‘The Batman’ Actor Paul Dano To Pen ‘Riddler: Year One’ For DC Comics

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‘The Batman’ actor Paul Dano might have played the Arkham Asylum inmate known as the Riddler, but now he is taking a turn at bringing the villain to life in pages of DC Comics in October 2022. Dano is partnering with artist Stevan Subic fox a six-part series detailing the origin of the master criminal in ‘Riddler: Year One.’

“For many film and comic book fans, Paul Dano’s portrayal of The Riddler in Matt Reeves’ The Batman (in theatres now) was arguably one of the most chilling and terrifying incarnations ever seen in a Batman film. This October, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about The Riddler’s origins in Riddler: Year One, a six-issue bimonthly DC Black Label series, written by The Batman actor Paul Dano, with art by acclaimed European illustrator Stevan Subic, making his DC debut,” DC Universe announced.

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They continued, “This series explores the background of how accountant Edward Nashton went from a simple Gotham City nobody to becoming Batman’s nemesis, setting them on a collision course in the blockbuster feature film.”

Paul Dano spoke about portraying the Riddler in an interview with the Entertainment Weekly magazine.

“One thing [director Matt Reeves] and I spoke about immediately was the two sides of trauma,” the actor said. “Bruce Wayne, as a child, experiences this trauma and the Batman is born of that. Sometimes we can take our scars or whatever you want to call it, and that can be fuel for a fire that drives one towards greatness at times. There’s another side of that coin, where those traumas, scars, and pains drive you in another direction. And I thought that was really powerful in the script. I thought that the sense of good and evil was not as black and white as it often is in a superhero film. And I thought those gray areas were really exciting.”

The Riddler was created by Batman co-creator Bill Finger and artist Dick Spring. His first appearance was in 1948 on the pages of Detective Comics issue 140.

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