Does “The Batman” have a post-credits scene?
WARNING: Spoilers ahead for “The Batman”
At this point, superhero movies are pretty much expected to have some sort of post-credits scene. If you’re here, that means you’re wondering if “The Batman” is following suit (and the hood).
It’s a fair question, considering everything that happens in the movie and the future implications of it all. Between the Riddler (Paul Dano), the Penguin (Colin Farrell), and a slew of other criminals making Batman’s life a nightmare, it’s not hard to see how the film plays out at nearly three hours. And yet, even in all of this, “The Batman” still lays a clear foundation for a new franchise.
But it doesn’t do it the way you might expect. Does that mean there’s a post-credits scene, or have they abandoned this modern tradition in favor of something else?
The answer: Yes and No.
Unlike most other great movies these days, “The Batman” does not have a post-credits scene that sets up any kind of sequel. So if the only thing you’re worried about is missing out on an appearance by a potential new villain, or maybe an “I’m here to tell you about the Avenger Initiative” type moment, there’s nothing wrong with that. Phone.
But there’s a fun little bonus moment after the credits end for those who stick around.
“So during the movie, the Riddler – as the Riddler does – leaves clues that can solve his crimes for Batman.” Eventually, these clues lead to Batman communicating directly with the Riddler through an anonymous chat app that uses a 70s/80s-style plain black screen behind bright green type (like in the old-school PC aesthetic that inspired the game). “digital rain” effect in “The Matrix”).
As Batman and the Riddler wait for each other’s responses, the screen simply flashes a flashing symbol – > (which is incidentally known as “unlimited wildcard” in Java programming). After Batman gathers the Riddler’s final clue, the villain abruptly logs off typing “Goodbye”.
Fans who stay in their seats after “The Batman” credits will see a similar signature. There’s no voiceover or extra footage, there’s just a black screen that types “Goodbye,” as if the whole movie was itself a message from The Riddler.
But, as we said, “The Batman” is setting up future installments. He just makes sure to do it in the final minutes of the movie itself.