Dave Galanter
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Blue Jay

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Janus

Subj: Re: There can be only one! Michael Emerson!
Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 at 03:20:35 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: Who'd be your ideal Riddler in a new Batman film?
Posted: Sat Aug 02, 2008 at 12:32:33 pm EDT

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> Say it's announced that the Riddler will be the villain (or one of the villains) in a third Nolan Batman film. Who would you like to see in the role, and how would you like to see Riddler portrayed?

Guy Pearce-I'm not sure how i'd like him portrayed but i have 2 ideas...

1.Super-Genius who proclaims himself gotham's savior only to get i over his head/really be corrupt in his workings

2.Behind the scenes (to batman not to the audience) badguy who is using batman's newfound villain status and challenging him to figutre out puzzles/save people while also risking being captures himself

Both ways there would need to be another villain involved

There is only one man that I know of that could pull off the Riddler and he is Michael Emerson who plays Benjamin Linus on Lost.

http://www.watchinglost.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/emerson.jpg

Michael Emerson portrayal of Benjamin Linus is exactly what I would want Riddler to be in a Nolan Batman film.

Emerson portrays Linus as a genius who has all the answers. Linus appears to be a skinny frail weakling but his appearance is counter to what Linus really is. Linus is a terror beyond imagining filled with various plans capable of manipulating countless people to do his whim without them even knowing. On Lost Linus with but a sentence can break the strongest smartest man into a weeping baby. Linus isn't evil, but he isn't good either, he is a gray character at times doing horrific acts while at other times being the greatest hero.

This is the type of Riddler that would be perfect for a sequel of Batman. A character that does evil acts for his own pursuits and thus Batman wants to stop. However, at the same time Riddler does save the day and he can really save Gotham City so Batman doesn't know what to do.

I can easily see Batman about to bring in the Riddler to prison, only for the Riddler to tell Batman his plan for saving Gotham City from crime for good which would let Batman be normal. At first Batman hesitates, but the more the Riddler speaks, the more Batman knows the Riddler is right. Such a conflict would be immense for Batman because Riddler's plan can really work, Riddler isn't lying about that part, Riddler really can save Gotham City. Batman would be so conflicted and with fighting several other villains that are breaking him down I can see him easily breaking the Riddler from prison to help him save Gotham City.


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