The latest issue of Empire magazine has filled with Batman-related goodies, and Collider picked out some of the more interesting tidbits about “The Dark Knight Rises” and Christopher Nolan’s, Jonathan Nolan’s and David Goyer’s original ideas for the movie. Empire also explains that Warner Bros. executives wanted Riddler for the final chapter in Nolan’s Batman saga; and they wanted Leonardo DiCaprio to play him.
“Goyer said that at the premiere of The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. executives were already talking about a villain for The Dark Knight Rises — ‘it’s gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio…’”
Interesting. I can’t say if I like the idea of DiCaprio as the Riddler or not. I have no idea what Nolan would have done with the character, and how he’d want the character portrayed.
When it was announced Heath Ledger was playing the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” I about pitched a fit. Ledger is a fine actor, but I could not see him pulling off the Joker as I knew him from the comic books. So you can imagine how relieved I was when I saw the film’s prologue, and saw the Joker in “The Dark Knight” is nothing like I expected him to be.
DiCaprio is a fine actor, but I’m glad they didn’t go with the Riddler for the final movie. Bane is a fantastic villain and he poses a serious physical threat to Batman, which is something not very many of his villains can claim. Bane is also as intelligent as Bruce Wayne, depending on which author is writing him at the time.
This, too, is interesting, and makes me super eager to see what the caused the “lump”:
- Christopher Nolan and co-writer Goyer reportedly knew the ending of The Dark Knight Rises as early as the fall of 2008. They knew it would be their final movie with a fitting end; their only uncertainty was which villain would wreak havoc on Gotham.
- “Goyer explained that the ending in The Dark Knight Rises is exactly what they talked about 4 years ago — it’s completely unchanged. When Goyer saw that final scene from The Dark Knight Rises, he got a lump in his throat.”