The Dark Knight is widely hailed as having the most iconic rogues gallery. In fact, most people read the books just because of Batman’s “un”usual suspects.
Over the course of 10 separate articles, Geek Battle Royale is making a list of the top 50 villains that hang their hats in the dystopic Gotham city.
6. THE RIDDLER
The Riddler is one of the more flamboyant Bat-villains. He is so arrogant, he leaves riddles at crime scenes that give hints on how to catch him. The Riddle is out to prove that he is smarter than everyone else, especially Batman. I look forward to Riddler issues, because Batman’s detective skills are put to the test.
Nowadays, Catwoman is more of an anti-hero than a villain. She is probably the only consistent love interest in Batman’s life. Even though it is superficial and based on flirtation. When it comes to romance, most super heroes get the short end of the stick. For example, Superman is stuck with Lois Lane and Spiderman with Mary Jane. Boring! Batman’s woman dresses up in tight black leather and carries a whip!
The guy that defines “split personality.” Harvey Dent was once a straight-arrow lawyer until a criminal threw acid on his face. Every time they are at odds, Batman feels obligated to at least try and reach out to the old Harvey Dent. What I love most about this character is that when he flips the coin for life or death, you never see what it landed on until after he either kills or lets his victim go. Keeps you guessing!
9. RA’S AL GHUL
Finally a villain that lures Batman out of the confines of Gotham city. Ra’s global reach has Batman spanning the globe. Ra’s Al Ghul respects Batman and wants to groom him as his heir to the League of Assassins but his survival of the fittest mentality forces them to be adversaries.
Court of Owls
With the New 52 launch of the Batman comic series, writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo exploded on scene with the Court of Owls story arc. The Court of Owls is like the Gotham Illuminati, secretly pulling strings behind the curtain for centuries. An organization so illusive that the great detective himself had no clue of their existence.
The Court would send out undead assassin(s), called Talons, to alter politics through murder. This has easily made it to the top of my list. If it wasn’t for the fact that it is so new of a villain, I would have put it even higher on my list!