Securing a role as a DCEU or MCU villain is a pretty big career goal right now in Hollywood, especially given the potential of being brought back for multiple movies. While Jim Carrey has previously played the Riddler in Batman Forever, the actor is reportedly keen to appear in one of the two main comic book franchises as according to our sources – the same ones who told us Luke would be in The Mandalorian season 2 and a Justice League Dark show is coming to HBO Max – Carrey wants to portray an antagonist in a DC or Marvel film, and given his track record, we certainly see this as a logical choice.
We heard a month or so ago that Carrey might have already been in talks with Marvel Studios about a future project, having enjoyed recent box office success as Dr. Robotnik in Sonic the Hedgehog. And on the DC side, there’s been chatter that the 59-year-old is being considered to play an older version of the Clown Prince of Crime in the rumored expansion of the world of Joker.
Indeed, it seems that Carrey is circling around several other high-profile movies at the moment, including a return to his 1990s hits in The Mask and the Ace Ventura series. When he previously appeared as the Riddler in 1995’s Batman Forever, it was in the middle of a prolific run of box office winners, and his manic turn as Edward Nygma is certainly one of the more memorable in Joel Schumacher’s cartoonish spin on the Dark Knight.
While the actor has been busy with various other projects in recent years, before the Sonic film he had retreated somewhat from fronting major studio pictures. Given that he’s reportedly signed on to reprise Dr. Robotnik in sequels and a possible spinoff, though, a move into the MCU or DCEU now doesn’t seem out of the question for Jim Carrey. However, we’d imagine that whatever villain he does play, it’ll be a more low-key performance than the Riddler, potentially showcasing his dramatic range and ability to portray unnerving characters.