Fans Already Solved The Riddler’s Cryptic Puzzle In ‘The Batman’ Teaser

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

Although the first footage from director Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” premiered just this past Saturday at DC FanDome, Twitter users have already cracked one of the teaser’s mysteries: the Riddler’s cryptic message to emo Robert Pattinson Batman.

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.


Though Jeffrey Wright’s James Gordon is probably like, “Doesn’t look like anything to me,” two Twitter users, Andrew Lane and game designer Mike Selinker, were quick to arrive at the same answer.

What does a liar do when he’s dead? “He lies still.” 

You could probably come up with a similar answer just by guessing, but why possibly embarrass yourself? Lane and Selinker walked everyone through their processes.

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.


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