Riddle me this, riddle me that, what are these posters trying to tell the Bat?
We're now just over a month away from The Batman, Robert Pattinson's long-awaited debut as the big-screen's darkest knight to date. Fans already think he has the 'perfect' voice, and the trailers promise a brutal caped crusader in his second year of crime-fighting who doesn't pull his punches.
It's been 27 years since our last live-action Riddler, unforgettably portrayed by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever. Matt Reeves picked someone with a more sinister menace for his movie: Paul Dano, star of Prisoners and There Will Be Blood.
New posters show Pattinson's Batman and Zoë Kravitz's Catwoman, and eagle-eyed fans spotted something strange: there's coded messages you actually need a blacklight to read.
When shined upon, they read, 'You are a part of this too. Find out why' and 'You are the winged rat', according to those who think they solved the cipher.
It's another ingenious step for the marketing team behind The Batman, who've steadily generated hype ever since Pattinson declared, 'I'm vengeance' after, presumably, turning a goon's face into mush. In a recent TV spot, we also heard one of Batman's iciest quotes yet, 'They think I’m hiding in the shadows, watching, waiting to strike... but I am the shadows.'
'Can we talk about The Batman posters and how insane they are for a second? Like hidden messages and sh*t jeezus,' one user wrote. 'WHO DOES THE MARKETING FOR THIS AND HOW CAN I KISS THEM,' another wrote.
The film will follow Bruce Wayne (Pattinson) after 'two years of stalking the streets... striking fear into the hearts of criminals. With only a few trusted allies – Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) – amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens', the official synopsis reads.
However, Gotham's elite is targeted by The Riddler (Paul Dano), torturing them with a 'series of sadistic machinations' and leaving cryptic clues for Batman, seeing him encounter the likes of Catwoman and The Penguin (Colin Farrell).
'As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City,' it adds.
The Batman hits cinemas on March 4.
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