It's been a little while since our last good, juicy Batman 3 rumor, so let's just dive straight into it — hot off the heels of his turn in Gotham City regular Christopher Nolan's Inception, Joseph Gordon-Levitt finds himself at the focus of a rumor to play the Riddler in the upcoming The Dark Knight sequel.
First Showing cites "a reliable inside source with a studio casting grid," saying that Edward E. Nigma is listed as a character in Nolan's next Batman film. Furthermore, Gordon-Levitt — who delivered one of the single best action scenes of the year in "Inception" — is listed as "interested" in playing the confounding criminal in the DC Comics film. According to the report, this news should be taken more as confirmation that Riddler is a villain in Batman 3 and less that Gordon-Levitt is the man to play him, though he's apparently "interested" in the job.
Personally, I'm still hoping that Batman 3 takes a cue from the "Almost Got 'Im" episode of Batman: The Animated Series by tossing in a whole slew of the Caped Crusader's nastiest rogues trading their Gotham City war stories, putting the emphasis more on Batman himself and less on any one villain. After all, it's going to be tough for anyone to top Heath Ledger's Joker — but a strong ensemble of powerful bad guys might come close.
Source: First Showing