Casting news for The Batman continues to roll in. Recently, it was announced that Zoe Kravitz will play Selina Kyle/Catwoman, almost at the same time as Jonah Hill declined the role of Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. Following his departure, the announcement of another Batman villain coming to the film was just made.
Paul Dano, the acclaimed actor who just recently starred in the critically acclaimed miniseries Escape at Dannemora, has been cast as The Riddler, one of Batman’s most notorious villains who incorporates riddles and puzzles into his various crimes.
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This will be the second time that The Riddler will be portrayed in a film, after several appearances in television shows and video games. The character was originally portrayed by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever as Edward Nygma. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Dano will be portraying a different character named Edward Nashton.
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Not much is known about The Batman, but it is rumored to be a re-imagining of the Caped Crusader, a stark departure from Ben Affleck’s portrayal in Justice League.
Batman’s next cinematic adventure, simply titled The Batman, has been slowly filling out it’s cast. Robert Pattinson (Twilight) will play Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jeffery Wright (The Hunger Games) will play Alfred, and Jonah Hill (The Wolf of Wall Street) will play Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin. Now, another classic Batman character has been cast.
The character of Catwoman has had several live-action adaptations over the years. This includes Julie Newmar in the 1960s Batman television series, Michelle Pfeiffer’s portrayal in BatmanReturns, Halle Berry’s ill-received standalone film Catwoman, and Anne Hathaway’s version in The Dark Knight Rises. This is also the second time Kravitz will play the character, as she voiced Kyle in The Lego Batman Movie. Kravitz will be joining her stepfather, Jason Momoa, in the DCEU, as Momoa is currently playing Aquaman.