Batman has arguably one of the greatest rogues galleries in comic book history. Not every one is as good as the last admittedly, but you try having to come up with new villains for Batman to face every other month or so for 90 years; I bet it’s not that easy.
Still, Batman’s rogues have for the most part managed to toe that line between silly and scary, between bizarre and banal, without ever becoming prosaic. Batman is just a man, and there’s an ocean of depth beneath the cowl for villains to exploit. He’s not always just running into close quarters for a punch-up – sometimes a villain comes along that tests his intelligence as much as his combat prowess.
Let’s take a look at the Batman villains we’ve seen on screen to date: The Joker (twice), Two-Face (twice), Bane (twice), Scarecrow, The Penguin, Joe Chill, Carmine Falcone, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler, Poison Ivy, Ra’s Al Ghul, Talia Al Ghul and for a brief moment at least, Victor Zsaz. It seems like a lot on paper, but in reality this is just the tip of the iceberg.
We’ve decided to take a look back at Batman’s long list of rogues to compile a list of those we deem would be worthy of featuring in a new Batman reboot. Think of it as an analysis of Arkham Asylum’s patient log.
Here’s how it goes.