Leo DiCaprio was nearly the Riddler in Dark Knight Rises?

Well, this is interesting. With the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight saga set to open next month, some new background about the development of the flick has come out via some interviews with the cast and crew. Most tantalizing? Tom Hardy's Bane wasn't the first idea for Batman's final baddie.

In an interview with Empire Magazine, co-writer David Goyer said Warner Bros. executives were eyeing a very different direction for The Dark Knight Rises a few years ago.

"It's gonna be the Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio," Goyer said he heard the studio honchos saying.

Hmm. I always wondered how you could pull off a believable, non-campy version of the Riddler in Nolan's version of Batman—but I'm just not sure DiCaprio (who already turned down the role of Robin years ago) would have been the man for the job.

Besides, it'd be tough to wash Jim Carrey's ridiculous portrayal in 1995's Batman Forever out of folks' minds to even take the character seriously.

Sound off: Do you think Nolan made the right call going with Bane, or would you have liked to see Christian Bale face off with Leo DiCaprio?

(Via Batman-News)

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