It’s no secret: The Riddler has always been one of Batman’s most popular villains — he’s clever, he’s slick, he’s covered in green, and loves himself question marks! That’s… pretty odd. But what can you say, he’s a riddle! Edward E. Nigma (which breaks down to “E – Nigma”, another word for a puzzle or riddle) has been in the Bat universe for over 60 years, always causing trouble for Batman, but always remaining a fan favorite.
When it came time to introduce him to the animated Bat universe, the creative folks behind the characters had a few tough decisions to make. Over the years, the Riddler has taken on several different forms; some were reserved, some were manic and crazy. Some had wacky costumes covered in question marks, some were just green jump suits.
Early sketches and portrayals for the Riddler were to be fashioned after the hyperactive take that Frank Gorshin made famous in the live-action TV series from the 1960s. The animated Riddler was to wear a spandex-looking costume, complete with question mark decor, just like the earlier show. The producers even went so far as to start auditions for a zany, loud, and boisterous actor to fill the role of the Riddler’s voice.
Later (and thankfully!) the decision was made to offer the audience an entirely new look at the character. The creators crafted a much more cold, serious take on the character, giving him calculated style in persona and his sharp-suit attire — a slick, dark green suit with a classic Bowler hat… and, of course, a slight flash of purple in his tie, along with the signature question mark symbol.
and Riddle Me This… what would Batman the Animated Series be without him?
Check out some more Riddler images after the break