No Riddles Here: 'Dark Knight' and 'Spider-Man' Villains Revealed

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Riddle me this: who is Joseph Gordon-Levitt playing in next year's surefire mega-blockbuster "The Dark Knight Rises?"

After all, ever since it was announced that JGL be reuniting with "Inception" director Christoper Nolan, speculation has centered on the idea that he would be playing The Riddler opposite Christian Bale's Batman -- except Nolan has denied that The Riddler would even be in the movie. So what's the answer to to geekdom's most confusing conundrum?

Well, now we know: according to Variety, Gordon-Levitt will indeed be playing a villain -- but it will be The Holiday Killer, not Riddler. Bet you didn't see that one coming.

Here's the deal for those of you who don't know your Holiday Killer from your Calender Man: first appearing in the acclaimed comic book mini-series "Batman: The Long Halloween" back in 1996, the Holiday Killer is a mysterious villain who kills a victim every holiday, leaving behind a holiday-themed token to announce his presence.

His or her, that is; in the original story, The Holiday Killer is actually two different people, one of them being Harvey Dent's wife. Considering Dent -- played by Aaron Eckhart -- is both very dead and very single after the events of 2008's "The Dark Knight," however, it seems that this time around The Holiday Killer may be just one guy: Alberto Falcone, son of mob boss Carmine Falcone, who was played in "Batman Begins" by Tom Wilkinson.

As cool as that bit of continuity is, though, The Holiday Killer isn't the only movie supervillain making news today: after months of speculation, Movieweb is finally reporting that The Lizard is, indeed, going to be the bad guy in the upcoming reboot "The Amazing Spider-man." How do they know? Well, one of the film's actor's said so, that's how.

"I play a relatively small role," C. Thomas Howell told the folks at The Retroradio when asked about his participation in the film. "I play a construction worker who's son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation. There is some payback there at the end of the movie. Spider-man is kind of hurting. I help him when all of the other people won't. Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don't know what to think. Because of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end."

The Holiday Killer and The Lizard in one day? We've never been so happy for evil in our lives.