After Ben Affleck’s version of Batman failed to gain much traction in the DCEU, The Batman hopes to reboot the character with Robert Pattison donning the cape and cowl. The movie already has fans excited with a darker tone promised as well as the appearance of some classic villains including Penguin, The Riddler and Catwoman.
While those baddies are fun additions, some fans were hoping to see some villains who have yet to get their shot at the big screen. Batman has such an interesting roster of bad guys, maybe we’ll see some new ones in upcoming films. Let’s take a look at some of the villains who have yet to appear on the big screen and who should play them.
10 Jodie Comer As Firefly
Firefly is a villain with a long and ever-changing history in the comics. The most popular version of the character is a pyrotechnics specialist who becomes obsessed with fire and begins a career as an arsonist in Gotham. Such a villain could make for some thrilling sequences in a film.
While Firefly is traditionally a male character, Jodie Comer seems like too fun of a fit to ignore. We have seen Comer’s incredible talents on display in Killing Eve where she plays an unhinged killer. She could use that same kind of energy in this role and have a lot of fun with the character.
9 Sterling K. Brown As Man-Bat
It makes sense that the hero who is a man dressed as a bat would face off with a villain who is a man who becomes a bat. While Man-Bat might sound like a silly premise on paper, he is actually a pretty interesting villain who could also provide an interesting horror element to the film.
Man-Bat is a scientist who is transformed into a giant bat creature so an actor would be needed to play the tortured role. Sterling K. Brown has the kind of onscreen presence that exudes intelligence, but it would also be interesting to see him take on the darker aspects of the character.
8 Liu Yifei As Lady Shiva
Lady Shiva is an interesting character as she would see herself as less of a villain for Batman and more of a test for him. She is a skilled and deadly warrior who spends her time seeking out the perfect opponent who can stand up to her in a fight. She also frequently encourages Batman to unleash his full violence and kill his enemies.
Lui Yifei is an upcoming actor ready to break out big with this year’s live-action remake of Mulan. Yifei will play the titular hero in that film and looks to have handled the action scenes brilliantly. It would be fun to see her go from a Disney princess to a trained killer.
7 Song Kang-Ho As Calendar Man
Calendar Man is an interesting villain who started off as a rather cheesy bad guy only to grow more complex over the years. His entire gimmick is that he commits crimes based on seasons and holidays. He is featured prominently in the popular storyline The Long Halloween.
This would be a tough character to get right as an actor would have to walk a fine line between creepy and silly. Song Kang-Ho, the star of Parasite, could be the right actor to pull it off. Looking at some of his other great collaborations with Bong Joon-Ho, he plays difficult tones with honesty and intensity.
6 Phoebe Waller-Bridge As The Mad Hatter
Mad Hatter is one of Batman’s oldest villains but has yet to reach the big screen. He is a criminal obsessed over Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and the character he takes his name from. He is always a genius scientist who discovered how to control people’s brainwaves and turn them into his slaves.
This is another character who could benefit from a gender-swap as Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be excellent in the role. It would be great to see the talented actor show off a fun villainous side and she could also bring some humor to the admittedly silly villain.
5 John C. Reilly As Professor Pyg
Professor Pyg is one of the more recent Batman villains and one who could be perfect for Pattinson’s version which is said to be a darker take. The villain is a surgeon who performs experiments on his victims to correct the perceived flaws he sees in them.
The unsettling villain needs the right character who can balance the bizarre look of the character with his violent acts. John C. Reilly could be great in the part. He is often seen as such a likable person in movies so it could be interesting to see him play such a gruesome villain.
4 Christoph Waltz As Hugo Strange
Hugo Strange is a villain who tends to use his brain more than his strength to fight Batman. He is a brilliant mastermind and scientist who is one of the only villains to learn Batman’s true identity. Strange attacked Bruce Wayne on a personal level, leading him to bankruptcy on one occasion and even taking over the role of Batman.
Christoph Waltz might seem like a bit of a clichéd choice for a villain at this point, but there’s no denying he is effective in such roles. He could bring a lot of charm, cleverness, and evil to such a complex character.
3 Alden Ehrenreich As Hush
Hush is another villain who has only appeared in recent years but has already established a solid following. Tommy Elliott was the childhood friend of Bruce Wayne but holds a secret vendetta against the family. He succeeded in controlling some of Batman’s most dangerous enemies to carry out his revenge.
Hush would need to be played by someone who is around the same age as Pattinson. While he is a couple of years younger, Alden Ehrenreich would be an interesting choice for the role. He is an actor of incredible range and it would be great to see him take on a darker role.
2 Emma Stone As Phantasm
Phantasm is a character not created by the comics but rather for the animated movie Batman: Mask of the Phantasm. The villain is a mysterious vigilante who targets crime bosses in Gotham and murders them. Soon Batman is accused of the crimes and must stop the deadly figure.
It turns out Phantasm is Bruce Wayne’s own former love interest Andrea Beaumont. Emma Stone could be an interesting partner for Pattinson’s Bruce Wayne and she could bring a lot of depth and intrigue to the complex role which is unlike anything we’ve seen her play yet.
1 Michael Shannon As Clayface
Clayface is probably the most popular Batman villain who has yet to appear in a movie. He is most known as a criminal who was exposed to a supernatural substance which allows him to shapeshift but also transformed him into a hideous monster.
Michael Shannon is an actor who could have a lot of fun with a role like this. He can play the intensity of the intimidating villain as well as the more complex moment of a man who has become a monster.
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