On September 25, 2008, ShowbizSpy.com reports:
A source says, “What Johnny would want to do with Riddler is not a million miles away from what Christopher Nolan and Heath did with The Joker.
“He’s yet to have talks about an offer but he feels he’s not the man for the role and that Heath is just too hard an act to follow.”
Producers would be unlikely to have Riddler as Batman’s next villain without Depp, the insider added.
Hey, it’s not as if Johnny needs the work anyway.
It was revealed yesterday that the Pirates of The Caribbean star will be appearing in THREE new Disney films.
Speaking at a press conference at Los Angeles’ Kodak Theatre on Wednesday, Disney chairman Dick Cook detailed plans for upcoming films that would tie Depp to the studio for the next few years.
Cook confirmed that a third sequel to the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise was in the works, and that he would star as The Mad Hatter in director Tim Burton‘s forthcoming adaptation of Alice In Wonderland.
However, Depp will not take on the lead role of the Lone Ranger himself – he will instead be the hero’s sidekick, Tonto.