8 Batman Villains That Could Use The Attention

8 Batman Villains That Could Use The Attention

Batman has no shortage of enemies. Here we give you just a few that haven't gotten the attention that they deserve.

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Seems a bit like filler to me. Flesh out the comments a little under each pic. Some more character insite. Crane and Bane have seen love in the Arkham games btw

I have a similar critique to this as I did your Justice League Costumes bit: give me a reason to flip through the pages. Just showing characters isn't enough to interest audiences if they can get the exact same service by scrolling down a wikipedia list. Tell us about the characters. What makes them interesting? What were the big stories? What were the numbers of those issues? How do you feel the characters have/haven't stood the test of time? How could they be made stronger?

You're a fan, I get it. Make us fans too. Best example of doing this right? Moviebob's Big Picture series. You don't have to BE him, but understand what makes his videos work. This comment extends to all of your segments thus far, btw.

This list was just as bad as the previous one.

1) Several of these villains get a LOT of attention.

2) Where's the females at?

3) 'Owl man', seriously?

I HATE HUSH.

The original story is brilliant, but writers who cntinued the story of the character completely missed the point...

Just one more reminder to me why I prefer manga.

I love scarecrow, but I don't see how he is necessarily "underused". Bane is terrible and has been used quite enough (both poorly and decently). I don't care if he "took down the Batman first". He's a boring character overall. Also, Ra's Al Ghul? First big antagonist of the latest Batman films AND played by a big name actor to boot? The same Ra's who was also shown in "Under the Red Hood" as well as various Justice League (comic) story arcs like the one that became the animated movie, "Doom" only to have him swapped out for Vandal Savage for some raisin? The same Ra's who was also one of the

No, I wouldn't really count him either.

Also, why are there no names for anyone on this list? If the point was to show us obscure Batman villains, it might help to give us names so we can look them up and find them in books if we were so inclined. By not showing us names, this list really does NOTHING to help these so called under used characters in any way.

Tanis:

3) 'Owl man', seriously?

Also, yes. Why is Owl man on this list? At best, he's a one-off villain for a rather unique plot that probably won't (or at least shouldn't) really be revisited again. At worst, he's Batman's Wario but with even less need to exist because Joker makes for a better Anti-Batman than him.

Who the fuck is number 5?

Also if you've been in a film you aren't in need of more attention as a villain. My vote for underused villain would be The Absence, she's just a woman with a hole in her head that's never properly explained, she shows up plays Batman like a fool and then disappears forever.

Mr Ink 5000:
Seems a bit like filler to me. Flesh out the comments a little under each pic. Some more character insite. Crane and Bane have seen love in the Arkham games btw

This particular individual's entire point is "Filler", wasted space.

Highlighted by the bloody fact that he thinks Bane is an "underused villain" when he has had several massive points in the comics. He's best known for breaking Batman's back, sure. Yet he also worked alongside Batman when he thought they might of been brothers (Bane never really knew his parents, and this was part of a storyline where he was looking for them, aided by Bruce Wayne). In fact, there is barely a Batman related item that can manage to go by WITHOUT Bane.

Or Scarecrow. Or Ra's al Ghul. I mean come on... eco terrorist? Clearly the author of this sad little post has next to no knowledge of the characters. Eco-Terrorist is an insult to Ra's, who is looking for absolute balance in the world. Hence why, I might remind you, he has aided Batman in the past, so far as to healing/reviving individuals whose deaths Ra's had caused by accident.

#1, who is Anarchy I'm guessing, is also the MAJOR villain associated with the rather weak new CG batman cartoon, alongside Ra's.

These lists serve to do only one thing, honestly... and that's make me wish I could block them from popping up on the Escapist for me...

If the 1st guy is supposed to be anarchy he got attention in Beware the Batman... but that just got cancelled.

Kindly put names to some of these faces, as a suggestion.

I mean I recognized everyone, even if vaguely. Looking at twins, I guessed correctly, and I can't be arsed to type out their names.
Looking at Blockbuster I was like "Whaaa? Gotta be blockbuster?" then I looked at the picture URL to verify. I remember him being somewhat prominent in Young Justice as a Villain. The build, and the hair kinda tipped me off.

Some I agree on, though Anarky is getting some attention via "Beware the bat", aka the new batman TV show people seem to either love, or hate.
I'm in the former purely because they're getting obscure people out there, and I like Katana who's kinda obscure herself. <.<
And Lady Shiva.
I doubt we'll be seeing Cassandra as Batgirl what with it being so early in batman's career that Barbara doesn't even seem teenaged.

But Bane (I miss the Secret Six. Bane was awesome in that.), Scarecrow, and Ras seem to not be obscure enough to be on the list, rightfully. They were pretty prominent in recent batman games to say the least.

Anarky was supposed to be the anti-V from V for Vendetta originally i believe.
The best version of Scarecrow was in Batman TAS season 4
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Hush was a little ill conceived to begin with. I hope he's in the next Batman game though.

Let's see, you fail to give the name of most of these, so how are they ever going to get attention if we don't know who they are?

Also Bane, and Scarecrow? Underexposed! In what world have you been living?

Put more than 30 seconds into writing captions next time, or even better, stop wasting space with this feature

I think it's a poorly made list. It's bad enough you don't give away any names, half the time you're not making any sense with the whole "attention" thing. Most of these guys are getting plenty of attention!

Bane - First boss battle of Arkham Asylum, major quest giver in Arkham City, is appearing as one of the assassins in Arham Origins, is the main villain in The Dark Knight Rises, is a character in Injustice: Gods Among Us.
Scarecrow - Recurring boss character in Arkham Asylum, central Easter Egg in Arkham City, is one of the main villains in Batman Begins and goes on to appear in every other movie in the trilogy.
Ra's al Ghul - Central villain in Batman Begins, shows up in The Dark Knight Rises as well, one of the main villains in Arkham City, gets a sort of cameo in Arkham Asylum, appears in Under the Red Hood
Hush - Central figure in an Arkham City sidequest. Not to mention, of the characters listed, he's the most recently created and has enjoyed quite a lot of popularity ever since its inception in 2003.

Now for your other half of the list.

Anarky - He recently showed up in the TV show Beware of the Bat and is now appearing in Arkham Origins though, so there's that.

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Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum - They get a bio in Arkham Asylum, but let's be honest - who really wants them back? Their "thing" is to quote Alice in Wonderland and we already have Mad Hatter for that.
Blockbuster - Fair pick, he's not very popular these days, but what do you want him for? He's just the brute powerhouse. Bane without the smarts. Croc without the skin disease. The supervillainous equivalent of a Titan henchman.
Owl Man - I know nothing about this guy, but as a no. #1 pick you don't have a very compelling argument for him. Azrael makes a better doppelganger.

Yeah.....this article isn't really truthful to the whole "underused character" title. Especially since about half of the list has been in Batman media within the last 2 years.

Here's a better list:
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Bonecrusher:
He has extreme knowledge of all of the bones in the human body and how to break them with his bare hands. Decent concept to be modernized.

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Film Freak:
A serial killer who kills his victims in the fashions of famous movie deaths. This would be a dream for the film fanatic in anyone if modernized. It'd play well with Batman's "world's greatest detective" mantra.

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Mad Hatter:
Obsessive compulsive, highly delusional, and addicted to hats of all shapes and sizes. He's a genius neurotechnologist that uses his hats among other tools he built himself to control the minds of those he wishes. Also uses psychoactive drugs with tea. Not enough love.

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The Maroni and Falcone Crime Families

Because it'd be nice to have some "normal" criminals mixed in with a bunch of supervilliains with mental illnesses.

But yeah, these are in my opinion, much more deserving of being called under utilized characters in the Batman universe.

AzrealMaximillion:

Bonecrusher:
He has extreme knowledge of all of the bones in the human body and how to break them with his bare hands. Decent concept to be modernized.

If you wanted to kick that up a notch, you could make him an expert on the entire human body- not only the weak points of bones, but pressure/pain points, locations of major arteries and veins, etc. Somebody who could disable, harm or kill just about anyone with his bare hands if they don't know how to counter him.

They could get rid of that ridiculously top-heavy body design, too.

The thread is endemic to ALL DC villains/heroes, not just Batman.

One of the primary reasons that DC lags behind Marvel on a general basis (not because Marvel is superior... it isn't) is because DC makes horrifically poor villains.

They're all terrible. In fact, viewing this list, the only one that isn't godawful (and only because of his MOVIE PORTRAYAL by Cillian Murphy) is the Scarecrow.

A lot of stories are made or broken by their villains. DC has no clue about this. I am not sure Marvel has a clue about this, but tends to craft slightly more amusing good guys in the interim (except for Magneto... Magneto is sorta awesome)...

Batman, Superman, Wonderwoman stink... for the DC's, because they have no compelling foil. For the most part, neither do Marvel's heroes, with sad attempts like Green Goblin, Loki, and The Mandarin. It's sorta pathetic that the X-Men, a series that has gone so far off "the rails" (if one could definite "the rails") has the best stable of villains of any current series in print.

(note: does anyone else not still categorize Emma Frost as a "villain?" I know I still do)

What...half of these are regulars. Why not just add the Joker too? ...that sounds a bit mean, sorry.

The Riddler really needs more attention, I love wordplay and the like, and while some were very cheesy, the trophy hunting was my favorite part of both games.

I know he's a big one, but he's the least featured, and it makes me sad.

Johnny Novgorod:
I think it's a poorly made list. It's bad enough you don't give away any names, half the time you're not making any sense with the whole "attention" thing. Most of these guys are getting plenty of attention!

Bane - First boss battle of Arkham Asylum, major quest giver in Arkham City, is appearing as one of the assassins in Arham Origins, is the main villain in The Dark Knight Rises.
Scarecrow - Recurring boss character in Arkham Asylum, central Easter Egg in Arkham City, is one of the main villains in Batman Begins and goes on to appear in every other movie in the trilogy.
Ra's al Ghul - Central villain in Batman Begins, shows up in The Dark Knight Rises as well, one of the main villains in Arkham City, gets a sort of cameo in Arkham Asylum, appears in Under the Red Hood

I don't follow Batman and even I know those characters, they get plenty of love between the Arkham games and the Nolan movies.

AzrealMaximillion:
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Perhaps not the Bonecruncher, the term bone for me is now hilarious thanks to the Xbone meme but the others could work especially with the Maroni/Falcone families staring in the Nolan films.

Really? No names?
And the antagonists from two of the three batman movies? ( Ra's Scarecrow, Bane)
And the antagonists from both of the Arkham games? (Hush, Scarecrow, Bane, Ra's)

The existence of this "column" enrages me. If you guys had a kickstarter or something to cover the costs you need to cover, so you don't have to make these things anymore, I'd donate in the triple digits. That's how mad this "column" makes me.

Johnny Novgorod:

I was about to rattle off about how most of these guys get more than their fair share of representation, but you seem to have beaten me to the punch.

Owl Man - I know nothing about this guy, but as a no. #1 pick you don't have a very compelling argument for him. Azrael makes a better doppelganger.

He was the main villain in the animated film Crisis on Two Earths, where he was played with nihilistic brilliance by James Woods. He's basically a reverse Batman from a different dimension.

Personally, if we're talking about Batman villains who don't get love, I say go for guys like Calendar Man, and really play up their psychoses as more than just funny quirks. Like, serial killer crazy, not Riddler crazy.

Better yet, give them a superpower to match their mental illness, like how B:TAS gave Clock King time manipulation powers.

Ok I'll have a go...

8/ KGBeast, because Cold War nostalgia that's why.
7/ Preston Payne Clayface, because he doesn't want to harm anyone, but he kills everyone he touches...except the beautiful Helena.
6/Scarface/The Ventriloquist, just who is calling the shots anyway?
5/ Firefly, burn baby burn.
4/ Killer Moth, a Batman for bad guys, I can't help loving Killer Moth.
3/ Man Bat, because Man Bat is freaky.
2. Catman, especially after Secret Six, Catman has some edge and isn't really that evil which makes him interesting.
1/ Deadshot. Because the Ostrander run of Suicide Squad that is why...Floyd is awesome.

Also considered...
The Penny Plunderer because of that giant Penny in the Bat Cave.
The Ten Eyed Man because his FINGERS ARE EYES!
and Dr. Amanda Waller, but she is the hero and Batman is the villain...

I'm glad some have posted the names as I'm not immediately familiar with a couple. However I do agree with many of the comments here that some are far from out of the spot light. To be honest though, you could take all of the bios from Arkham Asylum and cherry pick from that, it was a great list of villains, known and obscure.

Johnny Novgorod:
Bane - First boss battle of Arkham Asylum, major quest giver in Arkham City, is appearing as one of the assassins in Arham Origins, is the main villain in The Dark Knight Rises.

Don't forget Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Stabby Joe:
I'm glad some have posted the names as I'm not immediately familiar with a couple. However I do agree with many of the comments here that some are far from out of the spot light. To be honest though, you could take all of the bios from Arkham Asylum and cherry pick from that, it was a great list of villains, known and obscure.

Johnny Novgorod:
Bane - First boss battle of Arkham Asylum, major quest giver in Arkham City, is appearing as one of the assassins in Arham Origins, is the main villain in The Dark Knight Rises.

Don't forget Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Thanks, edited Injustice into the list.

If I had to choose I would go with Black Mask. He's a recurring villain in The Batman, appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and the film Under The Red Hood, and he technically appears in Arkham City in one of those blink-and-miss cameos. He's also apparently the main villain in Arkham Origins, so that should shut me up. I just love the guy and his wannabe act and I'm glad he's getting more attention these days.

Picking from the Arkham Asylum bios I'm also interested in White Shark, even if he does seem a little too like Black Mask (i.e. mobster who's facially disfigured), just because I've never seen him in anything and would like to know a little more about him, as well as Killer Moth, just to see how they make that into a passable character. Oh and Prometheus as an anti-Batman.

Where's Crazy Quilt?

Or, how about Onomatapeia? (first time in a long time I've been scared shitless by a new villain)

But seriously, Crazy Quilt. Kevin Smith did a wonderful send up of him in The Widening Gyre, and I believe The Brave and Bold did a wonderful episode on him as well, but he's still very much in the D list of the Rogues Gallery.

I see that other commentators have given all the necessary criticism to the article, I shall now exit stage left and visit Calendar Man in Arkham City...

Johnny Novgorod:
[quote="Stabby Joe" post="6.831944.20321206"]I'm glad some have posted the names as I'm not immediately familiar with a couple. However I do agree with many of the comments here that some are far from out of the spot light. To be honest though, you could take all of the bios from Arkham Asylum and cherry pick from that, it was a great list of villains, known and obscure..

If I had to choose I would go with Black Mask. He's a recurring villain in The Batman, appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and the film Under The Red Hood, and he technically appears in Arkham City in one of those blink-and-miss cameos. He's also apparently the main villain in Arkham Origins, so that should shut me up. I just love the guy and his wannabe act and I'm glad he's getting more attention these days.

Picking from the Arkham Asylum bios I'm also interested in White Shark, even if he does seem a little too like Black Mask (i.e. mobster who's facially disfigured), just because I've never seen him in anything and would like to know a little more about him, as well as Killer Moth, just to see how they make that into a passable character. Oh and Prometheus as an anti-Batman.

Couldn't agree more!

White Shark and Prometheus would be wonderful to see in an Arkham series game, especially as they were referenced in Riddles in Asylum
(anyone remember the jar in the creepy morgue?)

Boba Frag:
Picking from the Arkham Asylum bios I'm also interested in White Shark, even if he does seem a little too like Black Mask (i.e. mobster who's facially disfigured), just because I've never seen him in anything and would like to know a little more about him, as well as Killer Moth, just to see how they make that into a passable character. Oh and Prometheus as an anti-Batman.

Couldn't agree more!

White Shark and Prometheus would be wonderful to see in an Arkham series game, especially as they were referenced in Riddles in Asylum
(anyone remember the jar in the creepy morgue?)[/quote]

I remember scanning that jar just because its design and placement had a lot of attention to it and was probably important. I didn't realize its contents were White Shark's facial bits until I read about it somewhere else. Truly eww.

Maximilian Zeus.
Why? Because I am a sucker for Greek Mythology and he can shoot lightnings... SHOOT LIGHTNINGS !!!

Why is it that when there are lists on the internet there is a page for each point?

Johnny Novgorod:
If I had to choose I would go with Black Mask. He's a recurring villain in The Batman, appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and the film Under The Red Hood, and he technically appears in Arkham City in one of those blink-and-miss cameos. He's also apparently the main villain in Arkham Origins, so that should shut me up. I just love the guy and his wannabe act and I'm glad he's getting more attention these days.

If you intend to play through Arkham Origins in the near future and wish to do so unspoiled, then dont open the spoiler tab below.

Everyone else...

hermes200:
Maximilian Zeus.
Why? Because I am a sucker for Greek Mythology and he can shoot lightnings... SHOOT LIGHTNINGS !!!

Can he? I thought he just "thought" he was Zeus.

gigastar:

Johnny Novgorod:
If I had to choose I would go with Black Mask. He's a recurring villain in The Batman, appears in Batman: The Brave and the Bold and the film Under The Red Hood, and he technically appears in Arkham City in one of those blink-and-miss cameos. He's also apparently the main villain in Arkham Origins, so that should shut me up. I just love the guy and his wannabe act and I'm glad he's getting more attention these days.

If you intend to play through Arkham Origins in the near future and wish to do so unspoiled, then dont open the spoiler tab below.

Dammit I know this is gonna be something along the lines of "he's not really the villain" but I refuse to peek.

funksobeefy:
Why is it that when there are lists on the internet there is a page for each point?

Because websites make money(indirectly) through page views. The more pages you have to view to see content, the more cash they make.
OT: List without names about "obscure" characters. Boo. Boo-erns.
I too would like to see the Penny Plunderer make a comeback. They dropped him and retconned the Penny to be part of a Two Face caper because penny's are now worthless. The thing is, I think the fact that they are worthless could make him a very interesting character, as he'd be a madman wreaking havoc for a pathetic sum of money. Mostly I just want to see more of Jon Lovitz as Cheapo in a show that wasn't otherwise trash.
I suppose he'd be played more as a gag villain, but still I'd rather see this guy robbing convenience stores of their take-a-penny-leave-a-penny's and fountain diving than not existing at all.

Um if you thought they weren't getting enough attention, then it would have helped if you had actually included their NAMES in the descriptions.

Johnny Novgorod:

hermes200:
Maximilian Zeus.
Why? Because I am a sucker for Greek Mythology and he can shoot lightnings... SHOOT LIGHTNINGS !!!

Can he? I thought he just "thought" he was Zeus.

Yes, he only thought he was. That didn't stop him from getting lightning based gadgets that allowed him to, effectively, kill his enemies with lightning bolts, much like Freeze uses ice.

hermes200:

Johnny Novgorod:

hermes200:
Maximilian Zeus.
Why? Because I am a sucker for Greek Mythology and he can shoot lightnings... SHOOT LIGHTNINGS !!!

Can he? I thought he just "thought" he was Zeus.

Yes, he only thought he was. That didn't stop him from getting lightning based gadgets that allowed him to, effectively, kill his enemies with lightning bolts, much like Freeze uses ice.

Besides the Arkham bios all I've ever seen him in was Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, the freaky Alan Grant graphic novel, where he's an emaciated wretch hooked to cables and addicted to electroshock therapy, so I don't know him as a formidable villain, but it'd be interesting to see how they do his character so that it's not silly and presents a threat of some sort.

Johnny Novgorod:

hermes200:

Johnny Novgorod:
Can he? I thought he just "thought" he was Zeus.

Yes, he only thought he was. That didn't stop him from getting lightning based gadgets that allowed him to, effectively, kill his enemies with lightning bolts, much like Freeze uses ice.

Besides the Arkham bios all I've ever seen him in was Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth, the freaky Alan Grant graphic novel, where he's an emaciated wretch hooked to cables and addicted to electroshock therapy, so I don't know him as a formidable villain, but it'd be interesting to see how they do his character so that it's not silly and presents a threat of some sort.

He appears in The Batman and The Animated Series, where he has a plan that was later ripped off by Mr Freeze in Batman & Robin (giant cannon from his skyscraper aimed at the city).
I don't think he is that interesting as a villain. He is mostly a gimmicky villain. But, as far as gimmicks in games go, you could do a lot worst than a millionaire with electric weapons living in the penthouse of a building with Greek mythology based security systems; and he is certainly underused.

 

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