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8 Batman Villains We Would Love to See in Movies

Updated on December 9, 2016
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Ben Affleck's first solo Batman movie "The Batman" has almost been confirmed by Warner Bros and apparently the main villain is going to be "Deathstroke", to be played by Joe Manganiello.

And the shooting is supposed to start in December 2016 with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.

Batman Villains who haven't been in a movie yet

Although I am not a fan of Ben Affleck playing out Batman, I am intrigued to see how the new era in Batman universe pans out.

And if it is going to be a successful one, I would love to see some of these 8 villains in combat with Batman on the big screen. So, here goes the list of he best villains who haven't been in movies yet but deserve their shot for sure:

Hugo Strange

Professor Hugo Strange
Professor Hugo Strange

"The most dangerous man in the world! Scientist, philosopher and a criminal genius ... little is known of him, yet this man is undoubtedly the greatest organizer of crime in the world." - Bruce Wayne

Professor Hugo Strange has a bald misshapen head, complete with bushy eyebrows, coke-bottle glasses and a thick beard accenting his jaw. He is an evil psychologist and chemical genius who knows Batman's secret identity and lusts to take the identity for himself. Just as The Batman was familiar with him, Strange knew of his adversary long before they met. Cursing an underling for not killing him when he had the chance, Strange declared that "The Batman is the only man with the imagination to sense the exact nature of our plans." Strange had first gained fame in the world of psychology when he claimed to have fully analyzed the Dark Knight from afar. Strange would lend credence to his own claims by learning of Batman's true identity of Bruce Wayne. However, his hatred of Batman turned into more and more of a deranged obsession, using his medical expertise to hatch a series of bizarre plots based around genetics and mind control in order to defeat Batman and possibly take his place.

Hush

Hush (Dr. Thomas "Tommy" Elliot)
Hush (Dr. Thomas "Tommy" Elliot)

Dr. Thomas "Tommy" Elliot was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne. He becomes a costumed criminal who targets both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Although Hush's name originates from a nursery rhyme, Hush lives up to it by using manipulation and guile instead of noisy "signatures". Tommy and Bruce Wayne were childhood friends, and unbeknownst to Bruce, dark reflections of each other. A childhood sociopath, Elliot tried to kill his parents so he could inherit their fortune. When his plan failed, due partly to the surgical skills of Bruce's father, Dr. Thomas Wayne, Elliot blamed Bruce. An incredibly skilled surgeon as an adult, Elliot planned an elaborate revenge scheme on Wayne. He disguised himself as the villain Hush, his face covered in bandages, plots revenge against Batman, generating complicated schemes with surgical precision.

Red Hood

Red Hood (Jason Todd)
Red Hood (Jason Todd)

Jason Todd, the former Robin killed by the Joker in Batman: A Death in the Family, is revealed to have been resurrected by Talia al Ghul in the Lazarus Pit. But the pit changes him and his emotions and he becomes the new Red Hood. His debut culminates in a fateful confrontation with those he feels have wronged him. He beats the Joker with a crowbar (mirroring the way the Joker had tortured him before killing him with a bomb) and later kidnaps him. The new Red Hood assumes control over various gangs in Gotham City and starts a one-man war against Black Mask's criminal empire. He actively tries to cleanse the city of corruption, such as the illegal drug trade and gang violence, but in a violent, antiheroic way.

Lady Shiva

Lady Shiva (Sandra Woosan)
Lady Shiva (Sandra Woosan)

Lady Shiva is one of the most deadly assassins in the DC Universe. Born as Sandra Woosan, Shiva was first introduced as an antagonist to martial artist, Richard Dragon believing to be a spy responsible for the murder of her sister, Carolyn. In reality, Carolyn's murder was orchestrated by Guano Cravat, a corrupt businessman whose criminal ambitions had been foiled by Dragon. Cravat convinced Woosan that Dragon killed Carolyn, deliberately pitting her against Dragon in an act of revenge. In order to avenge her sister, Woosan becomes a master combatant. During the course of her training, she discovers that she is a prodigy, rapidly mastering several martial arts and eventually dubbing herself "Lady" Shiva.

After Bane broke Batman's back, Batman sought training from Shiva to help him regain his skills and fighting spirit, but Shiva attempted to complete Batman’s training by manipulating him into killing an opponent using her fatal Leopard Blow.

Court of Owls

Court of Owls
Court of Owls

The Court of Owls is secret organization centuries old with immense power and influence embedded into the very architecture and history of Gotham City. The Myth of The Court of Owls is as old or possibly even older than Gotham City itself. Their existence has been passed down from generations in the form of an old Gotham City nursery rhyme:

"Beware The Court of Owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadow perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed, speak not a whispered word of them or they'll send The Talon for your head."

Throughout The Court of Owls' existence the secret organization also uses The Talons, a group of loyal lethal assassins, whenever they feel that their existence is threatened.

Black Mask

Black Mask (Roman Sionis)
Black Mask (Roman Sionis)

Roman Sionis, a former business executive and mafia boss who originally hated Bruce Wayne rather than Batman, wears a black wooden mask and leads the cult like society of False Facers. Black Mask eventually became a mob boss controlling large sections of Gotham City's criminal underworld. Following the suspicious death of his multi-millionaire parents, Sionis had inherited their fortune and went on to bankrupt their company. Saved by a buyout by Bruce Wayne, Sionis came to resent and hate Wayne. Fixated on the concept of masks, Sionis carved one from his father's black coffin and sought revenge; his ensuing battle with the Dark Knight caused his mask to be burned into his skin, remaking him as the Black Mask. Sionis is now a feared gang leader and one of the most powerful mob bosses in Gotham, with a burning hatred for Batman.

Clayface

Clayface (Basil Karlo)
Clayface (Basil Karlo)

Basil Karlo, the original Clayface, was an actor who was driven mad when he heard of a re-make of the classic horror film he had starred in, The Terror. Adopting the persona of the film's villain "Clayface", he became a serial killer targeting the cast and crew. Being chemically altered gave him the ability to regenerate body mass, change shape, size, density and shapeshift into any form he could think of.

Clayface forms an alliance (consisting of Lady Clay, Clayface II, and Clayface III) dubbed "The Mudpack" to defeat Batman. Though the Mud Pack is defeated by Batman and Robin, Karlo manages, by tricking his allies, to imbue himself with abilities similar to those of Preston Payne and Sondra Fuller.

Man-Bat

Dr. Robert Kirkland "Kirk" Langstrom
Dr. Robert Kirkland "Kirk" Langstrom

Dr. Kirk Langstrom, a scientist specializing in the study of bats, with his partner Urcc founder Arthur Alvin Aguilar a scientist who studies roaches, develops an extract intended to give humans the bat's sonar sense and tests the formula on himself because he was becoming deaf. While it works, it has a horrible side effect: it transforms him gradually into a hideous humanoid bat-like monster, while Arthur Alvin Alcid Aguilar turns in to a humongous cockroach.

He first clashes with Batman when he tries to steal the chemicals needed to reverse his transformation, but his control over the new animalistic instincts resulting from his bat-like state is tenuous, and Batman is forced to subdue him in order to administer the antidote.

Langstrom later refines his serum, enabling him to retain his human intelligence while in bat form, and allowing himself control over his transformations. He works for a while as a detective and independent crime fighter as Man-Bat, while he and his fiancee, Francine marry and have a daughter, Rebecca. Eventually, however, his instability returns and he is left unable to control his transformations. In this condition, he clashes several times with Batman, believing that his daughter is dead and that Batman is somehow responsible.

Which of these villains would you like to see Batman battling out on the big screen?

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    • Sam Dreiberg profile imageAUTHOR

      Sam Dreiberg 

      19 months ago from India

      Yes.. exactly... it's time to move on from Joker and Two Face...

    • CYong74 profile image

      Kuan Leong Yong 

      19 months ago from Singapore

      I think a lot of these would make for great appearances on the big screen. At least it would be something else other than Mr J, Two Face etc.

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