Justin Timberlake is a huge fan of Justin Timberlake. Which is why Justin Timberlake thinks Justin Timberlake would be a perfect choice for The Riddler. Look, we already have Ben Affleck as Batman — do we have to make more poor decisions? How much can one franchise take?
Timberlake said in a recent interview on New York radio station Fresh 102.7 that he would rather play a bad guy than take on a role like Batman’s sidekick Robin. “Now, a villain! I’ll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything – because I grew up loving Batman – funnily enough, is the Riddler,” Timberlake said. “The Riddler is my favorite villain. The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I wanna play proper crazy.”
Cool story, bro.
WAIT A MINUTE — I just realized that I don’t care about any of this. Carry on!
Ben Affleck is going to get so much money. He’s going to be Batman. In public. In the movies. Someone is paying him to be Batman. This is all legal. This is happening. This makes a lot of sense because we’ve been needing a Batman who is over 40 and Ben Affleck blew us all away as Daredevil.
If they’re going for the cheesy George Clooney/Val Kilmer Batman years, then this is a great choice. If not…I stand by my WTF.
Here’s some of the official release, from Warner Brothers Facebook page:
BEN AFFLECK REVEALED AS BATMAN IN WARNER BROS. PICTURES’ NEW SUPER HERO FEATURE FILM, NOW SLATED TO OPEN JULY 17, 2015
The Oscar®-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up of DC Comics’ most iconic characters.
BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.”
[...] Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
I’m just going to leave this LOL right here.
What do you think of this choice? And if not Affleck, who would you have chosen?
So it’s here! I mean, sort of. I know we’re probably going to wait at least another eight months or so for a real trailer, so I suppose we’ll just have to deal with the crumbs being thrown at us for now.
But I am questioning the official poster: what’s it supposed to be? I mean, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that it’s a photo of skyscrapers, but what’s going on with them? Are we looking at this shot aerially? If we are, it looks like Batman’s going to be fighting some kind of epic flood from the sewers; Gotham appears to be filling up with water. If we’re looking at it, oh, I don’t know, from another angle, it looks like the buildings are crumbling from the top down. It’s like one of those damned Magic Eye posters that were all sorts of popular back in the later part of last decade.
And if you’re wondering, YES, it took me a few minutes to see the image of a bat between all of those buildings. I never said I was TERRIBLY perceptive, you know.
A new Batman movie is in the works, and Robin Williams feels he’s owed a part in it. Yo’kay, Robin Williams.
Supposedly Robin was up for the role of both The Joker and The Riddler, and those roles went to Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey. With The Riddler reappearing in the new movie, Robin thinks that this is his time to shine. The actor spoke to Empire Magazineand said, “I would do Batman in a second. I’d play The Riddler in the next one, although it would be hard to top Heath Ledger as the villain and I’m a little hairy for tights. The Batman films have screwed me twice before: years ago they offered me The Joker and then gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they offered me The Riddler and gave it to Jim Carrey. I’d be like, ‘Ok, is this a real offer? If it is, then the answer’s yes. Don’t pump me again motherf**kers’.”
If Robin does wind up being cast, I don’t think it would be a terrible choice. Probably not the best pick (What was the last good movie he was in? I mean, forrrreal), but definitely not the worst. But still, the begging/entitlement? It’s not a good look.