Batman has been on the big screen a handful of times, but he still has so many enemies that have never been in a movie. I love the Joker, but man-oh-man am I tired of seeing him. Batman has one of the most impressive, deep rogue galleries in all of the comics, and I think it’s time more of them got the love they deserve!
Some of these characters may have been in Lego Batman (if Kite-Man could have been anyone) but that doesn’t really count as an introduction. Look how famous someone like Slipknot is now thanks to suicide squad. Well, all these folks on the list are way better than Slipknot, and should be seeing a member of the Bat family on the big screen soon.
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10. Calendar Man
Some characters should really just appear in the background or as a passing threat to Batman, and Calendar Man is one of them. As his name implies, Calendar Man is obsessed with calendars and dates. His major crimes often correlate with certain holidays or important dates throughout the year. That makes one of his greatest assets his patience and ability to plan his crimes. He waits for certain days throughout the year to carry out his heists, without rushing or leaving anything to chance.
Not only is Julian Day (seriously) a great long-term strategist, he also has an inventor fever to develop heavy weapons. He has been shown variously as a clownish character, a Hannibal Lecter-esque serial killer, and a master manipulator. All three would do well on the big screen, so I really hope he gets something soon!
9. box office success
Blockbuster is more established as a Nightwing foe, but he actually fought Batman and Robin first. I don’t want this to be a long showdown, but with the news that a Nightwing movie is in development, it would be cool if Blockbuster was a somewhat established character before night wing came out.
Blockbuster is supposed to be included in a flashback scene where Batman reminisces about his days with Dick Grayson when he was Robin. He shouldn’t be given too much backstory in the movie, but only featured in a great fight scene to get fans excited about him for a future movie. Roland Desmond not only has brute strength and is impervious to most injuries, he is also incredibly tactical and intelligent. He quickly asserts himself as the Kingpin of Bludhaven and begins to run the city as he sees fit. Watching an acrobatic hero take down an enemy who fights like the Hulk would be a fun moment in both the batter or night wing.
Here’s another enemy that would work better in the background or as hired muscle for another villain. As you can probably guess, Firefly is an arsonist who uses flamethrowers and special effects installations to terrorize Gotham. He is an approachable villain who has found a way to hurt many people. He’s not manipulative like Riddler or scary like Bane, he’s just bored and needs some money. He’ll team up with other lower-level bad guys if necessary, but he’s stubborn enough to think he can survive alone at times.
I want to see Batman rescue children from a burning building and deal with Firefly at the same time. That would be a great way to start the movie to establish how much crap Batman is dealing with on a typical day.
7. Lady Shiva
We saw Talia Al Ghul in Dark Knight Rises, but Lady Shiva is Batman’s deadliest female adversary when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. Trained by the League of Assassins, Shiva is one of the most feared and well-known assassins in the DCU. While she may use weapons when necessary, she prefers to kill her opponents with her bare hands.
She is such a skilled fighter and tactician that she can predict her opponent’s next moves based on their body movements. At various points in Batman’s timeline, the two were allies. She even helped develop his training regimen in the Knightfall storyline after he had his back broken by Bane.
It would be nice to see such a hesitant collaboration happen on the big screen. While they can’t remain allies forever, it would be nice to see what eventually comes between them and the two old friends on the battlefield.
6. Professor Pygo
Professor Pyg is one of the newest Batman villains on this list and he already feels like a classic. He is one of Grant Morrison’s twisted characters he developed especially for his series when Dick Grayson was Batman. Professor Pyg was Morrison’s attempt to create one of the weirdest, most deranged Batman villains yet.
Lazlo Valentin wants to make everyone around him perfect. The only problem that means his version of perfect is drugged and turned into a mindless minion. He kidnaps people and performs harmful plastic surgery, leaving them scarred, drugged and under his control. When he tries to kidnap Damian Wayne, however, he bites off more than he can chew and brings Batman’s full wrath down on him.
He is a chemist and surgeon known to use viruses and his knowledge of the body to try to maintain control of Gotham. It would be nice to see Batman racing against the clock trying to prevent a Contagion-esque event from dismantling Gotham.
Professor Pyg is a unique, crazed enemy who belongs on the big screen as soon as possible! I just want to see a man in a Pyg costume operate on young children who listen to bad pop music. I can’t be the only one, right…?
5. the ventriloquist
The ventriloquist is a tragic character in my opinion. Arnold Wesker is a puppeteer with multiple personalities. Under the psychological pressure of a gangster personality named Scarface, Wesker walks around with a scary-looking doll who kills people and runs a criminal empire. While many people think that Wesker is just hiding behind the doll, he really does consider himself Scarface’s lackey. The master becomes the puppet when Wesker becomes frightened and occasionally even feels threatened by Scarface.
While many of Batman’s enemies are quickly written off as mentally ill, Wesker is really sick. He expresses bad tendencies because the voices in his head tell him to do them. This makes him a truly empathetic character that audiences can relate to. Everyone has bad things they want to do, but most of us have the willpower to overcome those lower tendencies and move forward productively. Seeing how Batman finds the best way to deal with Wesker on the battlefield and how best to help him could result in a Batman movie we’ve never seen before. Let’s make Batman sympathetic to the bad guy for once just because he’s a good guy and not because he’s the reason he’s bad now (a la Two Face in The Dark Knight†
4. black mask
Black Mask is one of the most twisted characters in Gotham. Roman Sionis is a kingpin with a fetish-like love for masks who will do anything to stay at the top of the criminal underground. Roman was born into a wealthy elite family that always cared more about money than his own well-being. When he was born, he was dropped off by the doctor. Rather than worrying about their son’s health, the wealthy parents covered up the entire fiasco to make sure their friends wouldn’t hear about it. Growing up, he was forced to endure the social distortions of the social elite as his parents constantly nursed the Waynes, despite hating them. Roman soon became obsessed with the different masks people put on to get what they needed.
Roman has no limits when it comes to getting what he wants. He tortured Robins and burned people alive to secure his position. He’s one of DC’s most sadistic villains, and I think his backstory and emotional headroom could work well in a Batman movie.
3. clay face
While there have been quite a few different Clayfaces with different origins in Batman history, I think he would serve best on the big screen as an ogre-like monster without much backstory. I know some of you might be upset about that decision because DC Rebirth kind of fleshed out his character and made him one of Batman’s allies, but Clayface should remain a scary monster for the big screen. Clayface even started out as a movie character in the comics and he reminds me of some classic Universal monsters. You have your vampire, wolfman and mummy, now all you need is your mud monster.
I’m not sure what his motivations should be in the movie, but I just want to see Batman have to fight a living concrete wall for a while. I did not like it Spider Man 3, but I still have fond memories of the Sandman fight scene, and I’d like to see that handled in a more mature, darker way.
Tommy Elliot is one of Bruce Wayne’s oldest friends. He’s also just one of his deadliest rivals. It seems like an old rival trick from Batman at this point, but Hush knows how to manipulate the other Gotham villains to do his bidding. Unlike characters like the Joker or Penguin, who might pay other villains to work for them, Hush can often get people to do his job without even realizing it.
Sure he sometimes asks people for help like my boy Clayface is a very emotional showdown that I don’t want to spoil in the original Quiet storyline. Hush knows exactly which buttons to push to make Batman extremely angry and emotionally vulnerable. Not only is he a physical match for Batman, but he is also a mental match to him that forces Batman to dig deep and think differently in order to take him down. A battle between two old friends may be a tired trope at the moment, but it could be handled well if talented screenwriters are attached to the project.
1. Hugo Strange
Hugo Strange is one of Batman’s most mentally imposing and oldest enemies. Not only was he the first enemy to deduce Batman’s secret identity, he often manipulates other villains to keep his own hands clean. dr. Strange (yes, he’s actually a doctor) works at Arkham Asylum. So part of his job is direct contact with Gotham’s most wanted people, making it all the easier for him to slowly change them to his liking. Not only is he trained in psychology, but he is also a master biologist and chemist, often concocting terrible things for the prisoners and citizens of Gotham.