Batman V Superman Almost Starred The Joker & The Riddler

‘Batman V Superman’ almost included two more iconic villains.

During an interview with Collider, ‘Batman V Superman’ director Zack Snyder revealed that Batman’s long-time enemies The Joker & The Riddler almost made an appearance.

“The Joker and The Riddler both came close to being in this movie,” he revealed. “We talked about the possibility of putting them in.”

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Although Jared Leto’s version of The Joker is about to make quite an impression in the ‘Suicide Squad’ movie, we’ve also seen hints of the character’s influence in the recent ‘Batman V Superman’ trailers.

And there’s even a rather cool Easter Egg which gives a subtle nod to The Riddler.

So why didn’t they end up in the film?

“[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.”

Of course, there’s also the small matter that ‘Batman V Superman’ is already fairly packed with DC heroes and villains. Aside from the titular titans, we’re also expecting appearances from Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg… not to mention supervillain Lex Luthor and some hints towards other villains such as General Zod and Darkseid.

Was there really room for another two DC characters?

Either way, it looks as though both The Joker and The Riddler were left on the side lines… even if their presence is felt in the upcoming movie.

But will we see them return in future DC films?

For now, we’ll have to wait and see.

‘Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice’ heads to cinemas on 25 March 2016.

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Picture Credit: DC Entertainment, Warner Bros.