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Sometimes it almost seems easier to talk about the members of Batman’s Rogues Gallery who haven’t already appeared on the big screen, with three reboots and eight feature films, not including the upcoming Justice League and solo Batman movies. Of course, with reboots comes repeated characters, meaning we’ve now seen three modern versions of the Joker (Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto), and fittingly enough two versions of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones and Aaron Eckhart, though Billy Dee Williams portrayed pre-Two-Face DA Harvey Dent originally in the Burton franchise). We’ve also seen two versions of Bane (Robert “Jeep” Swenson and Tom Hardy) as well as two of Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway, though Halle Berry played a unique version in the awful Catwoman solo film). Other villains that have appeared throughout the franchises are Penguin, Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Carmine Falcone, Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, and his daughter Talia.

Of course, Batman’s rogues’ gallery is chock full of great characters and is arguably the greatest group of villains in comics. While it’s easy to keep rebooting past hits like the Joker, there is a huge selection of villains to choose from, ranging from the ground level to the world-threatening, that opens the doors for new foes to tangle with the Gotham Knights. We previously looked at 10 Spider-Man Villains We Might See Next on the Big Screen, and it’s time to do the same for Batman and his extended family – solo films for Nightwing and Batgirl are also in the works – as well as David Ayer and Margot Robbie’s upcoming Gotham City Sirens.

Man-Bat

This character kind of already appeared in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though it was during one of his nightmare visions and might have been purely based on the visual themes of Bruce Wayne’s internal struggle, rather than showcasing the actual character of Man-Bat. The character was originally Dr. Walter Langkowski, whose experimentation with bats lead to a formula that turned him into a flying monster known as the Man-Bat. Langkowski’s curse eventually extended to his whole family, and his legacy saw the formula used by Ra’s al Ghul to create an army of ninja Man-Bats. The character would make for a new type of villain for Batman to take on, adding the monster factor into the usually human villains he’s faced over the years.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film

Clayface

Another monstrous villain we’ve been waiting for years to see on the big screen is the shapeshifting Clayface. In the comics we’ve seen 5 different versions of the character, though most notable for a film to cover would be either Basil Karlo or Matt Hagen, both former actors who gained the ability to control their body like liquid clay, using this ability to either create clay weapons or masquerade as other people. Whichever character the films focused on (Karlo would be the most likely), it’s easy to understand why we haven’t seen Clayface on the big screen yet; the cost and technology needed to properly create the character presents a clear hurdle. However, after seeing some of the creatures on display in the upcoming Justice League trailer, it might be the right time to see Batman and co. face this threat.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film, Gotham City Sirens

The Ventriloquist

We’ve seen a few different iterations of the Ventriloquist over the years, with each version upping the creepy factor immensely. While meek and shy Ventriloquist Arnold Wesker might not seem like the best on screen supervillain, it’s his relationship with dummy Scarface that really makes the character stand out. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is actually in control of this gangster duo, with Scarface leading his men and causing problems for the Batman many times over the years. Eventually, Wesker is killed, and Scarface falls into the hands of Peyton Riley, who becomes the new Ventriloquist. Riley even has ties to another character further down on this list (shhh), but she too soon dies/disappears, and Scarface wasn’t seen again. During the New 52 we are introduced to a new Ventriloquist, the telekinetic Shauna Belzer and her dummy Ferdie, who she controls with her mind. Belzer is legitimately crazy, and her relationship with Ferdie makes Wesker and Scarface seem normal by comparison.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batgirl film

Professor Pyg

One of the most unnerving villains we’ve ever seen in Gotham, Lazlo Valentin is Professor Pyg, who first tangled against Nightwing while he was operating as Batman next to Damian Wayne’s Robin. Pyg, backed by his Circus of Strange, creates lobotomized Dollotrons out of runaway children to do his bidding, usually in an attempt to poison Gotham or create even more brainless followers. Pyg is one of the most deranged villains to grace Gotham, and has wowed readers in the few appearances since his creation, even managing to cross over to the Beware the Batman animated series. Maybe his popularity will set the stage for the appearance of the craziest of the crazy on the big screen.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Nightwing film

James Gordon Jr.

If the name sounds at all familiar, you’re probably thinking about Gotham’s Commissioner James Gordon. James Gordon Jr. is his psychopathic son, and sister to Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl. He first appeared as an infant in Frank Miller’s iconic Batman: Year One, where Carmine Falcone’s hitman kidnaps the boy and throws him off a bridge, only to be saved by Batman, which helps build the friendship between Batman and the eventual Commissioner Gordon. Whether that fall affected the boy or not is unrevealed, but we learn years later that James Gordon Jr. is now a serial killer, having exhibited troubling behaviors most of his life before revealing his homicidal tendencies. Gordon Jr. finds himself at odds with both his father and Batgirl, whose identity he figured out easily and plays to great effect when dealing with her. James even worked with the Suicide Squad during the New 52, which might open up another door for the character to appear on the big screen. If anything, including this character in the DCEU will offer much more story potential for J.K. Simmons to work with as Commissioner Gordon, which we can definitely get behind.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batgirl film, Suicide Squad 2

Lady Shiva

An aspect of Batman that we rarely get to see on the big screen is his mastery of martial arts, which is somewhat shown during his training in Batman Begins though is not really displayed with Batman’s fighting prowess. In the comics, one of Bruce’s many rivals as a master martial artist was the dangerous Lady Shiva, who is known as one of the deadliest fighters in the DC universe. Lady Shiva has been involved with almost the whole Bat-family, including facing Dick Grayson in one of his first outings as Robin, training Jason Todd in the League of Assassins following his apparent death, and helping train Tim Drake for his role as the third Robin. She is also the mother to Cassandra Cain, who served as a Batgirl before Barbara Gordon took back the role. Shiva – as the Jade Canary – also worked alongside Gordon’s Batgirl on her Birds of Prey team, meaning she could show up in any and all of the upcoming Gotham-centric films

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Gotham City Sirens, untitled Nightwing film, untitled Batgirl film

Hush

One of the newer villains on the list, Hush is Dr. Thomas Elliot, a former childhood friend of Bruce Wayne whose attempted murder of his parents was ruined by Bruce’s father, Dr. Thomas Wayne. Hoping to take his vengeance out on Bruce, he finds out his secret identity as Batman and creates a gauntlet of villains and mysteries set to break and confuse the Batman. Eventually, Hush even changes his face with plastic surgery to look like Bruce Wayne, hoping to take over his life, or at least ruin it. Hush works as a villain to both Batman and Bruce Wayne, and his look would be easy enough to pull off on the big screen.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film

Red Hood

While the character is now a hero in the DC Universe, he should absolutely be first introduced as a villain for Batman. Originally the Red Hood identity was used by a pre-Joker Joker, as well as the Red Hood gang (in the New 52 continuity). The current version was actually introduced during Hush’s villainous gauntlet against Batman, which revealed formerly deceased Robin Jason Todd under the mask. Todd, who was thought to have been killed as a boy by the Joker, returned to save Gotham by taking it over, killing his rivals and bringing the Batman into direct confrontations with him. After his identity is revealed, Todd eventually rejoins the Bat-Family, making the character a recurring possibility in the DCEU.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film, untitled Nightwing film

Court of Owls

An old and secret society, the Court of Owls is made up of some of the most influential families of Gotham City. Their presence isn’t revealed to Batman until later in his career, though he had heard the rhymes of the Court as a child. One of the leaders of the Court is Lincoln March, who claims to be Thomas Wayne Jr. unknown brother to Bruce, though this claim is unsubstantiated. The Court’s Talons are an undead militia that serves the interest of the organization, with its members plucked from the talented youth of Gotham. The lead Talon, William Cobb, actually revealed himself to be the great grandfather of Dick Grayson, with Grayson being bred to be the ultimate Talon before Bruce Wayne took him under his wing. The Court of Owls would present a big challenge unlike anything Batman has faced on the big screen, with the villainous secret society proving to be the ultimate mystery for the world’s greatest detective to figure out.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film, untitled Nightwing film

Black Mask

Roman Sionis AKA Black Mask is the name most frequently mentioned in regards to the developing DCEU Gotham villains. Usually shown as a gang leader working to run the city of Gotham, Sionis originally was the leader of the False Faces, a violent street gang who wore masks in honor of Black Mask, whose own face was hidden behind a skull-like mask that was bonded permanently to his face. Black Mask has featured in a number of storylines across the years, including the Gang War event that saw the apparent death of one-time Robin Stephanie Brown. The identity has passed along to a few villains, as Sionis was seemingly killed by Catwoman, though following the New 52 and Rebirth reboots of the DC universe, his current standing is unknown.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Gotham City Sirens, untitled Batman film

There are still so many other great villains that have made Gotham their home, but these 10 are the ones who we feel are most likely to make an appearance in the developing DCEU. While villains like the Mad Hatter or Firefly could serve as interesting secondary villains, they don’t have enough flash and menace to threaten our heroes alone.

What other villains would you like to see next on the big screen? Let us know in the comments section below and join the discussion on the GEEK FB!


Images: DC Comics

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10 Batman Villains We Might See Next on the Big Screen

And where these Gotham City Rogues might show up in the DCEU.

By Scoot Allan | 04/17/2017 12:30 PM PT | Updated 04/17/2017 12:33 PM PT

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Sometimes it almost seems easier to talk about the members of Batman’s Rogues Gallery who haven’t already appeared on the big screen, with three reboots and eight feature films, not including the upcoming Justice League and solo Batman movies. Of course, with reboots comes repeated characters, meaning we’ve now seen three modern versions of the Joker (Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto), and fittingly enough two versions of Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones and Aaron Eckhart, though Billy Dee Williams portrayed pre-Two-Face DA Harvey Dent originally in the Burton franchise). We’ve also seen two versions of Bane (Robert “Jeep” Swenson and Tom Hardy) as well as two of Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway, though Halle Berry played a unique version in the awful Catwoman solo film). Other villains that have appeared throughout the franchises are Penguin, Riddler, Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy, Carmine Falcone, Scarecrow, Ra’s al Ghul, and his daughter Talia.

Of course, Batman’s rogues’ gallery is chock full of great characters and is arguably the greatest group of villains in comics. While it’s easy to keep rebooting past hits like the Joker, there is a huge selection of villains to choose from, ranging from the ground level to the world-threatening, that opens the doors for new foes to tangle with the Gotham Knights. We previously looked at 10 Spider-Man Villains We Might See Next on the Big Screen, and it’s time to do the same for Batman and his extended family – solo films for Nightwing and Batgirl are also in the works – as well as David Ayer and Margot Robbie’s upcoming Gotham City Sirens.

Man-Bat

This character kind of already appeared in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though it was during one of his nightmare visions and might have been purely based on the visual themes of Bruce Wayne’s internal struggle, rather than showcasing the actual character of Man-Bat. The character was originally Dr. Walter Langkowski, whose experimentation with bats lead to a formula that turned him into a flying monster known as the Man-Bat. Langkowski’s curse eventually extended to his whole family, and his legacy saw the formula used by Ra’s al Ghul to create an army of ninja Man-Bats. The character would make for a new type of villain for Batman to take on, adding the monster factor into the usually human villains he’s faced over the years.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film

Clayface

Another monstrous villain we’ve been waiting for years to see on the big screen is the shapeshifting Clayface. In the comics we’ve seen 5 different versions of the character, though most notable for a film to cover would be either Basil Karlo or Matt Hagen, both former actors who gained the ability to control their body like liquid clay, using this ability to either create clay weapons or masquerade as other people. Whichever character the films focused on (Karlo would be the most likely), it’s easy to understand why we haven’t seen Clayface on the big screen yet; the cost and technology needed to properly create the character presents a clear hurdle. However, after seeing some of the creatures on display in the upcoming Justice League trailer, it might be the right time to see Batman and co. face this threat.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film, Gotham City Sirens

The Ventriloquist

We’ve seen a few different iterations of the Ventriloquist over the years, with each version upping the creepy factor immensely. While meek and shy Ventriloquist Arnold Wesker might not seem like the best on screen supervillain, it’s his relationship with dummy Scarface that really makes the character stand out. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is actually in control of this gangster duo, with Scarface leading his men and causing problems for the Batman many times over the years. Eventually, Wesker is killed, and Scarface falls into the hands of Peyton Riley, who becomes the new Ventriloquist. Riley even has ties to another character further down on this list (shhh), but she too soon dies/disappears, and Scarface wasn’t seen again. During the New 52 we are introduced to a new Ventriloquist, the telekinetic Shauna Belzer and her dummy Ferdie, who she controls with her mind. Belzer is legitimately crazy, and her relationship with Ferdie makes Wesker and Scarface seem normal by comparison.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batgirl film

Professor Pyg

One of the most unnerving villains we’ve ever seen in Gotham, Lazlo Valentin is Professor Pyg, who first tangled against Nightwing while he was operating as Batman next to Damian Wayne’s Robin. Pyg, backed by his Circus of Strange, creates lobotomized Dollotrons out of runaway children to do his bidding, usually in an attempt to poison Gotham or create even more brainless followers. Pyg is one of the most deranged villains to grace Gotham, and has wowed readers in the few appearances since his creation, even managing to cross over to the Beware the Batman animated series. Maybe his popularity will set the stage for the appearance of the craziest of the crazy on the big screen.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Nightwing film

James Gordon Jr.

If the name sounds at all familiar, you’re probably thinking about Gotham’s Commissioner James Gordon. James Gordon Jr. is his psychopathic son, and sister to Barbara Gordon AKA Batgirl. He first appeared as an infant in Frank Miller’s iconic Batman: Year One, where Carmine Falcone’s hitman kidnaps the boy and throws him off a bridge, only to be saved by Batman, which helps build the friendship between Batman and the eventual Commissioner Gordon. Whether that fall affected the boy or not is unrevealed, but we learn years later that James Gordon Jr. is now a serial killer, having exhibited troubling behaviors most of his life before revealing his homicidal tendencies. Gordon Jr. finds himself at odds with both his father and Batgirl, whose identity he figured out easily and plays to great effect when dealing with her. James even worked with the Suicide Squad during the New 52, which might open up another door for the character to appear on the big screen. If anything, including this character in the DCEU will offer much more story potential for J.K. Simmons to work with as Commissioner Gordon, which we can definitely get behind.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batgirl film, Suicide Squad 2

Lady Shiva

An aspect of Batman that we rarely get to see on the big screen is his mastery of martial arts, which is somewhat shown during his training in Batman Begins though is not really displayed with Batman’s fighting prowess. In the comics, one of Bruce’s many rivals as a master martial artist was the dangerous Lady Shiva, who is known as one of the deadliest fighters in the DC universe. Lady Shiva has been involved with almost the whole Bat-family, including facing Dick Grayson in one of his first outings as Robin, training Jason Todd in the League of Assassins following his apparent death, and helping train Tim Drake for his role as the third Robin. She is also the mother to Cassandra Cain, who served as a Batgirl before Barbara Gordon took back the role. Shiva – as the Jade Canary – also worked alongside Gordon’s Batgirl on her Birds of Prey team, meaning she could show up in any and all of the upcoming Gotham-centric films

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Gotham City Sirens, untitled Nightwing film, untitled Batgirl film

Hush

One of the newer villains on the list, Hush is Dr. Thomas Elliot, a former childhood friend of Bruce Wayne whose attempted murder of his parents was ruined by Bruce’s father, Dr. Thomas Wayne. Hoping to take his vengeance out on Bruce, he finds out his secret identity as Batman and creates a gauntlet of villains and mysteries set to break and confuse the Batman. Eventually, Hush even changes his face with plastic surgery to look like Bruce Wayne, hoping to take over his life, or at least ruin it. Hush works as a villain to both Batman and Bruce Wayne, and his look would be easy enough to pull off on the big screen.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film

Red Hood

While the character is now a hero in the DC Universe, he should absolutely be first introduced as a villain for Batman. Originally the Red Hood identity was used by a pre-Joker Joker, as well as the Red Hood gang (in the New 52 continuity). The current version was actually introduced during Hush’s villainous gauntlet against Batman, which revealed formerly deceased Robin Jason Todd under the mask. Todd, who was thought to have been killed as a boy by the Joker, returned to save Gotham by taking it over, killing his rivals and bringing the Batman into direct confrontations with him. After his identity is revealed, Todd eventually rejoins the Bat-Family, making the character a recurring possibility in the DCEU.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film, untitled Nightwing film

Court of Owls

An old and secret society, the Court of Owls is made up of some of the most influential families of Gotham City. Their presence isn’t revealed to Batman until later in his career, though he had heard the rhymes of the Court as a child. One of the leaders of the Court is Lincoln March, who claims to be Thomas Wayne Jr. unknown brother to Bruce, though this claim is unsubstantiated. The Court’s Talons are an undead militia that serves the interest of the organization, with its members plucked from the talented youth of Gotham. The lead Talon, William Cobb, actually revealed himself to be the great grandfather of Dick Grayson, with Grayson being bred to be the ultimate Talon before Bruce Wayne took him under his wing. The Court of Owls would present a big challenge unlike anything Batman has faced on the big screen, with the villainous secret society proving to be the ultimate mystery for the world’s greatest detective to figure out.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Untitled Batman film, untitled Nightwing film

Black Mask

Roman Sionis AKA Black Mask is the name most frequently mentioned in regards to the developing DCEU Gotham villains. Usually shown as a gang leader working to run the city of Gotham, Sionis originally was the leader of the False Faces, a violent street gang who wore masks in honor of Black Mask, whose own face was hidden behind a skull-like mask that was bonded permanently to his face. Black Mask has featured in a number of storylines across the years, including the Gang War event that saw the apparent death of one-time Robin Stephanie Brown. The identity has passed along to a few villains, as Sionis was seemingly killed by Catwoman, though following the New 52 and Rebirth reboots of the DC universe, his current standing is unknown.

Best Chance for Cinematic Success: Gotham City Sirens, untitled Batman film

There are still so many other great villains that have made Gotham their home, but these 10 are the ones who we feel are most likely to make an appearance in the developing DCEU. While villains like the Mad Hatter or Firefly could serve as interesting secondary villains, they don’t have enough flash and menace to threaten our heroes alone.

What other villains would you like to see next on the big screen? Let us know in the comments section below and join the discussion on the GEEK FB!


Images: DC Comics

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Scoot Allan talks geek and writes stuff about stuff. He likes long walks to the bathroom, exercises non-regularly and has way too much hair - everywhere. He featured on the Geek Exchange Podcast, Grizzlybomb, WhatCulture, RoguePlanet.tv, BamKapow and The Urban 30.