EXCLUSIVE: Three Inception Stars Are Competing For The Role Of The Riddler In Batman 3!

According to an inside source from Warner Bros, the stars of Christopher Nolan's latest movie Inception: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Hardy are all competing for the role of The Riddler in Batman 3...

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By Josh Wilding - 8/2/2010
As I write this, pretty much the only things we know about Batman 3 (apart from the release date) is that the script is completed and Christopher Nolan will be back to direct. However, there have been more than enough rumors floating around to make up for the lack of solid news, and the most popular seems to be that The Riddler will be the main villain.

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Well, I was contacted earlier today by an inside source who said while taking part in an internship at Warner Bros a few weeks ago: the buzz in the office was that the recent success of Inception, along with some heavy insistence from Christopher Nolan, means that one of three actors from the hit movie will play the villain and each of them are currently being considered for the role. Those actors are:

*Joseph Gordon-Levitt

*Leonardo DiCaprio

*Tom Hardy


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Apparently, the studio is especially keen on allowing Nolan to hire one of the actors because of the extra publicity and attention it would bring to the movie (as did Christian Bale re-teaming with Christopher Nolan in The Prestige for example) while the fact they were all praised for their performances also plays a part.

As with any rumor from an "inside source," it's best to take this with a pinch of salt for now. Although a lot of the information that was shared with me certainly has me convinced! It's already been reported that Levitt is in the running for this role, while either DiCaprio or Hardy fit it equally well in my opinion. I think that all of them are fantastic actors and I'd love to see any of them bring The Riddler to life on the big screen! What do you think of this news? Have your say in the usual place! And if you've got any inside information you'd like to share, just click on the "Contact Me" link at the top left side of this page!




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Unspoken - 8/2/2010, 3:43 PM
Leonardo would be awesome but I think he would steal the screen to much. jmo
Destroyer14 - 8/2/2010, 3:43 PM
Joseph Gordon Levitt would make a perfect Riddler. He did an awesome job as Cobra Commander.
cologne - 8/2/2010, 3:43 PM
Joseph Gordon-Levitt reminds me of Heath Leadger alot..
patriautism - 8/2/2010, 3:44 PM
Joseph Gordon=Levitt is the best choice by far.
He totally out-shined everyone in Inception.
Plus 3rd rock was the shizzznat.
ElBicho - 8/2/2010, 3:44 PM
JGL all the way, even though I still say Nolan should get over it and cast him as The Joker.
marvel72 - 8/2/2010, 3:44 PM
any of them three,i think they all would bring something different to the role.
Hawksblueyes - 8/2/2010, 3:44 PM
Levitt looks the part but Decaprio would own it.

Great work Josh. ;)
fanboiii - 8/2/2010, 3:44 PM
"inside sources" might as well be divine inspiration. no offense, but insides sources have been rarely correct.
jusme6 - 8/2/2010, 3:45 PM
Joseph Gordon Levitt should get the part. He sees angels...
bababoozer - 8/2/2010, 3:46 PM
NO NO NO NO NO!!! Not that they aren't good actors. I just don't want to see Nolan ruin his track record with one of the lamest villians ever. There's nothing threatening about the Riddler, and if they try to MAKE him crazy, it'll just seem like a Joker rip-off.
jazzman - 8/2/2010, 3:46 PM
everyone got a inside source nowadays i remember The Sun newspaper said their inside source said Megan Fox going to be Catwoman and Eddie Murphy is The Riddler LOL

anyway if its true Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be alright as the Riddler. but if they introduce the Black Mask in the sequel it would be interesting to see Leonardo DiCaprio or Tom Hardy play that role.


ecksmanfan - 8/2/2010, 3:47 PM
JGL would own it, but I'm OK with any one of them. Still rather not see the Riddler though.
RoscoeFolgers - 8/2/2010, 3:51 PM
Nothing threatening? He knows Batman is Bruce Wayne... That's enough of a threat to put him above half of Batman's rogues gallery.
RockNRollCC - 8/2/2010, 3:51 PM
if they make JGL Riddler, they have to make him and joker related or something. Because JGL looks EXACTLY like Heath. If that will mess up the story too much, give it to Leo. It would be the best.

LEO OR JGL!
imnotwearinghockeypants - 8/2/2010, 3:52 PM
It won't be DeCaprio, too low profile for him and he doesn't really fit the part. Either of the others, whatever, I thought the casting of Heath Ledger was terrible news at first, so I'm not really worried about who Nolan casts at this point. He could cast Oprah Winfrey and I'd have faith.
XmutantX - 8/2/2010, 3:52 PM
it mos likely wont be leo..his star power would over shadow bale's...as for hardy and levitt...well the obvios thing would be 2 go wit levitt..but thinkin about it a lil more...i think Hardy would do an amazing job as well...in my honest opinion tho...this entire article is prolly based off fake facts and is mos likely commin from Nolans trend of re-using actors from his other movies.not from any "secret source"...2 make this more believable..i would need sumtin that not jus anybuddy coud think up on there own :)
Luigi - 8/2/2010, 3:53 PM
Sorry, I usually don't like to trust unknown "inside sources". But Nolan can do no wrong, so whoever he picks is fine with me. I just hope Bale doesn't go overboard with his Bat voice again. It wasn't that goofy in Batman Begins and pretty much the first half of TDK.
InTylerWeTrust - 8/2/2010, 3:53 PM
Levitt.
WireySpindell - 8/2/2010, 3:54 PM
Hmmm, I was hoping to see something like the Dark Victory storyline, with Two Face as the head of the mob and the Riddler can be a secondary character as a serial killer. You could also include Catwoman. Black Mask could sub for Two Face. Interesting if the Riddler ends up the main villain, he always came off as hokey to me.

BUT, Nolan is the man, and I'm sure whatever he goes for will kill it. It would definitely allow for Batman to show his detective skills.
JoshWilding - 8/2/2010, 3:54 PM
For the record, I completely agree with what some of you are saying about "inside sources"! I never tend to believe anyone who claims that they get information from them, but despite the fact that the majority of it ends up being BS, they have turned out to be true a fair few times as well! In this case, a lot of the information I was told as well as the fact that this would make perfect sense leads me to believe it's one of those rare cases when it's true! Time will tell I suppose! :)

HAWKS: Thanks bud! I'd have to go with Levitt as well when it comes to looks, although I completely agree that DiCaprio would do an amazing job! (and I'd love to see him play a villain) As for Hardy, he wouldnt be my first choice, but I think that he too would give a great performance and what would surely be a very unique take on the character!
tazmaniak - 8/2/2010, 3:54 PM
I wish there was some way they could use Slade Wilson in the movies.He's actually an enemy who could pose a mental and physical challenge for Batman.
valeriesghost - 8/2/2010, 3:55 PM
JGL all the way, and i agree with @unspoken, but then again, HL stole every scene he was in from TDK.
WireySpindell - 8/2/2010, 3:56 PM
^^^ In the above scenario, I could see Levitt as Riddler, DeCaprio as Black Mask. And I think Hardy is a good actor waiting for a breakout, as well.
UnfriendlySpidey - 8/2/2010, 3:56 PM
JGL FTW!!!! Awesome find @JoshW!!!! Love Leo & 'Handsome Bob' too, but JGL is the man for the job :D
blackpantherfan - 8/2/2010, 3:57 PM
my pick would be carrot top.
batmantattoo - 8/2/2010, 3:58 PM
I think that the only real good story tell her would be the hush story or a form of it. DeCaprio playing Hush and Levitt playing riddler. It would be a amazing story to tell. Tom Hardy would be a hell of a blackmask.

Hush is after Bruce Wayne for personal reasons.

Riddler is after Batmans glory

Black Mask is after the Underground. Im think a form of Bane as Masks muscle.
AlexDeLarge87 - 8/2/2010, 3:59 PM
I prefer Hardy! He is f*cking awesome actor!:D Levitt is good too
jazzman - 8/2/2010, 3:59 PM
Tom Hardy = Black Mask
batmantattoo - 8/2/2010, 4:01 PM
Revised : Batmans glory as in the eyes of Gotham. Batman wanted no glory from this.
fightclub522 - 8/2/2010, 4:03 PM
Its easy to debunk this rumor that all three are interested. LEO has said he is done acting for a while and would like to direct.
RorMachine - 8/2/2010, 4:03 PM
Well now, this is something Joshua! Great scoop. You reckon its on the money? I certainly think its a possibility. My vote would be for...any of em! haha, but maybe Levitt just edging the others out.
Set2Fallfirst - 8/2/2010, 4:03 PM
AWESOME FUKN AWESOME
rodsvilaca - 8/2/2010, 4:04 PM
Although I didn't saw INCEPTION yet, I guess Tom Hardy could be a more intriguing Edward Nashton aka The Riddler afterall.

Still thinking Nolan could use a non-painted The Joker escaping Arkham Asylum just to vanish in the end of the movie.
UnfriendlySpidey - 8/2/2010, 4:04 PM
JGL for Riddler, Leo DiCaprio for Black Mask & Tom Hardy for Hush

@battattoo ahhhhhh ya beat me to it :P haha
flames809 - 8/2/2010, 4:04 PM
leo would own that role if he gets cast.
OverCross - 8/2/2010, 4:05 PM
Suprising. Levitt must have got the idea when he heard some of us are rooting for him


I might
GUNSMITH - 8/2/2010, 4:05 PM
"OK WHICHEVER ONE OF US THAT COAXES NOLAN TO GIVE THE RIDDLER ROLE TO ONE OF US GETS IT"...

BruceWayneNewton - 8/2/2010, 4:09 PM
Leo would be amazing but I would like to see Tom Hardy. He was great in Inception and RocknRolla.
moonwaltz - 8/2/2010, 4:10 PM
joseph gordon levitt as the riddler and the upcoming CROW reboot is a EPIC WIN
batmantattoo - 8/2/2010, 4:11 PM
Revised : Batmans glory as in the eyes of Gotham. Batman wanted no glory from this.
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