Hoffman responds ‘no’ to Penguin rumours

Rumours have been buzzing around the net that Johnny Depp and Philip Seymour Hoffman will be playing The Riddler and The Penguin in the next Batman film. Well straight from the horse’s mouth, it’s been confirmed that at least Hoffman is not going to be playing The Penguin. MTV gives us the news:

“No one has talked to me about it ever — never,” replied Hoffman. “It happened, like, five years ago, too. It was a rumor back then and it’s still a rumor. [laughs] It’s just in the press. It’s funny.”

To further cement this issue, Hoffman added that he’d never met Nolan (”Maybe I did or met him in passing?”), and that his interest in comic book movies is purely on a fan level, and he intended to keep it that way.

“I’m such a fan of those movies,” related Hoffman. “Comic book movies in general I look forward to — I am a real cheerleader for them. I want them to do well because those are terrific stories. As a kid I was a big comic book collector. What [Nolan]’s doing is taking it in a whole other exciting great place. I’m more a fan, so the interest of being in it isn’t that great. It’s more the interest in wanting to see the next one. It’s probably better that way.”

When further pressed for his level of interest if Warner Bros. approached him about the role, Hoffman said, “I don’t know. I think I’m more interested in seeing someone else do it. I don’t know if I’d be a good Penguin to be quite honest. [laughs]”

Although I wanted the rumours to be true, particularly Hoffman playing the respective part, I never really believed them. It’s far too soon for there to be casting, especially of roles as big as these. Christopher Nolan isn’t even signed on to direct another one so do you really think Warner Bros. are going to go behind the creative force and say, “These characters are going to be in it, and these are the guys who are playing them.”? I don’t think so. Consider the rumour that Hoffman is playing The Penguin absolutely false (at least for now, no one knows what may happen in the future) and I’m sure the Johnny Depp as The Riddler one will soon follow.

Depp to play The Riddler? And Hoffman as The Penguin?

It looks like The Dark Knight producers are after Johnny Depp to play the character of The Riddler in the next Batman movie. We get the story thanks to YahooNews:

“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 GBP220 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.

The Riddler was played on the small screen in the 1960s by Frank Gorshin and in 1995 movie Batman Forever by Jim Carrey. Hoffman would be stepping into the shoes of TV and movie Penguins Burgess Meredith and Danny DeVito.

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.”

After seeing The Dark Knight numerous times it has become very clear that no matter what character they introduce in any following films they will not be able to live up to The Joker. It’s just a fact. However they have to go somewhere with it and The Riddler I think is the next logical step.

Johnny Depp, when he takes the right roles, is one hell of an actor. It’s just we tend to forget it because of his celebrity status that often clouds it. Thinking about it now I can’t think of anyone else who would do a better job than Depp; he has the talent, he has a good look for the character and I can’t imagine why he would say no once he is asked.

As far as The Penguin goes, once I realised the character isn’t an actual penguin, as Tim Burton’s Batman Returns painted him to be, but rather a mobster type criminal then I think he has potential to be a great character in the next-next film. And I can’t think of anyone more perfectly suited than Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the finest actors of our time.

Hopefully both of these actors end up getting the roles when the times comes around, if they do then the casts they have managed to get for these modern Batman films will be amongst the best in motion picture history.

Movie Review: The Dark Knight

**Updated with SarahG’s review at bottom**

By Ross Miller

It must be at least 18 months since the hype machine was started up for The Dark Knight. It may not have appeared on the average movie goer’s radar until a couple of months before the movie was actually released but for people who spend half their life on the Internet this was followed meticulously from photograph to photograph, new trailer to new trailer, and it got to a point where it seemed no matter how good the movie was, it wouldn’t live up to the hype and expectations.

Well, I’m here to tell you, like so many others before me, that The Dark Knightlives up to all of that, delivering the quality that everyone wanted and a plethora of unexpected aspects thrown in for good measure. This is expansive yet meticulous filmmaking; an epic, all-enveloping crime tale hidden under the disguise of a comic book movie.

Carrying directly on from Batman Begins, The Dark Knight sees Batman and Lieutenant Gordon join forces with newly appointed DA Harvey Dent to take on a psychopathic criminal known as The Joker. Simultaneously they have to combat other forces, such as the mob, which are still persisting as the core problem within Gotham City, whilst The Joker’s crimes grow more and more deadly.

With Batman Begins, director Christopher Nolan took a pretty much dead franchise and breathed fresh life into it. He managed to make people forgive the movie making industry for the atrocity that was Batman & Robin and we were free to have faith in the character and all it has to offer once again. It was gritty, realistic, and showed the true, dark nature of the character with none of the colourful candy layered on top that some of the previous films had. However, Nolan and company have done what I didn’t think was possible — they have surpassed the quality set by the predecessor and made not only the best comic book movie ever made, but a film that transcends the genre and could more accurately be described as an epic, expansive crime story that just happens to have a comic book character in it.

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Bale Agrees to Third Batman Movie

It looks like Christian Bale has agreed to play the caped crusader in a third installment of the revamped Batman franchise but only if Christopher Nolan comes back to direct. We get the story from Yahoo:

“The star has appeared as Bruce Wayne and his caped alter-ego in both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

And Bale is willing to star in another film as the superhero – but only if it means working under Nolan again.

He tells GQ magazine, “I would certainly hope (Nolan) would be on board for a third installment of Batman. If he wasn’t I’d have to think long and hard about whether I’d want to continue myself.”

Now this is fantastic news for several reasons; obviously it’s brilliant that we will get Bale back as our beloved dark knight but it also reinforces how respected Christopher Nolan is as a director. If the lead actor of the franchise will only agree to play the role again if Nolan is directing then that testifies to how good of a job he did with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I think we can all agree this is good news…or perhaps not?

The Dark Knight on IMDB’s Top 250

***Update – The Dark Knight is now ranked number 1 on IMDB’s Top 250 films of all time list! Holy cow! Take a look for yourself.

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Take a look at the image below, and excuse the quality, (or alternatively you can just visit the page at IMDB here) and see if you notice something strange:

No you are not seeing things; The Dark Knight  IS at number 3 on IMDB’s Top 250 films of all time list. Now granted it only has a little over 7,000 votes compared the hundreds of thousands that movies end up getting but that is still impressive. Now is this legitimate or is it fanboys gone mad by just automatically rating the movie a 10 after they’ve seen it? After all ANYONE can vote so I’m a bit sceptical. I myself haven’t had a chance to catch The Dark Knight yet but even though I am expecting greatness I am not expecting it to be AS great as it’s position on IMDB’s top list suggests. Higher than Pulp Fiction, 12 Angry Men and Rear Window? Nah…surely not…