The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons has admitted that he’d love to portray Batman’s legendary foe, The Riddler, at some point in his career.
Parsons made his comments to MTV during an interview to promote his upcoming turn in Dreamworks’ Home.
And after being quizzed by a Twitter user, “Would you ever want to play a superhero?” Parsons declared, “I would love to play a superhero in a movie, I would like to be a villain.”
But Parsons didn’t stop there, as he even specifically picked out which iconic foe he has in mind. “And… I would really like to play The Riddler. I don’t feel they’re using the Riddler very much, are they?”
Parsons’ interviewer agreed with the actor’s declaration, even going as far as to use the word “dope” to reveal his support. Parsons then immediately sought to gain momentum for his candidacy as the character by looking down the lens and remarking, “Did you hear that? I would be dope as the Riddler… tell your friends.”
The character of the Riddler, who also goes by the name of Edward Nygma, was previously portrayed by Frank Gorshin on Batman’s 1960s television series, while Gorshin also reprised the role for the 1966 theatrical film, too.
Jim Carrey then portrayed the Riddler in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever, which was released in 1995. However, Christopher Nolan decided to ignore the villain for his Dark Knight trilogy of films, which consisted of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. Cory Michael Smith is set to play the Riddler on Gotham, too, with the actor expected to make his debut as the foe in the impending second season.
Edward Nigma/The Ridler is widely regarded as one of Batman’s most notorious villains. He often uses puzzles, word games, and riddles to warn Batman and Gotham police of his upcoming crimes, and these each possess complicated clues.
After Parsons made his remarks fans were divided. Some users heaped praise on the suggestion and backed up his claim that he’d be a perfect fit for the villain, while others shared their feeling that Parsons doesn’t possess the big-screen credentials to flourish in a billion dollar franchise.
Parsons has previously won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in Comedy Series for his portrayal of Sheldon Cooper in CBS’ The Big Bang Theory, while he was also presented with the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in 2010 for his work on the show, too.