The Joker And Riddler Were Almost In ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’

By March 20, 2016

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice features a pretty formidable line-up. First, you’ve got the two most iconic superheroes of all time in Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck). The DC Holy Trinity will then be complete once Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) joins the fun. Then there’s Lex Luthor and some version of what looks like Doomsday, plus Alfred, Lois Lane, and rumored appearances by Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher). That’s a whole lot of awesomeness right there. However, according to a new interview with director Zack Snyder, two of Batman’s most iconic villains almost got in on the action.

Speaking with Collider at this morning’s press junket, Snyder revealed that we almost saw The Joker and Riddler in Dawn of Justice, which opens Friday.

The Joker and The Riddler both came close to being in this movie. We talked about the possibility of putting them in. [Screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I talked about it a lot and felt that their mythological presence is felt in the movie and that’s cool, but I didn’t want to get my eye too far off the ball because I needed to spend the time, frankly, with Batman and Superman to understand the conflict.

On the one hand, it probably would’ve been pretty cool to see Joker and Riddler show up in this film (probably in some sort of flashback). Fans are eager to see Jared Leto’s take on Joker (though, as the Collider article points out, casting could have gone differently had this film needed a Clown Prince of Crime), and having him show up here would have been interesting. Plus, we haven’t seen The Riddler on the big screen since Batman Forever, when Jim Carrey rabidly consumed all the scenery he could find.

Take it down a notch, Ace

Take it down a notch, Ace

However, leaving these two out of the film is probably the right call. Some have criticized Batman v Superman as being too crowded already, adding two more villains would have only made things even more complicated. Plus, as Snyder points out, this movie is about BATMAN and SUPERMAN. These two characters and their conflict need to be the focus. Having a separate battle with Joker and Riddler (which, one assumes, would have only involved Batman) or having those two team up with Lex Luthor against the heroes would probably have made things far too convoluted. It’s good to see Snyder and his team decided to keep things much simpler, with the spotlight fixed firmly on his two heroes.

Besides, with Joker appearing in Suicide Squad this summer and the possibility of future Batman films that could include The Riddler, I’m sure fans will get their fill of these two classic villains eventually.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens nationwide on Friday.

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Joe Ruggirello
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