Next year, we’re finally getting a new Batman movie. I’m sort of half-joking since we seem to get a new Batman movie every year, from Michael Keaton (returning in The Flash flick) to Clooney and Kilmer, from Christian Bale to Ben Affleck, and now Robert Pattinson. Each actor has a different take on the character, to suit the style of the movie.
What we don’t always get is a new take on the villains. Sure, we’ve seen the Joker a few times, but we’ve only gotten the other most iconic Batvillians, the Penguin and the Riddler once each – at least on the big screen (I don’t count the Adam West movie because that universe has zero relation to the Batman today’s audiences expect). But we’re getting both of them in Matt Reeves’ darker-than-dark take on The Batman, which is literally called The Batman and features RPatz in lo-fi vigilante mode in what looks like David Fincher’s Se7ven universe.
— Robert Pattinson Photos (@pattinsonphotos) May 18, 2021
The other day, a few new photos were released, apparently from a tie-in calendar, and while they didn’t give us any of Colin Farrell’s Penguin, they did provide include new looks at the Batsuit and the Batmobile. But everyone was talking about the Riddler. whose look seems to be equally inspired by the Gimp and the Zodiac killer, which tracks with the ciphers we saw in the first trailer.
The Zodiac Killer vibes Riddler is giving off in Matt Reeves’ THE BATMAN is the exact reason why I know he’s going to blow our minds pic.twitter.com/lO6JnolYZD
— Walt (@Uber_Kryptonian) May 18, 2021
Clearly, Reeves and Dano are bringing the creepy with this new version of The Riddler, and basing him on a real-life serial killer certainly ups those stakes.
The Zodiac Killer is clearly a huge inspiration for the design of the Riddler pic.twitter.com/5s0JaLjmHI
— 🦇 Matt 🎬 ❓0❓❓ (@mattlikesfilm) May 18, 2021
Whether you like this new look or not, it’s definitely a different take on a character who has previously been pretty goofy. It’s safe to say we’re a long way from that green suit and top hat!