Where are all the Batman villains?
With Matt Reeve’s Batman released next year and the Snyder Cup of Justice League With renewed fan interest in his version of the DC Cinematic Universe, it seems Batman fans are spoiled for choice these days.
It doesn’t even mention other on-screen depictions of the superhero, with The Lego Batman movie, By Christopher Nolan Black Knight trilogy, Oscar nominated spin-off in Joker, and various animated films direct to DVD.
However, in almost all of these movies we see a rotation of the same few Batman villains – Joker, Catwoman, Penguin and everything in between. While these characters are fun, inventive, well-tailored, and cool in their design, the average comic book fan is in shock at the number of opportunities and story potential that filmmakers miss by not probing the depths of the pantheon. thugs and thugs from Batman. More than that, regular audiences to the movies are fed up with seeing The Joker onscreen for the four billionth time and will begin to wonder if that’s all the source material can offer.
For the curious, let me introduce you to some of the best misfit villains DC Comics has to offer our capped crusader.
Calendar Man: A silly name, sure, but what this character lacks in the title, it makes up for in a gimmick. Committing vacation-themed crimes, this villain would be perfect for the world’s greatest sleuth. Imagine a Zodiac or Murder memories Inspirational thriller, set over months, if not years, with an aging hero disappointed in the hope of catching a killer who only raises his ugly head once a month.
Clayface: Unthinkable in the mid-90s, when CGI was in its infancy, these days the idea of a giant shape-changing monster doesn’t seem so crazy. An identity thriller, perhaps? Murder mystery with a killer constantly changing how they look, making it impossible to identify them. Hollywood, I’m waiting for your call.
Poison Ivy: While this femme fatale has already made her big screen debut, with international fears of climate change and mistrust of corporations and billionaires, it seems all the more relevant to adapt the character again. Perhaps a moral battle, as Batman has to face his own influences on the planet as a billionaire himself. Will our dark knight become an eco-fascist or is it too hard to teach an old bat new tricks?
Firefly: Fire is cool and epic, and it has a jetpack AND a flamethrower! These are two cases of fire in one character, what a theft!
These, my friend, are just a small handful of what the comics have to offer. But why, you might ask, have these characters never appeared in any of the millions of Batman-related media properties in recent years? My theory: The grime and realism of superhero movies of the past two decades has meant that these filmmakers and producers don’t want to embrace some of the more explosive, extravagant, and wacky aspects of comics, for fear of alienating audiences. . This is especially prescient in DC films.
However, if these studios are to break away from their stagnant stanza of Mark Millar stans, they must embrace the roots of comics. Audiences are already tired of the dull, depressing grayness of superhero movies and are starting to embrace the wackiest ideas that come out of the comics. Just look at the recent release of Marvel Studios with weird deviations from the norm like Guardians of the Galaxy, Wandavision or Shazam!. But if the success of Todd Philip Joker or Zack Snyder Justice League is something to do, it looks like the audience isn’t done yet.
All I want is Egghead to be the main villain in a movie. Is that too much to ask? It doesn’t take a tough sleuth to figure out why he’s the most excellent thief among dozens of baddies.