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Justin Timberlake Has Expressed Interest In Playing Batman’s Riddler

Do not get any ideas, Warner Bros.

The singer/actor did with radio station Fresh 102.7 out of New York recently in which the morning duo Jim & Kim got him talking about the casting of Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel.

“Ben Affleck as Batman, I like it,” Timberlake told them. “I worked with Ben last summer and I’ve seen his process. I think he’s a brilliant filmmaker. I think he’s an extreme talent so he could surprise a lot of people.”

Timberlake is referring to the upcoming film Runner Runner in which he co-stars with Affleck, Gemma Arterton, and Anthony Mackie. The DJs then asked Timberlake if he’d be Affleck’s Robin.

“Not a chance in hell,” he said. “I ain’t playin’ Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie. 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,” Timberlake continued. “He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I’m wanna play proper crazy…I’m ready. The Riddler. Gimme a call.”

(via MTV)

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  • Janna

    Omg no.

  • Janna

    Seriously, this is laughable, but if anyone is considering it, the crew will step up and put a stop to it:

  • Guest

    Oddly, I might be ok with that. But I’m still sad JLH is Robin….

  • Will Beaty

    Don’t be silly… Robin is Casey Affleck’s role.

  • athenia45

    Oddly, I might be ok with this. Although I’m still bummed JGL didn’t play the Riddler…. :(

  • Anonymous

    Jennifer Love-Hewitt is Robin?

  • Anonymous

    Grumpy Cat: Better-than-Batfleck #3124

  • Mike Cervantes

    Isn’t the Riddler one of Batman’s saner villains?

  • Adrian

    I’m sick of casting suggestions. We all have our favorites and our own visions and while it’s totally fun to speculate, I’m sick of people with influence or actual decision makers to prattle off “You know who would make a GREAT __________??”

    Because none of that matters until the storyteller decides on what story to tell. You like the Riddler, JT? Cool. You want to be him? DON’T JOKE ABOUT THAT SHIT. There is no indication whatsoever that the Riddler is even going to BE in Superman/Batman. There are decisions makers that might actually consider it! The last thing we need is to shoehorn in a character that has no place in the story the director is telling (Venom, Spider-Man 3).

    It’s all about the story. What’s the story going to be? Where does Bruce Wayne fit in or for that matter Batman? Or Lois? Is Superman even still the protagonist? Maybe I’m just too cranky to be commenting right now. Am I wrong? Do I need to take a breath and step back?

  • Raiden

    Depends on the adaptation. In Canon, in stories like Hush, and the Long Halloween, Yes. In other adaptations like Arkham City, not so much.

  • Mordicai

    KISS KISS KISS KISS KISS! (Sorry, first picture distracted me).

  • Laura Truxillo

    Well, it’s nice knowing that at least SOMEONE else likes the Riddler, even if he’s wrong about him. Riddler is pretty crazy, yeah, but he’s actually one of the sanest of Batman’s Rogues (at least, of the Arkhamites). No one is ever gonna top the Gorshin craziness (though Jim Carrey gave it his unfortunate all). If Riddler comes back in the live-action ‘verse, he needs to be a subtle kind of crazy. Calm, collected, and frantically OCD. Like…Niles Crane.

    I will never stop being sad that Joseph Gordon Levitt did not, in fact, done a slim green suit for TDKR.

  • Laura Truxillo

    When he is, he’s usually at his most interesting. Gotham’s got crazy guys coming out the wazoo, but an only-sort-of-crazy-guy who’s constantly determined to prove that he’s the smartest guy in the room–and who often IS–is something special.

    Especially when he has to team up with Batman. That schtick will never get old.

  • OnyxPrimal

    I don’t know… I’d like to see the Riddler played sort of like he is in Arkham City… A little off and determined that he is the smartest man alive. With traps sort of like a much less disturbing Jigsaw. Not saying JT couldn’t do it, but I think he’s a funny actor and would play it closer to Jim Carrey’s way and I don’t think any of us want that.

  • Jake Brown

    I feel like I’m the only one who would actually be fine with Justin Timberlake as the riddler.

  • Cy

    He’s a different kind of crazy. The Riddler is an OCD mad at the world type character. While the Joker embraces chaos, the Riddler embraces order. The Riddler wants to be worshiped for his brilliance.
    I’d put his insanity level up there with the Joker. He’s not outwardly violent but he will kill you and enjoy every second of it. The opposite sides of Two Face’s coin if you will.

  • Anonymous

    Affleck’s casting made me change my mind about a lot of things.

    Do I think Anne Hathaway deserves her film as Catwoman? Definitely. Would Katee Sackhoff be great as Harley Quinn? Off course she would. But do I want to see them play those characters opposite Batfleck? Honestly, I don’t know. The ending of Man of Steel pissed off so many people that there is a possibility both franchise take a turn for the worst with the sequel.

  • Alias Jones

    This must not be. If anyone considers it, I swear on the blood of my ancestors, there will be torment and gnashing of teeth. Great gnashing.

    William H. Macy as the Riddler, though… then we’re talking.

  • Craig Oxbrow

    Thin, smarmy, punchable… I think it could work.

    (Seriously, he’d be okay. Anybody who plays bass for the Flaming Lips gets at least some benefit of the doubt.)

  • Mina

    Sanest? In a way, I guess, but he’s a classic case of full blown narcissistic personality disorder. :/

  • Mina

    Well he’s got narcissistic personality disorder. So in some ways he’d come off as sane, but you would never be able to have a normal social interaction with him.

  • Mina

    You know, I think that could actually work pretty well. HOWEVER, I do not think it should happen, at least not right now, because I’d really prefer for this to be as much Superman’s movie as possible. I love Batman tremendously, and I’m starting to make my peace with the Affleck casting (I’ve come around to cautiously optimistic), but I really want WB to break themselves of their inability to do anything that isn’t Batman. This should be a Superman sequel, as intended. If Batman’s gonna show up, fine, but I’d rather he didn’t totally take over the movie, which means this probably isn’t the time to tap into his rogues gallery.

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  • Laura Truxillo

    Oh, yeah, no, absolutely. With OCD, usually.

    But compared to the rest of Batman’s Rogues gallery…eh, he’s still pretty sane. I mean, he /can/ tap it down an live a relatively normal life, a la Selina Kyle.

    He’s also one of the less homicidal of Batman’s villains. Really, if Riddler is actively trying to kill people (like, really actually trying, not just freaking folks out or putting people in danger), he’s probably being written wrong.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I dunno about that last bit. He’s not usually homicidal. (Okay, in the game, maybe, but heck, everything was Darker and Grittier in the game.)

    “I mean, the Joker’s *killing* people, for God’s sake!”

    He’s not exactly adverse to killing–if it happens it happens, and he’s not any more broken up about it than any mobster would be. But he’s not going to enjoy killing for the sake of killing. He’d much rather just prove to people exactly how smart he is, and a touch is harder than a kill, as it were.

  • Anonymous

    If I ever wanted to get out of Superhero movies now would be the perfect time! ;-9

  • athenia45

    I meant JGL, but LOLFOREVER.

  • aggieagatha

    NOW THAT WOULD BE A TRUE TRAGEDY! Batffleck must seam amazing to all the haters now

  • Cy

    I guess I worded it wrong. He’d enjoy your death as proof that he’s smarter than you. So he’d enjoy his victory.

  • Mina

    Yeah, from that angle, I’d agree. He would be one of those people who could live a normal life, just without much in the way of friends because he’d drive everyone bonkers. If it weren’t for his determination to out-compete Batman, he’d probably be fairly harmless. I don’t think he cares if he kills someone, but I also agree that that’s not generally his end game.

  • Anonymous

    That would round out the worst casting ever to the point that it might become a cult classic for how bad it would inevitably be.

  • Raiden

    I take it you haven’t played Arkham City? That riddler is as Homicidal as they come.

  • Laura Truxillo

    I mentioned the game in the very first paragraph. Everything about the game is Darker and Grittier. Fine for a game set in its own world. Less applicable to the comics.

  • Raiden

    Oh. . . . I see it now. Sorry!

  • Raiden

    Carrie Kelly I presume

  • Laura Truxillo

    ‘S all good! ^_^

  • Anonymous

    Don’t shun me, but I thought Carey did a good job of channeling a Gorshinesque taut-muscled, full-body physical expression of mania. I’d have liked to have seen it against the backdrop of a movie that didn’t have so very much dragging it down. Batman Returns over-gothed Gotham, with their FrankenCatwoman and Undead Black Blooded Addams Family Penguin. Batman Forever went full on Zany Circus. Hard for Carey not to fall into the slapstick within that.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Oh no, I actually kind of like Carrey’s Riddler. He gets a lot of flack, but I think it’s mostly from people who didn’t get the joke (that is, that he’s being Frank Gorshin). He did, as you say, a good job of channeling Gorshin, it’s just that in the context of the movie it felt…out of place? (As in, yeah the movie’s still pretty stupid, but it tried awfully hard to be dark and even serious at times.)

    He’s still my favorite part of that movie.

  • Anonymous

    Me too. This isn’t saying much.

    Now, because I can, I’m picturing the Drew Carrey Riddler.