We’ve got bats on the brain here at FlickSided, so whenever another rumor surrounding Christopher Nolan’s next Batman movie is circulated, we’re quick to jump all over it in smothering fashion. Especially when it involves The Riddler, who is presumed to be Batman 3‘s chief villain.
In the past, we’ve donned our casting hats and suggested Michael C. Hall from Dexter would make an excellent Riddler, and debated whether or not Inception co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt could successfully tackle the role. Now, we hear tell, via IGN, that Robin Williams revealed in a recent interview with Empire Magazine that he would love to play the man in the question mark costume.
Of course, Williams and Nolan have a history with Insomnia, so it’s possible the manic actor-comedian could be considered. However, the way Williams delivered his plea has me thinking he had tongue firmly planted in cheek:
“I would work with Chris again in a second, playing anyone in anything. I’d play The Riddler in the next Batman, although it would be hard to top Heath [Ledger] as the villain, and I’m a little hairy for tights… I’m using this article as an ad. Chris, call me, I’ll do anything. I could be a great character – or some weird little man in the background in Arkham Asylum.”
Williams is often tough to read during interviews. I can envision him gesticulating wildly with a goofy smile plastered on his face and not being serious at all. Then again, he could be positioning himself for the role. Ya never know with Robin. He’s zany like that.
I think Williams could definitely do The Riddler justice. He’s excelled at creepy in One Hour Photo and the aforementioned Insomnia, although my suspicion is Nolan will cast someone younger. Pegging Williams, who is 58, would be similar to when Tim Burton tabbed Jack Nicholson, then 52, to play The Joker in the 1989 Batman.
I just don’t see Nolan going in that direction. Not to mention The Riddler hasn’t even been confirmed as Batman 3‘s baddie. At any rate, this is one more tidbit to ponder until Nolan begins ramping up for the next chapter in the Dark Knight saga.