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NYFA FILMMAKING ALUM PAUL DANO TO STAR AS THE RIDDLER IN MATT REEVES’ UPCOMING FILM ‘THE BATMAN’

August 31, 2020

It’s no secret that one of the most anticipated films of 2021 will be Matt Reeves’ The Batman. The Caped Crusader returns in a new adaption from the Cloverfield and Dawn of The Planet of The Apes director, featuring a star studded cast including: Robert Pattinson (Batman), Zoë Kravitz (Catwoman), Colin Farrell (The Penguin), and NYFA Filmmaking alum Paul Dano in his most anticipated and career-bending role yet as The Riddler.

NYFA Filmmaking alum Paul Dano as The Riddler

While fans of the franchise have already had a peek at Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman for many months now, the recent DC FanDome event premiered a teaser trailer for the upcoming film giving fans their first glimpse at Catwoman, Commissioner Gordon, The Penguin, and The Riddler.

Fans are already excited for the film, with the trailer revealing the dark and unhinged world of Gotham and villains like Dano’s Riddler having a huge hand in the chaos as Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne tries to find his footing as the masked vigilante.

A note for Batman from Paul Dano’s character The Riddler

At the DC FanDome, director Matt Reeves had this to share about Dano’s portrayal of The Riddler: “Paul Dano plays a version of The Riddler that no one has ever seen before. What he’s doing is, I think, going to blow people’s minds.” Dano’s performance is already being applauded by fans from the trailer alone, with many taking to social media to share their excitement for his upcoming performance, which has similar undertones to the late Heath Ledger’s Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.

Daniel Day Lewis (Left) and Paul Dano (Right) in ‘There Will Be Blood’

Aside from The Batman, Dano has already had an impressive acting career at 36 years old. Dano won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Debut Performance for L.I.E. and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a cast in a Motion Picture for his role as Dwayne in Little Miss Sunshine; he was also nominated for a BAFTA Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for There Will Be Blood. His other notable credits include Prisoners, Swiss Army Man, The Emperor’s Club, and The Girl Next Door, among many others. He also made his directorial debut with Wildlife in 2018, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan.

The Batman is expected to be released October 21, 2021 and will also feature NYFA Acting for Film Conservatory alum Alfredo Tavares, who is announced to be playing the role of a forensic expert.

Watch the full teaser trailer for The Batman below:










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