One of The Batman’s costume designers, Glyn Dillon, shares concept art revealing two different question mark logos on the Riddler’s jacket.
Concept art for The Batman reveals slightly different logos on the Riddler’s costume. The superhero action flick, based on the titular DC Comics character, was released in March and garnered a lot of attention due to the darker tone implemented by director Matt Reeves. The film follows Bruce Wayne/Batman (Robert Pattinson) in his early crime-fighting years, uncovering a strain of corruption while tracking down Gotham City’s own Zodiac Killer in the Riddler. Performed by Paul Dano, The BatmanThe version of the iconic villain finds himself inspired by the Caped Crusader to become a serial killer, targeting Gotham’s elite and broadcasting his actions live.
Comic book fans are familiar with the character of Edward Nashton, known as the Riddler, and his portrayal as a criminal mastermind, taunting Batman and law enforcement by incorporating puzzles, which can be deciphered as clues, in his crimes. While previous live-action iterations of the Riddler, notably Jim Carrey’s in the 1995 film batman forever, involved a level of camp and exaggeration, Dano’s performance was distinctly chilling. With a costume that completely hides his face and includes large clothes, The Batman‘s Riddler is unlike any other rendition. Usually dressed in a bright green suit or a spandex outfit covered in question marks, Dano’s costume matched Matt Reeves’ reality and looked more conventional and unsettling, with a single question mark symbol on it. his jacket.
Today, Glyn Dillon, one of the costume designers of The Batman, shares some of the Riddler’s costume concept art on Instagram and they feature different logos. Unlike the question mark surrounded by symbols, the other designs included a question mark in the center of what appears to be a scope, as well as a question mark planted in the middle of a target. Dillon shares that although his primary responsibility was the Batsuit, he created these Riddler concepts for and with Jacqueline Duran. Check out the images in Dillon’s post below:
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There were mixed reactions to the costume initially, with some poking fun at the Riddler’s appearance. Given that it was such a departure from past depictions, some took to social media to compare The Batman character at The Gimp’s pulp Fiction and even Michelangelo of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. However, many came to the film’s defense, expressing interest in its similarities to Zodiac Killer, and with Dano’s unsettling portrayal receiving so much praise upon release, many negative opinions have since changed.
It’s always interesting to see what might have been when it comes to a character’s appearance in film, but it’s safe to say that the version of the Riddler’s costume that was ultimately made was the best choice for the vision of Matt Reeves. With batman 2 being confirmed, audiences can expect to find out what other villain is being introduced in the series, and if their portrayal is as dark as Paul Dano’s Riddler. Reeves’ approach The Batman seems to indicate that any character featured could take on an entirely different appearance than in the comics or previous projects, so audiences will have to wait and see.
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