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Leonardo DiCaprio was sought for Riddler role
As buzz for "The Dark Knight Rises" continues to build, we are learning that Catwoman and Bane were not necessarily Warner Brothers' first choice to represent the villainous vibes of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy finale.
Instead, the studio had envisioned Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of the Riddler (made famous by Jim Carrey in "Batman Forever" and also by Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the '60s television series).
"Rises" screenwriter David Goyer recently revealed to Empire magazine (print edition, via What Culture) that the studio essentially thrust the idea of DiCaprio as the Riddler upon he and Nolan after the release of 2008's "The Dark Knight"... around the same time Nolan was pitching "Inception" to them, in which DiCaprio starred.
WB's top execs said, according to Goyer: "Obviously it's gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio."
In an interesting twist, the DiCaprio proposal -- while ultimately unsuccessful for unknown reasons -- may have spawned other casting choices. You see, much of the "Inception" cast carries over into "Rises": Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt -- who was originally thought to be cast as the Riddler.
Goyer also revealed in his Empire interview that the ending of "Rises" was conceived at the outset of his partnership with Nolan in the film franchise (via Screen Rant):
"The final scene of 'The Dark Knight Rises' is exactly [the] scene we talked about [when Christopher Nolan and I started the trilogy with 'Batman Begins']. It remained completely unchanged. We both knew in our hearts that we were onto something special. I have to tell you, having finally seen everything strung together a little while ago and seeing that scene, I got a complete lump in my throat."
The proverbial lump in the throat -- along with other widespread speculation -- has had film geeks pondering for months whether Batman lives or dies in "Rises." No one, so far, has a definitive answer. (Thank god! -- That would be too much of a spoiler in my opinion.)
While this is Nolan's final bow with Batman, the franchise could continue -- as it has for the past 20 plus years. Don't rule DiCaprio out for future Riddler roles.
"Rises" opens in theaters July 20.
The Dark Knight Rises the 'biggest film since silent era'
But then again, Christopher Nolan isn't just any director, and he isn't prone to wild exaggerations, so when he says The Dark Knight Rises is "the biggest (film) anyone's done since the silent era", his words carry weight.
The last chapter in his Batman trilogy is easily the most anticipated movie of this year. Expectations are high for a reason: this is the film in which The Bat is broken.
Nolan told this month's issue of Empire magazine in the UK: "I think this is the biggest one I've done. The biggest one anyone's done since the silent era, in technical terms. Shooting on IMAX, you wanna justify that we've put our resources more into what we were shooting on the day than computer graphics. It's not what you're used to seeing. I don't know when someone last did a film with 11,000 extras in a real environment. It is an escalation. You want things to be justifiably bigger and more extreme than what you've done in the last film. As long as the story supports that."
Nolan sees The Dark Knight Rises as an epic war movie in the mould of Doctor Zhivago and A Tale Of Two Cities, rather than a run-of-the-mill superhero blockbuster:
"It's all about historical epics in conception. It's a war film. It's a revolutionary epic. It's looking back to the grand-scale epics of the past, really, and for me that goes as far back as silent films. There's an attempt to visualise certain things in this film on this large scale that are troubling and genuinely to the idea of an American city. Or, to put it another way: revolutions and the destabilising of society have happened everywhere in the world, so why not here?"
Warner Bros' ad campaign certainly pushes that sense of scale, with posters giving audiences the size of the struggle facing Batman and Gotham.
Guys, have you seen bale's and kermit's pics?
i couldn't stopped laughing when i first saw them today.
kermit the frog may just become the next batman.
see them here:
kermit may just need to beef up!
Buti pa sa US and UK start na yung advanced tickets sa IMAX. dito sa atin, wala pa rin. The Amazing Spider-man palang yung may advanced ticket tsk tsk
Christian Bale topped the actors who played as Bruce Wayne in Full length batman movies. He was able to do The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, The Batman Begins. Can you guess the other actors?
while watching batman last night at hbo, there was a trivia saying that christian bale auditioned for the role of robin in batman forever.