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Depp-Riddler and Hoffman-Penguin Rumors Continue
The next possible stars of the Batman franchise.
By Jarrod Sarafin
September 08, 2008
Is it the Penguin and the Riddler?
It seems that the Johnny Depp as Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Penguin rumors will never truly die down Maniacs. Just a few weeks after Warner Bros. executives said Nolan was on vacation and that there was no set story for a third Batman film, we now have those WB executives joking around with co-star Michael Caine, with this update sent in by Maniac Joeybaloney. Caine himself has passed along what was said to MTV and it's coming back full circle to the same actors possibly playing the same two characters in the third installment.
“They’ve already got them in mind,” said Caine, when asked who he’d like to see take up arms against the Caped Crusader. “It’s Johnny Depp as The Riddler. And The Penguin is Philip Seymour Hoffman. I read it in the paper.”
So Caine is like the rest of us, reading gossip in the tabloids, right? Except for one thing…according to the actor, he confirmed the news through the studio itself.
“When Christopher [Nolan] said we were going to do ‘The Dark Knight’ next, I didn’t what that meant in Batman terms,” related Caine, who plays Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth. “I said, ‘What’s the story?’ and he said The Joker. I said, ‘Oh, s–t! How are you going to top Jack [Nicholson]?’ He said, ‘Well, I’ve cast Heath Ledger. And I went ‘Ha! I couldn’t top Jack, but if anyone could, maybe Heath could.’ And he did.“I was with [a Warner Bros.] executive and I said, ‘Are we going to make another one?’ They said yeah. I said, ‘How the hell are we going to top Heath? And he says ‘I’ll tell you how you top Heath — Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.’ I said, ‘S–t, they’ve done it again!’” [Laughs]
While Caine indeed reinforced these rumors, albeit with a humorous attitude, he did confirm that Nolan has yet to script anything out.
“No. He’s gone. He’ll come back with a script sometime.”