Paul Dano is Playing The Batman's Riddler After Jonah Hill Walks Away
Update (October 17, 4:50 p.m.): Director Matt Reeves has confirmed that Paul Dano is indeed playing the Riddler. On Thursday, he tweeted a gif of Dano with the hashtag #EdwardNashton and a bat emoji.The original post continues below.
Paul Dano is about to get villainous. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actor has been cast to play the Riddler in the upcoming film The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson. Reps for Dano have not yet responded to Vanity Fair's request for comment, but THR notes his character will be named Edward Nashton, based on the Edward Nygma iteration from the comic book.
The villain hasn't been portrayed on the big screen since Jim Carrey played the role (and nearly annoyed Tommy Lee Jones to death in the process) in Joel Schumacher's 1995 adaptation Batman Forever. Fingers crossed that Dano and Pattinson get along better than Carrey and Jones did.
Dano will also be taking the role after Jonah Hill was reportedly in talks to join the cast as either the Riddler or the Penguin. However, as the trades reported Thursday, the twice Oscar-nominated actor passed on the part and, per , insiders say Warner Bros. was ready to give the part to Dano once that happened.
This will be the first major comic book movie role for Dano, an actor who typically clings to prestige art house material like There Will Be Blood, Okja, and Swiss Army Man. Most recently he starred in the Emmy-nominated miniseries Escape at Dannemora, and is currently filming Jane Campion's The Power of the Dog. He is, to put it mildly, extremely different from Carrey, so it will be fascinating to see how he translates the role in this movie, which will purportedly be a Dark and Serious tale that will return the franchise to its Christopher Nolan glory days. Matt Reeves ( War for the Planet of the Apes) is set to direct.
Dano will be joining a cast that thus far includes Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon.
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