“There Will Be Blood” and “Love and Mercy” star Paul Dano is in official talks to join Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” at Warner Bros. Pictures. The studio has confirmed the role, saying Dano is up for playing the classic comic villain The Riddler who will go by the slightly altered name of Edward Nashton in this.
Actor Jonah Hill had previously been linked as being in talks for the role but he’s no longer involved in the project. Borys Kit also revealed in the past day that Seth Rogen was being considered early on for the role of The Penguin back when they were trying to land Hill for Riddler. Neither Rogen or Hill will be involved.
If Dano signs he’ll join a cast that includes Robert Pattinson as Batman and Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman. Jeffrey Wright has also been linked to the project in the role of Commissioner Gordon.
Pattinson spoke with The New York Times this week about the role, saying:
“Batman’s not a hero, though. He’s a complicated character. I don’t think I could ever play a real hero – there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.
I love the director, Matt Reeves, and it’s a dope character. His morality is a little bit off. He’s not the golden boy, unlike almost every other comic-book character. There is a simplicity to his worldview, but where it sits is strange, which allows you to have more scope with the character.”
Reeves and Mattson Tomlin have co-written the film which will shoot early next year for a June 2021 release.