The Washington Times - December 18, 2008, 06:56AM

Eddie Murphy has been signed to play the Riddler in the next Batman movie, which is due to be released in 2010, the Sun is reporting.

The news comes after rampant speculation that Johnny Depp would portray the Riddler.

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Lord knows Eddie Murphy needs a hit, and a Batman movie is about as close as anyone can get to a sure thing in Hollywood. And he’s got the laugh for the role of the Riddler.

Still, I’m a little shaky on casting him. I’m a big fan of the revitalized Batman movies, and I’m an old fan of Eddie Murphy. But after stinkers such as “Meet Dave,” “Norbit,” “The Haunted Mansion,” “Daddy Day Care,” “I Spy,” “The Adventures of Pluto Nash,” “Showtime,” “Dr. Doolittle 2,” “Life,” “Holy Man,” — what was I talking about?