It can’t be denied that Christopher Nolan has reinvented the way we look at comic book movies today. Nolan created a believable universe in which Batman and his band of not-so-merry men could truly exist where they were once though too cartoonish or unrealistic for serious cinema. He successfully brought the Scare crow, Ra’s al Ghul, Two-Face, The Joker, Catwoman and Bane to life and redefined the list of Batman villains to actually look like a list of villains. Besides Christopher Nolan, some other directors has also contributed on showing off the Batman fighting the bad guys.
In this list of Batman Villains we take a look back on the bad guys the caped crusader has faced from the original “Batman” to “The Dark Knight Rises”. Here are the best from the DC heroes rogues gallery, as played by Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway and more. Also, don’t forget to read about the Psychology of The Dark Knight.
Bane literally “broke the Bat” in the classic 1990s Knightfall comic book storyline. He is mainly known for breaking Batman’s back and taking over the Gotham’s underworld. The character Bane is gifted with a brilliant mind and is also enhanced physicall. Bane knows Batman’s secret identity to boot. In The Dark Knight Risesh Tom Hardy did an awesome job on portraying this brutal villain
Is Catwoman friend or foe? Well, she just goes on with what suits her interests. Anne Hathaway sometimes seems to be the love interest of Batman whereas she is one of the greatest Batman villains some other time. Anne Hathaway dons the suit in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. She describes the suit as a “psychological terrorist” because of the extreme physical regimen she had to maintain to fit into the costume.
3. The Joker
You didn’t think anyone else could possibly fill this role, did you? The yin to his yang, the evil to his goood, The JOker is the Batman’s ultimate opposite number.
Jack Nicholson’s Joker set the bar for villainy in Batman and Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning turn as the Joker saw the character orchestrate the shocking murder of Bruce Wayne’s love, Rachel Dawes. In comics, he shot and crippled Barbara “Batgirl” Gordon and killed Jason “Robin” Todd by beating him to death with a crowbar.
4. Mr. Freeze
An expert in all things cold, Mr. Freeze went a little nuts after his wife, Nora, became terminally ill. He responded by unleashing his freeze gun on Gotham.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s turn as Mr. Freeze is still alive and well on YouTube, where countless videos mock his pun-filled performance in Batman & Robin. But despite the villain’s lackluster big-screen treatment, comic book fans regard Mr. Freeze as an essential baddie in Batman’s rogues gallery.
Despite, Penguin has proven to be a surprisingly versatile character, sometimes a quasi-legitimate businessman, sometimes a disfigured weirdo, he has been many things over the years, and as result has maintained a consistent presence in comic books for 70 years now.
Penguin is played by Burges Meredith in the 1960s TV series and Danny DeVito in Batman returns. Unlike most of Batman’s villains, penguin is actually rather sane. Insted of being driven to do bad things, he does them because he stands to gain from them — isn’t that a true villain?
6. Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy is like a lot of the best Batman villains in that rather than just being totally evil, she actually has some good points, and would be more sympathetic if she didn’t happen to be dangerously crazy. Rathern than being out for herself, Pamela Isely fights for Earth — albeit through criminal (and frequently murderous) means.
Poison Ivy is seductively played by Uma Thurman in Batman & Robin.
In the comics, creepily thin Jonathan Crane once managed to pump Batman full of fear gas, rendering him helpless with crippling paranoia. In Batman Begins, Cillian Murphy puts a much more handsome face on the classic villain and did the character proud by striking fear into the hearts of Batman and mob bosses alike.
8. Two Face
There are two sides to everyone, a good and a bad side. This dichotomy of good and evil has often been explored in literature (and in Batman/Bruce Wayne himself), but none quite so literally as Harvey Dent.
First played by Tommy Lee Jones (Batman Forever) and more recently by Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight), Two-Face is former Gotham District Attorney Harvey Dent. Once among Batman’s friends, Dent becomes twisted after an accident mangles the left side of his face. He’s also got a thing for coin tosses (don’t ask).
9. Ra’S Al Ghul
Unlike other batman villains who only limit their scope to various crime around Gotham City, Ra’s Al Ghul is an international assassin who has been living for hundreds of years thanks to the recuperative powers of his Lazarus Pit. And while a lot of these other villains like to keel, Ra’s would rather wipe out almost all of humanity, as he attempted to do during the “Contagion” storyline, waging biological warfare on Gotham City. He also nearly took the Justice League of America for good during “Tower of Babel”, by using Batman’s own plans against him.
Ra’s Al Ghul was introduced onscreen with Liam Neeson’s take on the character in Batman Begins. In this film, Batman stops him wiping out the Gotham City and leave him in the burning train to explode. But there is much more to Ra’s Al Ghul than just Batman Begins. I hope he’ll be back again with some brutal violence.
Riddler isn’t Batman’s scariest or most intimidating villain, but he’s the best fit for old-fashioned capers due to his obsessive drive to prove himself intellectually superior to Batman — which, of course, he intends to demonstrate through a series of elaborate riddles.
Played by Jim Carrey in Batman forever, fans speculated the colorful villain would get new life in The Dark Knight Rises. It wasn’t true. It appears Christopher Nolan’s casting process remains one riddle fans can’t crack.