The Batman (opens in new tab) dominated the conversation post-DC FanDome, be it reactions to Robert Pattinson’s “I am vengeance” growl or the Zodiac-style vibes permeating throughout the entire trailer (opens in new tab). The FanDome first look even featured Riddler taunting The Dark Knight, leaving bodies and maddening puzzlers in his wake.
One dedicated fan decided to take their time deciphering the hidden message Riddler left for Jeffrey Wright’s Jim Gordon and the Caped Crusader.
So, riddle me this: What does the code left by Paul Dano’s The Riddler say in The Batman trailer? Brilliantly, it’s a terrible joke.
“What does a liar do when he’s dead?” The Riddler asks. The answer? “He lies still.” Ha. Ha. Ha. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to go and stitch my sides back up.
Getting to that point, though, was hard work – thanks to the solution being obscured behind a cryptic code jotted into the notebook.
Andrew Lane on Twitter took to uncovering the mystery and handily explained his methods in the replies.
So hyped for Matt Reeve’s Batman Movie, I decided to solve The Riddler’s code. #TheBatman pic.twitter.com/vsxVxucedvAugust 23, 2020
When trying to brute force it through an educated guess didn’t work (the answer didn’t include “Batman” for example), Lane arrived at the conclusion by substituting some recurring symbols with commonly used letters. World’s Greatest Detective, eat your heart out.
FanDome wasn’t just The Batman’s domain. The Snyder Cut (opens in new tab)also got its first ever trailer (opens in new tab), there was a smattering of behind-the-scenes Suicide Squad footage (opens in new tab), a Black Adam reveal (opens in new tab), and even an explanation on how the multiverse fits into the DCEU. (opens in new tab)
The Batman is set for release on October 1, 2021.