Paul Dano Says His Riddler Was Also Inspired By Nirvana

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Paul Dano Says His Riddler Was Also Inspired By Nirvana

Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for Warner Bros.

The much-anticipated The Batman is coming out this weekend, and it seems like Nirvana was a major influence for everyone involved. A couple months ago, director Matt Reeves said that this new iteration of Bruce Wayne was inspired by Kurt Cobain, and that was long after a version of the band’s “Something In The Way” soundtracked the film’s first trailer back in 2020. Presumably Robert Pattinson, aka the Batman, was also taking his cues from Nirvana, at least while he wasn’t making ambient electronic music in his bat suit.

And now Paul Dano, who plays the film’s villain The Riddler, has also talked about how he was inspired by Nirvana. In a new interview with NME, Dano said he listened to “Something In The Way” between takes. “Well, in the script Matt had actually mentioned ‘Something In The Way’ by Nirvana,” he said. “So that right there, that song, those words, that refrain, became hugely important to me. Nirvana became a part of that [character].”

So yeah … The Batman swoops into theaters this weekend.

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