Edward Norton Wants To Be Evil in 'Batman 3'

Edward Norton discusses his 'incredible' departure from 'The Avengers' as well as his desire to play a villain in a Christopher Nolan film - perhaps the Riddler in 'Batman 3.'

Batman 3 news is hard to come by these days. Very little is known about the highly-anticipated film, besides who’s directing, writing, and starring—Christopher Nolan, David S. Goyer and Jonathon Nolan, and Christian Bale, respectively. In fact, the last bit of official “news” regarding the sequel to The Dark Knight was less news and more a confirmation of what—or who—we wouldn’t be seeing in the film: The Joker.

Recently, Edward Norton was discussing his much ballyhooed departure from an altogether different superhero role and property (the Incredible Hulk in Marvel’s The Avengers), when the topic switched to Batman 3 - and Norton's interest in the franchise.

About the Hulk, Norton said:

“It was a great privilege to do it, and I couldn’t be more appreciative of everybody's support and positivity towards that because I love those films too. And I hate it when they miss. I hate it when they miss on one - it seems like such a wasted opportunity. But the truth is I’m probably more naturally interested in doing something that I haven’t done. I have only good thoughts towards that though.”

In the interest of avoiding another rehash of the  three-month-old controversy, allow me to briefly summarize what he's saying: Bygones, thanks for all the support, peace, love, etc.

Edward Norton, Hulk, The Avengers, Joss Whedon

The more interesting tidbit, and the reason we’re all here - regarding Batman 3, Norton said:

“Chris Nolan's making the best [comic book films] out there by far. I’d do one with him. He's set a new bar for sure, and I think he's done a great, great job. [Playing a villain] would be fun, I would not say no to that.”

When pushed about whether or not he’d be interested in playing the Riddler, Edward Norton indicated in the affirmative.

The Riddler DC Comics

Rumors regarding the Riddler’s role as the big bad in Batman 3 have been popping-up for months now. In fact, those very rumors placed Joseph Gordon-Levitt, co-star of Christopher Nolan’s most recent film, Inception, at the top of the director's list for the role previously portrayed by funnyman Jim Carrey (and Frank Gorshin in the Batman TV series). Then again, there were also rumors that Johnny Depp or Dane Cook would play the Riddler, Philip Seymour Hoffman or Bob Hoskins would play the Penguin, and Angelina Jolie or Sienna Miller would play Catwoman. The point being, never trust a rumor, especially when it comes to Nolan's Batman movies.

What do you think? Would you rather see the Riddler played by Edward Norton or Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Or maybe you’d rather not see the Riddler in the film at all? Personally, I’d prefer Gordon-Levitt, as he’d have a much easier time disappearing in the role than the instantly recognizable Norton. But honestly, any choice is better than Dane Cook.

Batman 3, Riddler, Edward Norton, Christopher Nolan

Batman 3 is set to be hit theaters in July of 2012. Mark your calendars before it's too late, people.

Source: IGN Movies

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