Paul Dano Cast as The Riddler in ‘The Batman’
Filmmaker Matt Reeves has found his Riddler for the upcoming feature ‘The Batman’. Paul Dano has signed on as the classic villain, Warner Bros. announced Thursday. Dano’s version of the character will be named Edward Nashton, the man who in the comics later goes by the name Edward Nygma and adopts the villainous persona. Frank Gorshin and John Astin played the villain on the 1960s TV series, while Jim Carrey played him in 1995’s ‘Batman Forever’, which was directed by Joel Schumacher.
Robert Pattinson has the lead role as The Batman, with Zoe Kravitz set to play Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright on board as Commissioner Gordon. Jonah Hill was at one point eyeing a role as either The Riddler or The Penguin, but the deal did not come to fruition. Reeves plans are to include a rogues gallery of Batman villains in the film. For those not familiar with Paul Dano’s work, he was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role on the Showtime limited series Escape at Dannemora, and the actor directed, co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed 2018 film Wildlife. His other film credits include Love and Mercy, Prisoners, 12 Years a Slave, There Will Be Blood, Little Miss Sunshine,Youth and Okja, among others.