One of the highlights of DC FanDome was the first trailer for The Batman, and fans have been theorizing about the plot and characters ever since. Director Matt Reeves attended the virtual 24-hour event on Saturday, August 22 to discuss his highly-anticipated take on the Dark Knight. The film is set in Year Two of Batman’s journey, and the trailer offered glimpses of Catwoman, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and the Penguin. The trailer also showcased a twisted new take on the Riddler. With that in mind comes a theory that may explain the motives driving this new iteration of the classic villain.
Reddit user Mikhail10 suggests the “reason why Riddler starts killing is due to Batman’s inaction/unwillingness to kill.” The theorist deduces that Batman turned a blind eye (a phrase that appears in one of the Riddler’s notes) to a crime that shaped Edward Nygma’s personal life. Perhaps another criminal hurt Riddler or someone close to him, inspiring him to dole out vengeance.