Back in April, during Warner Bros.' CinemaCon presentation, studio CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed that Ben Affleck's stand alone Batman Reboot reboot is happening, and will hit theaters sometime within the next five years. Affleck has since teased that the script he co-wrote with DC Films' Geoff Johns is complete, but we don't have any story details thus far. It seems that a star of DC's TV universe, Arrow's Stephen Amell, is lobbying to be a part of the Batman movie as the iconic villain The Riddler.
Last month, a report surfaced that the Batman movie won't featuring the iconic character Red Hood, but that there would be a number of iconic villains. Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns are reportedly trying to create the "definitive Batman movie" that will feature "just about every major bad guy you've ever wanted to see in a movie." While The Riddler isn't mentioned specifically by name in this report, it's certainly possible he could be included, and, if that's the case, Stephen Amell is throwing his hat in the ring to play him. Here's what the actor had to say in an interview with CinePop, while promoting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
"I always get this question. I think all the superheroes are taken now. I'll play The Riddler, okay? It's a villain, but I like The Riddler."
It's worth noting that this spring's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice almost featured a cameo appearance by The Riddler, but that never happened. As for Stephen Amell, he has long been vocal about wanting to be included in the DCEU, even hinting that he could play Green Arrow in the Justice League movies. However, Warner Bros. has long contended that they have no plans to cross over with the DC TV universe, with the studio casting Ezra Miller as The Flash, which didn't sit well with fans of The Flash TV show who wanted to see Grant Gustin appear in those movies.
Since Warner Bros. and DC aren't including the TV universe into their ever-expansive movie world, it would be possible for Stephen Amell to pay The Riddler, or for any other stars of shows like The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow or even Fox's Gotham to be brought in for much different roles in the DCEU. As for the Batman movie, there have been rumors that Warner Bros. is aiming for a 2018 release date, possibly before Aquaman hits theaters on July 27, 2018. There have also been rumors that Suicide Squad star Will Smith may also return for the Batman Reboot as Deadshot, but that hasn't been confirmed yet either. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates on the Batman Reboot and the rest of the DCEU as soon as more information comes in.