With rumours still flying about that there will indeed be a solo Batman film in the new line of DC Comics cinematic universe, we decided it was time to look at five possible villains that we'd like to see in said film. Latest rumours are that it will be based on Under The Red Hood, which is one of DC Comics best animated films to date - which is fitting really as Red Hood makes number 2 in our list. What's the rest look like? Read on to find out and see who makes number one.
The Riddler is one that we'd loved to have seen in the Christopher Nolan Batman films. He has all the traits to be a superb 'dark' villain that the series was all about. The cool thing with the Riddler is that they wouldn't have to show him much at all, just have him pulling the strings whilst Batman tries to find out who's behind a string of villains running amok and causing all sorts of trouble in Gotham with enough hints for the fans to know exactly who's behind it all - you don't even have to have him as the main bad guy, have him working on behalf of someone else which leads into the next film. We don't want a Riddler like the Jim Carrey one, we want a Riddler that the Batman films deserve. We'll admit, the Gotham version of Riddler has helped his inclusion on this list, but that's because Cory Michael Smith has done an excellent job portraying him. Show him as a mad man, a man desperate not to get caught, don't make him look like a joke and he's actually a good Batman villain. One that has the potential to be an exceptional Batman villain in a film.
Is there a Batman fan that doesn't like the storyline Hush? We've never met one. At the time he was our favourite new villain for Batman - he had everything; a cool look, a brilliant back story and reason for hating Bruce Wayne and was the right amount of crazy and calculating brilliance. You wouldn't even need to change his look to make it work in a film either. A villain that would really let fans see more into the heart of Batman/Bruce Wayne than other villains are able to, as he knows him personally and can make things exceptionally personal. Like with the Riddler, you could have Hush make Batman run going against some of his worst foes in order to get to the man in charge. In his first story, he made Batman run a gauntlet of his worst villains including what appeared to be the recently resurrected Jason Todd, and that was just the beginning. It would seem like a lot packed into a film, but one that could work.
One that doesn't have to be the main villain at all. Think of Two-Face in The Dark Knight - have Black Mask as that kind of villain, the secondary one. He has a great look and would be an interesting gangster to include in a Batman film. Have him as a kidnap victim, actually let Batman do some detective work in a film until he eventually finds Roman Sionis and discovers that despite being captured, he's taken over and become Black Mask - head of a new gang in Gotham with his captures as his henchmen.
Under the Red Hood is one of the best animated movies that DC Comics have produced, and Jason Todd has become one of the most liked members of the Bat-family. There's already a potential tease to Jason shown in the trailer to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice with the Robin outfit covered in Jokers writing. And just think of the fight scenes with Batman fighting someone that he doesn't know he trained leading right up to the reveal followed by so much emotion and anger. The story is built to be owned in a live action film and is really the dream Batman storyline.
The Court of Owls
Despite the Red Hood having our dream Batman storyline, he's not the villain we want to see the most. The Court of Owls are. They are a brilliant new addition to Batman/Gotham lore, that has fitted in seamlessly since they were first mentioned in 2011 comics. Batman against them would be amazing, especially seeing him going up against a Talon or two. Hell, we'd even be happy with a tease towards them if we're being honest. For a relatively new crime group, they've quickly become one of the best and exploring their storyline would also allow a lot more exploring of Gotham as a whole, seeing how they're integrated throughout it's higher society.