Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, 12 Years a Slave) is set to play Riddler in Matt Reeves’ The Batman, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dano will be replacing Jonah Hill as the infamous villain after Hill walked away from the project when talks broke down between the actor and Warner Bros. In Reeves’ take, Dano’s character will be named Edward Nashton instead of the comics’ Edward Nygma.
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Other cast members for the film include Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) who is in talks for the role of Commissioner Gordon and Zoe Kravitz (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald) has signed on to play Catwoman. Robert Pattinson will star as the titular hero.
The Batman has been in development at Warner Bros. since 2015 when Ben Affleck signed on to the DCEU. Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) signed on to helm about a month after Affleck’s directorial departure with the added caveat that he’d get to rewrite the script from scratch.
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Reeves’ story has been described as a character-driven project focusing on Batman’s experiences as the world’s greatest detective. The filmmaker has also said to expect a “Rogue’s Gallery” of villains in the movie. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Greig Fraser will serve as director of photography for the project.
The Batman is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.
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