Fan-Made ‘Batman 3′ Trailer Casts Johnny Depp As Riddler, Philip Seymour Hoffman As Penguin

Mining the multitude of fan-made trailers on the ’Net occasionally yields a real gem (for example: “Thundercats: The Movie“), and that’s definitely the case for this “Batman 3″ mash-up trailer that offers up a hypothetical brawl between Christian Bale as Batman, Johnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin.

Created by YouTube user HawkeyeProtagonist, “Batman: Caped Crusader Teaser 1 (Penguin & Riddler)” splices clips from Christopher Nolan’s previous Batman movies, as well as clips from Depp’s “Secret Window” and Hoffman’s villainous turn in “Mission: Impossible III” (among other films I could be missing). The final product is a compelling argument for both actors and their respective villains to make a bow in the next Batman movie.

Heck, with that monologue, Hoffman might even be able to strike terror into the Dark Knight’s heart.

Longtime readers will recall that the original source of the Depp/Hoffman rumor was none other than “Batman” franchise actor Michael Caine, who told MTV News back in September 2008 that he believed the pair had been cast in the film. He later clarified his comments, explaining that it was all just a big misunderstanding (one that, for a time, that set the ’Net on fire).

Still, this fan-made trailer sure does make the idea of Depp and Hoffman tangling with Gotham’s protector a little more appealing!

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