Paul Dano Opens Up About His DIY-Inspired Riddler Costume

Paul Dano opened up about this DIY-inspired Riddler suit for The Batman.

The Batman is one of Warner Bros.’ most anticipated films. Directed by Matt Reeves, the dark and brooding take will focus on the DC hero’s early days as he tries to navigate the crime and politics of Gotham. Set in his second year, The Batman will have to go up against a bevy of villains, including Catwoman, The Penguin, Carmine Falcone, and The Riddler, who appears to be the film’s biggest bad.

Played by Paul Dano, The Riddler has been described as Gotham City’s version of the elusive Zodiac Killer. Details on the character are slim, though trailers have suggested that the villain is targeting the elite of Gotham and has a personal vendetta against Batman. Speaking with Empire Online, Dano teased the film’s nature, and how it operates on a grounded but still imaginative level, which appears to be quite distinct compared to previous versions of the character.

 “I liked how both grounded and big this film is at the same time. So there are some grounding forces like the Zodiac Killer, right? But it’s still The Batman, and for me it’s much bigger, so it was important to let my imagination react to the script, rather than strictly basing it on a serial killer.”

A lot has been said about the character’s costume, which trades flashy, convoluted outfits of spandex in favor of something more minimal and brooding, realistic even. In the chat, the outlet pointed out how the character’s suit seems homemade. Paul Dano discussed this idea, teasing how the Riddler’s suit has a DIY (Do It Yourself) element to it that grounds the character and informs the film’s larger visual language.

“The costume was very intense. I think the potential DIY element you’re talking about was actually scarier to me than the more sophisticated or composed designs we might have played with. I found working with the costume to be very powerful. When you put on something like that, there’s a way to let it speak to you, and tell your body something. There’s a way to let it have a life of its own.”

Here is the official synopsis for The Batman:

Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.

When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.

Directed by Matt Reeves, the film stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, and Colin Farrell as the Penguin.

The Batman will hit theaters on March 4, 2022. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to The Hamden Journal’s Youtube channel for more original video content.

Source: Empire Online