The Batman: How the Zodiac Killer Inspired Matt Reeves for The Riddler [exclu]

The director tells Première how this new version of Batman’s enemy, embodied by Paul Dano, was born.

The Batman is on the cover of the next issue of First, on newsstands Wednesday, January 26. In a special ten-page file packed with info on the film, director Matt Reeves and Robert Pattinson reveal behind the scenes of the return of the Dark Knight. This time Batman will investigate a killer, the Riddler (played by Paul Dano) who attacks the elites of Gotham by developing sadistic crimes. During our discussion with Reeves, he revealed to us how he modeled the character on a real serial killer: I was trying to imagine what it would be like if a criminal wore a costume in real life. And I thought of the Zodiac Killer, who had made himself an executioner’s hood with his own insignia on it. In a way, he’s one of the first real-world villains! And since he also left encrypted messages and riddles to play with the police, I said to myself: ”But of course, it’s the Riddler.” The idea caught on and I found a great interest in it. quest, a political mission linked to the city, a desire to reveal truths that must be revealed. It allowed me to tell the story of Gotham – a metaphor for a corrupt and decadent world, like Los Angeles in Chinatown. – while confusing Batman with a case in which he is intimately involved “.

Reeves adds that his ” Riddler is someone who, like Bruce Wayne, uses the power of anonymity to achieve his goal: what better enemy for Batman than someone who echoes himself? »

The Batman on the cover of Première: “This Batman practically lives in the gutter” [exclu]

Here is the official synopsis of The Batman, in theaters on March 2: “After roaming the streets of the city as Batman and instilling fear in criminals, Bruce Wayne explored the most disreputable neighborhoods of Gotham City. Aware that he can only count on a few trusted allies – Alfred Pennyworth (Andy Serkis), Lieutenant James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright) – among the city’s corrupt notables, the lone vigilante has established himself as the only citizen capable of obtaining revenge. When a killer preys on Gotham’s elite by masterminding sadistic crimes, a host of mysterious clues lead our masked investigator deep into the underworld where he crosses paths with Selina Kyle, aka Catwoman, (Zoë Kravitz ), Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton, aka The Riddler, (Paul Dano). As he begins to gain certainty that the criminal may be in Gotham and that he now sees through his game, Batman must forge new alliances, unmask the culprit and restore justice to a city for too long in prey to abuse of power and corruption. »

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