Blockbuster Wants Depp, Jolie in Next Batman Film4 Dec, 2008 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Just days after entering the music concert ticket business, Blockbuster now wants in on Hollywood casting.
The Dallas-based No. 1 DVD rental service said it would like to see Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie play key roles in Christopher Nolan’s next caped crusader film, should the British director make a third film in the venerable franchise.
The actors emerged as top picks from 7,500 responses in an online consumer survey conducted by Blockbuster.com leading up to the Dec. 9 DVD and Blu-ray releases of The Dark Knight from Warner Home Video.
Most requested villains included The Riddler followed by The Joker’s therapist-turned-girlfriend Harley Quinn. Jim Carey last played the compulsive clue-giving criminal in Batman Forever.
Other top picks for future Batman villains included Catwoman, The Penguin and tough guy Bane. Other favorite actors to play lead roles included Natalie Portman, Edward Norton and Keira Knightley.
"Both Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie are actors who can bring a Batman villain to life in the complex, realistic style that have made Nolan's films so popular," said Keith Leopard, director of film product for Blockbuster. "It would be exciting to see what they could do with The Riddler and Harley Quinn's transformation from brilliant therapist to psychotic criminal."
Most requested actors:
1. Johnny Depp
2. Angelina Jolie
3. Natalie Portman
4. Edward Norton
5. Keira Knightley
6. Daniel Day-Lewis
7. Philip Seymour Hoffman
8. Viggo Mortensen
9. Kevin Spacey
10. Clive Owen