A new look at concept art from The Batman shows two different versions of the Riddler’s bombshell necklace used during the infamous funeral scene.
Concept art of The Batman gives fans a look at the bomb collar that Paul Dano’s Riddler used to terrorize Gotham District Attorney Gil Colson. Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman saw Robert Pattinson take on the cowl in a decidedly darker and more grounded take on the franchise than ever before. Originally intended to be a solo outing for Ben Affleck’s version of the Dark Knight, Reeves took over the project in 2017 before Affleck eventually left the role entirely in January 2019.
Joining Pattinson in the new film, which Reeves had set in a separate universe from the ongoing DC Extended Universe narrative, is Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton/ the Riddler. As far removed from previous big-screen versions of the character as possible, Dano’s Riddler was cast as a sadistic serial killer who had begun targeting Gotham’s corrupt political elite. With his penchant for leaving cryptic puzzles, much of his character was inspired by the real-life Zodiac Killer. One of his deadliest puzzles involved attaching a bombshell collar to Gil Colson’s neck, creating one of the most tense scenes in the entire film.
While The Batman currently enjoying a digital home video release, concept designer Matthew Savage took to Instagram to share his work on the film for film propmaster Jamie Wilkinson. Giving fans an in-depth look at the two different designs of the bomb collar used during the infamous funeral scene, the images each show a decidedly crude homemade device held together by zip ties and locked with a combination lock. Where they differ is in the choice of explosive, with one using sticks of dynamite and the other containing plastic explosives. Check out the original post and both versions below:
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The crude nature of the device is in keeping with Dano’s Riddler, who even took it upon himself to wrap his head in plastic wrap to prevent any DNA evidence being left behind at his crime scenes. As Dano himself once said, his version of the Riddler”doesn’t quite have the resources, perhaps, to be like a really fancy vigilante,” and all his contraptions should have been constructed of materials he would have easy access to. Both original concepts, as well as the final version used in the film itself, fit this vision of the character and give the impression of a resourceful and resourceful villain.
Along with many of his other departures from earlier film versions of Batman, Dano’s Riddler was not killed at the end of the film and was instead incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. With a sequel now officially underway, it’s even possible he’ll reappear to continue threatening the citizens of Gotham with more of his nefarious plans. While fans will have to wait to see what Reeves has in store for his second movie, they can enjoy The Batman streaming now, and on DVD and Blu-ray May 24.
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Source: Matthieu Sauvage
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