Things You Didn't Know About The Riddler

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The Riddler is one of Batman's most famous and formidable foes. Relying on wit and intellect rather than strength and speed, the question mark-obsessed character has shattered Batman's mind in comic books, TV shows, and movies. Unsurprisingly, his life is like a riddle, replete with countless twists and turns. You're probably not aware of all his quirks, which is why we've compiled the best of them for this list. Prepare to be surprised.


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    He Has Two Female Sidekicks

    He Has Two Female Sidekicks
    Photo: DC Comics

    Their names are Query and Echo and they debuted in Secret Origins Special Vol 2 #1 (October 1989).

    27 votes
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    He Was Abused By His Father

    He Was Abused By His Father
    Photo: DC Comics

    Edward was a gifted child who received exceptional grades in school, but his father was jealous of his accomplishments and beat him mercilessly, accusing him of cheating.

    He must have taken that accusation to heart in the development of the Riddler, an alter ego centered on deception.

    22 votes
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    The Riddler In 'The Batman' Is Based On The Zodiac Killer

    The Riddler In 'The Batman' Is Based On The Zodiac Killer
    Photo: The Batman / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Batman is set to be released in March 2022 with a new take on the Riddler. He will be portrayed by Paul Dano and echo the Zodiac Killer, who terrorized Northern California with murders and ciphers in the late 1960s.

    The Riddler is also a murderer who communicates with ciphers, so the connection was made by director Matt Reeves

    19 votes
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    He Was Homeless

    He Was Homeless
    Photo: DC Comics

    Having lost his powers and supervillain status in a fight with Poison Ivy, the Riddler is revealed to be homeless in the "Riddle Me That" comics storyline

    An ex-NSA codebreaker helps him get back on his feet. Unfortunately, the Riddler does away with his rehabilitator.

    18 votes
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    He Was Supposed To Be The Main Villain In 'The Dark Knight Rises' And Be Played By Leonardo DiCaprio

    He Was Supposed To Be The Main Villain In 'The Dark Knight Rises' And Be Played By Leonardo DiCaprio
    Photo: Django Unchained / Sony Pictures Releasing

    Instead of Tom Hardy's Bane, The Dark Knight Rises was supposed to feature DiCaprio's Riddler. That's what studio executives wanted, but Christopher Nolan wanted a completely different villain from previous Batman flicks.

    He must have felt that the Riddler was too similar to the Joker.

    15 votes
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    He Has Teamed Up With Batman

    He Has Teamed Up With Batman
    Photo: DC Comics

    After coming out of a head trauma-induced coma in Detective Comics #822, the Riddler's wickedness is gone. However, his intellect has survived, making him an expert investigator unencumbered by malice.

    As such, he helps his former arch-nemesis fight crime... until another head trauma turns him back into the Riddler we all know and love/hate.

    14 votes