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17 October 2019 21:51

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Robert Pattinson is starring in The Batman, with Zoe Kravitz set to play Catwoman and Jeffrey Wright on board as Batman ally 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 has said he plans to include a rogues gallery of Batman villains in the film. Dano was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in Escape at Dannemora. The actor directed, co-wrote and produced the critically acclaimed 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. Created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang, the Riddler — aka Edward Nygma, or "E. Nigma" — is a supervillain who aims to challenge Batman in a battle of wits, leaving clues and riddles for the world's greatest detective to solve in order to catch him. Since debuting in 1948's Detective Comics No. 140, he's gone on to become one of the most high-profile Bat-villains, appearing in movies, cartoons and video games across the past seven decades, stretching his question mark gimmick as far as it could go and then some, including spending some years as a good guy when he realized it was just as much fun to solve crimes as it was to commit them. will release The Batman on June 25, 2021.

Dano is represented by Anonymous Content, WME, Stone Genow and Relevant. —Graeme McMillan contributed to this story. Dano will face off against Robert Pattinson's Batman in the 2021 superhero tentpole. Paul Dano is going from indie favorite to comic-book movie villain as Edward Nashton/The Riddler in director Matt Reeves' upcoming "The Batman." Warner Bros. has confirmed the casting to IndieWire, which comes on the heels of Dano's recent Primetime Emmy Award nomination Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his role in Showtime's "Escape at Dannemora." Dano is beloved in the indie film world for his acclaimed performances in movies such as "Love and Mercy," "There Will Be Blood," and "Prisoners." Last year, he released his directorial debut "Wildlife," which earned acclaim throughout bows at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes.

News broke earlier this year that Warner Bros. and Jonah Hill were in talks for the comedian to taken the role of The Riddler, a character that was previously played by Jim Carrey in "Batman Forever." Variety reported yesterday that Hill passed on the role after failing to reach a deal with Warner Bros. Dano is the latest actor to join the cast of "The Batman," which will star Robert Pattinson as the Caped Crusader and Zoe Kravitz as Selina Kyle, a.k.a. Catwoman — a role previously played by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Anne Hathaway, and Halle Berry. "The Batman" is being directed by "War for the Planet of the Apes" filmmaker Matt Reeves. While the plot of the movie is being kept under wraps, Reeves has been vocal about the movie centering on a younger version of the Batman character.

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The film is not expected to be an origin story such as Christopher Nolan's iconic 2005 "Batman Begins." As Kravitz and Dano's casting confirms, "The Batman" will use various characters from the Batman comic book series. More familiar names are expected to be cast in the future. "The Batman" will feature a score by Reeves regular Michael Giacchino and cinematography from "Lion" Oscar nominee Greig Fraser, who also shot "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" and Denis Villeneuve's upcoming "Dune" movie. Giacchino teased "The Batman" during an appearance at Comic-Con earlier this year. Warner Bros. will open "The Batman" in theaters June 25, 2021. Production on the movie begins in 2020. Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. Paul Dano is in talks to join Robert Pattinson in Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. "The Batman," sources tell Variety. Though the studio would not confirm the role, insiders believe that Dano would be playing the classic comic book villain The Riddler. Dano's casting comes on the heels of Jonah Hill turning down an offer to join the cast. Given how long negotiations went on between the studio and Hill's team, insiders believe WB already had an offer ready to go out to Dano once Hill passed on the role. Pre-production on the Warner Bros.-DC Comics pic is expected to start this summer. No official start date has been set, although Variety hears that filming could start in late 2019 or early 2020. "The Batman" is scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021. Reeves, the filmmaker behind the last two "Planet of the Apes" sequels, took over "Batman" directing duties from Ben Affleck in January 2017. Affleck departed his role as Batman following "Justice League," allowing Reeves to pick his own Bruce Wayne. Reeves' "Planet of the Apes" collaborator Dylan Clark will produce. Dano is the second actor to play the iconic riddling criminal after Jim Carrey previously played the role in "Batman Forever." The "Prisoners" actor is currently filming Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog." He most recently directed the critically acclaimed drama "Wildlife" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan. On the acting side, he was recently Emmy-nominated for his work in Showtime's miniseries "Escape at Dannemora" opposite Benicio del Toro. Dano is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher and Relevant. 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. 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 Variety, 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. More Great Stories from Vanity Fair — Our cover story: Joaquin Phoenix on River, Rooney, and Joker — Plus: why a neurocriminologist left Joker completely stunned — Charlize Theron's transformation in the Fox News movie wows at the film's debut — Ronan Farrow's producer reveals how NBC killed its Weinstein story