As all of comic book fandom continues to wait with bated breath for director Christopher Nolan to decide whether he plans to [news id="1602304"]return to the “Batman” film franchise[/news] (and it’s beginning to sound promising after some fairly recent indecision on Nolan’s part), lately it seems everyone has been playing the “guess the next villain and actor” game to pass the time.
And if you’ve been keeping score on the latest online scuttlebutt surrounding “Batman 3,” then you’re aware that there have been quite a few names bandied about recently, ranging from strong (Rachel Weisz as Catwoman) to silly (Eddie Murphy as the Riddler) to just plain ridiculous (Cher as Catwoman). However, short of Michael Caine’s infamous leak to MTV back in September, the film’s cast and crew have remained mostly silent on the issue.
Until Sunday night, that is, when MTV caught up with [movie id="306605"]“The Dark Knight”[/movie] star [movieperson id="189096"]Aaron Eckhart[/movieperson] on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. When asked about “Batman 3,” he echoed two earlier casting rumors that have been steadily making the rounds on the Internet.
“I listen to what everyone else is saying,” Eckhart said. “I think [movieperson id="31834"]Angelina Jolie[/movieperson] would be a fantastic Catwoman, or [movieperson id="16504"]Johnny Depp[/movieperson] would be a good Riddler.”
Meanwhile, Eckhart also stoked the fire on recent speculation that Nolan may be getting close to officially signing on for a follow-up to last year’s box-office champ.
“So many possibilities,” the actor said. “Chris is such an amazing genius that he’ll come up with something great.”
And as if that reference to the director’s return weren’t enough to read way too much into, then Eckhart’s long, knowing laugh when asked if his character — Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face — would be reappearing in Gotham City (despite his recent insistence that the character had indeed died in “The Dark Knight”) should be more than enough to get the rumor mill cranking.
“I think Harvey — if he’s not dead — is in a serious coma, and I’m not sure he’s coming out,” he said. “They might pull the plug on him.”
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