Paul Bettany on the Joker Rumors

Paul Bettany is trying on the villain role in 2006 with the upcoming releases of two high-profile films: “Firewall” and “The Da Vinci Code.” Could the role of the Joker in the next “Batman” movie be far behind?

Responding to rumors on the Internet linking his name to the role, Bettany told ComingSoon.net/SuperheroHype.com, “Nobody has rung me up officially and asked, ‘Would you like to be in it?’” In fact, the only information Bettany has heard has been from friends who have told him they’ve heard the rumor too.

Asked if he was flattered about the rumors connecting him to the Batman Returns sequel, Bettany said, “Well, I’m just wondering if my mother started the rumors.”

Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan is currently filming “The Prestige” with his “Begins” stars Christian Bale and Michael Caine (plus the “X-Men” films’ Hugh Jackman). After that project they are expected to start concentrating on the sequel.

Source: Sandra Kraisirideja