Warner Bros. is back in the theatrical business with superhero movies thanks to the latest DC release with Robert Pattinson's The Batman. Featuring iconic villains like Paul Dano's Riddler and Colin Farrell's Penguin, this new solo outing gave fans a major dose of Gotham crime all in one outing. And then, of course, there was that fateful scene featuring the Riddler and the Joker to close things out.
After Dano's Riddler found himself locked in Arkham Asylum, he learned that his terrifying neighbor in Barry Keoghan's Joker, who had only been rumored before the film's release. Both antagonists look toward their potential reign of terror in Gotham once they eventually get out of Arkham, especially with the city now fully flooded after the Riddler's attack.
Following the full story in The Batman, fans were treated to a mysterious post-credits scene teasing more information on www.rataalada.com, which translates to "rat with wings."
Batman visits this website in the film in an attempt to work out the main antagonist's riddles, and the site sets up what could play out in a future sequel as well.
Now, as more fans take in all the information delivered in DC's latest Dark Knight movie, the website is teasing even more of what fans can expect next time around.
Batman Post-Credits Teases Sequel's Story
New updates published on https://www.rataalada.com/ teased returns for both the Riddler and the Joker in a future sequel to The Batman.
The new cipher puzzle on the site translates to "Gotham Loves a Comeback," which ties back to the two villains' conversation in Arkham Asylum. The Joker teased the fact that "Gotham loves a comeback story," setting the stage for both villains to play roles in The Batman 2.
Five other images now appear on the site along with another message straight from the Riddler in a downloadable folder entitled "know_what_i_know." The last two sentences in particular heavily indicate that the Riddler will be back in future movies.
“You’ve come this far. Now, let’s see if you’re willing to discover more. While you unmask everything that has yet to be revealed, I’m safe here. With my new friend. We will see you soon.”
A detective board filled with newspaper clippings and images shows the Riddler's mission to rat out the liars and crooks he feels are running Gotham.
The villain famously used a picture of a young Bruce Wayne with a question mark over his face, teasing their shared origins at the same high school together.
To torment Bruce even further, the Riddler showed the hero his own mother, Martha, struggling at a mental institution.
A white piece of paper lays out another confusing riddle along with images of a face and pipes, reminiscent of the design for the rat trap Riddler puts on one of his victims:
"Each level cut to head shape. Box to sit over shoulders. Rat can go UP and DOWN the levels. Not to be wider than shoulders. EACH label cut to head shape. Box to sit over shoulders. Rats can go UP and DOWN the levels. Not to be wider than shoulders."
"Box to sit over shoulders. Each level cut to head shape. Rats can go up and down. Box to side over shoulders. Cut to head shape. Rats can go UP and DOWN the levels. Not to be wider than each level cut to head shape. Box to sit over shoulders. Rats can go UP and DOWN the levels. Not to be wider than shoulders. EACH level cut to head shape. Box to sit over shoulders. Rats can go UP and DOWN the levels. Not to be wider than shoulders."
A real frame of footage is also included that shows the Riddler's extensive hideout, filled with the material he uses to torment the people of Gotham.
Batman vs Riddler & Joker - Round 2?
The Batman gave Paul Dano the opportunity to deliver a creepy and terrifying version of the Riddler, a character not seen in live-action since Jim Carrey's portrayal in 1995's Batman Forever. The simple fact that he's alive in Arkham Asylum could mean he's far from done terrorizing Gotham, particularly now that he's met the Clown Prince of Crime.
Seeing this kind of material released after the film's full debut makes it clear that there is more of the Riddler's story to tell, regardless of how long it takes for him to come back. Looking at how Gotham is now fully underwater and reeling from the events of The Batman, the Riddler and Joker could have all the ammunition they need to start even more mayhem.
As for Barry Keoghan's Joker, the dual MCU/DCU star has remained mum on his future prospects as arguably Batman's most famous villain. Even so, his couple minutes of screen time teased just how scary he is with his personality alone; it should only be a matter of time before the new Mr. J. unleashes his full power.
The Batman is now playing in theaters worldwide.