Who will be the villain in the next Batman movie? If you believe the Internet, it’s Angelina Jolie as Catwoman. Or Johnny Depp as The Riddler. And possibly Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.
Well, you shouldn’t necessarily believe everything you read.
Last month, before this latest round of casting rumors started, The Dark Knight co-writer David S. Goyer said the filmmakers probably wouldn’t dip from the same pool of foes for a third movie.
“Batman has been published for 70 years,” he told Slashfilm in early July. “In the first movie we use Ra’s Al Ghul and The Scarecrow, who had not been in the movies before, and had not been in the sixties TV show before. And there are dozens if not hundreds of other characters that fit that bill. Everyone says its gotta be The Penguin or Catwoman … well I completely disagree.”
Now, at Sci Fi Wire, Goyer underscores that point: “There’s no reason why we necessarily have to use the same three or four that are still around. I mean, Batman’s got a wide variety, [a] rogue’s gallery. Certainly we used two in the first movie that hadn’t been in the films before.”
So, who should Batman face in the next movie? For the answer, MTV’s Splash Page turns to Dan DiDio, Grant Morrison, Brad Meltzer, Geoff Johns, Mark Waid, Jeph Loeb and others.
Catwoman is the popular choice, but The Long Halloween and Dark Victory artist Tim Sale has a caveat: “But god, I hope not as Frank Miller’s version of her as a prostitute. That’s the worst part of ‘Year One.’ That’s just Frank trying to be outrageous. It didn’t ring remotely true to me.”