The search for the caped crusader’s arch-nemesis has come to an end as Warner Bros. has announced that Paul Dano joined the cast of the movie as the iconic villain Riddler.
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The Emmy nominee is joining Zoë Kravitz, who will play Catwoman or Selina Kyle, Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon of the Gotham City P.D., and Rober Pattinson as the nocturnal crime fighter Batman, aka Bruce Wayne in the Matt Reeves directorial. According to reports, “Dano’s version of the character will be named Edward Nashton, the man who in the comics goes by Edward Nygma” and ultimately adopts the villainous Riddler persona.
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Earlier actor Ben Affleck announced he would be stepping away from the role of Batman after starring in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as The Justice League. Each film received negative reactions from critics and comic book fans alike. He was reportedly tapped to direct The Batman, but handed the reins to Reeves in 2017. The 33-year-old Pattinson’s acceptance of the role makes him the second-youngest Bruce Wayne in movie history, behind Christian Bale, who was 31 when he took on the character in the 2005 hit Batman Begins. Bale reprised the role in two hugely popular sequels.
While filming is slated to begin later this year or in early 2020, The Batman will hit theatres not before June 2021.