Paul Dano sat down with GQ to talk about his impressive turn as The Riddler in “The Batman,” among other things and the actor revealed just how far Warner Bros. was willing to go to ensure that nothing from “The Batman” was leaked ahead of time. “When it was said I was going to do that part, I never received that many texts, phone calls, emails,” Dano explained.
Rather than leave a digital trail that might be intercepted or hacked by someone intent on leaking the materials, Warner Bros. opted for an incredibly secure hard copy of the information. “‘Don’t lose this. Put it in your ‘special binder,’ Dano recalled being told. Though the actor had seen the ways that studios keep information secret before, this was something new. “This was the first time I had a binder with a locking code on it. Then they added a tracking device,” the actor said.
As leaks have become more and more prevalent with advances in technology, it’s no surprise that the team behind “The Batman” went to such extreme lengths to keep the materials safe, especially for a movie with a budget in the ballpark of $200 million (via The Numbers). Since Dano has already expressed interest in returning to play the Riddler in a sequel to “The Batman” (via Comic Book), it seems possible that he’ll be carrying another special binder again in the future.