The Batman post-credits aren’t exactly what you’d expect from a new superhero movie. Rather than there being a scene at the very end of the film, as has become the custom for Marvel and DC films, there is something else.
So the question is, is it worth sitting through the credits of The Batman to see what secrets the film holds? Because there is a secret, for sure, but it will have to be deciphered. Scroll down for everything you need to know about The Batman’s post-credits scenes – and beware, there are spoilers for the Matt Reeves-directed film below.
How many post-credits scenes of The Batman are there?
There are type of a The Batman post-credits scene… At the end of the final credits, something happens. However, calling it a “scene” is overkill – you’ll have to wait and see for yourself. However, we can confirm that it doesn’t add anything to the plot or create a sequel, so you can skip it if you don’t want to hang around for a few more minutes. And, frankly, you might be a little disappointed if you sit on the whole topic, especially since it tells you something that’s now dated…
Warning: from this moment there will be The Batman spoilers. You were warned.
The Batman Post-Credits Scene, Explained *spoilers*
Two words appear on screen after the end of the Batman credits: “Goodbye?” in neon green, followed by a chaotic jumble of images that resemble the Riddler cipher. Eventually, a text flashes, flashes, and you’ll quickly miss it. This is a link to the website of the Riddler seen in the movie, “Rata Alada” (which translates to “winged rat”).
Now here’s the tricky part to explain: The website – www.rataalada.com – has gone through multiple variations since The Batman hit theaters.
The first version asked users to answer three puzzles. By inserting the answers (“Mask”, “Renewal” and “Confusion”, and the final password is “promise”), you have unlocked a mini-movie: the mayoral campaign video of Bruce’s father Wayne, Thomas, with some notes from Riddler.
The word “HUSH!” are painted on Thomas Wayne’s face, which could be a reference to the comics, in which Hush is Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend Thomas Elliot. Elliot blames Thomas Wayne for saving his parents’ lives while he was actively trying to murder them to inherit their fortune, and ends up aligning himself with the Ridder and takes on the nickname “Hush”.
In The Batman movie, Thomas Elliot is the reporter who looks into the history of the Wayne family, but they are apparently killed by Carmine Falcone. Could they return as future villains in upcoming Batman movies? We will have to wait and see.
Shortly after The Batman hit theaters, Rataalada’s website changed. The Riddler no longer prompted you to answer questions on the website. Instead, Matrix-esque code appeared onscreen, quickly disappearing, and then a hyperlink to another page (still live, as of writing) appeared onscreen. Follow the link and you end up on the page titled “It’s not over yet”, and there is an image that needs to be deciphered.
What does it mean? Spoilers for the answer:
“You think I’m done, but maybe you don’t know the whole truth. Every ending is a new beginning. Something happens.”
On this version of Ratalaada’s website, there was also another hint pointing to what might happen next for R-Batz. That Matrix-esque green text that appeared before the link to the Riddler’s cipher was a clue.
These numbers are not random. As one Reddit user pointed out, they each point to a key Bat-History moment.
05.27.19.39 is May 27, 1939 – which is the day the actual comic Detective Comics #27 was released. It wasn’t so coincidental that Batman’s very first appearance. The rest refers, in order: to the introduction of Catwoman and Joker; Penguin’s first appearance; Riddler’s first appearance; Falcone’s first appearance and Alfred’s first appearance.
These characters are all key players in The Batman, but it’s the final bit of code that’s particularly interesting – and teases a sequel. October 1974 saw the release of Batman #258, which featured Two-Face exiting Arkham. Don’t be too surprised if Harvey Dent shows up soon.
After the text screen, a countdown appeared, and when it ended, the website gave you the option to download a reward. Click on the link and a Zip file will start downloading with lots of images inside. There’s also a message from the Riddler, saying, “You’ve come this far. Now let’s see if you’re ready to find out more. While you unmask all that has yet to be revealed, I’m safe here. With my new friend. We’ll see you soon.
The website then changed again – to three more puzzles. The first asks, “It’s not a joke, but sometimes you have to shout it twice to really mean it.” The answer? Ha. As in ‘haha’.
The second was more direct: “Namely: a joker in the truest sense of the word.” The answer to that, of course, is Joker. The third was, “Once you’ve been installed, it hits you at the end, right away.” It took us a minute, but the answer is punchline.
After completing the puzzles, a deleted scene featuring the Joker has been unlocked. The scene, which would have taken place relatively early in the film, sees Batman using the Joker to help profile the Riddler. Look below.
So, in the end, The Batman had a post-credits scene – it’s just that the scene comes from the middle of the movie and wouldn’t have made sense to play after the credits. Director Matt Reeves previously revealed to Total Film why the scene was left on the cutting room floor.
“It was just one of those things where, over the course of the movie, what that scene was doing, other scenes were doing as well, and so we didn’t need the scene. But as a standalone scene, that scene is very weird and scary and cool,” he explained.
But, before leaving, there was one final change to Ratalaada’s website: After the deleted scene was unlocked, the Gotham City Police Department finally took over the website, shutting down all further communication from Riddler. It was nice while it lasted!
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