Doug Jones would be an interesting choice. I think his movement was excellent in pretty much everything he’s been in, especially Pan’s Labyrinth and both Hellboy movies. His voice work was actually pretty good in Hellboy II, although I have to say I do miss David Hyde Pierce’s voice.
Doug Jones does have an interesting look about him. A bit cartoony but also a bit creepy. I could totally see him portraying a troubled Mr. Nigma.
I think David Bowie would be an interesting choice. He was really good as Nikola Tesla in The Prestige. I’m not sure if he can carry an entire mainstream film, however. Labyrinth isn’t exactly the best example of his acting skills. Johnny Depp is awesome in anything he plays, but I have a hard time seeing him in the role. I don’t know if he’d take it. Anthony Hopkins is an incredible actor, but I really think he’s just plain too old to play the Riddler.
I would love to see Anthony Hopkins as the riddler. Part of me still wants to say, “Jim Carrey”. I loved his act as the riddler in Batman Forever and I think the next BATMAN still needs to be serious but needs to be a little comedic in a way and I think he can bring it to the big screens. Jim has done some serious movies and he can be serious and yet in those movies he showcases some kind of comedy or humor. The Riddler isn’t supposed to be totally serious because he always leaves riddles to his unconscious enemy’s.
I depends how Nolan would want to approach his next batman movie. He could have Anthony Hopkins be the Riddler is he wants more of a “SAW” or “Hannibal” like Riddler but that has kinda been done with the Joker.
I think the next BATMAN should still mantain a serious attitude but there needs to be some humor in after a very very dark second film. BATMAN BEGINS had a more subtle humor in some scenes and I think that will be what the next will need. There is noway Nolan can get even more serious with his BATMAN concept but there’s a lot of room with subtle humor or gags in his next one.
I find it really jarring to think of Jim Carrey‘s Riddler and Nolan’s Batman movies together. However, Jim Carrey has totally earned my respect as a dramatic actor since he’s done films such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. I can see him being redirected by Nolan into a different kind of Riddler. Still, it would be hard to pull off since he’s already portrayed the Riddler in another film.
The more I think about Anthony Hopkins as the Riddler, the more I think he might make a good choice after all, regardless of his age. It would have to be an extremely well written part, however. I mean, this guy’s doing King Lear right now.
Christopher Lloyd is a great choice. I’ve always admired his acting ability. He can play ANYTHING. And he’s kooky enough to be able to pull off a role like this. He is old, but he’s not quite as old as Anthony Hopkins.
Glad to see someone else’s thought David Bowie wouldn’t be a bad choice! He’s not the obvious choice, true, but hey, neither was heath and he’s blown everyone’s minds. And he already acts! I say give Bowie a chance, Chris Nolan!
Jim Carrey? Are you KIDDING?
The only person Jim Carrey can play is… Jim Carrey.
For non-Americans, he symbolises all the worst aspects of US ‘show-business’ and the cult of personality.
Hugo Weaving… now yr talking.
Tom Cruise… I would also be tempted to take a walk off a tall building. But as street pizza, I might miss out on a biiiiig surprise. Anyone see him in ‘Magnolia’? Terrifyingly good in a well-written, well directed role.
allow me to say, that this list causes me to cringe. The role of the riddler is one of a quirky, smooth-talking genius with OCD. Someone please tell me how Christopher Walken could pull that off. Now i love Walken, but this has to be a joke. Now come on people… Tom Cruise? Kelsey Grammar? Gene Hackman? PACINO!?- I don’t take away from the success of these actors, because clearly certain roles fit them well… but not the riddler… lets be honest- Liam Neison’s performance in the first movie was at least admirable with no inspiration to go on except from the comic book… and he did well. Then the incredicle performance of Heath Ledger as the Joker, which may be too difficult to top in this next film that is supposedly being made (and i hope it does). Then to end the series, (!) ben stiller as the riddler…. you’ve got to be kidding me… Not one person on the list for this page would even break top 5 in my opinion, and all for the simple reason that NONE OF THEM FIT THE CHARACTER… just because you’ve played a similar role somewhat well doesn’t qualify you to play another.
My Suggestion: Make a new list. Include Johnny Depp for one (isn’t he the front-runner in terms of rumors for this roles these days?), Edward Norton, Daniel Day-Lewis, David Hyde Pierce, and Adrien Brody… All of them could pull off the character needed for it.
Oh, and while your at it.. how about the Penquin, the other rumored villian in the movie– Paul Giamatti and Philip Seymour Hoffman top my list.
Ok, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update to the results of this poll, but here’s the latest in the “Other” category:
Unnamed – 133
Johnny Depp – 24
Daniel Day Lewis – 5
Crispin Glover – 5
Jim Carrey – 4
Ed Norton – 3
Simon Pegg – 3
David Hyde Pierce – 2
Adrien Brody – 2
Ewan McGregor – 2
Michael C. Hall – 2
Seth Green – 1
Robin Williams – 1
Christopher Eccleston – 1
Ben Stiller – 1
James McAvoy – 1
David Bowie – 1
Michael Pitt – 1
Ryan Gosling – 1
Adam Brody – 1
Elijah Wood – 1
Casey Affleck – 1
Trevor Hawkes – 1
With that, I’m closing down this poll and starting a new one, with a refreshed set of candidates. Please visit that one and submit your new votes! Thanks! 😀