I have the utmost faith in Christopher Nolan’s abilities. When I first saw the trailer for Batman Begins, I had no desire to head to the theatre. In fact, I waited for the DVD and was completely blown away. I kicked myself a few times for missing it’s theatrical release and hoped for a sequel.
When The Dark Knight started filming I had began planning my trip to the big screen immediately. I have seen The Dark Knight twice, am planning on seeing it again at an IMAX theatre and look forward to owning the DVD.
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight are two of my favorite films. They are by far the best comic book movies ever made.
However I am a little worried. With the success of The Dark Knight, Nolan will obviously direct a third installment of the franchise, and the question on everyone’s mind is, who will be Batman’s newest nemesis?
According to hollyscoop.com the Riddler will be making an appearance, as played by Johnny Depp. This matches up with a quote floating around from Gary Oldman:
Maybe we don’t need the Joker. Because we’ll have The Riddler.
The article also mentions that execs are pushing for the Penguin, a character David Goyer (screenwriter) has already expressed distaste for, and had rejected as a possibility (along with Catwoman) as an upcoming villain.
I hope the Goyer sticks to his guns and leaves the Penguin and Catwoman out, and I wish he would reconsider on the Riddler. It was a bold move using the relatively lesser known Scarecrow in the first film, and I would prefer something along those lines in the third. Perhaps the Ventriloquist or Hugo Strange… I wouldn’t even mind seeing Bane. But the Riddler? I just can’t take the guy seriously. He bores me. He’s not threatening. His crimes typically amount to little more than jewelry store knock-offs, and I can barely think of him in movie form without Jim Carrey popping in to my head.
Then again, maybe that’s the point. Take Johnny Depp, cast him as the Riddler and turn the character on it’s head. It just might work, and only time will tell if Nolan’s streak can continue.