The Riddler. Scarecrow. The Joker. Bane. There have been a number of formidable foes that Batman has had to battle with. With the release of The Dark Knight Rises, the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, we thought we'd take a look at some of Gotham's best bad guys who never appeared on screen in a Batman movie. (When we say 'movie', we're expressly talking about live action movies, not animated ones). Without further ado, here's our top five picks for the bad guys we'd love to see Batman go head-to-head with in future films.
Scaly, green and deadly, Killer Croc is a perfectly chilling choice as a possible big screen nemesis for Batman. In both the graphic novel Joker and in the Arkham Asylum video game canon it's suggested that Croc enjoys feeding on human flesh. Couple this with his almost superhuman strength, gigantic size and ability to heal at a rapid rate and we think this is one super scary, strong and sizeable foe for Batman to face-off. Unlike The Lizard from The Amazing Spider-Man, Killer Croc would actually be compellingly scary.
It's quite the distinction to be one of the scariest looking villains in Gotham. This distinction was earned after he forged his mask from fragments of his father's coffin—a mask that has since been seared into his flesh after a fiery battle with Batman. Black Mask's powers of mind control, his deadly ruthlessness, and self-appointed status as a Mob boss make him a far more compelling adversary to Batman than any of the generic mobsters like Falcone and Maroni that have already been shown on screen.
Basil Karlo AKA Clayface was once an actor, but turned into a serial killer when he slaughtered the cast of the remake of his most popular movie, The Terror. He later gained the ability to shape shift, using the ability to trick Batman into thinking he's someone else entirely. Despite the supernatural nature of his power, the idea of a villain who can change his appearance at will could fit well into a live action Batman feature film.
He is one the few villains in Gotham who knows Batman's true identity as Bruce Wayne. A brilliant scientist with the highest mastery of biology, chemistry and psychology and a deadly hatred of Batman, Hugo Strange is not a man you want to mess with. Strange developed a toxin that turns ordinary men into gigantic crazed and seemingly unstoppable brutes. While he looks like a man, he is just as much a monster as any of the other villainous inhabitants of Gotham. He has teamed up with both Scarecrow and Joker in the past, but we'd be excited see him teamed up with almost any Gotham villain.
Psychiatrist-turned-gangster's-moll, Harley Quinn suffers from possibly the worst case of Stockholm syndrome on record. Originally she was Dr. Harleen Quinzel, an employee of Arkham Asylum tasked with helping to rehabilitate The Joker. Instead, she fell in love with him and helped him break out. We loved the darker edge she was given in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City and think this version of Miss Quinn would make an outstanding addition to any future movies. With her deft acrobatic skills, undying love for "Mr. J" and an evil streak that gives any of the previous Gotham gals a run for their money, Harley Quinn stands toe-to-crazy-toe with any other villainess.
Mr. Freeze has been previously portrayed in 1997's Batman & Robin, and almost everyone who saw that movie has tried to wipe it from memory. This is in large part due to Arnold Schwarzenegger's completely hammy and utterly unwatchable portrayal of the icy cool villain. We'd love to see Mr. Freeze return in a new live-action Batman movie, played by an actor who has slightly more range than The Terminator.
While Zsasz did appear in 2005's Batman Begins, it was an all too brief cameo. Not to put too fine a point on it, but this is the guy who makes Dexter Morgan seem cuddly and compassionate. Zsasz is notoriously the villain Batman hates fighting the most. It seems kind of weird to us that they haven't gone head-to-head on screen as of yet. We think the character would make for a spectacularly creepy and compelling bad guy for Batman to battle.
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