Riddle Me This: What Two Actors Would Like To Take On Ben Affleck’s Bat?
With Ben Affleck being the new Batman, it’s a pretty safe bet that sometime after the upcoming Man of Steel sequel he’ll be leading his own movie. The newly dubbed Batfleck will have to go up against a pretty serious threat if he hopes to top the villains presented in Christopher Nolan‘s Batman trilogy. One villain we haven’t seen in a while that could make a truly menacing threat is The Riddler. Scott Snyder has written a truly threatening Riddler in several issues of his Batman comics run, so the man that challenges the Dark Knight’s detective skills is ripe with potential if done correctly. Two actors have recently expressed interest in going up against the Bat as Edward Nigma.
Justin Timberlake will be starring in Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck coming out next month, so he has a pretty good working relationship with the new hero on the block. In a recent radio interview Timberlake was asked if he’d like to partner up with Affleck again, possibly as his Robin. Timberlake wasn’t big on that idea. He did offer up an alternative though (via ComicBook.Com):
Not a chance in hell. I ain’t playin’ Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie. I just don’t. Now VILLAIN! I’ll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funny enough, is the Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain. The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I’m wanna play like proper crazy. I’’m ready. The Riddler. Gimme a call.
J.T. might have some competition. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia star Glenn Howerton (Dennis Reynolds) was asked if he’d like to play any comic book movie roles in a recent Reddit AMA. He wasn’t as verbose about it as Timberlake, but he said “I would love to play The Riddler.” Timberlake has proven he’s a pretty good actor in recent years. He’s had a few big parts in some great movies, but he’s really shown people his skills as 5-time host of SNL. Both he and Howerton would be odd choices for the master manipulator, but Affleck has proven that anything is possible. What do you think? Could you see either of these actors being Riddler or do you have someone else in mind?