Riddler was last played by Jim Carrey in 1995’s Batman Forever while Danny Devito took up the role of The Penguin in 1992’s Batman Returns.
A source told the National Enquirer: ‘(Producers) are convinced that the role of the Riddler is perfect for Depp. Johnny’s a pro.
‘He’ll be able to take direction from director Chris Nolan and still make the character his own. And what better Penguin is there than Philip Seymour Hoffman.’
It’s no wonder stars are itching to take up roles in the franchise. Warner Brothers has revealed The Dark Knight is the studio’s biggest hit of all time, grossing $324.3 million so far and eclipsing the previous top money-spinner, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone.