The Riddler’s glasses in ‘The Batman’ are from a Gotham brand

The latest Bat Movie™ features the classic DC Comics hero battling a familiar and frustrated villain named The Riddler (Paul Dano). Between Batman, aka Bruce Wayne (Robert Pattinson), and the battles of the ancient assassin, the film, simply titled The Batman – now available on HBO Max – comments on the crime, corruption and social class, but also begs the question: why didn’t Bruce Wayne just give away his fortune instead of roaming the city beating up the bad guys?

It’s a simple synopsis; not an editorialized review exploding with spoilers. And there will be no progress. Seriously. This story is less about the substance of the film, or even its quality, despite being quite good, and more about a particular part of The Riddler’s disguise. Other than that, he looks like a regular guy – the Uniqlo-wearing friend you trust to fix your computer or teach you how to change the file format of a photo you just downloaded. Inside, he’s horrifying, a leather-faced brute with a brain capable of communicating exclusively in puzzles…hence his name.

And while his disguise is something I’d rather not have anyone replicate in real life, the frames he wears over his mask were actually quite nice. They were also quite easy to identify. They are based in New York (aka Gotham) Moscot Lemtosh-TT frames in crystal and gold colors. You can tell by the diamond-shaped rivets on the front of the frames, as well as the gold-tone metal running through the transparent Italian acetate.

It’s a luxury choice for The Riddler, and, honestly, I’m impressed that they stayed clear, given that the mask was leather and covered his ears – and every time I, also a glasses wearer, I put on a mask for more than five minutes, my glasses fog up. All criticism aside, it’s a solid suit on the part of the team behind this movie to pick up a pair of frames from Gotham’s most famous family eyewear brand.


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Sarah C. Figueiredo