While yesterday brought word that Jonah Hill had decided to pass on a villainous role in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, one person who has signed on to butt heads with Robert Pattinson’s Caped Crusader is Paul Dano.
Courtesy of Variety, the Emmy-nommed Dano is set to play the Riddler in The Batman. Dano is likely best known for offerings such as Escape at Dannemora, Little Miss Sunshine, Let There Be Blood and 12 Years a Slave, and he joins a cast that currently features Pattinson’s Dark Knight, Zoe Kravtiz as Catwoman, and Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon.
Previously, Hill was in talks to play a villain in The Batman, with reports claiming that the actor and Warner Bros. were hashing out whether Hill would play the Riddler or the Penguin. Whether Hill walking away from talks has anything to do with Dano suddenly landing the Riddler gig, that's something that we're sure will be elaborated on at a later date.
In a twist, however, this take on the Riddler reportedly won’t be Edward Nygma. Instead, the Riddler’s real name will be Edward Nashton in The Batman. Why that is, who knows, although we’d hazard a guess that maybe Warners thought the E. Nygma name is a little too on the nose for modern audiences. Either way, so long as Dano’s Riddler is depicted in the right fashion, fans will surely be able to see passed the slight name tweak.
Dano won’t be the first person to play a live-action Riddler, of course, with Frank Gorshin and Josh Astin having played the rogue in the ‘60s Batman series, Jim Carrey amping things up to 11 in 1995’s Batman Forever, and then Cory Michael Smith showcasing Nygma’s descent into madness across five seasons of Gotham.
At present, The Batman is set for a June 2021 release.