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Matt Reeves: The Batman's Riddler has 'terrorist aspect'


says Paul Dano’s Riddler has “a terrorist aspect to him”.

The 55-year-old filmmaker at the helm of ‘The Batman’ has opened up on his interpretation of the character – played by Dano – and admitted he has a “political agenda” to the actions he is taking.

He told Total Film magazine: “He’s not just a serial killer. He definitely has a political agenda. There’s a terrorist aspect to him. “He’s indicting the city for what it is. And one of the things he’s doing with each of these crimes is, he’s attacking the co-called legitimate pillars of the city.

“The whole point of it was to put [Batman] on the path of trying to solve a mystery that was not only going to reveal the history of the city, and why it’s so corrupt, but that also is going to turn at a point, and become actually quite personal.”

Meanwhile, Reeves admitted he took inspiration from ‘Mindhunter’ and the Zodiac killer when it comes to Riddler’s costume in the new movie, which is a departure from the outfits worn by the likes of Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the 1960s series, or Jim Carrey in ‘Batman Forever’.

He explained: “I read ‘Mindhunter’. It made me think of the Zodiac killer, and how he actually wore this primitive costume that really is a primitive superhero costume… a rogue’s galley costume.

“And I was like, ‘Oh, that’s really scary, the idea of people really wearing masks, and withholding their identities, and terrorizing people and how scary that is.’

“And so I started thinking, ‘Well, it could be an origin tale for the Riddler, and it could be an origin tale for some of these other characters.'”

‘The Batman’ stars as Batman/Bruce Wayne, alongside Zoe Kravitz (Catwoman), Colin Farrell (the Penguin) and Andy Serkis (Alfred Pennyworth).

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