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25/08/2020 07:46 BST

The Batman Trailer: Fans Already Solved The Riddler's Cryptic Puzzle In First Teaser

The bigger question is why Batman doesn't just check the internet.

Can someone please show Batman how to see his Twitter mentions?

Although the first footage from director Matt Reeves’ The Batman premiered just days ago at DC FanDome, Twitter users have already cracked one of the teaser’s mysteries: the Riddler’s cryptic message to the caped crusader (played by an oh-so-emo-looking Robert Pattinson).

In the trailer, Riddler (Paul Dano) leaves a note addressed to Batman at a murder scene.

The message apparently asks, “What does a liar do when he’s dead?” and includes some puzzling symbols to decode like a game on the back of your cereal box.

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A still from The Batman trailer

And it did not take long at all for two Twitter users, Andrew Lane and game designer Mike Selinker, to seemingly crack the code arriving at the same answer.

So, what does a liar do when he’s dead? “He lies still”, apparently. 

Lane first wrongly supposed that the word Batman would appear in the message before focusing on replacing repeating symbols with commonly used letters.

Selinker, on the other hand, first assigned numerical values to the symbols and then methodically went through the possibilities.

Check out the Twitter thread for future puzzle-solving tips:

As Polygon points out, Reddit users were also quick to solve the puzzle, so as long as Batman has solid internet access, crime doesn’t stand a chance.

Fans were also given a first look at a completely unrecognisable Colin Farrell in character as The Penguin in the teaser, which also included a very surprising cameo from a certain former UK soap star.

The Batman is currently slated for cinema release in October 2021.