A History Of The Riddler In Live-Action

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We have our new Riddler.

After months of rumours, speculation, and unsuccessful negotiations with other stars, actor Paul Dano has been cast as The Riddler in Matt Reeves’ The Batman.

While The Riddler has not enjoyed the iconic onscreen status as characters like Catwoman or The Joker, Dano still has some big shoes to follow.

Let’s look back at the past actors to tackle The Riddler in live-action.

Frank Gorshin

The Riddler in live-action
Frank Gorshin in the Batman TV series.

Impressionist Frank Gorshin played The Riddler in seasons one and three of the sixties Batman TV series, and its 1966 theatrical film. Gorshin’s portrayal is based on the Silver Age comics, and thanks to the TV series’ classic status, he remains one of the most beloved versions of the character.

Gorshin reprised the role for Hanna-Barbera’s Legends Of The Superheroes TV special in 1979.

John Astin

Astin’s Riddler.

John Astin filled in as Riddler during season two of Batman, when Gorshin wasn’t available.

Though the stint was short-lived, Astin’s Hollywood icon status made this an important footnote in The Riddler’s live-action history.

Jim Carrey

The Riddler in live-action
Jim Carrey as the Riddler

For the character’s second theatrical appearance in Batman Forever, Jim Carrey took on the role.

Carrey’s Riddler was a disgruntled former employee of Wayne Enterprises, resigning when Bruce Wayne refused to mass produce a mind-altering invention of his for fear it could be dangerous.

This version of the character was driven insane by his own invention at the film’s conclusion. His costume appeared as an easter egg in the following film, Batman And Robin.

Cory Michael Smith

Cory Michael Smith suits up as The Riddler

After a long hiatus, The Riddler returned to the small-screen in the Batman prequel Gotham, played by Cory Michael Smith.

The series initially introduces the character as Edward Nygma, a forensic scientist who enjoys revealing his findings to Gotham’s police in the form of riddles.

Over the course of its five seasons, Gotham documents Edward’s fall to villainy, his rise as The Riddler, and his complicated relationship with Oswald Cobblepot, the man destined to become The Penguin.

Smith’s Edward Nygma introduced a new generation to The Riddler, resulting in a renewed love for the character.

Only time will tell how Paul Dano will stack up against these former Riddlers.

The Batman is due for theatres in June, 2021.

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