Paul Dano became one of the huge standouts in The Batman thanks to his villainous performance of Edward Nashton/The Riddler. Considering that the character survived the events of the film, there are fans who are wondering whether he will come back in the sequel. Now, the actor shared a more promising answer to the question.
Speaking with ComicBook.com, Dano was asked about the possibility of returning to the sequel that is currently in the works where he hinted that there is the likelihood that he will come back to possibly explore more of the character.
"If they wanted there to be one, I’d probably be there," he said. "But I actually have not thought a whole lot about it, and I find it curious myself that I’ve somehow spent even more time with this character, because someone asked me, when we were doing Batman press, ‘Did you take anything home from the set?’ And I was like, ‘No.’ Of Edward’s. I was like, I don’t need anything of that guy in my home. Jokingly."
The actor also discussed the process of writing the prequel tie-in comic of his character where he said that it became a "good way" for him to explore the internal monologue and shared that he has attention more on writing comics, not his fate in the films.
"And then here I am, and I have spent, on and off, a year or two writing this comic and that was really, it felt right for the medium of comics, because it's a really good way to explore internal monologue," he added.
"Where film, I think, voiceover only holds to a certain degree. And this kind of offers the chance to get into what a person like that, that sort of obsessive thinking, almost like an inner monologue that picks up throughout the comic. And so not a lot of my attention has gone towards his future. Maybe it will someday."
Based on the actor's comments, it sounds like we could expect an appearance of his character in the sequel. Obviously, since he is incarcerated in Arkham Asylum, he could only show up for a small role since they will focus more on a new villain. Let's just wait and see what they have in store for the character's next appearance.
The Batman is available to stream on HBO Max. You can check more details about the sequel here.