With the release of a trailer for the upcoming film The Batman during DC Fandome, Batman fans have a new crop of hints and easter eggs to crack and decode. But one of the most obvious — and most difficult — coded clues came not from Matt Reeves, but from the Riddler himself. Here’s the code’s true meaning, and what it reveals about the Riddler’s new form.
During the trailer, we see a card that reads “from your secret friend” on the outside. It’s opened to reveal the iconic calling card of The Riddler, one of his eponymous riddles. The text on the left reads “What does a liar do when he’s dead?” and the answer is written in strange hieroglyphics. The meaning of these, despite temporarily eluding Batman, was quickly debunked by sharp-eyed fans.
Game designer Mike Selinker shared how he debunked the puzzle on Twitter, using repeated symbols and knowledge of most-used letters to crack the code. The answer is suitably punny. So what does a liar do when he’s dead?