With Justin Timberlake recently stating that he would be interested in playing the Riddler in the Man of Steel sequel, that made me recall an earlier actor Warner Bros. wanted for the role in The Dark Knight Trilogy.
In a previous issue of Empire Magazine, David Goyer let it be known that Warner Bros. wanted Leonardo DiCaprio for the Riddler.
"Obviously it’s gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio," WB told Goyer.
This is said have taken place around the time that DiCaprio was in talks with Nolan for Inception, but obviously Nolan went with Bane in The Dark Knight Rises (which happened to feature Inception actors Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine and Cillian Murphy).
Following that, news of an un-authorized Christian Bale biography by a former publicist stated that Bale wasn't such a fan of DiCaprio's leading to speculation that was the reason for no Riddler or Leonardo in The Dark Knight Rises.
Now with Christian Bale out of the picture, and assuming there was some bad blood between the two, this now paves way for Leonardo DiCaprio in the sequel to Man of Steel.
Obviously this is all speculation, and with Batman/Superman seemingly based on Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns, it's thought that in addition to Lex Luthor the movie will feature The Joker as a second villain.
However, there is the fact of Heath Ledger's stunning performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight which WB may not want to go near. Yet.
Riddler could definitely work.
Cavill. Affleck. Cranston. DiCaprio.
There's a billing block for you.
The sequel to "Man of Steel" goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
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