Matt Reeves Explains Zodiac Killer’s Influence on ‘The Batman’

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The Riddler has long been one of the more malleable members of Batman’s gallery of trolls. In the comics, movies, and TV, he’s like a B-rank Joker, a tragic figure haunted by his compulsions, and even (for a while) a true hero. his meaning. BatmanEdward Nashton’s looks set to add to that, with Paul Dano as a scary-looking character who knows Gotham’s darkest secrets.

Since his debut, many fans have cast him as the infamous Zodiac, a serial killer who terrorized San Francisco in the late 1960s. The killer – whose identity remains a mystery. hidden – wears a bizarre homemade costume, is communicated via code and a collection of collages to mock detectives. Naturally, all of that makes him the obvious inspiration for infiltrating the Riddler.

Director Matt Reeves went into more detail in an interview with MovieMakerconfirms that he was inspired by 1970s cinema and culture in general:

“The premise of the film is that the Riddler is molded into an almost Zodiac Assassin mode, and is killing very prominent figures in Gotham, and they are the mainstay of society. These are reasonable numbers. It started with the mayor, and then it escalated from there.

And after the murders happen, he reveals the ways these people aren’t all they say they are, and you start to realize there’s some sort of connection. And so, just like Woodward and Bernstein, you’ve got Gordon and Batman trying to follow the clues to try and understand this in a classic detective story way. ”

Paul Dano is a manly actor, although it’s odd that they’ve hidden his face in all of the trailers and production shots. I suspect the character has a lot more to offer than just seeing, and we could see the familiar comic story unravel in some interesting ways. Fans have theorized that this Riddler could be a member of the Wayne family, perhaps disqualified for threatening to expose the dark secrets behind the family’s name.

We’ll find out soon, because Batman in theaters on March 4. Matt Reeves Explains Zodiac Killer’s Influence on ‘The Batman’


Aila Slisco is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Aila Slisco joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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