THE BATMAN: Riddler Actor Paul Dano Teases Matt Reeves' "Potentially Really Powerful" Screenplay

THE BATMAN: Riddler Actor Paul Dano Teases Matt Reeves' "Potentially Really Powerful" Screenplay

Paul Dano plays The Riddler in Matt Reeves' The Batman, and while the actor chose his words carefully during a recent interview, he did drop some big hints about what fans can expect from the movie...

Unfortunately, production on The Batman remains on hold due to COVID-19, but the United Kingdom is moving forward with introducing regulations which will make it easier for films and TV shows to be shot there. The DC Comics adaptation has already been pushed back from next June to October, so fans are hoping there won't be any further delays. 

During a recent interview with The Playlist, Paul Dano talked in general terms about what to expect from the movie, and praised the screenplay co-written by director Matt Reeves. 

"I think Matt Reeves is the real deal. I was really surprised by his script, which I think is, is potentially really powerful," the actor said before joking that he couldn't "even legally can’t say anything about" his role as The Riddler. He did, however, tease that "there’s something fun there in my character and in all the characters."

"It’s the kind of movie that we’re just desperate to share on the big screen in a big way," he continued. "It’s going to be really cool."

We will get to see The Batman on the big screen...it might just take a while! Signs are pointing to the cast being able to resume work soon, however. 

Dano's take on The Riddler should also be fun to see, and it's believed that he will be The Batman's lead villain (which will help establish the Caped Crusader as the World's Greatest Detective).

Which Batsuits do we want to see in the DCEU moving
forward? Hit the "Next" button below to find out!

 

10. Batman: Incorporated

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When Batman decided to expand his operation to protect Gotham City and the world, he returned to his classic outfit (with a modern aesthetic). While body armour is all well and good, it’s worth noting that there are now fabrics which are just as durable, and a vigilante like the Caped Crusader would understandably use those.

The question is, could a live-action version of the yellow belt and glowing chest emblem actually work in today's DCEU? With the right design, there’s no doubt that it really could, and we may just end up getting the most definitive version of Batman on the big screen yet as a result.

After all, once he's got through the second year of his career, this would suit a confident Dark Knight.
 

9. Thrasher Armour

Thrasher

When it comes to armour, there’s no topping this one and, as you can see, we're heading to some crazy places here already. It’s always worth bearing in mind that Bruce Wayne is just a man, but that's why he frequently unleashes suits like these as it evens the playing field for the vigilante. 

The Thrasher suit is tougher than kevlar, and made from mesh fibers. It was built to do battle in the most inhospitable areas on Earth, able to withstand extreme heat and cold with temperatures as low as the arctic winter. The armour was also equipped with oxygen that could last for weeks.

We're not sure why Robert Pattinson's Batman would need to don this, but his comic book counterpart used it to fight the Court of Owls within the confines of the Batcave. 
 

8. Bill Finger's Batsuit

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Bill Finger is one of the co-creators of Batman (or "The Bat-Man" as he was then known), and introduced the aesthetics of what we've come to know as the Batsuit. Now, looking at the image above, you might not think this could work in a live-action setting, but we would disagree. 

Those bat-like wings, yellow belt, and pointed ears could all look really cool in live-action, and if Robert Pattinson's Batman is going to continue wearing "homemade"-style costumes, then we'd even throw the gloves in for good measure. In some ways, it feels like Matt Reeves has already been inspired by this, but a refined version could end up taking it one step further, of course.

If nothing else, we would like a flashback showing this as the Dark Knight's first-ever costume!
 

7. Arkham Origins

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Despite being of a similar armoured design to the one seen in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, this Batsuit has a leather/cloth look which gives it a much different appearance overall. The cowl and cloak being connected is similar to the Noel costume (we'll get to that), although a little more streamlined thanks to the chest symbol being kept separate.

For a "final" Batsuit introduced at the end of The Batman, this would definitely work for comic book fans.

This Batsuit takes the best features of many others listed in this feature and combines them to create a look which would look simply incredible when Robert Pattinson dons the cape and cowl.
 

6. Batman Beyond

Beyond

Of all the suits listed here, this is undoubtedly the most drastically different to anything we’ve ever seen before. The Batman Beyond costume was originally worn by Terry McGinnis, a high school kid who becomes Batman under the watchful guise of an old Bruce Wayne many years from now.

Recent Batman comics have revealed an armoured/prototype version of the suit which could open the door to it possibly making some sort of appearance in the present day, even if it’s just as an Easter Egg. However, it would be undeniably fun to see Robert Pattinson perhaps put his worn and battle damaged classic suit to one side and done a technologically advanced suit.

It's just hard to say whether this would fit into the aesthetic that Reeves is going for with The Batman.
 

5. The New 52

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Can you believe it's been almost a decade since this reboot launched? That kept most of DC’s complicated history in place, but streamlined the universe to make it far more new-reader friendly. 

The version of the Batsuit above kicked off that version of the Caped Crusader's adventures in this new world, and although it’s a fairly straightforward look for Batman, Greg Capullo’s artwork would be a smart place to turn for Matt Reeves and his team when it comes to re-imagining this hero.

This suit also turns the cape into more of a cloak – an effective way of helping him blend into the shadows and generally just a cool look while he’s standing around – and the design of the cowl perfectly blends the character’s classic and modern looks. It's basica, but could work on screen nicely. 
 

4. Batman Noel

Noel

Lee Bermejo’s Batman: Noel is a unique re-imagining of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and it features a pretty unique look for the Caped Crusader. A live-action version of this leather outfit could run the risk of looking too much like Daredevil, but at least some elements form this suit have made it into Matt Reeves' movie.

The reinforced areas give it far more shape and an armoured appearance which allows the character – and actor – wearing it a lot of freedom to move. The way that the bat symbol and cloak are connected is very visually appealing, while the overall look is extremely faithful to the comic books without being too similar to what we’ve seen in the past.

If what Pattinson is wearing now is a "prototype" suit, this could very easily be the finished version.
 

3. Injustice: Gods Among Us

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Talking of an armoured look, it’s hard to top this one. Injustice: Gods Among Us is a video game set in an alternate reality where Batman and Superman clash after the latter loses control  and attempts to take over the Earth. As you can see, this Batman is armoured up from head to toe, although the most notable difference is with the cowl.

Rather than simply being a mask, it appears to give Bruce Wayne an awful lot more in the way of protection; something which should come in handy during this grounded adventure.

Given what we've seen thus far, it’s easy to imagine fitting into The Batman, while it’s easy to imagine an inexperienced Dark Knight eventually donning a protective suit like this one.
 

2. Arkham Asylum

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In the Arkham Asylum video game, the Caped Crusader is trapped in a prison full of his greatest enemies, and the Batsuit soon becomes battered and worn as a result. Seeing Pattinson don a suit like that would be an interesting move in terms of design, while even a cleaned up version of the outfit is still an effective design which would look amazing when adapted to film.

Right now, it appears as if he's still wearing his first, cobbled together costume, hence why the Bat logo appears to have been made using the gun used to kill Thomas and Martha Wayne. 

Once he moves on from that, though, it would be really effective to see Batman decked out in an Arkham-style suit which shows off damage, but emphasises that this is a hero with a lot of resources.
 

1. Jim Lee's Batsuit

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Admittedly, this Batsuit doesn’t look an awful lot different to some of the other designs listed here, but comic book fans will know what makes this one so special: it's that blue tint the suit has! 

Black and grey is the prevailing theme in almost every other suit on this list (and those previously adapted to live action in everything from Tim Burton’s take to Zack Snyder’s) so using a shade of blue would both help this version stand out from previous iterations and also be visually striking.

However, considering the fact the comics and Man of Steel ditched Superman’s "iconic" red underwear, it seems likely that Robert Pattinson won’t be wearing his pants on the outside either...
 

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