Back in 2008, there was a confirmed rumor that Johnny Depp was going to play “The Riddler” in the Dark Knight sequel.
The Riddler, for those who don’t know, is a green-suited comic book villain who tries to trick Batman with puzzles that give clues to his crimes. Frank Gorshin played him the the 1960s television show and Jim Carrey played him in Batman Forever.
The rumor was there would be three villains: The Riddler, Penguin (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Catwoman (Angelina Jolie). An “inside source” said, “Producers are convinced that the role of The Riddler is perfect for Depp. Johnny’s a pro. He’ll be able to take direction and still make the character his own. And what better Penguin is there than Philip Seymour Hoffman?”
Unfortunately for the Internet, Nolan quickly squashed that idea saying the villain “won’t be the Riddler”. Still, with the Dark Knight posters up I thought it would be fun to do a fake Dark Knight Rises poster with the man himself. So, we can all dream about what might have been.
What do you think? Would Johnny Depp have made a cool villain for The Dark Knight Rises?