No Right Explanation

No Right Explanation
Let's Keep on Riddling!

Firefilm | 30 Jul 2012 16:00
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Dan: I'm really impressed at the overwhelmingly positive response we have gotten from the omission of the Joker from the debate options last week. Clearly a fan favorite and for good reason, we were worried that people would be so put off by our exclusion of Mr. Chuckles that they wouldn't give the other villains any chance. Good on you, oh great fans of our show and of the Dark Knight.

And Jim Sterling commented as well, making him a superfan!

Chris grabbed the first point with the solid argument that Two-Face has a great gimmick. Any lazy comic book writer can say that the bad guy is half mangled and half normal, but to give him two separate personalities that cannot trump one another is a powerful move. When T.F. flips the coin and it lands sunny-side up, he would like to still murder and pillage, but he doesn't. He has such a good gimmick that even he is a slave to it. More than any other villain in the lineup, he has inner turmoil that exists even without the Bat hanging around.

Kyle evened things up with a very good point: Would Batman stand a chance against the Riddler if no hints were given? Is the man in green so smart that he could win every confrontation if he could just resist the urge to leave clues everywhere? Hard to say, but it is something to think about. The Riddler is one of the few Bat-villains that can go toe-to-toe with Batman intellectually and sometimes come out ahead, at least for a while. He sees himself as perhaps smarter than he actually is, thus the clues, and that is probably his biggest weakness. Nice cane, though.

Kyle grabbed another point with the argument that, unlike T.F., the Riddler exists to be a foil to Batman's intellectual powers. Would Riddler leave hints and commit crimes if he truly thought there was nobody that could follow his capers at his level? Probably not. He is a villain that only exists because Batman is so awesome. T.F. is his own person, able to commit crimes mostly because he is at war with himself. Riddler is definitely a Batman villain at his core.

Man, was Kyle on a roll! The next point was given to him due to the fact that the Riddler's capers are so elaborate and diabolical, they can sometimes be confused with the Joker's calling card. We didn't include the Joker because he was too obvious, and if Riddler can be so smart that we assume the evil unfolding is the work of the obvious fan favorite ... well then maybe the Riddler isn't getting as much respect as he deserves.

Chris shook off the barrage from Kyle and came back with backstory. Man, I don't know what the Riddler's backstory is besides a smart guy who felt somehow wronged by Batman, and I consider myself a well Bat-ucated individual. T.F. has a backstory that is not only in pop culture regardless of Mr. Nolan, but is a much deeper and richer reason for existing. Batman went a little insane the night his parents died, and T.F. did the same when he got splashed with acid. However, T.F. was given the extra layer that he already had a duel-personality issue, and then we get to see a dark mirror of Batsy.

I wouldn't mind knowing the Riddler's backstory, if anyone knows it. For now, I will just re-watch Batman: TOS and enjoy the wonderful ride Paul Dini gives me.

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