With batman 2 officially announced, it’s time to spend the next few years debating what we want to see in the sequel. Naturally, the most important factor for any good Batman the movie is his villain, which is why we decided to start a conversation about which members of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery we want to see him go up against next.
And no, the Joker is not allowed on this list. Even though we expect Batman’s greatest enemy to show up in future films in some way, how could he not?
Yeah, we know… Dr. Jonathan Crane, aka Scarecrow, memorably appeared in Christopher Nolan Black Knight trilogy. Yet despite Cillian Murphy’s terrific portrayal, we’ve never really seen the villain reach his full potential. After teasing us with a few of his tricks, Crane finally fitted his mask at the film’s climax and was quickly ousted by Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes) via taser; and only made brief appearances in later chapters.
Now, if you’ve played any of Arkham video games, watched Batman: The Animated Series, or read a comic book, you know very well the potential of this particular enemy. Under the direction of Matt Reeves, Scarecrow would be genuinely terrifying.
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Under the right circumstances, Mr. Freeze could prove a worthy adversary in a major feature film, as long as he isn’t played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The tricky part would be finding a way to make his ice gadgets believable in Reeves’ take and give his storyline — seen countless times in comics, TV, and video games — a new twist. Considering The Batman leaning very closely to the spirit of the Arkham games, it doesn’t seem like a stretch to insert Mr. Freeze into this universe.
If Reeves wanted to get really weird, he could introduce The Ventriloquist. For those unaware, this villain is a wooden dummy named Scarface operated by the very insane Arnold Wesker. Considering the end of The Batman introduced the idea of a power struggle after the death of Carmine Falcone, this would be a great opportunity to introduce the quirky character, even if her appearance amounts to a cameo or a subplot.
The mad Hatter
Likewise, Reeves could have fun with The Mad Hatter, a psychopathic maniac who hypnotizes his victims into doing whatever he wants. Although a bit outrageous, there are ways to ground his persona in this newly established universe where his ability to control and manipulate the citizens of Gotham would serve as a semi-continuation of Riddler’s story in The Batman.
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Robert Pattinson’s Batman will likely encounter its fair share of psychopaths, so why not bring in Professor Pyg? Not only is this villain a serial killer, but his desire to achieve physical perfection by surgically altering his victims would make for an extremely dark and disturbing noir-style thriller. I imagine the Riddler’s actions basically open the floodgates for weirdos to step into the light (so to speak), which is the perfect opportunity for a character like Pyg to pop up and try to establish his own bizarre utopia.
I don’t know if Calendar Man should be featured prominently in any capacity, but having him appear in a supporting role or as an inmate at Arkham Asylum would be fascinating to say the least. What makes characters like him work is the fact that he’s basically a normal guy with a really messed up set of principles, which echoes the instability of Riddler and even Carmine Falcone – who all thought two that their actions were necessary for Gotham’s survival. Also, since The Batman takes place around Halloween, we’ve already set a precedent for Calendar Man, which is very holiday schedule lover.
Ditto for Zsasz, who isn’t a strong enough character to carry an entire movie, but could make for a cool antagonist for Batman to track down while dealing with a bigger conflict. In the Arkham games, it led Bats on a frantic chase to locate kidnap victims lurking around Gotham City, which could make for an interesting big-screen subplot. For what it’s worth, I think Reeves created the Joker in order to make him the grand master of all those bad guys. Imagine if he used his influence to inspire psychopaths like Zsasz to look into their animalistic tendencies as a means of studying Batman before eventually becoming the main antagonist of a future film.
As much as I love Tom Hardy’s Bane in The dark knight rises, I want to see a version that looks more like the comic book iteration of the character. With a stacked Arkham Asylum already in play, Reeves has the option to adapt the Knightfall story in which Bane frees characters like Joker, Riddler, and more, and allows them to break Batman physically and mentally before moving on. With the Bats out of the way, Bane could then take over the criminal underworld, setting the stage for Azrael and one hell of a power struggle.
court of owls
Court of Owls makes sense within the framework established in The Batman, as they are a group of assassins made up of the wealthiest and most powerful individuals in Gotham. Reeves could tie his storyline to the Riddler, who sought to root out corruption in the heart of Gotham, but only scratched the surface of this powerful organization.
I remember the accumulation of The dark knight rises There was no shortage of Hugo Strange rumors, and I remember being so disappointed when none of them came to fruition. In Nolan’s universe, he could have become an incredible enemy. That said, I have no problem kicking the tires on this idea for batman 2 because I think the mad psychiatrist makes perfect sense in Reeves’ world. What if he appears as a doctor at Arkham Asylum who becomes obsessed with Batman after his sessions with Riddler, Joker and the like? Or maybe he’s even the man Bruce Wayne turns to for help in restructuring his own damaged mind…either way, this one makes too much sense to ignore. Can we just pick F. Murray Abraham and call it a day?