Now that we know for sure that the follow-up to The Dark Knight is being made and has an actual release date (July 20, 2012), speculating about the film's villain(s?) becomes a lot more fun. Before it was just wishful thinking that Christopher Nolan would make another one; now we get to geekily argue about who will play the Riddler (and yes, I'm just going to assume that Riddler will be the Big Bad, with all due respect to Bane and Clay Face).

G4 suggests Michael Emerson, and everyone from Johnny Depp to Eddie Murphy has been rumored for the role. Here are three potentials I think Nolan & Co. should choose from:

Alan Tudyk

I think he's the perfect fit. Tudyk's not a big name, but neither was Heath Ledger. He's played a psychopath with multiple personalities (Dollhouse), and he's also incredibly funny (Firefly, Death at a Funeral), without going to over-the-top (see below).

Sam Rockwell

We won't know how well he acts in big-budget action films until Iron Man 2 is released later this week, but the man does crazy well (Moon) and he even looks pretty similar to the Riddler.

Jim Carrey

Remember when I mentioned going over-the-top? Well, if Nolan wants to destroy the Batman franchise so that no one can make another film for 20 years, why not Jim? He's literally gone batshit crazy (no pun intended) and we could all use a little more of his red hair in our lives.
What do you guys think?

Commentarium (18 Comments)

May 03 10 - 4:51pm

I think Alan Tudyk isn't a big enough name. Remember, Ledger wasn't an A-List star, but he had carried a few films, including Brokeback Mountain.

James Earle Haley.

May 03 10 - 4:59pm

It ought to be Killer Croc. Sho nuff.

May 03 10 - 5:50pm

John Goodman as King Tut, Tim Roth as the Joker

May 03 10 - 5:53pm

Tim Roth could be good as Riddler.

May 03 10 - 5:57pm

Mads Mikkelsen or Peter Stormare.

May 03 10 - 6:03pm

I like Alan Tudyk in the role, but I do love Peter Stormare. Anyone who could almost single-handedly redeem the train wreck that was "Constantine" is a force to be reckoned with.

May 03 10 - 11:09pm

Gotta be Depp.

May 04 10 - 1:41am
always and forever

If Alan Tudyk ends up in the running, it'd be a crime for the role to go to anyone else. He's not a huge name (yet), but he is extremely talented, and he's proven himself more than capable of the nuances required to fit Nolan's Batman universe. His role on Dollhouse should be enough to convince any skeptics. Alan deserves more recognition, even though part of me would hate to see him become less accessible.

May 04 10 - 8:42am
ken kurp

Harry Belafonte as himself

May 04 10 - 9:09am
Hellooooo Nurse!

We need a female villain. Catwoman isn't eeevil enough to be a main villain, and you can't top Uma's performance as Poison Ivy (the saving grace of the Batman and Robin movie). How about Cheshire or Harlequin? Anne Hathaway would make a good Harlequin... for Cheshire we'd want a half-Asian actress who can exude murderous malice.

May 04 10 - 9:53am
@ken kurp

And Belafonte's sidekick could be the Harmonica Harmer, played by Bob Dylan.

May 04 10 - 10:34am
G Unit

Rosie O'Donell as the Penguin

May 04 10 - 5:26pm

NPH - neil patrick harris!

May 04 10 - 5:47pm

I think Jim Carrey can pull it off. I think he deserves a second chance to do the Riddler in a non-campy way.

May 04 10 - 7:05pm
Dick Hertz

it should be Superman.

May 05 10 - 12:00am

Philip Seymore Hoffman = Penguin

May 05 10 - 9:22am

dan- his name is jackie earle haley. he's playing freddy kreuger in nightmare on elm street

Dec 03 11 - 8:19pm

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