Top 5 Batman Baddies

Holy countdown bat fans, today inpopculturewetrust is going to take a look at the top 5 Batman bad guys (and girls).

So here we go in reverse order at

#5 Mr Freeze

Mr Freeze

Mr. Freeze, real name Dr. Victor Fries is a scientist who must wear a cryogenic suit in order to survive, and bases his crimes around a “cold” or “ice” theme, complete with a “cold gun” that freezes its targets solid. In the most common variation of his origin story, he is a former cryogenics expert who suffered an industrial accident while attempting to cure his terminally ill wife, Nora.

1960’s Mr Freeze

Originally called Mr. Zero, he was renamed and popularized by the 1960s Batman television series, in which he was played by several famous actors George Sanders, Otto Preminger and Eli Wallach.

30 years later Mr Freeze appeared in the 1990’s show, Batman: The Animated Series voiced by Michael Ansara. This version of Mr Freeze was designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mingola and was a tragic figure who was subsequently resurrected in the Batman comics after the origin episode Heart of Ice aired.

Arnold as Mr Freeze

In 1997 Mr Freeze appeared again portrayed campily by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the film Batman & Robin. This film was largely panned by critics and bat fans alike and Arnold’s puntastic performance is laugh out loud bad.

Why is Mr Freeze such a great Baddie?

His tragic, Shakespearian back story and his icy puns!

Mr Freeze from Batman The Animated Series

#4 The Riddler

The Riddler

Jim Carrey as The Riddler

The Riddler is obsessed with riddles, puzzles, and word games. He delights in forewarning both Batman and the police of his capers by sending them complex clues. He commits his crimes in order to flaunt his intellectual superiority  He was played by Frank Gorshin in the 60’s tv series and by Jim Carrey in the 90’s film Batman Forever. Early in the pre production stages of The Dark Knight Rises it was rumoured that the Riddler would be the main antagonist.

Why is The Riddler a great baddie?

He presents an intellectual challenge to Batman and has an awesome question mark cane.

 

#3 Two-Face

Two Face

Two-Face was once Harvey Dent, the clean-cut district attorney of Gotham City and an ally of Batman. However, Dent goes insane after mob boss Sal Maroni throws acid at him during a trial, hideously scarring the left side of his face. Dent adopts the “Two-Face” persona and becomes a criminal, choosing to bring about good or evil based upon the outcome of a coin flip.

Aaron Eckhart as Two Face

Two Face is obsessed with duality and is another tragic, Shakespearian Batman villan. He was not a part of the 60’s Batman series as producers deemed him too scary a bad guy but he was portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever.

Aaron Eckhart play Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight and  is portrayed as a tragic hero, lacking the gimmickry and dissociated personalities commonly associated with the character. Corrupt police officers working with the Mafia kidnap Dent and his fiancée and hold them prisoner in two abandoned buildings set to explode. Batman saves Dent just as both buildings explode and Dent’s face is horrifically scarred on the left side. Eckhart’s performance was outstanding in this movie and redefined the character for a new generation.

Why is Two Face a great villan?

His tragic duality and his coin flipping skills.

Two Face from Batman The Animated Series

#3 Catwoman

Catwoman

Catwoman, Selina Kyle is an adversary of Batman, known for having a complex love-hate (often romantic) relationship with him. In her first appearance, she was a whip-carrying burglar with a taste for high-stake thefts.

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

She represents a gray area in Batman’s otherwise black and white life where the line between good and evil blurs, and his attraction to her stems from this perception that, in her way, she’s kind of a female version of himself: another dark, beautiful creature that prowls the night.

She was portrayed by Julie Newmar, and Eartha Kitt in the 60’s Batman tv series and has memorably been played by Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns and by Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises. The Halle Berry Catwoman movie was about a different character, Patience Phillips, but the less said about that the better!!!!

Why is Catwoman a great Baddie?

Black Leather and a whip!!!

 

#1 The Joker

The Joker

The Joker is a master criminal with a clown-like appearance. Initially portrayed as a violent sociopath who murders people for his own amusement, the Joker later in the 1940s began to be written as a goofy trickster-thief.

Jack Nicholson as The Joker

That characterization continued through the late-1950s and 1960s before the character became again depicted as a vicious, calculating, psychopathic killer. The Joker has been responsible for numerous tragedies in Batman’s life, including the paralysis of Barbara Gordon (Batgirl/Oracle) and the murders of Jason Todd (the second Robin) and Jim Gordon’s second wife Sarah Essen.

The Joker has been memorably portrayed by Ceaser Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger (who won a posthumous Oscar for his performance). The Joker is the perfect antagonist for Batman and many stories show him as a flipside to our hero.

Why is the Joker the best baddie?

He’s the clown prince of crime!

 

So there you have it the top 5 Batman baddies. Do you agree? Have we missed anyone? Feel free to comment below.

Belive the hype.

Steve

 

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