Leonardo DiCaprio Was Wanted For Riddler; Did Christian Bale Say No?
Perhaps related, perhaps not.
We learn that Warner Bros. initially wanted Leonardo DiCaprio as the villain in the role of the Riddler following the success of the Dark Knight and told writer David Goyer and director Christopher Nolan as much.
In the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via WhatCulture), Goyer says that WB told them, "Obviously it’s gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio."
As WhatCulture notes, this was around the same time DiCaprio was up for the role in Nolan's Inception. And we do know that Nolan likes to use actors that he has worked with in the past. The Dark Knight Rises and the cast of Inception share the likes of Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, Marion Cotillard and Michael Caine.
But no Leonardo Di CaPrio.
The reason why?
Well, according to Christian Bale's publicist, in a new tell-all biography (unauthorized, I assume), Christian Bale - The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman, Bale despises Leonardo DiCaprio.
"DiCaprio. The name burned Christian like a branding iron," Cheung writes (via Digital Spy).
The book states that Bale lost roles in This Boy's Life and What's Eating Gilbert Grape to Leonardo DiCaprio as well as Titanic.
And Bale beat out DiCaprio for the part in American Psycho.
So could Christian Bale have said no to having Leonardo Di Caprio as the Riddler in the third Batman movie due to some heated rivalry between the two?
The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters July 20th, 2012 and is directed by Christopher Nolan starring Christian Bale as Batman, Tom Hardy as Bane, Anne Hathaway as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon, Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox, Michael Cain as Alfred, Juno Temple and Josh Pence as a young Ra's al Ghul.
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