Warner Brothers should seriously consider David Tennant for the role of Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare relaunch now that the popular actor has announced he is leaving Doctor Who. Here are a few reasons why:
1. Tennant has a global fan base which means bigger box-office in overseas markets.
2. Tennant’s rabid female fans will go to multiple screenings just to see their hero. They won’t care about story or plot as long as Tennant has plenty of screen time.
3. Tennant is a damn good actor, something the Freddy character needs or the film won’t work. An actor playing Freddy has to display wit, charm, menace, and evil while buried under pounds of special effects make-up. Tennant is up for that challange.
4. No Fear. The man that fills Robert Englund’s shoes can’t be intimidated by Freddy’s past successes and failures. Tennant was the tenth actor to play Doctor Who, a staple on British tv for over 40 years. Taking on the role of Freddy shouldn’t scare him because he has the talent to make the character his own.
Now, why in the world would David Tennant want to play Freddy Krueger? Well, Tennant is very interested in playing The Riddler in the next Batman film. Warner Brothers could use The Riddler as a carrot to sign Tennant up for the new Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s the old “We’re more than happy to have you in our major film . . .if only you star in this other little picture first” bit.