More Crazy Rumors: Michael Caine Says Depp is Riddler, Hoffman is Penguin?!
Continuing on with even more crazy rumors today (the other being Will Smith as Captain America), the folks at MTV have seemingly scooped another few superhero casting updates. This time the casting surrounds the third Christopher Nolan Batman movie. We've heard these names mentioned together before, so it seems like this isn't anything besides rehashing rumors thrown around on the internet previously, but the source this time is Michael Caine. Apparently Caine was talking with an executive at Warner Brothers about how they could "top" Heath Ledger as the Joker from Dark Knight and the exec named both Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin. Does it look like we finally have early confirmations on the third Batman movie? Or is Caine just pulling our leg?
So Caine told MTV in an interview that the execs "already got them in mind" before naming Depp and Hoffman. "I read it in the paper," he said. But that's not all. Caine continues on with an anecdote, mentioning that he "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, 'Sh-t, they've done it again!'" I'm not sure if this is a classic case of internet rumors being blown incredibly out of proportion, to the point that the execs know who the internet "wants" to see and were just mentioning it because they like it, too. If that is the case, then none of this is really confirmed, just early speculation yet again.
I'm not going to pull up every last mention of Johnny Depp as The Riddler or Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin in an attempt to uncover where this all originally began. However, I will refer to an interesting article on SlashFilm a week ago where Depp was questioned about the Riddler rumor. "It seems like it'd be a fun gig," he remarked. So as of about a week ago, Depp wasn't being talked to by the execs, as far as we know. These two actors are both incredible and could definitely fit in Christopher Nolan's dark Batman universe. I'm just curious whether there is really some truth to Caine's quotes or whether he's just stoking the fires of the rumor mill. Only time will tell, but for now it's an exciting rumor. Would Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin top Heath Ledger?