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The Dark Knight Rises Could Have Included The Riddler

The minute The Dark Knight opened in 2008 to the kind of critical acclaim and box office that almost never happens, everyone started talking about the sequel-- and the loudest ones were probably the executives at Warner Bros., who were surely eager to keep the money train rolling. But there's a big difference between what happens when we all talk amongst ourselves about the villains we'd like to see in a movie and when the WB execs do it-- namely that when the executives start talking, someone has to listen to them, no matter how crazy their ideas were.

So, as screenwriter David S. Goyer remembers it, it was as early as the premiere of The Dark Knight when the WB execs started throwing around their crazy ideas. As he revealed in the print edition of Empire magazine (via Batman-News), they had one very specific casting idea in mind:

“it’s gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio…”.

We heard about a million different rumors about the Riddler showing up in The Dark Knight Rises-- or Batman 3, as we called it at the time-- including a really pervasive one that Eddie Murphy would be playing him. But we had never seen DiCaprio's name attached to it, maybe because Christopher Nolan recoiled in horror at the very idea, and that got the Warner Bros. brass to shut up in the name of keeping their talent happy.

At least it's fun to know that Goyer was dealing with the same kind of rumors, and these from the guys who had the power to make them actually come true. So far as we know there won't be the slightest hint of the Riddler in The Dark Knight Rises, but I guess there's really no way of knowing for sure until the movie finally comes out on July 20 this year.

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend