Here are 7 villains we want to see in The Batman (not named Deathstroke or the Joker)

While the studio looks for a director to take it over, it sounds like Ben Affleck’s Batman film is also going under the knife for substantial rewrites in the meantime. So, here are some classic Bat-baddies we hope they’ll consider.

Word broke a while back that Affleck’s original script featured Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke and Jared Leto’s Joker, plus a few other (unnamed) villains from the Batman canon. Since nobody’s talking about those other potential baddies, we put together a list of some we’d like to see when the Dark Knight gets his next solo adventure.

Check out our list below and let us know who you want to see:

Cluemaster

Anyone who has read Batman: Eternal knows that Cluemaster has never really been taken seriously (ex: Justice League Antartica). But his long game is strong (again, see Batman: Eternal). Inferiority complex mixed with machiavellian manipulations – plus his propensity for clues (Batman is the world’s greatest detective) - could make for an entertaining antagonist. 

Poison Ivy

Despite finding new life in comics over the last ten years, Poison Ivy has never really gotten her due in live action. Her adulting in Gotham is still too early, and Uma Thurman was basically a drag queen in Batman and Robin. While Ivy has a flair for the dramatic, her eco-warrior tendencies could make for an interesting dynamic in today’s climate (I mean, talk about progressive politics).

Magpie

Yes, this is sort of a deep cut but go with us. Magpie had incredibly bizarre hair and was obsessed with shiny objects. That’s the entire reason she should be a villain.

Man-Bat

Filtered through the grim-dark lens of Zack Snyder’s DCEU, a live action version of Dr. Kirk Langstrom’s Man-Bat could make for a truly terrifying villain. The DCEU’s Batman has been around long enough that it stands to reason some of the more interesting baddies would have surfaced, and introducing Man-Bat could make for a true creature feature in the Batman universe.

Mr. Freeze

Freeze has – at least in live action – always been played for laughs. But comics and animated series lovers know that Victor Fries is a much more complex, and at times tragic figure. His physical condition – a lower body temperature forcing him to wear a cryogenic suit – is plausible enough that it can walk the fine line between fantasy and reality that successful superhero movies are made of. Bottom line – he’s meaty fodder.

Penguin

If Fox’s Gotham has taught us anything, it’s that the Penguin is one of the most under-utilized villains in the DC Comics canon. The small screen version of Oswald Cobblepot has served as a proving ground for the type of nuance this character could have on the big screen, looking past the penguin-like features at the damaged, complicated man underneath.

Ventriloquist 

What better way to shake up all the seriousness of the DCEU than with a heaping dose of weird? Batman stories have never been afraid to play around in the seedy underbelly of Gotham’s street-level criminals, and introducing the meek man who runs the mob through his foul-mouthed ventriloquist’s dummy named Scarface would at least make for something truly different than what we’ve seen before.

More from around the web