Viral ‘The Batman’ website appears to be closing shop – for now

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fans of The Batman won’t have many puzzles to solve now that the linked viral website has apparently shut down operations – for now.

The site, rataalada.com, which was active as recently as last week, now has a message from the fictional Gotham City Police Department stating, “This domain has been seized. There’s no longer the usual green text interface that fans had grown accustomed to in order to solve puzzles to unlock behind-the-scenes footage, such as photos, videos, and even the character-obsessed villain’s own journals. question marks.

Prior to GCPD’s “seizure” pursuant to a warrant issued by the City Attorney, rataalada.com and youareelrataalada.com were wonderful viral marketing pieces directly related to the film.

“Rata alada” roughly translates to “rat with wings,” a clue left by Paul Dano’s Riddler to Robert Pattinson’s Batman to be solved in the film. When Colin Ferrell’s Penguin points out the questionable grammar of the phrase “you are el” that precedes the riddle, the Caped Crusader realizes that it points to a web address, or URL, rataalada.com. When Jeffrey Wright’s Batman and Jim Gordon navigate the film’s site, there are even more clues to unpack, as well as chilling video messages left behind by the serial killer.

Correctly answering the final set of riddles that accompanied the website last week unlocked arguably the film’s best behind-the-scenes prize so far: a deleted interrogation scene featuring Barry Keoghan’s Joker.

The Batman is in theaters now.

Edwin S. Wolfe