Jim Carrey has admitted that he has mixed feelings about Paul Dano’s version of The Riddler in The Batman.
During the height of Jim Carrey’s popularity back in the 1990s, he starred in the live-action Batman film, Batman Forever. In the film, he portrayed one of the film’s main antagonists, The Riddler, and played the character mostly for laughs. Paul Dano’s version of the character, on the other hand, could not have been more different.
In The Batman, Paul Dano’s Riddler is portrayed as a serial killer who is targeting Gotham’s elite. The character’s appearance drew comparisons to The Zodiac Killer and the eventual reveal as to what he was up to was disturbingly relevant. Based on what Jim Carrey is saying, it’s all just a little too dark for his tastes.
While speaking to Unilad, Jim Carrey admitted that he hadn’t seen the film but what he had seen of it was just too dark for him and he worried about copycats. He did praise the actor and acknowledged that what they were doing was different but emphasized that it wasn’t his thing:
I’ve not seen it. It’s a very dark version. I have mixed emotions about it. To each his own and all that. I love him as an actor, he’s a tremendous actor. There’s a spot of worry in me over gaffer-taping people’s faces and encouraging people to do the same. Some sickos out there that might adopt that method. I do have a conscience about the things I choose. Robotnik has cartoon bombs and no-one gets hurt. I know there’s a place for [The Batman], and I don’t want to criticize it, but it’s not my kind of thing… it’s very well done, those movies are very well done.”
Here is the synopsis for The Batman:
Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies — Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) — amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens.
When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle/aka Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz), Oswald Cobblepot/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City.
Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman stars Robert Pattinson as the titular hero and Bruce Wayne, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as James Gordon, John Turturro as Carmine Falcone, Peter Sarsgaard as Gil Colson, Jayme Lawson as Bella Reál, with Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Barry Keoghan as The Joker.
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