Movieweb has an excerpt from an interview with Christopher Nolan and Gary Oldman on a panel for the upcoming The Dark Knight. Oldman was asked if he thought, considering Ledger’s death, whether the Joker might return. His response revealed not only his opinion on the matter, but also the potential identity of the next big Batman villain in the (inevitable) third film.
When asked if he thought they should recast Ledger for the third film, or just not include the character, Gary thought it was a good idea, “I don’t see why not. I mean, they did it with Katie Holmes’ character. I understand that this is a different circumstance, but I think another actor could do the job. I think Heath would want another actor to do the job.”
Oldman then took a moment to think about it some more, “Maybe we don’t need the Joker. Because we’ll have The Riddler.”
Sounds great to me. Nolan is basically taking all the really cool, non-superhuman, but still creepy, villains and hopefully clearing away all memory of the Schumacher Batmans. Even if I’m personally holding out hope for a demented, slightly Eastern European, arms-dealing Penguin.
Anyone have any casting suggestions?