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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice isn’t short on villains, with Lex Luthor and Doomsday primed to unnerve our two titular superheroes, but the movie almost featured two additional famous DC antagonists.

Director Zack Snyder said in a recent interview with Collider that “the Joker and the Riddler both came close to being in this movie.”

“We talked about the possibility of putting them in,” he went on. “[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.”

Suicide Squad

Jesse Eisenberg will play Luthor in Batman v Superman, with Robin Atkin Downes providing the voice and motion capture for Doomsday. Oscar-winner Jared Leto will debut as the Clown Prince of Crime later this year in the highly-anticipated Suicide Squad.

Joker may not be in Dawn of Justice, but his presence will certainly be felt by Ben Affleck’s Batman, with one of the trailers showing Robin’s suit vandalised with the words “HAHAHA joke’s on you BATMAN.”

The Riddler last made an appearance on the big screen played by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever back in 1995.