‘Batman’: Paul Dano Can’t Sleep While Playing ‘Horrible’ Riddler

“What I feel is the opportunity that Matt [Reeves] showed a more real villain in this movie, potentially scarier. “

Paul Dano at the 2014 Independent Spirit Film Awards - To 3, Santa Monica Beach, Santa Monica, CA March 1, 2014. Photo by: Gregorio Binuya / Everett Collection

Gregorio Binuya / Everett Collection

Paul DanoThe first foray into the superhero world is far from over.

“[I was] waiting for the right one or people, where you are collaborating with people and materials that excite you, the “Prisoners” star said Weekly entertainment about logging in”Batman“In theaters on March 4th.” Honestly, I was totally surprised that [the script] Very good. I felt it immediately [on] page one, page two, you can say that director [Matt Reeves] watching the movie they wrote. You can feel, even in the action scenes, the kind of energy behind the fight or the violence, it’s still very well visualized. ”

In fact, it was very well envisioned that Dano couldn’t shake the ego of his serial killer, The Riddler, during production.

“There were some nights around where I probably didn’t get as much sleep as I wanted just because it was a little bit difficult to get rid of this character,” Dano said. “It takes a lot of energy to get there. And so you almost have to maintain it once you’re there because going up and down is so difficult. “

Dano added, “What I feel is the opportunity that Matt [Reeves] showed a villain in this movie more real, potentially scarier. “

Transforming into a Riddler also made Dano feel physically restless, after the star suggested covering herself with food wrap because the criminal mastermind would use extreme measures to leave no DNA behind at the scene. case.

“My head keeps throbbing with heat,” Dano said of taking off the Riddler costume. “I went home that night, after the first day, and I could barely sleep for fear of what was happening to my head. It’s like being compressed by sweat and heat and lack of oxygen. It was a crazy feeling.”

And although Reeves ‘Riddler parallels the Real life Zodiac killerDano has gone his own way when embodying the comic book character opposite Robert Pattinson’s Batman.

“I always felt instinctively that the Riddler was more than that in terms of purpose and purpose, so I didn’t get too involved with the Zodiac Killer,” Dano said. “One thing Matt and I talked about right away was the two sides of trauma. Bruce Wayne, as a child, experienced this hurt and Batman was born from there. Sometimes we can carry our scar or whatever you want to call it, and that can be the fuel for the fire that propels a person towards greatness. There’s another side to that coin, where those hurts, scars and pain push you in another direction. And I think that’s really powerful in the script. I was thinking that good and evil were not in the black and white sense that is often seen in superhero movies. And I thought those gray areas were really interesting.”

Writer-director Reeves notes that The Riddler in “The Batman” is a present everywhere “Ghost” users anonymously to their own benefit.

THE BATMAN, Paul Dano as The Riddler, 2022. ph: Jonathan Olley / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection


Jonathan Olley / © Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

“When I got the idea that Riddler would be sending letters to Batman, [what] it’s fascinating to me that if you’re an icon-mode character, anonymous, coming out of the shadows, no one is supposed to know who you are; Your strength comes from the fact that you are anonymous,” says Reeves. “The flip side of that is that by keeping the Riddler, the more power he has, the more nervous he is. He feels like a ghost throughout the whole movie, this kind of presence where you never know where he will appear and how he affects everything. And that mystery puts Batman in a very vulnerable position because he doesn’t understand where, how and what the Riddler is doing. ”

“Batman” is Rated PG-13 but still brings “psychological instability” to its characters, be it heroes, villains or something in between.

“It’s funny to be in something that has a lot of fan culture and fervor around it,” Dano said. “And to my surprise, I really enjoyed it. Seeing what Matt was doing, what the camera was doing, and Rob standing out the window… It felt like, ‘F—, this is making a movie. Like the movie Capital M.’”

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