Did You Solve the Riddle Hidden in 'The Batman' Teaser? Here's How

August 24, 2020
Source: Twitter

To The Batman

"Haven't a clue? Let's play a game, just Me and You…" Its been quite a long time since anyone has hidden something in a movie trailer. But it's no surprise that there's a hidden message in the first teaser trailer for The Batman, directed by Matt Reeves. Especially considering one of the best viral marketing campaigns in Hollywood history was for The Dark Knight (run by the legendary 42 Entertainment). The teaser for The Batman introduces us to Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, with one shot of Colin Farrell as Cobblepot. But there's one other villain teased - The Riddler, also known as Edward Nashton, being played by Paul Dano. There are a few scenes involving notes left "To The Batman", and of these clues at a crime scene is a card from "Your Secret Friend". And inside there's a riddle - along with a threatening message about the "LIAR". Does the code hidden in the card mean anything…? Yes it does! A game designer / puzzlecrafter on Twitter named Mike Selinker figured it out and explained how he solved it using brute force. Find out below.

To kick things off, Mike starts his Twitter thread with an introduction before diving into how he solved it:

Finally after trying a number of different letters and words, he gets to the bottom of it. And the final result:

And here's the link to a good, clean screengrab from the trailer showing the Riddler's card for The Batman:

The Batman Letter

So what does it all mean? Well, another Twitter account has helped put it all together: "What does a liar do when he's dead?" "He lies still." Ohhhh Riddler, always so funny and always so clever. I'm hoping this is a hint that there's more to come - not only with The Riddler in the movie, of course, but also with fun riddles that connect to our real world outside of the movie. Maybe there will be a viral campaign next year? We haven't seen one in years, as Hollywood has shifted their marketing efforts more towards social media than anything involving our real world anymore. But if there's any movie to bring viral marketing back for - this is definitely the one. Especially considering there will be lots of riddles to solve and lots of clues to find. We'll be keeping an eye out for updates - or anything else hidden in trailers, photos, or marketing material.

You can still watch the original teaser trailer for Reeves' The Batman here, to see the first look reveal again.

A billionaire socialite and heir of Wayne Enterprises who dedicates himself to protecting Gotham City from its criminal underworld as a masked vigilante. Set early on after Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham. The Batman is directed by acclaimed American filmmaker Matt Reeves, the director of the movies The Pallbearer, Cloverfield, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and War for the Planet of the Apes previously. The screenplay is written by Matt Reeves and Mattson Tomlin; based on the character created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane. Produced by Dylan Clark and Matt Reeves. Warner Bros will release Reeves' The Batman in theaters everywhere starting on October 1st, 2021 next year. First impression? Your thoughts?

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1 Comment


I hope does a "Riddle me this...riddle me that..." I mean he has to!

DAVIDPD on Aug 25, 2020

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