According to super icon Justin Timberlake, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, via DNA, Ben Affleck is welcome to the lead role of the super hero in "Batman." Having said that, if any of the casting team are listening, Timberlake is panting hot for the role of the Riddler.
Timberlake unabashedly admitted he "grew up loving Batman," and craves the villians, the crazier the better. To him, the most "proper crazy" villian of all has to be the Riddler. Timberlake explained, "The Riddler was like a sociopath; so if I'm gonna play crazy, I'm wanna play proper crazy!"
It's no stretch to cast Timberlake and Affleck together; already they've been paired in "Runner, Runner," which is set to premiere in October. After working with Affleck, Timberlake's opinion of Affleck's ability couldn't have been more complimentary. Aware of the critics who hate the idea of Affleck as Batman, Timberlake was outspoken, saying, ""I think he's an extreme talent, so he could surprise a lot of people."
If Timberlake was cast as the Riddler, he would be going up against the memory of previous performances, including Emmy Award nominee Frank Gorshin’s outrageously edgy portrayal in the sixties. Inspired by Gorshin, Jim Carrey played the Riddler in the 1995 film "Batman Forever."
When asked if he would consider playing Robin, Timberlake instantly reacted, "Not a chance in hell." It's too bad the interviewer didn't follow up and ask if Timberlake thought Justin Beiber would be a fit for the Robin role.