Batman Villains


Every superhero has a super villains. Batman has various villains in comic books, movies, and TV shows. These are a few of Batman’s villains in movies.

The Joker
joker poster BatmanThe Joker is probably the most famous Batman villain. Heath Ledger played The Joker in the 2008 Batman movie, The Dark Knight. The Joker’s past is covered in mystery, along with his real name.In Dark Knight, The Joker tells his story about his scars two different ways. One where his father gave him the scars another where he did to himself to make his wife feel better about her scars. This goes with his story of being “flat out psychotic“, and always changing his back story. In one Batman movie in 1989,  Jack Nicholson played The Joker and his real name was Jack Napier. His back story in Batman: The Killing Joke  was “His career change did not prove to be the correct choice, as he failed miserably. In desperate need to support his pregnant wife, Jeanine, he turned to a couple of criminals who planned to break into his previous place of work. The “Red Hood” persona is given to him,… In the middle of planning, the police called him, and informed him that his wife and unborn child have died. …but was forced to continue the operation. When they arrived at the plant, however, security were waiting for them. …the two other criminals were shot dead. Upon seeing the Batman, the Red Hood jumped over a rail, into a vat of chemicals. He washed up in a nearby waterway, where, upon the removal of his Red Hood, he saw his skin had turned chalk white, his hair green, and his lips ruby red. This, added to the previous misfortunes of his day, caused a psychotic breakdown, and the Joker was born.”–Zachary Davidson, this is only a summary of what happened in the comic.

The Riddler200px-Riddler-carrey

In the movie Batman Forever, Jim Carrey played The Riddler, and Tommy Lee Jones played Two-Face.The Riddler, and Two-Face teamed up to find out who Batman really is and kill him. Dr. Edward Nygma was a scientist with genius level IQ. He developed a device that can increase intelligence. He got fired from his job and became a villain and goes by the name The Riddler. ” The Riddler is a criminal mastermind with a penchant for puzzles, riddles and the color green. With a superior intellect and investigative skills that rival those of the Dark Knight, the Riddler is not just limited to leaving simple word-games for Batman to solve – he has been known to orchestrate full-scale frame-ups and misdirections that don’t make sense until the puzzle is solved.”–Scott Stoute .

Poison Ivy

poison-ivy-poster-batman-and-robin-In the movie Batman & Robin, Uma Thurman played Poison Ivy who teams up with Mr. Freeze played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, to kill Batman and Robin, freeze the world, and release poison plants. Leaving only Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze alive to run the world. Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley was a scientist and doctor, who studied plants and experimented with plant venom and animal venom. The creation of Poison Ivy, “She was a scientist working for Dr. Jason Woodrue, until she found out about his evil experiments. He threw her in a vat full of vegetable chemicals in order to kill her. However, she didn’t die, and became the supervillain Poison Ivy.”–IMDb. The vegetable chemicals genetically altered her, now being part plant ‘”They replaced my blood with aloe, my skin with chlorophyll, and filled my lips….” –she then took Woodrue by the cheeks and chin and pulled him towards her; Isley kissed him passionately and he eagerly kissed her back. When she broke away from him, Isley then finished — “with venom….'”–Wikia

Mr. FreezeMr_Freeze_(Movie_Poster)

Formally Dr. Victor Fries a scientist in biology, turned Mr. Freeze after an accident, “During an experiment, he fell into a vat of his cryo-fluid that was fifty degrees below zero, somehow surviving only to find himself dependent on a special cryosuit that used special diamond enhanced lasers to keep him at zero degrees.”–Wikipedia. He was trying to find a way to bring back his wife, “…his terminally ill, cryogenically frozen wife, Nora, which greater explained his obsession with ice…”–IMDb. He needed lots of money for the experiments he did to find a cure for his wife.  A noble cause that he went about in a villainous way.

After reading various websites I learned that a lot of Batman’s villains were doctors or scientists. They each had their own drive and reason for trying to take over Gotham City and trying to get rid of Batman, Robin, and Batgirl. Mr. Freeze wanted to save/bring back his wife, Poison Ivy wanted to save plants, and The Riddler wanted to prove his genius. Each of them went about doing trying to do their mission in dangerous and destructive ways which is why Batman and his team stopped them. Although not all villains have a good reason for doing what they do in Dark Knight  The Joker claims to only be interested in causing anarchy in the city of Gotham. There are many other Batman villains that I haven’t talked about.

Who is your favorite Super Villain?


4 thoughts on “Batman Villains

  1. I always thought Jim Carrey played The Riddler very well! I enjoyed that movie! It’s amazing how The Dark Knight was in 2008…time flew by so quickly. I feel old. I absolutely loved that movie so much. I have literally watched it like 20 times. Heath Ledger played the Joker so well. He did an absolutely amazing job bringing the character to life.

  2. Great introductions to some of Batman’s villains! I got into the Batman comic about two years ago. Also, about the Joker, I like that you included that he always changes his back story. It reminded my of a famous Joker quote: that if he was going to tell his back story, he wanted it to be multiple choice.

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