Reports coming out of Hollywood, and hot on the heels of numerous ‘Batman’ castings recently, is that Paul Dano has entered talks to play The Riddler in Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’.

The news comes not long after it was made official Jonah Hill has backed out of talks to join the film. Insiders have said that Warner Bros. already had an offer ready to go out to Dano if Hill passed on the role.

Zoe Kravtiz recently joined the project to play Seline Kyle/Catwomen. Kravitz, in recent weeks, went head to head with Zazie Beetz of (Deadpool 2, Joker) Eiza Gonzalez (Baby Driver) and Oscar winner Alicia Vikander for the role but she eventually took the coveted role for the Warner Bros film.

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Robert Pattinson will play the role of a young Bruce Wayne/Batman in the “stand-alone, noir” project. Reeves has previously said of the project that the story is “told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films.”

Reeves took over the helm of ‘The Batman’ directing from Ben Affleck in January 2017 and has been developing the elusive project ever since.

No concrete details on the plot have been made available, but rumour has it that it will follow a ‘The Long Halloween’ style story with a murder mystery involving multiple villain appearances with Catwoman being one of several in the film.

No official start date has been set but the film is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021.

Dano’s previous work includes ‘Prisoners’ and ‘Escape at Dannemora’ where he starred opposite Benicio del Toro. He also directed the drama ‘Wildlife’ which starred Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal.