Has Nicholas Hoult Been Cast As The Riddler In The Batman Movie?

With the news that Robert Pattinson will be the next Batman over Nicholas Hoult, there are now reports suggesting that Warner Bros. actually made deals with both actors, which got me wondering whether he might be the movie’s main villain: The Riddler.

People have been very excited about the news that Robert Pattinson will be playing Batman in Matt Reeves’ upcoming DC Comics movie, however, they seem to have forgotten that outlets are also reporting Nicholas Hoult was also given a contract by Warner Bros.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed that a deal was struck weeks ago between the actors and the studio. However, it hasn’t been confirmed whether Hoult will star in the movie or who he’ll play.

When the British actor’s name was mentioned, I’m going to be honest, I didn’t immediately think Hoult would make the best Batman. I was very much in the R-Bats, or Battinson, or whatever the Internet decides to call him, camp.

I just felt that he’s far more suited to the role than Hoult, but that’s nothing against his talents as an actor. I think Hoult is one of the most interesting and watchable actors working today.

This is why I think Hoult still should be in the movie, not as a hero, but as a villain. Just watch him in films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Favourite. Hoult is born to play a DC Comics villain, and there’s only really one that comes to mind: The Riddler.

It’s already been confirmed that both The Penguin and Catwoman will appear in this movie, but it’s also thought that they’ll just be two of a much larger Batman rogues gallery.

Nicholas Hoult would make a perfect Riddler

It sounds like most of the film will take place inside Arkham Asylum and that he’ll be using his skills as a detective to solve a perplexing murder.

This means that he’ll have to come face-to-face which a whole host of villains, and that might include The Riddler.

I’d love it if he was the one pulling the strings in the background, much like The Joker in the Batman: Arkham Asylum video game.

There are so many great Batman storyline director Matt Reeves could pull from. The Long Halloween and Dark Victory are two which deserve big screen adaptations.

Mixing those stories with the plot of Rocksteady’s incredible video game would make perfect sense, and Arkham Asylum would be the best place to set the film.

It’s been too long since we’ve had a good Batman movie (personally, I don’t rate The Dark Knight Rises), and casting actors like Pattinson and Hoult as the film’s leads would go a long way in making this upcoming film the best DC Comics picture made in a while.

Setting it inside one location would also help to contain the film. These DCEU movies have been, so far, way too big. Too many locations. Too many plot threads. Too much destruction.

Reeves would do well to restrain himself and focus on the main characters and have it set inside one creepy location. Arkham Asylum would be that location.

Nicholas Hoult in Mad Max: Fury Road

There are also rumours that Batman will be accompanied by Robin, and again, being trapped in a house full of villains and having to solve a murder would result in an incredibly visceral and engrossing movie.

Anyway, that’s just my take on what might happen. Nothing’s been confirmed yet, and we remain in the dark. However, the film is set to start shooting soon, so there should be a flurry of casting information very soon, especially since it’s now been confirmed who will be playing Batman in this movie.

Before The Batman, we’ll get to see Todd Philips’ Joker movie, which looks like it’ll be one terrific film.

Meanwhile, why not have a read of our articles on the 5 ways Game of Thrones season 8 dropped the ball, and the 5 movies you should watch if you still think Robert Pattinson won’t be a good Batman.

You can also have a read of our reviews of Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Avengers: Endgame, Hellboy and Glass.

Anyway, The Batman, or whatever it’ll be called, is scheduled for release on June 25th, 2021, but that could change in time.

In the meantime, why not catch up on your Batman knowledge by reading some of the comics which you can purchase here! It’ll be worth your while, I promise.

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