Leonardo DiCaprio Was Sought For Riddler Role
Catwoman and Bane were not necessarily Warner Brothers’ first choice of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy finale. Instead, the studio had envisioned Leonardo DiCaprio in the role of the Riddler.
“Rises” screenwriter David Goyer recently revealed to Empire magazine that the studio essentially thrust the idea of DiCaprio as the Riddler upon he and Nolan after the release of 2008′s “The Dark Knight” around the same time Nolan was pitching “Inception” to them, in which DiCaprio starred.
WB’s top execs said, according to Goyer: “Obviously it’s gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio.”
In an interesting twist, the DiCaprio proposal — while ultimately unsuccessful for unknown reasons — may have spawned other casting choices. You see, much of the “Inception” cast carries over into “Rises”: Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, Michael Caine, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt — who wasoriginally thought to be cast as the Riddler.
Goyer also revealed in his Empire interview that the ending of “Rises” was conceived at the outset of his partnership with Nolan in the film franchise (via Screen Rant):
“The final scene of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is exactly [the] scene we talked about [when Christopher Nolan and I started the trilogy with 'Batman Begins']. It remained completely unchanged. We both knew in our hearts that we were onto something special. I have to tell you, having finally seen everything strung together a little while ago and seeing that scene, I got a complete lump in my throat.”
The proverbial lump in the throat — along with other widespread speculation – has had film geeks pondering for months whether Batman lives or dies in “Rises.” No one, so far, has a definitive answer.