The original plan â€“ and I donâ€™t think this is giving anything anyway, since we all know how inexorable the killer clown is â€“ was for Heath Ledger to return as The Joker in one more â€˜â€™Batmanâ€™â€™ flick â€“ after this monthâ€™s â€œThe Dark Knightâ€.
It goes without saying that Ledger wonâ€™t be back â€“ and according to seriesâ€™ star Gary Oldman (Jim Gordon), neither will the purple-jacketed villain.
The actor â€“ who sounds about as pleased as piss to be back playing Gordon in the â€˜â€™Batman Beginsâ€™â€™ sequel, and I say that acerbically – tells MovieWeb that The Riddler could be the Rogue Batman faces in sequel number two.
Be interesting to see Chris Nolanâ€™s interpretation of that character â€“ to many, The Ridllerâ€™s a zany nimrod that Jim Carrey played in â€˜â€™Batman Foreverâ€™â€™. He was about as threatening as a sprayed fly. No doubt the new â€˜Riddlerâ€™ will still wear some kind of question-marked costume, but heâ€™ll be a tad more menacing than Ace Venturaâ€™s incarnation. Maybe Paul Bettany? Heyâ€¦ what about Johnny Depp? Heck, I’ll do it.. if the costume doesn’t ride up my ass!