While Jonah Hill has reportedly taken himself out of the running to portray either The Riddler or, more appropriately, The Penguin in Matt Reeves’ upcoming The Batman starring Robert Pattinson as the titular Caped Crusader, it seems that the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery for the upcoming movie is still growing as Paul Dano has been confirmed to portray The Riddler.
Dano’s version of one of the Bat’s most intelligent foes will at first be introduced to audiences as Edward Nashton as the character does in his early days in DC Comics before adopting the more appropriate name of Edward Nygma as he becomes the maniacal and quizzical Riddler.
The Riddler in cinematic history was most infamously portrayed by Jim Carrey in the 1996 Batman Forever. While his television portrayals have ranged from Frank Gorshin in the 1960s Batman series as well as the spin-off movie, and most recently by Corey Michael Smith in the Fox series Gotham.
Outside of comic-books, movies and television, fans will be most familiar with The Riddler from his recurring antagonistic and side-game challenges in the Batman: Arkham video games.
This news comes only three days after the confirmation that Zoe Kravitz will portray Catwoman in the upcoming new interpretation of the Batman mythology.
The Batman which has been reported by Reeves to be an original noir-driven story largely separate from the wider DC Universe. Rumours have circulated, however, that the movie may at least interpret the comic-book story Batman: The Long Halloween which also features many member of Batman’s rogues gallery including Riddler and Catwoman.
The Batman is scheduled for release in North America on June 21,
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