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

Tue, April 12, 2011 11:00am EDT 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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