This week, however, we're looking at Wayne's latest adversary: The Riddler, played by Paul Dano (Prisoners, War and Peace). More specifically, we're looking at a leaked image of the costume that Dano will be donning for The Batman, which, as you'll see below, is a far cry from what we're used to seeing in DC comics, well a far cry from Jim Carrey's depiction of the villain in 1995's Batman Forever anyway.
After an unreleased photo of leaked promotional art was shared around the internet last year and the initial confusion surrounding Pattinson's casting had dissipated, Matt Reeves' The Batman was once again taking flak for its casting choices and costume designs. This week, things have accelerated once again in the DC fan camp, with social-media users throwing shade on a recent image of Dano's take on The Riddler.
With glasses, a leather mask and a khaki overcoat – complete with the Riddler's new logo – Dano's costume (above) matches the recent Hollywood aesthetic of adding a contemporary twist to legacy character costumes, in order to better reflect modern criminals and notorious characters in the real world.
This take on The Riddler is no different, with eagle-eyed fans drawing parallels between the Gotham villain and the famed Zodiac Killer, who gained notoriety in Northern California during the 1960s.
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"It's a nice play on Zodiac, I'm into it considering the vibe they're going for in the film," wrote one user. "[It's] better than the cheesy, clowny Jim Carrey version," posted another.
Spotting an opportunity to take shots at the costume department once more, a Twitter user also joked that the Riddler "looks like he shops at ASOS."
Either way, Matt Reeve's The Batman will see a whole new take on the adventures of Gotham's caped crusader. Also starring Zoë Kravitz and Andy Serkis, the film will hit cinemas on March 4th 2021.
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