Riddler (comics)

fictional character, a comic book supervillain who appears in comic books published by DC Comics

The Riddler (Dr. Edward Nigma) is a fictional Batman character and supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. He leaves Batman all of his best riddles to help Batman know where he will strike next or what he will do. He uses mind-control devices on his victims, 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.

Cosplayer as the Riddler.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceDetective Comics #140 (October 1948)[1][2]
Created byBill Finger (writer)
Dick Sprang (artist)
In-story information
Alter egoEdward Nigma (later Nygma or Nashton)
Team affiliations
PartnershipsOswald Cobblepot (Penguin)
Notable aliases
  • Enigma
  • Eddie Nash
  • Puzzle-Pirate
  • Punctuation Prick
  • Prince of Puzzles
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Criminal mastermind
  • Skilled inventor, engineer, and escape artist
  • Utilizes complex riddles, puzzles, and lethal contraptions

Early comic book history change

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

The Riddler has been used in a lot of things based on the comics, including TV shows, movies, toys and video games. He was played by Frank Gorshin and John Astin 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.[3]

Notes change

  1. Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. p. 299. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  2. Fleisher, Michael L. (1976). The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes, Volume 1: Batman. Macmillan Publishing Co. pp. 315–317. ISBN 0-02-538700-6. Retrieved 29 March 2020.
  3. "' The Batman' Casts Paul Dano as the Riddler". The Hollywood Reporter. October 17, 2019.

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