Is ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Star Sebastian Stan Switching Teams And Joining DC As The New Riddler?

Sebastian Stan has a made a name for himself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the Winter Soldier, but the actor may be branching out to an entirely different franchise. After appearing in numerous Marvel films over the years, inside sources claim that Stan is jumping ship to play The Riddler in the next Batman film.

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Fan art shows Sebastian Stan as The Riddler

The Riddler, of course, is a villain in the DC Comics universe, which is why fans are making such a big deal of Stan playing the iconic part. With rumors swirling, fans have already taken some creative license and rendered a photo of what Stan might look like as The Riddler. Although the image is not official, we have to say that Stan would make a convincing Edward Nygma.

The photo does a great job showing the more geeky nature of The Riddler’s character while maintaining Stan’s intimidating physique. If Stan could pull this off in the movie, he would certainly make a worthy adversary for the caped crusader.

But if he accepts the role, it is unclear what would happen with his contract with Marvel. Stan enjoyed some quality screen time in Marvel’s latest offering, Avengers: Endgame, though the studio has not revealed any future plans for his character.

Everything we know about the new Batman movie

DC has been very secretive about the upcoming Batman film, which has been in development for several years. Ben Affleck was supposed to lead the movie, though he backed out of the project after he stopped playing Batman. Matt Reeves took the reins from Affleck, though he has yet to reveal any details about the project.

The only thing we know for sure is that the movie will focus on a young Bruce Wayne. According to Cinema Blend, there are also rumors that Twilight alum Robert Pattinson will be the new Batman.

When it comes to villains, inside sources say that both Penguin and Catwoman will be Batman’s primary foes in the film. Reeves reportedly has people lined up for both parts, but fans are hoping that there is room for one more bad guy.

If Reeves opts for another villainous cameo, then The Riddler would be the perfect option. Considering how Stan has previously expressed interest in playing the iconic role, it seems like things are lining up at just the right time.

Sebastian Stan teams up with Tom Holland

While fans hope that Stan lands the DC role, he recently teamed up with Tom Holland for a film completely unrelated to superheroes. The two are set to appear in a movie set after the events in World War II called The Devil All the Time.

Directed by Antonio Campos, the movie involves the journey of a war veteran, a pair of serial killers, and a false preacher. Apart from Holland and Sebastian Stan, the movie stars Mia Wasikowska, Harry Melling, Jason Clarke, and Bill Skarsgard. Jake Gyllenhaal, who stars alongside Holland in Spider-Man: Far From Home, helped produce the film.

Interestingly, the movie also stars the likes of Pattinson. Chris Evans, meanwhile, was supposed to play the lead in the project but was forced to back out because of a scheduling issue. Evans recommended Stan for the part, making this the first time the Winter Soldier actor has teamed up with Holland outside of Marvel Studios.

Sebastian Stan opens up about Winter Soldier story arc

When it comes to his Marvel character, Stan recently opened up about the decision to have Captain America (Evans) give Falcon (Anthony Mackie) his shield at the conclusion of Endgame. Although many fans were disappointed by the move, Stan believes that it was actually quite liberating for Bucky.

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As Stan explained it, Steve Rogers knew what it was like living with that kind of responsibility and wanted to make sure Bucky was not forced to take up his mantle. This may have been completely different from the comics, but it makes sense from Sebastian Stan’s perspective. It also frees him up from future involvement in the franchise.

Reeves’ Batman movie is expected to open in theaters in the summer of 2021.