Tom Wilkinson Thinks HE Should Be the Next Riddler in 'Dark Knight Rises!'

Tue, April 12, 2011 11:00am EST by 5 Comments

Riddle us this: Which character went mad after being gassed at the end of ‘Batman Begins’ … but didn’t die?

Tom Wilkinson has — we think, at least — an incredible bit of casting advice for Christopher Nolan as he prepares to shoot The Dark Knight Rises. And it involves the biggest human question mark of all: The Riddler.

“I thought I’d be a great guy [to play the Riddler],” the twice-Oscar-nominated Wilkinson told us April 11 at the New York premiere of The Conspirator, hosted by Piaget and the Wall Street Journal. “My character was sent mad, but you never saw him die. I thought it would be great if my kind of crazy and had been sent [away], but somehow recovered — but nevertheless was totally insane.”

For those of you who don’t remember 2005’s Batman Begins, Tom’s character Carmine Falcone got gassed by the evil Dr. Jonathan Crane, and ends up a quivering, insane mess of a human being.

It’s so brilliant we can barely get our heads around it, Mr. Wilkinson. And anyone who saw him play a lawyer gone mad in Michael Clayton knows he knows his crazy. So far, however, there hasn’t been any indication that the Riddler will actually be a character in the third Batman installment.

Besides the usual gang (Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, and Michael Caine), director Nolan has cast Anne Hathaway as Catwoman and Inception‘s Tom Hardy as villain Bane.

What do you think — should Chris Nolan reinvent the role of the Riddler and make Tom Wilkinson Mr. Nygma?

— Will Lee with reporting by Chloe Melas

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Jessup Niggs

Posted at 10:45 PM on April 12, 2011  

Its official. The credibility of Philton has dropped.

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Posted at 5:55 PM on April 12, 2011  

Very bad idea. Tom may be a good actor for conventional type roles, but I found him terribly miscast in Batman Begins. He didn’t seem convincing as a mobster at all. More like a grumpy mid-level manager at your local Kinko’s. His acting when the Scarecrow hits him with the gas was particularly bad. Looked like he was ACTING.

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Posted at 3:25 PM on April 12, 2011  

Both poll options suck

I wouldn’t mind Falcone returning as some sort of crazy villain, but returning as the Riddler makes no sense.

Brb streetwise mob boss goes crazy and magically becomes a genius scientist

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Orga the Borga

Posted at 3:39 PM on April 12, 2011  

Methinks somebody has been watching too many Joel Shumacher movies.

The Riddler is not a brilliant scientist.

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Evil D

Posted at 12:20 PM on April 12, 2011  

I think Anne Hathaway as Catwomen is the antithesis of the character. She’s more of a Poison Ivy chick.

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