2012. It’s the year that the world is to some in their right minds, the world is going to end. Hopefully in that case then, before we bite the dust, we get to see Christopher Nolan complete his trilogy of Batman films as the 3rd one is schedule to be released sometime in 2012. Following up after the ridiculous success of The Dark Knight and also since last week, you will find that 90% of your friends and family may also happen to like Inception, whilst there be a small number that believe that it is overblown shite. Well you know you’re really good when people loved you when nobody really knew who you were director wise (Most friends I know never heard of Following or Memento quite a while after they were realised) and hate you when you become uber famous. Well, anyways back to the topic at hand, the internet is running wild with rumors of who should be the main villain or even two villains (Minor appearance alongside the main attraction) and who should play them. Here’s some of the selections and casting choices I found.
RUMOURED OR WANTED VILLAINS FOR BATMAN 3
Some fans believe that, in Nolan’s world, Black Mask could be potentially a future fit into his version of the Batman universe, either as a minor or a major villain, either challenging Bruce Wayne’s business or taking him on as being the new criminal boss, or if he’s to become the major villain tackle him on both fronts. Black Mask’s origin storyline of his childhood, considering he is a childhood ‘friend’ of Wayne, it could be neatly done in a five minute flashback or show of the two younger selves jumping then into the modern day timeline.
Only one name i’ve heard mentioned so far and I concur with those voices is that Tom Hardy should play the role of Black Mask. As seen plenty of times before, Nolan has absolutely no problem in re-using actors (Michael Caine and Cillian Murphy have been used quite a few times now for instance). Before Inception, Hardy had a little part in “Band of Brothers” (along with now other familiar faces who weren’t as well known in that time) before becoming a part in the “Star Trek: Nemesis” film. Since that, he played mad man Freddie in the gritty period drama TV mini-series “The Take” aswell as playing Charles Bronson in the art piece “Bronson” aswell as appearing in Guy Ritchie’s “Rock’N’Rolla” as Handsome Bob.
Tom Hardy has recently fast become one of my favourite British Actors and as seen in “The Take” and “Bronson”, he can do calm and collective and then violent virtually within a split second, so having him as being Black Mask is a no-brainer to me and can’t think of anyone else at the moment for that part.
Following on now after being in the hit Inception, Hardy will be seen in the UFC-type film “Warrior” lined-up for sometime later this year, aswell as then appearing in the main lead in the new Mad Max film, scheduled to be out in the same year as Batman 3 it seems, 2012.
After the over-the-top exploits in The Dark Knight, maybe it’s about time we get to test the Bat’s detective skills, and who else but to put him to that test other than Edward Nigma’s alter ego, The Riddler. Some people think that The Riddler wouldn’t be as intense or thrilling enough to have as a main villain for the 3rd Batman film, considering the way that The Dark Knight was set-up to follow with more of The Joker (unfortunately Heath Ledger passed away) but I’m sure Nolan could work away around this, considering that the Studio Casting Grid has named The Riddler as the new villain for Batman 3 (They done this aswell with The Dark Knight).
Already a very strong contender, considering Inceptions success and his star has shot through the roof because of it, everything at the moment points to JGL becoming The Riddler in the new Batman film. He’s got the acting chops and is one of the best young actors of the current new generation (Brilliant in the likes of “Brick”, “Mysterious Skin” and also “(500) Days of Summer”). This would be JGL’s breakout vehicle role if he were to snag it, much like Heath Ledger’s Joker was for him in The Dark Knight. Really like JGL so hope that if he gets the role, he will do brilliantly with it.
Who would’ve thought the kid from 3rd Rock From The Sun would come such a long way?
Other names originally in the running were Johnny Depp (If this was pre-Pirates and a few bad Tim Burton remakes, I would’ve agreed, but just think that JD would take away the realism away from the film….which is a strange thing considering the film subject matter, but hopefully you get what I mean), Robin Williams (He has vocally put himself in contention for the role, has previously worked with Nolan in “Insomnia” and can do serious acting, though too old for the role perhaps?), Jim Carrey (Well considering Batman Forever was Jim Carrey acting, well, Jim Carrey, imagine what he could be like after the likes of “The Truman Show”, “Eternal Sunshine Of A Spotless Mind” and his now serious acting career, I reckon he could pull it off but Batman Forever kills any idea of it happening again…ever) and finally Casey Affleck after his recent stint in “Killer Inside Me”….interesting option.
Some fans reckon to tie the bow on the nice package of the Batman Trilogy, is to include Catwoman herself. Somehow I can’t seem to see it that Nolan would add her into the conclusion of the trilogy though i’m sure her alter ego Selina Kyle, may make an appearance in the film, considering Bruce Wayne needs a new love interest since Rachel Dawes blew up in a blaze of glory in The Dark Knight.
Angelina Jole/Marion Cotillard
No sooner had The Dark Knight been released that many jumped to the conclusion that after a slight remark by Morgan Freeman’s Fox character mentioned about one of the suits being good against cats, that many believed that Catwoman will now appear in Batman 3. Originally believed to appear in the role in rumourville was Angelina Jolie, who is currently in a hot streak at the moment and will soon appear in the action spy film “Salt”. Currently though, once again after “Inception”s release, many believe now that Marion Cotillard is in the front running to appear as Catwoman. If Catwoman was to appear I don’t think he would use either of these two and go for someone that we wouldn’t expect. Halle Berry won’t reprise the role, I guess.
Fair enough, the story of a serial killer who marks his victims with a tally across parts of his body may not make him a main villain for the 3rd villain, though the storyline for Batman could go on a similar ‘Se7en’ kind of road. The fact that his origin story of a man that had it all, as it were, then lose it all and is just an insane shell/vessel of a human being, believing he is ridding the ‘zombies’ (his victims) of their pointless existence. Even though he made a very brief appearance in “Batman Begins”, it would be nice to see a comeback from the psychotic serial killer.
Well considering he did play Mr Zsasz in the “Batman Begins” film, it would be nice to see how Tim Booth would do the role in a full length feature, rather than five minutes screentime. Just really weird that this is the frontman of the band James that has played the role.
Considering that, unfortunately there is no Heath, and since there is no Heath, Nolan has state previously that he won’t be replaced as The Joker, therefore, no Joker. So considering all of that, how come some fans still crave for an appearance of Harley Quinn? Well put simply, they hope for a Joker appearance, that’s why. If there is no Joker then it would seem pointless to just throw in Harley Quinn, just for the sake of it. Though of course they could replace Heath (more on that later) and bring Harley into the fold or have her appear working at Arkham Asylum if the Batman has a reason to be there just as a simple nod to the audience.
Considering some of her moments in her stint in the TV series “Heroes” where she showed the crazy, yet pet on the leech, I’d say she wouldn’t be far off in sinking her teeth into the role of Harley Quinn. Well considering she’s taken part mostly in romantic comedies in recent years, from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” to “Couples Retreat”, it’s about time we seen Kristen in a grittier, meatier role that she came into the spotlight for with her main character in the show of the same name “Veronica Mars”. Another name pitched for the role I heard was Sarah Michelle Gellar, well it would be nice to see her back on her game really, but think I’d prefer to have Kristen…..of course if it were to happen.
Right okay, deep breath everyone. This was obviously going to get mentioned, regardless of Nolan saying no, it doesn’t stop worldwide fans creating buzz about possible replacements for Heath Ledger or hell even those shouting for a cameo scene from Heath himself, from a deleted scene.
Yeah, I know, HIM again. Though it’s absolutely no coincidence he is mentioned for this role. Mainly because, he looks freakishly alot like Heath (Strange, but true). Though obviously, resemblances alone are not worth nothing for him but obviously the fact is that he is as stated before, one of the best young actors of his generation but Nolan is hesitant about having The Joker in the new film so most likely it will be a no go…..The Riddler will have to do I suppose.