The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves, explores a different approach to the character’s method acting and delves deeper into the interrogation scene. Originally intended as a DCEU film for Ben Affleck’s Batman, it evolved into a standalone reboot with Robert Pattinson in the lead role. One of the notable changes in this adaptation is the portrayal of The Riddler, brilliantly played by Paul Dano, which has been well-received by audiences.
During the making of the DC movie, director Matt Reeves discussed the intense process of filming the interrogation scene with actor Paul Dano, who plays The Riddler. Reeves mentioned in an interview with The Guardian that they did numerous takes, around 70 or 80, to fully delve into the character’s complex layers.
Throughout The Batman’s story, The Riddler appears to have control and is often one step ahead of Batman, making his defeat in the end even more satisfying. For a significant portion of the movie, The Riddler mistakenly believes that he and Batman are fighting for the same cause. When Batman rejects The Riddler’s ideology, Edward becomes enraged, which becomes a pivotal moment for the final act of The Batman and potentially sets up an intriguing storyline in The Batman – Part II if Dano returns for the sequel.