Paul Dano Filmed An Absurd Amount Of Takes For One Scene In The Batman

By Douglas Helm | Updated

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Paul Dano in The Batman

You can always count on Paul Dano to bring an incredible performance to the table no matter what role he takes, and his villainous turn as the Riddler in The Batman was no exception. Of course, giving a dynamite performance doesn’t mean that you always get exactly what the movie needs on the first take, and director Matt Reeves recently revealed they did around 70 or 80 takes of the Riddler’s final battle with Robert Pattinson’s Batman (via Variety). The effort was certainly worth it, as the movie was widely praised, and Dano, in particular, received great reviews for his performance.

The Batman director Matt Reeves recently revealed that Paul Dano performed around 80 takes for his final battle scene with Robert Pattinson.

As crazy as 70 or 80 takes may be, Paul Dano apparently is fine with doing even more, takes as Reeves revealed in an earlier interview that Dano recorded over 200 takes for a scene in The Batman where the Riddler speaks over the phone. It wouldn’t be surprising if almost all of the takes could have been used in the movie, but Reeves explained, “Paul loves exploring,” adding, “He’s obsessive that way.” For an eclectic villain like the Riddler, it’s not surprising that Dano had a lot of ideas of where he could take a scene.

Although Paul Dano’s future in the universe of The Batman has yet to be confirmed, he’ll be playing a very different role in the upcoming film Dumb Money

Of course, there may be many more takes for Paul Dano to do as the Riddler in the future, considering his character ended up in prison at the end of The Batman. With the Riddler alive and well, he’ll almost certainly be back in future films to cause more trouble and mayhem for Pattinson’s Batman. This seems especially likely since he ended up having a chat with Barry Keoghan’s Joker at the end of the film, setting up a possible team up between the two insane rouges.

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Paul Dano as the Riddler

Although Paul Dano’s future in the universe of The Batman has yet to be confirmed, he’ll be playing a very different role in the upcoming film Dumb Money, which tells the real-life story of Redditors and other internet investors flipping the script on Wall Street and hedge funds by driving up the stock price of GameStop. Dano plays the real-life person Keith Gill, aka Roaring Kitty, who made a lot of money off of the GameStop stock situation.

Along with Paul Dano, Dumb Money stars Seth Rogen, America Ferrera, Shailene Woodley, Nick Offerman, Vincent D’Onofrio, Anthony Ramos, Pete Davidson, Sebastian Stan, Myha’la Herrold, Dane DeHaan, Kate Burton, Clancy Brown, Rushi Kota, Talia Ryder, Larry Owens, and Olivia Thirlby. The Craig Gillspie-directed Dumb Money is coming out soon and will be in theaters on September 29, which is a lot sooner than The Batman Part II, which isn’t due out until October 3, 2025.

Paul Dano isn’t confirmed to be returning in The Batman Part II, currently set for a 2025 release.

While Paul Dano isn’t officially confirmed for The Batman Part II, Robert Pattison will be reprising the lead role with Matt Reeves back in the director chair. The film will be under the DC Elseworlds banner of the DCU, which means it takes place in a different universe outside of the central storyline that James Gunn and Peter Safran will be creating with their new DCU. That franchise will be kicking off with Superman: Legacy, which is also set for a 2025 release.