Burton Boots Nolan from Batman 3, Depp to Star as Riddler
04.01.10 by REELZ
Hollywood is in shock this morning with the news that Tim
Burton will replace Christopher Nolan as the director of Batman 3, and Johnny Depp will star as The Riddler. Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov explained the dramatic reshuffling as the only way to secure Depp in the role most fans believe he was born to play.
I would personally like to thank Christopher Nolan for his contributions to the Batman franchise, saving it from the Joel Schumacher-led death spiral it was on after Batman & Robin (1997), but everybody from composer
Hans Zimmer to the legions of fanboys creating fake posters from their parents' basements are demanding The Riddler be the villain in this movie, and that Johnny Depp play the role. Handing the reigns back to Tim Burton means that's going to happen.
Clearly emboldened by Warners decision, Burton is moving quickly to fill other roles. He's chosen Helena Bonham Carter to play Catwoman and Matt Lucas to play The Penguin, and it's believed Alan Rickman will replace Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon.