Batman villains always stir up controversy when they’re introduced for a new movie or television series. Twitter is never the best place to take constructive criticism. Fans on the platform can be downright brutal when they don’t like something. The look of The Riddler in the upcoming Batman movie falls into that category.

Photos of Paul Dano in the new-look Riddler costume were released online yesterday. The reaction was nearly immediate. Bat-fans have had a somewhat split reaction to the new outfit. Those who hate it are taking their distaste to the extreme.

“Hey if you want to see Batman vs the Zodiac killer, that’s fine. The Riddler is different from that symbolically and how he looks is a reflection of that symbolism. This may elevate the Zodiac killer to mythical mastermind but reduces Riddler to killer who leaves cryptic notes.”

“Definitely thinking it needs to be seen in the context of the movie, but damn it looks boring as heck here :/ So many ways they could have adapted even the comical Riddler outfits to be more gritty, that mask is just strange xD”

“they’re throwing riddler out as a tossaway villain is what they’re doing here. they don’t care about the longevity of this, because they probably won’t follow up on it. they just wanted a villain to tell the story that they want to tell, and knew they could namedrop riddler.”

“I get that this is a clear take on the zodiac killer but this doesn’t give me the riddler. I miss the fun, light, campy Batman. I don’t get the obsession with making these Batman movies so dark, cinematically and contextually.”

The Batman is set to release on March 4, 2022. Based on the initial reaction to The Riddler, things might go off the rails. Zoe Kravitz will also re-imagine Catwoman in the movie. Robert Pattinson will finally get his turn as The Dark Knight. Fans will have to wait to see the Riddler character in context to truly judge.

What do you think of The Riddler’s new look? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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