10 Essential DC Villains Not Yet Used In The DCEU

Seriously - how long will it take for Braniac to appear?!

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As the saying goes, every great story needs a great villain.

To date, the DC Extended Universe has offered up a mixed bag of bad guys, ranging from good, to decent, to painful (here's lookin' at you, Lex). This shared cinematic realm has showcased some of DC Comics' most notorious villains since it began back in 2013 with Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, but there's still so many of DC's famed rogues available to be given the big-screen treatment.

Of course, the very future of the DCEU is an uncertain one right now, yet there are plentiful movies in various stages of development. So much so, it's safe to start looking through the ranks of DC's most infamous names and see which ones would be best suited to being brought to life in an upcoming feature.

Just to give you fair warning, this article is aiming to stay away from those bad guys 'n' gals who have featured in a movie or two in relatively recent years, with the aim being to try and bring something fresh and new to what we've seen from Warners' DC-driven output.

With that in mind, then, here are some of the most sinister wrong 'uns that would be great additions to the DCEU over the next few years.

10. The Riddler

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In trying to not simply redo the Batman villains we’ve seen up against the last couple of incarnations of the cinematic Caped Crusader, one rogue ripe for another crack at the big-screen Bat-action is The Riddler.

To be particularly sceptical, it’s fair to say that The Riddler has never been done proper justice when it comes to film. Frank Gorshin’s take on the character could be a possible exception should you count the 1966 Adam West-headlined Batman movie, but Jim Carrey? No, that was not The Riddler.

With E. Nygma being a cold, calculating sort who spends his time masterfully planning cunning schemes designed to take down the Dark Knight and plentiful other DC heroes, Carrey’s Riddler was the polar opposite of this. Loud? Brash? Erratic? Joker-lite? Tick, tick, tick, and double tick.

The current landscape of superhero movies is now at a point where these are rightly viewed as serious films with some major stakes on the line. With that in mind, now could be the perfect time to give audiences a truly worthy take on Edward Nygma going up against Robert Pattinson's Batman. Riddle me this, indeed.

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