Agreed. I think he’s a really good actor and am really looking forward to seeing him in The Lighthouse too.This seems to be a pattern when it comes to Batman movies; they announce someone you would never expect to be Batman or one of the major characters, people shit all over it, and then the performance turns out to be so much better than expected. We've seen this with Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, and Heath Ledger.
There are exceptions of course. Nobody liked Jared Leto's Joker since it seemed tryhard from the very beginning. But all the same, this doesn't seem like a bad idea, and Pattinson deserves to be remembered outside of starring in Twilight anyway.
Hollywood Reporter said:'The Batman' Casts Paul Dano as the Riddler
OCTOBER 17, 2019 10:47AM by Borys Kit, Aaron Couch
Filmmaker Matt Reeves has found his Riddler for 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 in the 1960s TV series, while Jim Carrey played him in 1995's Batman Forever, directed by Joel Schumacher.
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.
Warner Bros. 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.
The only way I can see it working is if Reeves takes the Nolan route cause Nolan included at least 3 villains in Batman Begins and it worked out well there
If that's the case then this movie would be interesting, heck the premise already implies they may not show Thomas and Martha Wayne dying for the 400th time.Supposedly the film is a whodunit mystery, and Batman interrogates a bunch of his Rouges. So this could possible be a 5 min cameo at most.
Will the success of Joker have any impact on this? Will the suits in charge tell them to go darker? Prepare an R cut? Give Joaquin Phoenix a dumptruck full of money to get involved? Who knows?
Are they still using a script worked on by Affleck? Going more in the direction of Noir could be interesting. Just a shame Affleck walked because for my money he was the best Batman.
I actually just wished Nolan would have 100% just focused on either Ra's al Ghul or Scarecrow. Even as much as I love The Dark Knight, I wish that Two-Face hadn't been so crammed in the last third of the film.
I wish Batman films went back to just focusing on one key villain instead of shoving a bunch in at once. It makes the films more unique and gives more time to develop the relationship Batman has with his Rogues Gallery.