With 2020 getting even closer, the casting for Matt Reeves The Batman, is starting to be announced. Today, if the gossip is true, we may have The Riddler casted…Paul Dano.
Whilst we don’t have the full details in what the film’s plot will curtail, it will have classic villains. THR are reporting the news comes on the heels of gossip that Jonah Hill turned down ‘a role’ (Variety). The report doesn’t state if it was for this role or The Penguin. It seems Hill was in negotiations for a long time, now it seems Dano is playing the iconic role.
The Riddler was originally played on Television in the 1960’s by Frank Gorshin and John Astin. The character made it’s cinematic debut by Jim Carrey in Joel Schumacher’s 1995’s Batman Forever. More recently on TV’s Gotham by Corey Michael Smith under the supervillain’s full name Edward Nygma. Dano’s Riddler will go by Edward Nashton, which he would change to Nygma aka E. Nygma. As for the comic version, he first appeared Detective Comics Issue 148 (released in 1948), created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang.
Who is The Riddler? He’s a notorious villain who has been obsessed with puzzles since he was a boy. After a school teacher held a contest to solve a puzzle fast, Edward craved that victory breaking into school to win and that’s what he did. His prize was a book of puzzles and year by year he mastered the art, cheating money out of people, including at a fair. His first confrontation with the Batman was with Robin attempting to trap the pair in a inescapable glass maze. You can say he thrived at leaving riddles and clues for his adversary the Dark Knight, even at one time being a good guy!
Paul Dano’s film credits include There Will Be Blood, Love And Mercy, 12 Years A Slave, Prisoners and Swiss Army Man. Recently nominatd an Emmy for his part in Escape at Dannemora. Paul also recently made his directorial debut with Wildlife starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan.
Matt Reeves announced The Batman will be a Noir type thriller which would see the caped crusader pit his wits against Rogues Gallery. The Riddler is part of this group alongside The Joker, Bane, Black Mask, Clayface, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Firefly, Hugo Strange, Penguin and Mister Freeze. Which Rogue members will join Nygma still to be decided.
Paul Dano will join Robert Pattinson as Batman, with Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Zoe Kravitz and Selina Kyle aka Catwoman.
The Batman is set for an 2021 release.