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The Batman Crew Was Relentless In Building The World Of The Riddler
 

 
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"Matt Reeves' first foray into the superhero genre with "The Batman" is by far one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2022. After reinvigorating the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, Reeves delivered an instant classic for the Caped Crusader that is chock-full of nuanced storytelling and a villain for the ages in Paul Dano's Riddler. Every aspect of the three-hour epic is carefully crafted by the filmmakers behind the scenes, especially when it comes down to building the world of the aforementioned antagonist. With a tragic past and vengeful present, a lot of work was required to craft meaningful depth for the elusive villain.*

Although Robert Pattinson's Batman confronts several iconic villains from the source material, including the Penguin (Colin Farrell), it's Edward Nashton that relentlessly terrorizes Gotham and its hero. He mostly appears behind computer screens and on his puzzling website rataalada, which meant they had to create a unique language for the Riddler to weaponize during his path of vengeance on the city. "The Batman" production designer James Chinlund has detailed the extensive effort that went into creating the environment that the Riddler inhabits for most of the film.

Crafting the Riddler's world

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Speaking to SYFY Wire, Chinlund spoke extensively about how the smallest detail in the film was carefully added to ensure that the world Reeves envisioned was fully-realized. From the tiniest clue only seen in the background of a shot or the complex, torturous traps created for his victims, they were determined to show how hellbent the Riddler was to enact his exact plan, much like his costumed adversary.


"Not only did we have to make all that stuff, but Matt had to conceive all of that incredible detail. So we were designing ciphers and a whole interface for the computer and the thumb drive sequence and the build for the rat maze...We were hoping that the impact would be one of just sheer awe at the relentless drive that the Riddler brought to his mission in the same way that Batman brought that drive to his mission. And, for me as a filmmaker, [the drive that] Matt Reeves brought to his mission, trying to bring these worlds to life. I think it really is a visual representation of the relentless madness of the character."

Arguably one of the neatest aspects of the film for avid viewers is the ability to actually solve the complicated riddles Nashton leaves for Batman. The Zodiac-like cipher and the handwritten notebook used by the Riddler were "incredibly detailed and sort of obsessive-compulsive," according to Chinlund, who adds that, "We had to develop a language, a physical written language."*Not only appropriate for the Riddler, but it is also an immersive tool Reeves and co. utilizes to its full potential.


The Batman Crew Was Relentless In Building The World Of The Riddler
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BY*MARCOS MELENDEZ/AUG. 10, 2022 2:29 PM EDT
Matt Reeves' first foray into the superhero genre with "The Batman" is by far one of the most critically-acclaimed films of 2022. After reinvigorating the "Planet of the Apes" franchise, Reeves delivered an instant classic for the Caped Crusader that is chock-full of nuanced storytelling and a villain for the ages in Paul Dano's Riddler. Every aspect of the three-hour epic is carefully crafted by the filmmakers behind the scenes, especially when it comes down to building the world of the aforementioned antagonist. With a tragic past and vengeful present, a lot of work was required to craft meaningful depth for the elusive villain.*



Although Robert Pattinson's Batman confronts several iconic villains from the source material, including the Penguin (Colin Farrell), it's Edward Nashton that relentlessly terrorizes Gotham and its hero. He mostly appears behind computer screens and on his puzzling website rataalada, which meant they had to create a unique language for the Riddler to weaponize during his path of vengeance on the city. "The Batman" production designer James Chinlund has detailed the extensive effort that went into creating the environment that the Riddler inhabits for most of the film.

Crafting the Riddler's world
Warner Bros. Pictures
Speaking to SYFY Wire, Chinlund spoke extensively about how the smallest detail in the film was carefully added to ensure that the world Reeves envisioned was fully-realized. From the tiniest clue only seen in the background of a shot or the complex, torturous traps created for his victims, they were determined to show how hellbent the Riddler was to enact his exact plan, much like his costumed adversary.


"Not only did we have to make all that stuff, but Matt had to conceive all of that incredible detail. So we were designing ciphers and a whole interface for the computer and the thumb drive sequence and the build for the rat maze...We were hoping that the impact would be one of just sheer awe at the relentless drive that the Riddler brought to his mission in the same way that Batman brought that drive to his mission. And, for me as a filmmaker, [the drive that] Matt Reeves brought to his mission, trying to bring these worlds to life. I think it really is a visual representation of the relentless madness of the character."

Arguably one of the neatest aspects of the film for avid viewers is the ability to actually solve the complicated riddles Nashton leaves for Batman. The Zodiac-like cipher and the handwritten notebook used by the Riddler were "incredibly detailed and sort of obsessive-compulsive," according to Chinlund, who adds that, "We had to develop a language, a physical written language."*Not only appropriate for the Riddler, but it is also an immersive tool Reeves and co. utilizes to its full potential.

A blessing in disguise

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"The break was obviously horrific in a lot of ways for the world. But I think for us, it was a real blessing in a lot of ways. It did allow us to catch our breaths and sort of reorganize and regroup. It gave us a bit of a second prep and we absolutely took advantage of that. A lot of our sets were up, but [for] things like the Riddler's [apartment] I think it really allowed us to refine what we'd been doing and be a bit more precise in the end."

Reeves himself was open about the advantages of the production break, stating to Deadline that, "With these movies, you never have enough prep time, because they're so complex and so enormous in so many ways."

If the final product is any indication, I would say that the extra effort was worth making in light of the unique opportunity. Perhaps the best superhero movie of the year, it would not be shocking if the inspiring work by the crew*receives significant recognition during awards season."

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 2 months ago '11        #2
CALViiiN  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x30
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Sequel won’t be here for another 3-4yrs


 2 months ago '07        #3
varun313 
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I have to put this slightly ahead of the dark knight. The universe they created with this one was classic
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 2 months ago '04        #4
R Dot 
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Feeble Batman...

Billionaire but look like he starving...

FOH
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 2 months ago '22        #5
Joe Buttons  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 R Dot said
Feeble Batman...

Billionaire but look like he starving...

FOH
Well I mean homie is depressed, maybe he ain't wanna eat

 2 months ago '16        #6
The other guy 
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 R Dot said
Feeble Batman...

Billionaire but look like he starving...

FOH
You act like the Dark Knight in the trilogy never looked like that.

 2 months ago '22        #7
BreakkerSzn  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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Joaquin Joker gonna be on Part 2 after Joker 2 is released

 1 month ago '06        #8
NYGiantsHUSTLER 
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 varun313 said
I have to put this slightly ahead of the dark knight. The universe they created with this one was classic
i liked this film a lot but to me its the 2nd best Batman film. Dark Knight had a huge cultural impact. the world felt very real, but not so much like Gotham. Ill say without a doubt The Batman's Gotham is one of the best comic book worlds brought to life in cinematic history.

 1 month ago '06        #9
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 BreakkerSzn said
Joaquin Joker gonna be on Part 2 after Joker 2 is released
they literally have a joker already cast and its not him. Its the guy from The Eternals his name is Barry something.
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 1 month ago '07        #10
varun313 
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 NYGiantsHUSTLER said
i liked this film a lot but to me its the 2nd best Batman film. Dark Knight had a huge cultural impact. the world felt very real, but not so much like Gotham. Ill say without a doubt The Batman's Gotham is one of the best comic book worlds brought to life in cinematic history.
I see where your're coming from that's true as well TDK was hella real lol. It was a heavy impact too

I guess I'm just speaking more on my personal bias it was alot more enjoyable watching this comid book world for me since I grew up on that style of Batman.

 1 month ago '22        #11
CosmicVonDoom 
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Noland Batman omhad a impact cause of the timing. There was any Batman movies recently made

The Batman had to content with Nolams Batman, cause die hards refuse to allow it to be just a trilogy cause of their attachment to Nolan and not the character Batman


I've been down this road and know what Crack content is. The Batman is better because it wasn't a surreal take. It was all the good and bad about a young Bruce trying to establish his legacy as Batman. He also had to be the detective and a*s kicker.

Christian Bale couldn't pull of the detective which made him one dimensional and predictable. Luscious Fox did all the work, and Joke in part 2 carried the movie. Everything else was forgettable and Nolans fans don't even bring that up.

 1 month ago '12        #12
Klasicktha1 
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 CALViiiN said


Sequel won’t be here for another 3-4yrs


If it happens because the way WB doing things it may not

 1 month ago '22        #13
Incel  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Easily the most boring film I have seen in years.

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