Two Bat-fans, certainly one of them a bonafide puzzle-master, plowed by means of The Riddler’s cryptogram hours after it was first proven in The Batman’s trailer premiere on Saturday. Spoiler alert: The Riddler has weak riddle recreation — until … we have been meant to unravel it rapidly. Wherein case MAYBE THE RIDDLE’S ON US. Or one thing.
Anyway, in The Batman, Riddler (Paul Dano) is made out to be some type of Zodiac-style menace packing his personal alphabet. He leaves a greeting card on a homicide sufferer, whose query is “What does a liar do when he’s dead?,” and the reply is a set of 11 symbols.
Andrew Lane and Mike Selinker arrived at their options by completely different means. Lane acquired his in first, on Saturday night time. Lane began by assuming the primary phrase was “Batman,” and tried to work out the alphabet from there. “I was incorrect, because the other symbols that are also in the second phrase created gibberish,” he stated.
So Lane went again to fundamentals, which was to exchange the matching symbols within the first phrase with E, essentially the most generally used letter within the English language. He guessed the matching double letters within the final phrase have been L, one other widespread pairing.
That’s type of how Selinker acquired began. Selinker, a recreation designer (credit embrace the board recreation Axis & Allies, the Harry Potter Buying and selling Card Recreation, and the third version of Dungeons & Dragons) began by assigning every image a numerical worth, and keyed on the double letter on the finish of the reply, too. “It’s likely one of these: E, L, or S. It’s not crazy to imagine it as D, F, N, or T,” Selinker wrote. [But] until Gorilla Grodd’s on this film, I feel we are able to dispense with these choices.”
Selinker confirmed extra of his strategy of elimination, however each he and Lane ended up pulling out the reply: “He lies still.” Which, in fact, makes this a pun along with a riddle. However “The Punner” doesn’t have fairly the identical ring. Plus, no one goes to a Batman film desirous to groan and facepalm.
“I see folk saying I must be smarter than them for this,” Selinker added. “Don’t think that! You’re plenty smart. Also, yesterday I broke a shower curtain rod and stood there staring at it until my wife came home to put it back together.”
Thanks very a lot. I attempt to be!
— Andrew Lane (@TheMasterD101) August 23, 2020
Followers on the DC Cinematic Universe subreddit additionally pieced it collectively on Sunday, so, if director Matt Reeves employed an precise cryptographer to do that, he ought to ask for his a reimbursement. Zodiac, at the very least, had sense sufficient to encrypt his messages after placing them in his made-up alphabet. Solely certainly one of them has been solved.
The Batman is scheduled for an Oct. 21, 2021 premiere. Robert Pattinson stars as Bruce Wayne, with Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catowman, Colin Farrell as The Penguin, Jeffrey Wright as Jim Gordon, and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth.