Justin Timberlake Wants to Play the Riddler

Justin Timberlake The Riddler

Playing a superhero doesn't interest the singer-actor

Justin Timberlake wants to be in a Batman movie, but not as the famed superhero. He’d rather show his bad side.

The pop icon ruled out playing Batman sidekick Robin in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” movie on Fresh  102.7’s “Jim & Kim” show, but said he would be interested in playing eccentric villain The Riddler.

“Not a chance in hell. I ain’t playing Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie,” he told the radio show.

“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. The Riddler is my favorite villain. The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I’m wanna play proper crazy.”

Timberlake would have some big shoes to fill. The Riddler was last played by Jim Carrey in 1995’s “Batman Forever,” with Val Kilmer serving as the caped crusader.

He also sang Ben Affleck’s praises, as the announcement that Affleck will play the dark knight in the new film drew massive criticism.

“I think he’s an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people,” he said.

Timberlake will star opposite Affleck in their movie, “Runner, Runner,” premiering in October.

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  1. Riddler fan says:

    I’m a huge Batman fan and just hope that Hollywood doesn’t screw it up

  2. Riddler fan says:

    I’m also a huge riddler fan and I will personally be devistated if JT ends up with the role. His acting skills lack especially for a huge roll like this, and he is way too pretty boy- I swear his voice sounds girlier than mine. As for Ben- I’m not a huge fan but he definitely has the body for Batman :)

  3. Elden says:

    If Steve buscemi isn’t the riddler this movie will fail

  4. Good page, Stick to the excellent job. Thanks a ton!

  5. Joli says:

    Go For It Justin, we would love to see your bad side, hmmmmm

  6. nick says:

    People raised the same fuss when they heard Heath Ledger was going to play the joker since he was always type cast as a “pretty boy”. See how it plays out, there’s a reason they cast who they cast.

  7. SteveL says:

    Wow it’s like the last three Batman films never happened, Jennifer Lawrence as Batgirl, anyone?

  8. This must be an MTV produced disaster …

  9. DOA74656 says:

    This makes Affleck as Batman palatable

  10. Maybe he is make a great Riddler , not sure of Been as a Batman

  11. dmichaelk says:


  12. mcgirv says:

    He’d be great as the Riddler!

  13. kmrod says:

    i could definitely see this.

    from some of the stuff he’s done on SNL…. he’s funny, unlike jim carey.

    i think this would be a great idea.

  14. mtnbiker says:

    1ST that idiot affleck…..now this bozo….sounds like I’ll be boycotting this disaster in the making…

  15. Hart says:

    And the Final Jeopardy question is: What is the one movie I would actually pay NOT to see?

  16. Karen Eicher says:

    Timberlake does sketch comedy and hosting gigs just fine. His attempts at serious acting are horrid. His movies don’t do well. There are so many actors in Hollywood, why do they continue to give this guy roles? He is excruciating to watch. Give it up Hollywood!

  17. Otto says:

    Timberlake will way overshadow Carrey’s predictable rubberfaced performance. Hope he studies Frank Gorshen.

  18. John says:

    Jim Carrey was pretty good – is he not interested? In any case, neither he nor Timberlake could match the late Frank Gorshin.

  19. Vuil Uil says:

    I think they should introduce a new character for Justin – the Piddler – he can be an angry villian because he is a pissy little man.

  20. Dave Joch says:

    & in other news, the Biebs will play Bradley & Tiffany Manning in the upcomming biopic “A strange thing happened on the way to the showers at the Federal Pen!”

  21. phillip says:

    Why Timber Justinlake?

  22. carlb says:

    frank gorshin played the original riddler and all the rest were just poor copy’s of the original. you cannot copy who made the role work!

  23. sean martyn says:

    Everyone has lost sight that this is NOT A BATMAN Movie It’s a Man of Steel sequel which WB studios are hoping will lead to a Justice league movie that people will go and watch. I suspect if it flops then Justice league will be pushed back again until they find a combo that works

  24. CapitalG says:

    I think JT would be perfect as the Riddler in this movie. I also think they should bring back ‘Bat Nipples’ for Ben Affleck.

  25. Alex says:

    I think Warner Brothers has already offered the role to Keith Olbermann, they really want to end this once and for all.

  26. Joe says:

    With the way things are going (Ben Affleck to butcher the role of Badman, Timberlake randomly qualified to be the Riddler) I, a 185 pound white male, might as well be Wonder Woman. Yes, I shall be Wonder Woman. It is settled then.

  27. Mr. Freeze says:

    I want to play the Riddler and I’ll do it for half of what Timberlake wants. I should be a shoe-in.

  28. ernaldo says:

    Batman is NOT a super hero. He’s a tech hero…..

  29. Baron Von Wolfentron says:

    Michael Douglas would have been a decent batman………in 1984…

    I’m tired of everyone saying Justin Timberlake is a good actor. He sucks and would be horrible as any villain in any movie.

  30. Rosie says:

    Afffleck. F-A-I-L. Timberlake. LOL! The studio obviously a needs money loser to offset taxes. Why don’t they cast Kim Kardashian as Skan…(oops) Cat Woman?

  31. Rich Davis says:

    Justin, I don’t think so. You aren’t that great of an actor.

  32. Timberfan says:

    “It’s my joke in a box…”

  33. Michael Adams says:

    Might as well give him the part. Nobody is going to watch this movie anyway, with Ben Affleck in it.

  34. gphx says:

    Cast Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott and call it ‘Dude, where’s my Batman?’.

  35. Systemic Necrosis says:

    Besides Jim Carrey, Robin Williams is the only actor alive whom I think cold pull it off. Though for any heavy action it would take a double due to Williams age.
    The late Jonathan Winters would also have done well if he lost 30 pounds(maybe 50.)

  36. Corn says:

    No. Nope. No. No, no, no, no, no. Nope. No.

  37. MIsty1inCA says:

    This is pretty sad. Can’t these bozos in Hollywood and the movie business write their own scripts. I don;t know about anyone else but I am tired of the super hero movies.

  38. Lorraine says:

    Affleck and Justin t. Brilliant choices.

  39. Noe says:

    My vote is for Aaron Paul to be riddler, I would watch that all day.

  40. That pencil neck is starting to believe he can act lol. They put him in a few movies because of his pop fans and now he thinks he’s an actor, lol.

    • Nala says:

      What a lovely idea to have Aaron Paul play riddler! Personally, Justin needs to stick to singing, because he is not a strong dramatic actor.

  41. Vasco DeGama says:

    How about Ryan Reynolds for Batman. he’s certainly got the physicality needed and he’s could add some humor to the character.

  42. Chrisrob says:

    I have heard rumors that Sean Young is still willing to play Catwoman, or Batgirl, or possibly Catwoman’s mom.

  43. David says:

    Actually, I think JT would make a very good Riddler…but they really need to sort out the Batman role before even thinking about the rest.

  44. BillyBob says:

    It could be one of those movies that are so bad they are actually good. I look forward to watching this comedy.

  45. Reginald Denny says:

    shouldn’t the role be played by a man?

  46. pleasenoJT says:

    Holy Christ there is actually a way to make a new batman movie EVEN WORSE! I thought Aflak was the lowest blow.

  47. AntiTimberlake says:

    For the love of God: NOOOOOO!!!!!

  48. Captain_Obvious says:


  49. Tom SteChatte says:

    He’d do better as Batgirl.

  50. He could pull it off. The Riddler has always been light footed and flamboyant. :p

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