Together with his rapidly-rising bodycount, worrying web historical past, and propensity for wailing ‘Ave Maria’, it’s honest to say Paul Dano’s Riddler in Matt Reeves’ The Batman had loads of points. And whereas lots of these turned obvious within the movie itself, the extent of his tragic backstory is quickly to be explored additional in comedian e-book type – written by Dano himself. The upcoming The Riddler: 12 months One sequence sees the actor staff up with artist Stevan Subic for a psychological deep-dive into Riddler’s story – informed throughout six, 32-page points in a miniseries for DC’s no-holds-barred Black Label.
As Dano tells Empire, the comedian is “an emotional story about trauma”, garnered from his insights into the character after portraying him on the display. “I believed the factor I’ve to supply, hopefully, is as a lot emotional and psychological life for the character as potential,” he explains. In reality, the sequence started life as a part of Dano’s preparation for the function. “One of many necessary steps for me [in preparing a character] is making a backstory,” says Dano. “It’s about attending to web page one of many script… so that you’re working partly from the unconscious of the character.” As a substitute of making a journal, he made one thing extra akin to a comic book e-book. “I secretly thought, ‘This might be type of cool as a comic book.’” Reeves and producer Dylan Clark agreed – and shortly, it was on for actual. Now, the primary difficulty is because of hit cabinets this October and the sequence will proceed to be launched bimonthly from there.
For followers of Reeves’ tackle Gotham, the Bat, and the Rogue’s Gallery, it’s an opportunity to return to that world earlier than the big-screen sequel materialises. And there’s even an opportunity that 12 months One may spawn extra cinematic Riddler tales. “I feel it could additionally need to be totally different,” says Dano. “You don’t simply wish to straight-adapt a comic book to movie. However I cherished making The Batman greater than I believed I’d…” Who’s prepared for a recent batch of Riddles?
Learn Empire’s full story on The Riddler: 12 months One within the Black Panther: Wakanda Without end difficulty – on sale Thursday 29 September, and accessible to order on-line right here. The Riddler: 12 months One #1 hits cabinets on 25 October.