In this month’s edition we are counting down the top 5 Batman villains that have never appeared in a movie. In making this list, I did consider the possible usefulness in a movie that the character possesses.
|5.||Killer Croc||First Comics Appearance: Detective Comics #523
Thoughts on use in a movie: Killer Croc is a character that doesn’t make sense to use with his current crocodile appearance, but if you were to use his older, or cartoon appearance, he’d make the perfect character to use as the muscle sidekick to a smarter main villain. For example, he could have been used instead of Bane in Batman & Robin. You could have Croc be a friend to Poison Ivy, and not turn the villain that organized the demise of Batman into a mindless creature.
|4.||Ventriloquist||First Comics Appearance: Detective Comics #583
Thoughts on use in a movie: With the Ventriloquist, I think there is a lot of potential to explore a criminal with multiple personalities, where one of the personalities is personified as Scarface. Could Ventriloquist carry a movie? Not likely, but in the hands of a capable actor, it could be a very chilling character.
|3.||Mad Hatter||First Comics Appearance: Batman #49
Thoughts on use in a movie: I am a fan of Alice In Wonderland, and think that watching Batman having to go through Wonderland themed challenges would be an enjoyable movie. I don’t think I’d make him a pedophile like Grant Morrison did in the Arkham Asylum graphic novel, but I would include some obsession with children.
|2.||Clayface||First Comics Appearance: Detective Comics #40
Thoughts on use in a movie: I think if Clayface were to appear in a movie, it would have to be the original version of him, Basil Karlo. He was an actor that murdered people while wearing a mask of the villain named Clayface, in a movie. Personally, I think the logical choice would be to adjust it to make him a master of disguise.
|1.||Dr. Hugo Strange||First Comics Appearance: Detective Comics #36
Thoughts on use in a movie: Dr. Strange is one of the few people that have figured out Batman’s secret identity. Being a chemesist, a Dr. Strange story would have to center around some type of poison, or mind control, that threatens the city. He’s the perfect “smarter main villain” to be paired with a brute of a villain.
Honorable Mention: Anarky, Black Mask, Calendar Man, Deadshot, Hush.