by Brett White
With his “Runner, Runner” co-star Ben Affleck now set to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s “Superman vs. Batman,” Justin Timberlake is now fielding a number of Robin-related questions on his latest press tour. Radio station Fresh 102.7 asked the pop star/actor if he’d suit up as Batfleck’s sidekick, a notion that Timberlake immediately shot down.
“Not a chance in hell,” said Timberlake. “I ain’t playing Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie.” But don’t despair, Timberlake fans! While he doesn’t want to play a hero, he does namedrop a villain he’d sign up to play in a heartbeat: The Riddler.
“Now villain,” continued Timberlake. “I’ll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funny enough, is the Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain… The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I’m wanna play proper crazy… I’m ready. The Riddler. Gimme a call.”
If you’ve seen Timberlake host “Saturday Night Live” then you know he can handle the manic madcap energy that actors like Frank Gorshin and Jim Carrey gave to the Riddler during their tenures in the green tights. Timberlake wouldn’t be a bad choice, and it looks like he’d be up for starring alongside Affleck again as well.
“Ben Affleck as Batman, I like it,” said Timberlake. “I worked with Ben last summer and I’ve seen his process. I think he’s a brilliant filmmaker. I think he’s an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people.” While I doubt this will really lead to anything serious, casting Justin Timberlake as Riddler couldn’t outdo the hullabaloo caused by Affleck’s casting. He might even be a welcome addition.
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