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In The Batman, as part of the rat with wings puzzle, the Dark Knight stumbles upon a website called rataalada.com. It’s part of the film’s plot and at the same time an interactive extension of the latest DC adventure: While we can only watch Batman in the film as he solves the mysteries of the psychopathic Riddler ( Paul Dano ), we can also ask ourselves after the credits — provided that we waited for the whole credits.
The Post-Credit Scene: A Link to New Mysteries
After the credits, we see what at first glance appears to be a rather unspectacular bonus scene: the words “Good Bye ” typed in green letters appear on the screen. One can assume that the Riddler is its author and the displayed URL rataalada.com also fits in with this . This website really exists. It offers you puzzles and teasers about the future of the new «Batman» franchise in cinemas and TV.
Deciphered the Riddler’s code
The Rataada website was launched ahead of its theatrical release as part of The Batman ad campaign . It looks like the puzzles on the site have changed over time. Some users were asked questions and had to type in the answer, as a reward there was a video about Bruce Wayne’s — quite controversial — father Thomas Wayne.
At the time of writing this article, a riddle of symbols was waiting to be deciphered. An image with red writing appeared in our browsers, which fortunately has long since been decrypted by resourceful fans. Translating the Riddler writing into English yields the following text:
«You think I’m finished but perhaps you don’t know the full truth. Every ending is a new beginning. Something is coming.” In German this means:
» You think I’m done for, but maybe you don’t know the whole truth. Every end is a new beginning. Something will come. «
«The Batman» was just the beginning
There’s more to come — many post-credit scenes can be broken down to this statement and «The Batman» doesn’t make a statement, instead the message is only conveyed in a more complicated way — in the spirit of the Riddler.
The fact that, in contrast to the Marvel films, we are not yet told exactly what to expect next, probably has less to do with typical Riddler gimmicks and more to do with another fact: When «The Batman» was produced, we knew Film studio Warner is also not quite sure what will come after the film.
On the one hand, the future of «The Batman» franchise depends on how successful the film becomes ( the theatrical release has already been very successful ). On the other hand, although work has already begun on a streaming series based on the film, this project, initially planned as a prequel about Gotham’s police force, has had the story changed (now it is supposed to be more about the Arkham Asylum prison).
The story of «The Batman 2» did not seem to be dry, at least at the time of «The Batman» production. But now it shouldn’t be long before we know exactly what the Riddler means by «something is going to happen».
In addition to «The Batman 2», there are other sequels to the DC hit