Similarities Between The Zodiac Killer and The Riddler in “The Batman”

Hello everyone, and welcome back to my blog. This will be the last Batman-related blog for a while. I know, sad, right? Yeah, me too. Anyways, I noticed a few things about the Riddler in the new Batman movie, so I wanted to point some things out! Let’s get right into it!

1. Uniform.

As you can see here, people who have encountered the Zodiac killer have said that he wore a black uniform with a white symbol on it. The Riddler wears a similar suit like the Zodiac, except his iconic green color and question mark insignia. The most similar part would have to be that they both wear a full face mask with glasses over the top of it.

2. Ciphers

Shown above are cipher given by both criminals. On the left is the Riddler and on the right is the Zodiac. The Riddler’s cipher is a bit more complicated looking but was easily solved. On the other hand, the Zodiac’s looks much more straightforward yet harder to solve. The Riddler in the movie also added his symbol at the end of his, but this was the only picture I could find.

3. Dialect

As shown in the picture above, the Zodiac starts his letters with “This is the Zodiac speaking.” On the other hand, whenever the Riddler speaks on his media, he starts with “This is the Riddler speaking.” So this similarity is more amongst the way the Riddler speaks on his little live broadcasts and video compared to the way the Zodiac killer writes his notes. This is one of my favorite details.

4. Cards


On the left is the Riddler’s first card shown in the movie, and on the right is the Zodiac killer’s actual card. They both exhibit signs of being handmade with similar themes. They were both sent to or were supposed to be for the police/authorities. Their wording was also creepily similar with the words “From your secret friend” and “From your secret pal.”


Thank you guys for reading this week! I’m glad I was able to show you this super cool little concept that I found so interesting! See you next week! <3

Author: Locklyn Wilchynski

Locklyn Wilchynski (She/Her) is a poet, writer, and musician. She is also a senior literary arts student at Mississippi School of the Arts. Her writing has been published in Co-Lin Refractions Literary & Art Magazine and The Phoenix Literary Journal. She won two gold keys, a silver key, and two honorable mentions in the 2021 Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards. She has also won an honorable mention in the 2021 Ephemera Prize. She is a lover of all things crafted in darkness and finding the beauty within that. She believes that storytelling is one of the most powerful forms of communication to open up new conversations and ideas.

4 thoughts on “Similarities Between The Zodiac Killer and The Riddler in “The Batman””

  1. Leave it to Locklyn to link her favorite fictional villain to a known serial killer. You’ve done it again, ma’am!

  2. LET’S GO !!! Locklyn’s hyperfixation of Batman and my love of mysteries? I can barely breathe!

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