Matt Reeves’ The Batman is starting to take shape not only with its core cast but also with concept art and set pictures. Just recently leaked set photos gave us our first official looks at Robert Pattinson’s Batman suit. And now, a new leaked image circulating the internet may indicate The Riddler is taking no prisoners in this movie.
Edward Nygma, aka The Riddler, was cast several months ago. Director Matt Reeves cast Paul Dano, marking the villain’s return to the big screen for the first time in 26 years. Jim Carrey last portrayed the character in film in 1995’s Batman Forever.
With his trademark penchant for leaving riddles at the scenes of his crimes, it stands to reason that this particular crime where a potential dead body has apparently had the head taped with what appears to be writing over the face isn’t a calling card of the Dark Knight’s self-proclaimed most intellectual rogue.
Of course, there is no official confirmation as to if this death is at the hands of The Riddler or another of Batman’s rogues set to appear in the upcoming movie, such as The Penguin, Carmine Falcone or even Catwoman. There is nothing concretely tying this particular crime to the quizzical rogue.
What has been confirmed, however, is rather than having the traditional surname of Nygma as casual fans presume he has been known since his creation, Dano’s incarnation of the villain will instead be called Edward Nashton. This follows with the classic version of the supervillain who began life as Edward Nashton before changing his name to Edward Nygma while donning the villainous identity of The Riddler due to the pun of his name resembling “Enigma”.
Appearing mainly on the small screen, The Riddler has had several television incarnations including Frank Gorshin in the 1960s Batman series, John Glover in the 1992 Batman: The Animated Series and Corey Michael Smith in Fox’s Gotham from 2014 to 2019.
The Batman will star Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright, John Turturro, Peter Sarsgaard, Jayme Lawson, Andy Serkis and Colin Farrell.
The movie is scheduled to hit theatres on June 25, 2021.
Do you think this leaked image is a hint at one of The Riddler’s victims? Which other rogue else would commit a murder in this manner?