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Paul Dano Is The Perfect Amount Of Awkward Genius To Play Riddler In Batman

A false prophet is going to be a Batman villain. Sounds about right.

It’s too early to say whether Robert Pattinson’s solo Batman film will be any good but at least we’re getting a hell of an A-list cast in it. After confirmation Zoe Kravitz will be suiting up as Catwoman, word on the street is that Jonah Hill has been dropped and Paul Dano is in as The Riddler.

According to Variety, talks with Jonah to join The Batman dragged on for so long the filmmakers got annoyed and started courting Paul on the side as a back up. Once Jonah said no, Paul was offered the role of the Riddler.

“Oh you want me to play Riddler? Um, er, okay, sure.”

Now Jonah Hill is a fine actor and probably would’ve done a great job had he decided to join the DC-verse, but him turning down a villain role in The Batman is his loss and our gain because Paul Dano is utterly perfect to be Robert Pattinson’s foil.

Despite getting overshadowed by more famous villains like Joker, the Riddler is arguably Batman’s intellectual equal and more than a match for the Caped Crusader in all areas other than fisticuffs. Plus he looks great in green.

While the only version of the Riddler we’ve seen on the big screen is Jim Carrey’s take on the character, which was incomprehensible to put it nicely, there’s no reason to believe why Paul wouldn’t turn in a career-best performance as the Riddler that’ll rank up there alongside Heath Ledger’s Joker.

Ugh, still trying to forget whatever this was.

Paul’s filmography has been defined by his chameleon-like ability to play awkward characters who are smarter or have more going on underneath the surface than they look. Just look at his work in Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood, Prisoners and Love & Mercy.

But perhaps most importantly, Paul is very good at getting his arse kicked onscreen. Seriously, he’s been at the receiving end of some brutal beatings in Prisoners, There Will Be Blood, 12 Years A Slave, Cowboys And Aliens, and Ruby Sparks (by his real-life partner no less) and he manages to sell them all brilliantly.

When you taking into account his ability at playing character parts with his unnaturally great skill at getting (fake) wailed on, it almost feels like he’s born to play the Riddler.

Now it’s going to be a while before we see Paul’s Riddler in action as filming for The Batman is penciled in for a late 2019 or early 2020 start and is scheduled to come out on June 25, 2021. But hey, it’ll be worth the wait.

The only question left is whether Paul Dano can rock the colour green as the Riddler but I have no doubt he’ll find a way to make it work.

Elton John Was Just As Disappointed By 'The Lion King' Remake As We Were

It's not just you.

Now that the dust and buzz has settled on Disney‘s remake of The Lion King, let’s just admit what we were all thinking ever since it was released: it was kind of ‘meh’ wasn’t it?

Yes it made a lot of money and it looked like a National Geographic documentary but it was missing something that made the original animated masterpiece so special. But among the many people who were underwhelmed by the film though, Elton John is perhaps the most disappointed person of them all.

Speaking to GQ, the singer didn’t hold his thoughts about the Lion King remake and called it a “huge disappointment” because of how the filmmakers “messed the music up.”

It was always going to be a losing battle trying to improve on one of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time but John thought the music this time had lost the “magic and joy,” which in turn meant the soundtrack “fell out of the charts so quickly, despite the massive box-office success.”

Interestingly, John also mentions that despite being asked to contribute to the new Lion King, his input was essentially brushed aside this time compared to his experience on the original film because the “creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around.”

Elton John’s experience on the remake (presumably).

As a final bit of shade, John went on to say how glad he is that the spirit of the music will live on instead with the Lion King musical, which doesn’t sound bitter at all.

“I wish I’d been invited to the party more, but the creative vision for the film and its music was different this time around and I wasn’t really welcomed or treated with the same level of respect.

“That makes me extremely sad. I’m so happy that the right spirit for the music lives on with the Lion King stage musical.”

All in all, it’s quite the critique from John though it’s particularly juicy considering he’s featured on the new soundtrack and was front and centre at the film’s premiere. Make of that what you will.

The Most Offensive Line In The OG Fight Club Script Is Still A Shocker Even Today

Broke all the rules of Fight Club.

When Fight Club dropped in 1999, the film something of a cult hit that lacked in box office appeal but made up for it in cultural clout. While there are elements in the movie that have aged pretty poorly in the two decades since its release, there’s one line that will forever stand the test of time.

No it’s not the iconic “first rule of Fight Club” line.

I’m talking about the hilariously dark “I haven’t been f**ked like that since grade school” line Marla (Helena Bonham Carter) says to Tyler (Brad Pitt/Edward Norton) after they’ve finished doing the beast with two backs for the first time.

It’s super wrong, horribly disgusting and yet it shows how David Fincher managed to perfectly capture the tone of Chuck Palahniuk’s original novel. But as dark as the line is, the OG line Fincher had in mind for the scene was even worse (or better depending on your mileage).

Author Sharon Waxman revealed in her book, Rebels on the Backlot (via The Wrap), that Fight Club producer Laura Ziskin was a huge supporter of David Fincher’s vision for the film but even she had some lines simply wouldn’t cross.

One of the most notable moments of conflict between the two was the aforementioned “grade school” line. In the book and OG script, Marla was supposed to turn to Tyler and say, “I want to have your abortion.”

Yeah.

Unsurprisingly, Ziskin thought the line went way too far but Fincher held firm. Despite the “abortion” line getting big laughs at the test screening, Ziskin begged Fincher to change it and he ultimately relented on the condition he has final say on whatever the replacement line is and no one is allowed to change it.

Ziskin agreed and said the famous last words: “Anything. Nothing could be worse than ‘I want to have your abortion.’ Go ahead.”

Fincher reshot the scene with the “I haven’t been f**ked like grade school” line and it got an even bigger laugh from test audiences, which Ziskin responded with even more shock and begged Fincher to put the “abortion” line back in. However, this time he refused due to the agreement they had made and it was kept in the final film.

Ziskin’s reaction to Fincher after hearing the replacement line (presumably).

As an extra cherry on top of this story, Helena Bonham Carter later revealed on the Fight Club DVD commentary to Fincher, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton that she didn’t quite get the “grade school” line because it means something different in the UK (where she’s from) and only later found out it meant primary school in America, much to her disgust.

Your mileage may vary on how funny and/or offensive those two post-coital lines are, but there’s no denying the delicious irony of censorship accidentally creating something even worse in a film that can be interpreted as tearing down established norms.

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