Yesterday, saw the first trailer for The Batman land, introducing Robert Pattinson as The Dark Knight. But also the first live-action movie incarnations of villains The Riddler and The Penguin in almost 30 years. Yet what if that wasn’t The Riddler at all, but a new version of The Joker in plain sight?
The opening of The Batman trailer saw Jeffrey Wright’s James Gordon reading out the riddle left for The Dark Knight.
The accompanying message read: “From your secret friend. Who? Haven’t a clue?
“Let’s play a game just me and you.”
While the puzzle itself said: “What does a LIAR do when he is DEAD?”
During DC Fandome, Reeves said: “Paul Dano plays a version of the Riddler that no one has ever seen before.
“What he’s doing is, I think, going to blow people’s minds.”
The main reason the masked villain isn’t The Riddler is because The Batman is set in Year Two of Bruce Wayne’s career as The Dark Knight.
So that’s a proto-Riddler we’re looking at. Unless, of course, it’s actually a twist and Dano’s villain turns out to be another proto-Joker like Joaquin Phoenix’s Arthur Fleck.