Colman Domingo to play Batman in upcoming Spotify and DC audio drama

The Riddler podcast to premiere exclusively on Spotify this October

Award-winning actor Colman Dominigo is joining the cast of Spotify’s upcoming audio drama The Riddler: Secrets In The Dark, in partnership with Warner Bros and DC, the audio giant announced. 

The Euphoria and Fear The Walking Dead actor will star opposite comedian and presenter Hasan Minhaj who plays the lead character, Gotham City super-villain Edward Nygma. The podcast announcement was made at this year’s annual Spotify Stream On event alongside a flurry of partner podcast announcements. 

“I identify as a comic and one of the things that I'm so grateful for is I get to be playing an iconic character like the Riddler,” said Minhaj in a special video streamed at the event. “In a million years I would have never thought that I'd be included in the canon, in the history of Edward Nygma – but, you know, dreams do come true.”

Other actors that are joining the cast include New Girl’s Hannah Simone, Reboot’s Calum Worthy, Jane The Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez, and more. The eight-episode series, executive produced by The Dark Knight trilogy’s David S. Goyer, Hellraiser’s Keith Levine, and Batman Unburied’s Gracie Wheelan, will be available to binge exclusively on the Spotify platform from 10 October. 

Both Minhaj and Rodriguez’s roles are a reprise of the same characters they played in Batman Unburied, the first audio drama which came as part of the partnership between Spotify and Warner Bros./DC. Other actors that will be reprising their roles for the new series include Jason Isaacs (Alfred), Ashly Burch (Vicki Vale), and Jim Pirri (Arnold Flass). 

Batman Unburied launched in May 2022 and quickly became a hit, reaching the top of the charts across 35 markets. At the end of January this year, Spotify released Harley Quinn and The Joker: Sound Mind in partnership with Warner Bros./DC, which also became a hit in six markets worldwide. 

The Riddler is one of the few original podcasts remaining exclusive to Spotify as the audio giant has recently started to widely distribute its successful shows in order to reach more audiences and grow its ad sales. This includes hit science-fiction podcast Case 63, which will be returning for a second season on 26 September. A Spotify spokesperson told PodPod that broadening the distribution of licensed and original shows will be done on a “case-by-case basis and over time”.