Johnny Depp as Mad Riddler

I know I’m a day late on this, but it literally took me all night to find my Eureka! moment in dissecting the Johnny Depp-as-Mad Hatter photo released yesterday as part of the first promotional push for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie. Are you ready for it?

You remember those flurry of rumors that Johnny Depp was going to play the Riddler in Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to The Dark Knight? Well, not only has Tim Burton made the best case yet for the actor, but he’s also showed Nolan exactly what he should look like in the film. Is it me, or is Depp’s Mad Hatter character eerily reminiscent of Jim Carrey’s Riddler in Batman Forever? Check it: The pale skin, the fiery untamed hair, the lime green motif. Plus, this dude makes Heath Ledger’s joker look like sane man with good morals. Or perhaps Depp should just stay in costume and do the eponymous Mad Hatter villain from Batman’s rogues gallery.

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