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.