There’s a lot to like in regards to the first trailer for Matt Reeves’ The Batman film. A lot that we wrote a complete lotta phrases about all of the cool secrets and techniques packed into it (which you can read here).
However maybe our favourite factor about The Batman is the way it seems to reinvent the Riddler (Paul Dano) as a creepy serial killer. And never simply any serial killer, however one who is likely to be taking inspiration from some of the terrifying unsolved serial murderers of all of them: the Zodiac Killer.
The trailer opens with who we presume is the Riddler protecting a sufferer in duct tape. We solely presume it’s the Riddler as a result of his face is totally coated in an eerie hood/goggles combo. The Zodiac notoriously dedicated one among his assaults whereas sporting a customized hood and costume worthy of a Batman villain. This might simply be thought-about a coincidence, besides the Zodiac similarities don’t finish there.
Y’see, regardless that it’s the Riddler’s entire factor to go away clues and riddles for the police and to taunt Batman, they tackle one other dimension when he’s explicitly being portrayed as a serial killer. And when these clues aren’t simply riddles, however riddles left by way of a cypher in a greeting card, effectively, you see the place I’m going with this. San Francisco’s Zodiac Killer was infamous for sending coded messages to the police and to newspapers. Several of his taunting (non-coded) notes even got here within the type of greeting cards, and one Halloween related card specifically.