The first trailer for The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, dropped earlier this week.
The trailer features a letter from The Riddler (Paul Dano) to Batman.
Fans have already decoded the riddle online using codebreaker techniques.
Warner Bros.' first look at The Batman (starring Robert Pattinson, Paul Dano, and Colin Farrell) raises plenty of batsuit and eye makeup questions, but its most popular internet nugget comes in the form of a riddle, written by Dano's Riddler, read aloud by Commissioner Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), and looking like something out of Zodiac.
The content of the message is read while we see images of a crime scene, a dead man (who in another cut may be Bruce Wayne's father) with duct tape wrapped around his head and a message written across the tape: "no more lies." Gordon then reads: "From your secret friend. Who. Haven't a clue? Let's play a game. Just me and you."
We then see the card with these lines on the right side and the riddle "what does a liar do when he's dead?" written on the left. Below everything is a grouping of 11 signs similar to hieroglyphics.
Before we unfurl that post, we'll give you some of Selinker's hints for codebreaking. (You could also just consider the riddle itself: "What does a liar do when he's dead?" Riddle fans might be able to untangle this without going all windtalker.)
Here's a better look at the message:
The first trick is to identify repetitions. How many new and repeated characters do you see?
Selinker counts only 6 distinct characters across 11 letters. He also makes a few key assumptions: (1) the symbols stand in for letters of the roman alphabet, (2) the symbols correspond to only one letter, and (3) the letters form words that can be read from left to right.
Here's his pattern: 123425 [line break] 56433.
Figuring out the rest is all just "brute force," Selinker writes. It has to do with making a series of logical deductions based on English spelling patterns (double consonants, for instance) and then just doing a lot of savvy guessing and checking.
Try it for yourself and check your solution:
In the new #TheBatmanTrailer, the Riddler leaves a card with the question “What does a liar do when he’s dead?” I could just solve it like a riddle (and did), but it’s a good opportunity to show how to solve a puzzle by brute force, so you’re sure of the answer. Here goes. (1/12) pic.twitter.com/sHveBmU2Pt
— Mike Selinker (@mikeselinker) August 23, 2020
Or for those who would rather just solve the riddle, here's a hint: the answer is a play on words. What do liars do?
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