On Saturday, Warner Bros. released a new trailer for The Batman, the upcoming action film from director Matt Reeves exploring the never-before-told story of an orphaned plutocrat who dresses up in a rubber suit and beats the shit out of street criminals. In the movie, Robert Pattinson’s Batman will face off against an unprecedented trio of supervillains: Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as the Penguin, and Paul Dano as the Riddler. Check out the most bataclysmic collection of supercriminals that ever plotted to take over the world in the trailer below:
OK, so although that trailer did contain the most bataclysmic collection of supercriminals that ever plotted to take over the world, it was not a trailer for The Batman, which as far as anyone knows does not feature the Joker. However, The Batman’s collection of supercriminals is still pretty bataclysmic; plus, there’s a sample of the Riddler’s handiwork in the trailer, a riddle that internet sleuths have already solved. Here’s the trailer:
Paul Dano’s version of the Riddler appears to draw more from the Zodiac Killer (R-T.X.) than Frank Gorshin, starting with his taste in Halloween cards. And whenever there’s a Zodiac Killer reference, a substitution cipher is never far behind. Here’s the Riddler’s:
What does a liar do when he’s dead? It took six days for a schoolteacher and his wife to crack the Zodiac Killer’s first cipher, but the Riddler didn’t even make it six hours, despite the fact that the ciphertext is only 11 characters long. Game designer Mike Selinker explained the solution in the Twitter thread below, but we encourage you to match wits with the Riddler yourself before checking out the answer:
Can you outsmart the Prince of Puzzlers?
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