From Showbiz Spy:
- JOHNNY DEPP is tipped to play BATMAN villain THE RIDDLER in the next installment of the comic book movie series. After the huge success of The Dark Knight, which has taken $440 million at the worldwide box office, producers are confident they can convince Depp to take on Christian Bale's Batman on the big screen. And, according to the National Enquirer, studio bosses also want Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman onboard to play another of the Caped Crusader's arch-foe, the Penguin. A source tells the Enquirer, "(Producers) are convinced that the role of the Riddler is perfect for Depp. Johnny's a pro. He'll be able to take direction from director Chris Nolan and still make the character his own. And what better Penguin is there than Philip Seymour Hoffman."
Both the Riddler and the Penguin have seen life on the big screen - the Riddler played by Jim Carrey in the horrible, horrible, horrible Batman Forever in 1995, and Danny Devito as the Penguin in the so-so Batman Returns of 1992. A Depp, Hoffman combo under Nolan's direction, from a sound script, would (or should) put the previous 2 reincarnations to shame. So, I hope this rumor isn't just a rumor, or wishful thinking.