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Why The Riddler Henchman At The End Of The Batman Looks Suspiciously Familiar

Matt Reeves' "The Batman" premiered on March 4, 2022, with "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson donning the black cowl as the Caped Crusader. Overall, "The Batman" is the ninth standalone live-action Batman movie since 1966. Every live-action Batman has some amount of darkness to the character, (except for maybe Adam West's version in "Batman: The Movie"), but Pattinson's Batman/Bruce Wayne is one of the darkest yet.

Set two years after he becomes Batman, "The Batman" follows the Dark Knight as he tries to stop The Riddler (Paul Dano) and The Penguin (Colin Farrell), with the help of Catwoman (Zoƫ Kravitz). Overall, "The Batman" is framed as a story about two people who are obsessed with revenge. The Riddler holds a grudge against the Wayne family after growing up in a Wayne-funded orphanage, but Batman holds a grudge against all of Gotham City's criminals after his parents were murdered. In the opening scene, Batman makes his motivation explicit when he confronts a group of criminals and tells them "I'm vengeance," then brutally beats one.

At the end of the film, the scenario is flipped on its head. Batman and Catwoman are attempting to protect Gotham's new mayor from the Riddler's henchmen, who are trying to assassinate him. After Batman injects himself with a green serum to give himself super-strength, he defeats the Riddler's snipers. When he unmasks the final sniper, the sniper taunts Batman by repeating his "I'm vengeance" line back at him. It's a turning point for Batman, forcing him to finally confront the reason why he became Batman in the first place.

The character's official name is "Hooded Gunman," and the actor who plays him is Bronson Webb (via IMDb). This isn't the first time he's appeared in a Batman film. Here's where you might recognize him from.

The actor who played the Riddler's henchman also appeared in The Dark Knight

Bronson Webb also appeared in the 2008 Batman film "The Dark Knight," as yet another henchman to a supervillain. In that film he's credited as "Bounty Hunter." Early in the story, after the mobster Gambol (Michael Jai White) angrily puts out a dead-or-alive bounty on the Joker (Heath Ledger), the Joker responds by pretending to be dead and arranging for a team of fake "bounty hunters" to carry him into Gambol's hideout. Once inside, the Joker and his crew spring their trap and eliminate Gambol from the picture.

Webb is one of the henchmen in this scene, although he doesn't have any lines. On Twitter, Webb confirmed that it is indeed him in both roles, saying he was lucky to be cast in two Batman films.

Currently, Webb has 66 TV and film credits on his resume (via IMDb). He's had minor roles in titles from several major franchises, like "Game of Thrones,""Star Wars: Rogue One," "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban."