Thursday, May 23, 2024

Casting “Batman 3”: Who should play Robin, Catwoman, The Riddler?


Everyone’s talking about “Batman 3,” the last part of Christopher Nolan‘s trilogy. He started with “Batman Begins,” and then followed up with “The Dark Knight.” So far the IMDb is reporting four actors who have roles:

Christian Bale as Batman/Bruce Wayne; Gary Oldman as Police Commissioner Jim Gordon; Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox; and Michael Caine as Alfred, the butler.

But who should play Robin, the Boy Wonder, aka Dick Grayson? Catwoman? The Riddler? Mr. Freeze? Harvey Dent–if Aaron Eckhart doesn’t come back? And what about a love interest for Batman? Katie Holmes was in “BB.” And Maggie Gyllenhaal was a sexy pair of legs in “The Dark Knight.” Which femme fatale should come and sweep Bruce Wayne off his feet this time?

And who should do the music? Remember when Prince provided the soundtrack to the 1989 Tim Burton film called “Batman”?  And don’t forget, Seal had a huge hit with “Kiss from a Rose” from “Batman Forever.” Is it time for Lady GaGa?

Here are some crazy ideas:

Robin: Shia LaBeouf, Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner

The Riddler: Andy Samberg, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel

The Penguin: Jonah Hill, Dick Cheney, Mike Myers

Catwoman: Lady GaGa, Penelope Cruz, Beyonce, Kristein Stewart

A girlfriend for Bruce Wayne, maybe even a Batgirl (remember Yvonne Craig?): Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Heidi Montag (just kidding)

That’s your weekend homework. Get cracking!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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