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October 2, 2014

Bat-Villains That Should be on Gotham

I know everyone wants to see The Joker or Bane and the Big Bads of Gotham, but for me we’ve seen all of them on screen and very recently too. I would love to see younger versions of some of the lesser known Bat-villains and also how they would fare in this re-invention of the Batman saga.

For the record I am still thoroughly enjoying Gotham and it feels genuinely like a comic book story and isn’t worried about being as real and gritty as possible like the Nolan-verse. I’m quite happy for the show to go way out there and do some of the more bizarre characters.



So here’s a few Batman bad guys that I would like to see; anyone you would like to see? Note: The character details in Italics are from Batman Wiki in case you don’t know who some of the characters are.



Hugo Strange

I remember being quite excited when rumours swirled about this character appearing in The Dark Knight Rises; sadly it was only a rumour and never materialized. Well, I say even if it’s only in a small role that Hugo Strange gets to make an appearance on Gotham as the show really is the perfect set up for him.

Hugo Strange is a brilliant but insane psychologist and scientist who is driven by obsession to fight against Batman. Strange is famous for having discovered Batman’s secret identity independently through deduction and striking at him emotionally, while using genetically engineered Monster Men as his own private army. Hugo’s childhood was scarred by trauma and grief, leading him to hone and direct himself, making the most of his ordeals to pursue higher goals. He was raised in an orphanage on Gotham City’s lower east side, the neighborhood called Hell’s Crucible. Growing up to be a well-respected mind in the scientific community, he became professor of psychiatry at Gotham State University until his tenure was suspended over increasingly bizarre theories in genetic engineering.

See? The story’s right there and I imagine the show would take some liberties with it but this is a character I would enjoy seeing on Gotham.


Scarface/The Ventriloquist

Believe it or not this is one of my favourite Bat-villains as Arnold Wesker is completely bonkers. He’s a ventriloquist with multiple personalities and owns a puppet that is like a 1930’s gangster named Scarface. Under the puppet’s psychological influence, Wesker is a dangerous and ruthless criminal and crime boss. It has been implied that the Ventriloquist suffers from multiple personality disorder. Wesker was originally a timid orphan whose deep repression erupted into a barroom brawl, resulting in him being sent to Blackgate Prison. There he encountered the ventriloquist dummy Scarface and promptly murdered the man who’d carved the dummy.

We could see his origin in the Gotham TV series as an orphan who begins to make a name for himself and by the end of the series, he finds Scarface and becomes one of The Dark Knight’s greatest foes.


Killer Croc

Waylon Jones is a former crocodile wrestler turned into a criminal deformed by a birth defect. He has low intelligence but great strength, as well as crocodilian abilities, such as a keen sense of smell and the ability to hold his breath underwater for long periods of time.

Personally I would go with the human version of Croc who has had various looks in the comics. I particularly like his look in the graphic novel Joker where he is basically a well-built thug with razor sharp teeth. He’s essentially just muscle and would work better as someone’s henchman but I think he could be a lot of fun on Gotham.


Black Mask

Now here’s someone I think we all want to see in some incarnation. Roman Sionis, a former business executive who originally hated Bruce Wayne rather than Batman, wears a black wooden mask and leads the cult-like society of False Facers. Black Mask eventually became a mob boss controlling large sections of Gotham City’s criminal underworld.

He’s already shown up in the Arkham video games and the animated movie Batman: Under the Red Hood and has proven incredibly popular with fans. I love the idea of watching villains build up their criminal empires and with The Penguin talking about an impending war in Gotham, we could have something rather special.


The Mad Hatter

Interestingly enough, The Mad Hatter was going to be one of the villains in Batman Triumphant which was due to come out after Batman & Robin. After the disappointing reception for Batman & Robin, the next film was ultimately cancelled. He might have a humorous appearance but the Hatter is totally batshit (literally).

Obsessed from a young age with Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, Jervis Tetch, a skilled research scientist, embraced a delusion that he was the incarnation of a character in the story, the Mad Hatter. Using his hypnotic skills for mesmerism, Tetch as the Mad Hatter has committed many crimes, often themed around the book that inspired him and his love of hats and headgear, going so far as to plant his hats, ranging from pith helmets to bowlers, with mind control chips to amplify his hypnosis skills.

You could have some surreal scenes with him and make him super creepy.


Solomon Grundy

He’s already been in Arrow but it was a more grounded version of the character where he was essentially just a human henchman. I love how he’s sometimes under the control of The Penguin which should totally be the case in Gotham.

Formally known as Cyrus Gold, Solomon Grundy came into existence after Gold’s brutal murder and ruthless experimentation at the hands of Ra’s al Ghul and his League of Assassins as part of their plans to discover the secrets of immortality. Dying dozens of times from the inhumane torture only to be brought back to life for more, Grundy was left broken in body, mind, and spirit. The beast grew to relish in his own pain and suffering and inflicted the same on anyone else who was unfortunate enough to wander across his path. Having been brought under the control of The Penguin for many years, Grundy is used as a weapon to wipe out anyone who would stand against Cobblepot’s criminal empire.



Arguably one of the most difficult characters to bring to life is Clayface but that doesn’t stop him being one of the most popular villains in the Batman canon.

Batman: The Animated Series featured a past-his-prime actor disfigured in a car accident who uses an experimental, addictive cosmetic to regain his appearance only to become a monstrous hunk of clay after a massive overdose of the substance. I particularly like this idea as you could add a sympathetic tone to his disfigurement. I see it unlikely that he would show up in Gotham as Clayface would probably require a decent budget to make him look convincing.


Ra’s Al Ghul

He’s already going to show in up in Season 3 of Arrow but if we’re going to explore Bruce Wayne’s rise to become The Dark Knight then it would be interesting to see Ra’s… but then maybe it would be better not to just so we have some mystery left. Maybe mention him or the League of Shadows in passing…


Calendar Man

You might think that sounds like a really stupid idea, but the show could go super dark and have the serial killer Calendar Man. Otherwise known as Julian Day; he is a brutal and psychotic, but highly intelligent serial killer who plots his murders around holidays, with the grisly nature of his victims’ deaths often serving as irony towards the nature of the respective holiday; Day does not discriminate against any potential victim on any holiday.

I would love to see Gordon and Bullock investigate his crimes and if he’s eventually caught, use him as a Hannibal Lecter type where he provides “insight” into other crimes from Arkham Asylum.


Harvey Dent

Of all the characters, I would have thought a young Dent would be a shoe in to show up at some point during the show. We all know he starts off as Gotham’s “White Knight” and after having acid thrown on him by Maroni in Court, he descends into madness and becomes the crime lord known as Two-Face. Having him join the show could be an interesting dynamic; a young idealistic attorney who prosecutes some of the villains and becomes good friends with Gordon.


Source: Batman Wiki/Wikipedia

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Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.

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