Warning: this story contains spoilers for The Batman.
Fans of The Batman have solved a riddle posed by the movie’s post-credits scene that seems to suggest that Arkham Asylum, and even Harvey Dent, could be part of a sequel.
In The Batman, The Riddler uses the website rataalada.com as part of his clues left for Batman and Gordon. The post-credits tease at the end of the movie urges fans to head to that website, which until recently posed three riddles. At the moment, however, after scrolling through some text the website will direct you to a new location that features a secret message written with a cipher.
Reddit user u/vengeance22 has decoded the message, which says: “You think I’m finished, but perhaps you don’t know the full truth. Every ending is a new beginning. Something is coming.”
It’s easy to conclude that the mysterious “something” could be something planned for a sequel to The Batman. But what could it be? Well, the answer could well lie in the text displayed on rataalada.com before it directs you to the cipher message.
As noted by u/vengeance22, each line features a date that relates to a key moment in the history of Batman comics, as well as the issue number. Importantly, each of these issues features characters important to the storyline of The Batman.
- 27.05.19.39 refers to Detective Comics #27, released May 1939, which introduced Batman and Gordon.
- 01.03.19.40 points to Batman #1 from Spring 1940, where Catwoman and the Joker first appeared.
- 22.214.171.124 is a reference to the debut of the Penguin in Detective Comics #58 from December 1941.
- 126.96.36.199 points to Detective Comics #140 in October 1948, the first appearance of the Riddler.
- 405.03.19.87 refers to Batman #405 from March 1987, in which Carmine Falcone was introduced.
- 16.04.19.43 denotes Batman #16 from April 1943, the first appearance of Alfred.
The final two are the important ones. 03.04.20.22 is easy: that’s The Batman’s release date on March 4, 2022. However, 2188.8.131.52 seemingly points to Batman #258 from October 1974.
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As noted by the Reddit post, Batman #258 features a story in which Two Face is broken out of Arkham Asylum. As such, some fans are wondering if a sequel to The Batman will feature the corrupted District Attorney. However, it’s worth noting that Batman #258 is the very first time Arkham Asylum was featured in DC comics, and so it may be that the website is hinting that Arkham may be a large part of any potential sequel. This would make some sense considering the end of The Batman features two prominent DC villains locked up in Arkham.
With huge box office numbers, it seems all but guaranteed that The Batman will get a sequel. If it does, here’s five comics that could shape that next movie. It seems likely that another film would further explore that big Joker reveal, even if the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t the main villain.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.