The Batman Concept Art Reveals Detailed Look at Riddler’s Bomb Collar

A new look at concept art from The Batman shows two different versions of the Riddler’s bomb collar used during the infamous funeral scene.

Concept art from The Batman gives fans a close-up look at the bomb collar Paul Dano’s Riddler used to terrorize Gotham’s District Attorney Gil Colson. Directed by Matt Reeves, The Batman saw Robert Pattinson assume the cowl in a decidedly darker and more grounded approach to the franchise than had ever been seen before. Originally intended to be a solo outing for Ben Affleck’s version of the Dark Knight, Reeves took control of the project in 2017 before Affleck eventually departed the role entirely in January 2019.

Joining Pattinson in the new film, which Reeves had set in a separate universe from the ongoing narrative of the DC Extended Universe, is Zoë Kravitz as Selina Kyle / Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin, and Paul Dano as Edward Nashton / the Riddler. As far from previous big-screen versions of the character as one could possibly get, Dano’s Riddler was conceived 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 riddles involved strapping a bomb collar to Gil Colson’s neck, creating one of the most tense scenes of the entire movie.


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While The Batman is currently enjoying a digital home-video release, concept designer Matthew Savage has taken to Instagram to share his work on the film for the film’s propmaster Jamie Wilkinson. Offering fans a detailed look at the two different concepts for the bomb collar used during the infamous funeral scene, the images each show a decidedly crude, homemade device held together with zip ties and locked shut with a combination lock. Where they differ is the choice of explosive, with one using sticks of dynamite and the other containing plastic explosives. Check out the original post and the two 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 cling film in order to prevent any possible DNA evidence from being left behind at his crime scenes. As Dano himself once stated, his version of the Riddler “does not quite have the resources, maybe, to be like a really fancy vigilante, ” and all of his contraptions would have needed to be constructed with materials he would have ready access to. Both of the original concepts, along with the final version used in the film itself, fit this vision of the character and give the impression of a resourceful and ingenious villain.

In addition to many of its other departments from earlier movie versions of Batman, Dano’s Riddler was not killed off at the conclusion of the film and was instead incarcerated in Arkham Asylum. With a sequel now officially underway, it may even be possible that he will reappear to continue to threaten the citizenship of Gotham with more of his nefarious plans. While fans will need to wait to see what Reeves’ has in store for his second film, they can enjoy The Batman now on digital streaming, and on DVD and Blu-ray on May 24.

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Source: Matthew Savage

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