Justin Timberlake To Star As The Riddler? He's Game For The Villainous Role, But Is Hollywood?
The all-round Renaissance man was discussing the controversial selection of Ben Affleck as the next Batman and admitted that he'd like to jump into the superhero movie world in the future
Whilst Justin Timberlake was cooped up in the studio for Fresh 102.7's Jim and Kim Show this Tuesday (27 August), the singer/actor gave his fellow Hollywood heavy-weight Ben Affleck the thumbs up to portray Gotham City's most famous son, Bruce Wayne, a.k.a. Batman. The subject of whether JT would be interested in being a superhero at some point inevitably came up, which apparently he has no interest in. Super villain on the other hand...
Justin Timberlake with his bevy of awards from the VMAs
As reported by E! News, Timberlake was discussing his upcoming action flick Runner Runner, in which he stars alongside Affleck, when he was asked whether or not he'd be interested in squeezing into some spandex to fight off crime. Asked whether he'd be interested in starring as Batman's sidekick Robin (seeing as Matt Damon ruled it out), an unenthusiastic JT said that there wasn't a "chance in hell" of him playing a caped crime-fighter. He continued, "I ain't playin' Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie. Now VILLAIN! Ill tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funny enough, is the Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain."
The prospect of playing the deranged villain on screen, last portrayed by Jim Carrey in the slightly above average Batman Forever, really seemed to appeal to JT actually, as he told the Fresh 102.7 listeners that he was "ready" for the part and asked Warner Bros. to "gimme a call" about the role. He continued, "The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I'm gonna play crazy, I'm wanna play proper crazy."
As for Affleck, JT seemed thoroughly confident that his Runner Runner co-star has what it takes to step into Christian Bale's shoes and give a memorable performance as the Caped Crusader. "Ben Affleck as Batman, I like it," he said. "I worked with Ben last summer, and I've seen his process. I think he's a brilliant filmmaker. I think he's an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people."
Runner Runner is director Brad Furman's (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Take) crime thriller about Princeton-based mathematical genius Richie Furst (Timberlake) who uses his smarts to win big using online poker sites. Feeling conned after one particular game (haven't we all) he sets out to get an explanation from one of the site's owners, who promptly offers him a seven-figure-earning job, however an intervention from undercover FBI agents soon has Furst gambling with his life. It is set to be released in the UK on September 27 2013.
Justin as The Riddler? We'd watch that