Riddler costume ideas

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Riddler costume ideas
Create a Riddler costume based on the movie version of the character. (Getty Images/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

The Riddler is a classic comic book villain that can be seen in the pages of Batman comics or on the screen in Batman cartoons, TV shows and movies. This question-marked man of mystery is a quirky, memorable character and provides ideas for memorable costumes, as well. With just a few steps, you can quickly throw together a Riddler costume that can be as campy or classy as you like.

TV Riddler

In the 1960s Frank Gorshin played The Riddler on the classic campy Batman TV show. To make a version of the Frank Gorshin costume, pick up a solid green bodysuit at a dance shop or sporting good store. Stuff the leotard with clean plastic bags to simulate muscles. Adorn the outside of the leotard with black question marks using either iron-on appliques or black fabric paint and a stencil of a question mark. Cap off the costume with a matching purple domino mask, gloves and cummerbund and black shoes.

Riddler Suit

If you don't want to wear tight fitting spandex, create a version of the classic Riddler costume using dress clothes instead. Pick out a dark green dress shirt, a light green jacket and a matching tie and trousers. To cap off the costume, find a green bowler hat at a costume shop (St. Patrick's Day is a good time to find a green bowler.) Apply light green or black question marks to the suit, trousers and tie using fabric paint or iron-ons.

Movie Riddler

The costume that Jim Carrey wore when he played The Riddler in "Batman Forever" was an unusual update on the classic TV look. A movie Riddler costume begins with a green leotard and a light green domino mask. When adding the question marks to a movie Riddler costume, use question marks of varying sizes, and place them in a random, chaotic pattern. Finish off the costume with a bright, red wig or red hairspray, styled up in a spiky crew cut fashion.

Make-Your-Own Riddler

The best part about making a costume is expressing your own creativity. Because no two versions of The Riddler are identical, feel free to create a costume in whatever style you like, or mix and match elements from different versions of the character. As long as the costume is primarily green with question mark accents and a mask, your character will be recognised. Consider variations such as a sexy female Riddler, or give your Riddler costume one big question mark instead of a repeating pattern.

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