The Batman Video Details the Evolution of Riddler’s Costumes in Movies and TV

Starting with the 1966 TV series, a new Batman video compiles every costume worn by Edward Nygma/Riddler in animation and live action.

A new Batman the video details the evolution of Riddler’s costumes in film and television, including those worn by Jim Carrey and Paul Dano. In 1948, Bill Finger and Dick Sprang’s Riddler first appeared in DC Comics before being portrayed by Frank Gorshin and John Astin in the 1960s television series, Batman. However, the character didn’t make his live-action debut until years after Tim Burton’s. Batman (1989).

Until recently, Riddler hadn’t appeared in an action movie since Carrey played him in batman forever (1995). This film was a decidedly campy affair, allowing Carrey to infuse Riddler with his trademark manic energy. Dano revolutionized Ridder in Matt Reeves The Batman (2022), portraying him as a Zodiac-esque serial killer targeting Gotham City’s elites. Of course, there have also been numerous small-screen, animated, and video game iterations of the characters between these two portrayals. For example, Cory Michael Smith’s Edward Nygma in Gotham (2014-2019) is considered by many to be one of Riddler’s finest live performances. Whether the performance is given in live-action, animation or elsewhere, a key aspect of any Riddler is his costume – dapper suits, green units and cellophane bowler hats and an outfit he bought from a store sporting goods.

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Tell It Animated on YouTube shared a video detailing Riddler’s on-screen look evolution. Given the character’s long history and variety of portrayals, it’s no surprise that Riddler’s costumes have changed a lot over the years. Check out the video in the space below:

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This new music video features costumes ranging from Batman television series (1966-68) and The New Adventures of Batman (1977) at Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995), Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011), Batman: Under Red Riding Hood (2010), and young justice (2010-present). The animated video game and batman forever the appearances are all heavily inspired by his look from the comics and the original TV series, using cranes and question marks. If the video shows one thing, it’s that Riddler, like many of Batman’s adversaries, loves acting, which is evidenced by his eccentric wardrobe.


It’s interesting to look at these different Riddler costumes and think about how much thought goes into an iconic character look, making them feel fresh while still paying homage to what came before them. That said, The Batman certainly took the risk of straying so far from what the public knows of Batman and Riddler. While The Last Riddler’s look certainly didn’t land with everyone, it did fit the character. Overall, Dano’s performance was praised, proving the importance of function over fashion – a saying often applied to modern interpretations of comic book characters.

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