Riddler (comics)

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The Riddler (Dr. Edward Nigma) is a fictional Batman character who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. He leaves Batman all of his best riddles to help Batman know were he will strike next or what he will do. He wears a green suit with a big purple question mark on it and also a cane with a question mark on it. He sometimes wear a hat also with a question mark.

Early Comic Book History[change | change source]

Riddler first appeared in "Detective Comics" #140 in October 1948 which ended with him appearing to drown. The Riddler’s second appearance was in “Detective Comics” # 142 in December 1948 in which he wanted revenge against Batman and Batman’s sidekick Robin. Then in May 1965, Julius Schwartz published a comic book called “Batman” Volume 1 # 171, the third ever appearance of The Riddler in which his evil plan involves tricking Batman and Robin into thinking he had stopped being evil and become good. The Riddler became used as an antagonist in the Batman comic books much more often are the 1966 Batman television show starring Adam West came out and had The Riddler as a major villain.

Adaptations[change | change source]

The Riddler has been used in a lot of things based on the comics different, including tv shows,movies, toys and video games. He was played by Frank Gorshin in the 1960s Batman show and by John Glover in Batman: The Animated Series. He was also voiced by Robert Englund in The Batman. He was played by Jim Carrey in Batman Forever. Conan O'Brien voices him in the 2017 movie The Lego Batman Movie. Corey Michael Smith played The Riddler in the prequel television show Gotham giving him an origin story. Paul Dano plays the character for the 2022 movie The Batman.[1]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. "'The Batman' Casts Paul Dano as the Riddler". The Hollywood Reporter. October 17, 2019.