Nicolas Cage is dying to be the villain in The Batman sequel, if one gets made.
While promoting his new film, The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Cage told reporters at SXSW: “We have this new (movie with) Robert Pattinson as The Batman which I’m excited to see.
"I haven’t seen it yet but I think he would be terrific.”
The legendary performed added that if he could choose the villain, it would definitely be Egghead.
“The villain that Vincent Price played on the 1960s show, Egghead, I think I want to have a go at Egghead," he said.
"I think I can make him absolutely terrifying.
"And I have a concept for Egghead. So let them know over at Warner Bros., I’m down for Egghead.”
In the comic book universe, Egghead is believed to be the ‘world’s smartest criminal’ and taunts his enemies with egg-related puns such as ‘egg-zactly’ or ‘egg-cellent’ while owning an extensive range of egg-shaped weapons.
To be honest, this sounds perfect for Cage.
The actor pled his case to play the eccentric villain in Matt Reeve’s Batman franchise, saying: "I think I can make him absolutely terrifying."
And even if Cage’s Eggman is only as half as 'terrifying' as the homicidal sociopath he played in the 1997 movie Face/Off; we have no doubt he’ll send shivers down our spines.
While there’s no word yet if The Batman director will take Cage up on his offer, Reeves has teased another potential chilling villain to appear in future sequels.
While speaking with Den of Geek's DC Standom, Reeves addressed rumours if the Prince of Crime, aka The Joker, would be seen in future films.
“I can't say whether we would do him, specifically, in the movies or not," he said.
He also said to IGN that The Batman is set in a 'pre-Joker’ era, and, in a deleted scene from the movie, it shows the exchange between Batman seeking answers about The Riddler from a would-be Joker.
“It's a scene where Batman is so unnerved because the Riddler is writing to him. And he's like, 'Well, why is this guy writing to me?' And he figures he's got to profile this killer," he said.
"He goes to see another killer that he's clearly had an experience with in these first two years. And this killer in this story is not yet the character that we come to know, right? So everybody's in their infancy.
"So in the comics, these characters often declare their alter egos in response to the fact that there's a Batman out there. And so here, we have a Joker who's not yet the Joker."Featured Image Credit: Momentum Pictures. Warner Bros