When I finished watching The Dark Knight I was certain that I knew who the next main villain was going to be. I could see it clearly. Christopher Nolan was going to do for the Riddler what he had done for the Joker. The Joker was no longer a laughable villain in a purple suit, and I hoped that the Riddler would no longer bring back memories of Jim Carey in far too much green. I assumed he was going to be a Sevenesque villain. Wrapping each and every crime in a veil of mystery so thick that no one could prove his guilt and felt just as uncertain about even suspecting him. Not only would this be a brilliant resurrection of E. Nigma, but it would also finally showcase Batman’s detective skills as well as his brawn on the big screen.
Alas, Mr. Nolan and I did not have similar visions for the third installment of the Batman movies. Regardless, a brief foray through Batman lore will give us some more food for thought as we puzzle out the face of Christ among so many counterfeits. Continue reading “Our Many Faces # 3: The Riddle of God’s Mystery”