THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Could Leonardo DiCaprio Have Starred as the Riddler?

     June 1, 2012

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With The Dark Knight Rises officially less than two months away from its domestic debut, a Bat-heavy mega-issue of Empire magazine has hit the shelves.  Within the pages, you won’t only find a massive poster that features the Caped Crusader (Christian Bale) on one side and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) on the other, you’ll find a lot of interesting information on how The Dark Knight Rises came about; what has changed since its earliest imaginings by Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer and the original plans for a villain.  Apparently, by as early as the premiere for The Dark Knight, the Warner Bros. executives were all hopped up on Leonardo DiCaprio coming on board to play The Riddler for the final picture in the trilogy (we were half right on that guess).  Hit the jump to find out what else has changed and, more importantly, what has stayed the same.

Here are a few highlights from the Empire magazine issue featuring The Dark Knight Rises (via Batman-News):

  • Christopher the-dark-knight-rises-anne-hathaway-prisonNolan and co-writer Goyer reportedly knew the ending of The Dark Knight Rises as early as the fall of 2008.  They knew it would be their final movie with a fitting end; their only uncertainty was which villain would wreak havoc on Gotham.
  • “Goyer explained that the ending in The Dark Knight Rises is exactly what they talked about 4 years ago — it’s completely unchanged. When Goyer saw that final scene from The Dark Knight Rises, he got a lump in his throat.”
  • The film features more than an hour of IMAX footage
  • The Dark Knight Rises will be Wally Pfister’s last movie as Director of Photography, before he moves on to a directing career.
  • Nolan also confirmed that The Joker will not be addressed at all in the film.  As reported, he was also nervous about adding Catwoman.
  • “Goyer said that at the premiere of The Dark Knight, Warner Bros. executives were already talking about a villain for The Dark Knight Rises — ‘it’s gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio…'”
  • “Christopher Nolan confirmed that Anne Hathaway’s character, Selina Kyle, is never referred to as “Catwoman” in the script.”
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