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Friday, March 25, 2022 

Actor who played Riddler in Batman movie is going to write comic about the same villain too

Moviemaker magazine's reported the actor Paul Dano, who played the Riddler in Matt Reeves' Batman movie, is going to write a Black Label-imprinted comic about the villain too:
Paul Dano has only just begun his journey as The Riddler.

Dano starred as the classic supervillain in Matt Reeves’ The Batman movie, out now in theaters. But don’t worry, there’s plenty more Riddler content where that came from. Dano is teaming up with DC comics to write Riddler: Year One, a new DC Black Label limited comic book series, the official Twitter account for The Batman movie announced on Friday.

[...] Riddler: Year One will explain the origins of the Batman’s villain nemesis, including how he transformed from accountant Edward Nashton into evil mastermind The Riddler. The art for the comic books will be done by illustrator Stevan Subic, who will be making his DC Comics debut. [...]
They didn't mention in the above that the Riddler's also had the last name of Nygma, as an allusion to the word "enigma", which can mean "mysterious". In any event, this sounds like an attempt to cash in on celebrities coming from Hollywood to write comics, not unlike say, the time when J. Michael Straczynski was tasked with writing Spider-Man at Marvel 2 decades ago, a run that didn't age well.

And telling origins of prominent franchise cast members, both heroes and villains? Even that's been run into the ground. If JMS' past work on comics like Spidey says anything, you shouldn't trust a Hollywood "celebrity" to turn out anything good, not even if it's a story told within the framework of DC's replacement for the former Vertigo imprint. These attempts to cash in on overblown movie spectacles have become very moldy, and we could honestly do without this farcical approach to marketing and merchandise.

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