Riddler Origin Story Details Revealed In Batman Tie-In Novel

A new tie-in novel to The Batman reveals some interesting details about The Riddler’s past, some of which reflect key traits of a Dark Knight character.

A new novel related to The Batman provides fans with fascinating background details for Paul Dano’s version of The Riddler. An iconic member of Batman’s infamous rogues gallery, the Riddler was first created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang in 1948, and later joined the Joker as one of DC’s most well-known villains. Over the years, the enigmatic puzzler of Gotham was brought to life on screen by actor Frank Gorshin in the 1960s. Batman television series, Jim Carrey in the years 1995 batman forever, and Cory Michael Smith on Gotham.

In 2019, shortly after Robert Pattinson was cast as Bruce Wayne in Matt Reeves’ bold new take on the franchise in The Batman, it was reported that Jonah Hill was in talks to play the Riddler or the Penguin. After Hill finally left negotiations, Dano was cast as Edward Nashton (AKA The Riddler) while Colin Farrell would take on the role of Penguin (aka Oswald Cobblepot). In keeping with Reeves’ darker, more grounded view The BatmanDano reportedly began preparing for the role by researching serial killers, including the Zodiac Killer, whose own tendency to produce cryptic ciphers was used as the main inspiration for the character.


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Now with only a few weeks to go The Batman hits theaters, DC is busy ramping up promotion and has also released a new college-related novel for kids, Before Batman: An Original Motion Picture Novel. According to reports from The Direct, this new book offers fans a glimpse of a young Edward Nashton as he attends high school alongside Bruce Wayne. According to the book, Nashton’s jealousy of Gotham’s future Dark Knight, as well as his predilection for cryptic puzzles, had already started early. The character is described as always wearing “a crossword book or other puzzles.It is also suggested that he wanted to pursue a career in forensic accounting, as “it was like solving puzzles.

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While it’s not entirely clear if Nashton would indeed become a forensic accountant like his younger self once envisioned, the possibility does evoke parallels with another iteration of the Batman franchise. At Christopher Nolan’s The black Knight, another forensic accountant by the name of Coleman Reese was able to deduce Bruce Wayne’s secret identity based on an analysis of his company’s expenses. If Dano’s Riddler were to end up following a similar career path in The Batmanit wouldn’t be a stretch to imagine him coming to learn Batman’s identity the same way.

However, while in The black Knight Reese planned to use this knowledge in a misguided attempt to blackmail Bruce Wayne, by all accounts Dano’s Riddler would most certainly put this knowledge to use in a much more sinister way in The Batman. What fans will really want to know, however, is what ultimately sparks Nashton’s murderous spree across Gotham, and what possible connection he has to Bruce’s family. The answers to these puzzles are unlikely to be solved until fans can finally see The Batman for themselves.

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Source: The Direct

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