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07.19.2012by: Chris Bumbray

The Ten Spot: Top 10 Best Batman Villains

A hero’s only as good as his adversaries, and the Batman universe contains one of the richest rogues galleries one could imagine- second, in my opinion, only to the world of James Bond. In contrast to the dark and sullen hero (at least as far as the films go), Batman’s baddies are usually bold, colorful, and completely insane. Of course- not all baddies are created equal, and this list reaffirms that are their best, the bat baddies are great. At the worst, they are VERY bad, and I don’t mean in a villainous way.

Dishonorable mention: The baddies of BATMAN & ROBIN

Joel Schumacher’s travesty of a Batman film contained three popular villains from the comics, and their leap onto the silver-screen couldn’t have been any worse. Mr. Freeze, a wildly popular villain who made a good impression on the animated series, should have been a no-brainer, but in all their mid-nineties wisdom, Warner Bros., cast Arnold Schwarzenegger in the part. I love Ah-nuld more than most, but damn- what a bad piece of casting. Poor guy, having to deliver lines like “the name’s Freeze- learn it well, as it shall be the ever chilling sound of your doom.” Uma Thurman doesn’t fare any better as Poison Ivy, and this, coupled with THE AVENGERS (the ’98 version) the following summer all but destroyed her career until KILL BILL came along. Oh yeah- Bane’s in this too. But, rather than the evil genius portrayed by Tom Hardy, here we get the late Jeep Stevenson as a hulking, brain-dead, green version of the baddie- reduced to playing Arnie’s henchman. Oh the humanity!

10- Jim Carrey: The Riddler

Compared to the baddies of BATMAN & ROBIN, Jim Carrey is only marginally better, as his part in BATMAN FOREVER was in full Joel Schumacher camp mode. But- Carrey was such a megastar back in the day that when FOREVER hit theaters in ’95, he was actually praised by most audiences and critics. Seventeen years later, the performance falls flat, and I doubt even Jim Carrey would argue that here he was pretty much playing Ace Ventura rather than The Riddler. Not that he had much to work with.

9- Tommy Lee Jones: Two-Face

Tommy Lee Jones fares a bit better than Carrey, as at least he brought some menace to Two-Face, even if this cartoonish take pales next to what Aaron Eckhart achieved in the Nolan films. In a better film, Jones probably would have made a very good Harvey Dent/ Two-Face, but any weight that he might have brought to the part was excised before this hit theaters (apparently the original cut of BATMAN FOREVER was substantially longer, and the novelization suggests that more of a backstory for the character was filmed, along with an alternate end where he commits suicide).

8- Danny De Vito- The Penguin

When BATMAN RETURNS came out in ’92, people were divided regarding Danny DeVito’s performance as The Penguin. I guess people were expecting another Joker, as casting a guy known for comedy in the role suggested another fun villain. What they got was something different, with Burton reimagining the character as a freakishly deformed character full of pathos. It was challenging for a film aimed at children (or so it was thought), and DeVito’s performance was panned as much as it was praised. Personally, I find it a really interesting take on what could have been a very boring character, and his contribution to the franchise has been unfairly overlooked for too long.

7- Cillian Murphy- Scarecrow

Cillian Murphy’s Scarecrow has never been the most intimidating Batman villain, and as such he was only a secondary baddie in the first film- although he’s been used in intriguing ways since. Murphy’s contribution to Nolan’s films is certainly more subtle than Ledger’s or Hardy’s, but unique nonetheless. Scarecrow lacks the wit or the brawn to really go mano-a-mano with Batman, but Murphy’s unhinged performance spread across the three films have made him memorable nonetheless.

6- Liam Neeson: Ra's Al Ghul

Liam Neeson’s Ra’s Al Ghul was the hidden villain of BATMAN BEGINS, as Ken Watanabe was supposed to play the part. But, like everything else in the Nolan films, nothing is what it seems, and Neeson returning to the film in the third act, revealing his true nature was the first real surprise of the series. Physically, Neeson is a good match for Bale, and their final battle on an out-of-control subway is really cool. But, what’s really interesting is that there’s a lot of Henri Ducard in Bruce Wayne, in that he’s a good man that simply lost his way- which is a fate that easily could have befallen Bale’s Bruce Wayne.

5- Aaron Eckhart: Two Face

Aaron Eckhart’s Two-Face isn’t really a villain per se. His Harvey Dent is a hero, through and through- but after losing his lover, Rachel Dawes, and being horribly disfigured (to his credit- the first thing seems to bother him the most), he snaps- cutting a swath of vengeance across Gotham City. Up until the end, I actually saw him as a good guy, as the dirty cops and criminals he killed were more than deserving of their fate. It’s only when he takes Gordon’s son hostage that he truly crosses the line- and his transformation from a good man to a bad one is both chilling and tragic.

4- Michelle Pfeiffer: Catwoman

Some of you are going to ask why Anne Hathaway isn’t on this list. To me, like Eckhart, she’s not really a baddie- but Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman did indeed work in this regard. For the most part, she’s very sympathetic, but she’s bad enough to work as a villain, and Pfeiffer was downright iconic, and her performance really made BATMAN RETURNS. It’s also worth noting that she cuts a fetching figure in skintight leather. Me-ow indeed.

3- Tom Hardy: Bane

Let's get this out of the way: Bane is no Joker. I doubt he was ever intended to be. Lightning doesn't strike twice, and trying to turn Bane into another Joker would have been a mistake. Rather, Bane is Batman's first opponent that is physically a better specimen, and Tom Hardy brings a brutal presence to the role that calls to mind his own performance as BRONSON from a few years back. It's hard to really go into Bane's role in the Batman canon without giving anything away about TDKR, but suffice to say- there's more to the character than any of the trailers have revealed. Regardless, he's the only villain in the series that could believably best Batman in a fight, and that in itself makes him unique.

2- Jack Nicholson: The Joker

Jack baby! Prior to THE DARK KNIGHT, who would have ever thought he’d only be number 2 on this list? Watching Tim Burton’s BATMAN again, Nicholson still holds up really well in the part, and seems to be having a grand-ol’ time chewing the scenery. But, there’s also a veneer of madness to the part that keeps him from being a cartoon, such as his casual disfiguring of Elsa, or his glee in poisoning Gotham with his “Smilex” toxin. And, nobody’s as good as Jack when he’s bad. The museum sequence, with Prince’s “Partyman” playing in the background is one of my all-time favorite scenes in any film.

1- Heath Ledger: The Joker

Heath Ledger as The Joker will no doubt go down as one of the all-time great performances. Instantly iconic, it’s made even more powerful by Ledger’s own tragic end shortly after filming, as indeed, he seemed to give everything he had to the part- perhaps too much in the end. Totally different from Nicholson’s take on the part, Ledger’s Joker, with his Glasgow smile, is unforgettable, and the villain all future baddies, in Batman or outside, are going to be judged by. Not only is he the best Batman villain, but he’s also probably one of the best film villains ever- ranking right up there with Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, or Anthony Perkins as Norman Bates.
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6:24PM on 11/08/2012
in my opinion, she was the ONLY catwoman. When doesnt Michelle Pfeiffer look amazing?
in my opinion, she was the ONLY catwoman. When doesnt Michelle Pfeiffer look amazing?
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8:46PM on 07/19/2012

I'm like a dog chasing a car....

...when I catch it I just dont know what to do with myself. What an amazing performance. I have never been more blown away by an actor than when I saw TDK opening night. I always liked Ledger but I NEVER thought he had something like this in him. I trusted Nolan and waited patiently till the movie opened and then the rest is history. I love that he had no origin. He is just an unnatural force of nature that comes in an turns the city upside down. He's the scariest kind of villain because he
...when I catch it I just dont know what to do with myself. What an amazing performance. I have never been more blown away by an actor than when I saw TDK opening night. I always liked Ledger but I NEVER thought he had something like this in him. I trusted Nolan and waited patiently till the movie opened and then the rest is history. I love that he had no origin. He is just an unnatural force of nature that comes in an turns the city upside down. He's the scariest kind of villain because he does it just because he enjoys it. He wants nothing else but to see the world burn. You can't reason with him, you can't control him and if you kill him then he has won. As sad as it is I'm glad that Ledger gave us this performance before he left us. You can speculate all night about what other awesome roles he could have done if he was still alive but in the end he will always be remembered for this.

Best scene for me is the interrogation. Bale and Ledger masterfully play off each other. Ledger's eerily calm essence against the boiling pot of rage that is building in Bale. I love seeing Joker push Batman over the edge in this scene. Batman tried to fight the Joker the only way he knew how and it failed. He is literally at his wit's end and Bale executes that perfectly. I get chills everytime I hear Joker's line "You have nothing! Nothing you can do to me with all your strength". The psycho is being beat to death by a man in a bat suit and he isn't frightened in the least. He treats it like it's a sick joke which to me is the essence of The Joker character. Nicholson was great at the time but he played the campy side of the Joker. To him stuff was funny for no real reason. With Ledger's Joker the joke is that this supposed ruled and ordered society is actually sick and twisted on the inside just like him.
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8:25PM on 07/19/2012
Its kinda sad that because of Ledger's brilliant performance Eckhart's part was overlooked. Eckhart really blew me away in this film (not as much as Ledger tho). You really like the guy early on. Just like Bruce you start to root for the guy and hope that maybe he can clean up the city. His fall from grace was perfectly executed. Chilling tragic and overall just brilliant. At first I was bummed they killed him off but the character ran his course. After that incident there would be purpose for
Its kinda sad that because of Ledger's brilliant performance Eckhart's part was overlooked. Eckhart really blew me away in this film (not as much as Ledger tho). You really like the guy early on. Just like Bruce you start to root for the guy and hope that maybe he can clean up the city. His fall from grace was perfectly executed. Chilling tragic and overall just brilliant. At first I was bummed they killed him off but the character ran his course. After that incident there would be purpose for him anymore. Like someone said below he wanted Batman to feel the pain he felt and he did. Whats there for him to do now? Rob banks? He may was gone bad but he's still no criminal. Plus going with Nolan's realistic nature how long could a guy with that severve of burns really survive with no treatment? That side of his face was pretty bad and burned down to the bone in some spots. If that fall off the roof didn't kill him he would have been dead in a week from infection.
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8:08PM on 07/19/2012
He won an Oscar for the role, enough said, glad it was number 1.
He won an Oscar for the role, enough said, glad it was number 1.
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8:07PM on 07/19/2012
See this is where i disagree & ranked far too high, it was still just Nicholson playing the joker as to where Ledger simply disappeared in the role of the Joker. was Jack's Joker a great villain yes but Ledger's beats him by a longshot.
See this is where i disagree & ranked far too high, it was still just Nicholson playing the joker as to where Ledger simply disappeared in the role of the Joker. was Jack's Joker a great villain yes but Ledger's beats him by a longshot.
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8:03PM on 07/19/2012
ya i can agree with this but being that the movie has still not come out yet it may be jumping the gun, yes Bane in B&R was an absolute joke Maybe it's the fact he truly was a threat or perfect match for Nolan's Batman.
ya i can agree with this but being that the movie has still not come out yet it may be jumping the gun, yes Bane in B&R was an absolute joke Maybe it's the fact he truly was a threat or perfect match for Nolan's Batman.
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8:01PM on 07/19/2012
A much sexier version of Catwoman but at the same time was not as much a villain or threat to Batman, she just wanted to upstage him.
A much sexier version of Catwoman but at the same time was not as much a villain or threat to Batman, she just wanted to upstage him.
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8:00PM on 07/19/2012
I always thought that TLJ was doing a bad impression of Nicholson as the Joker in this movie.
I always thought that TLJ was doing a bad impression of Nicholson as the Joker in this movie.
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7:59PM on 07/19/2012
Eckharts version was more justified than Jones Two-face in that he was dealing with the death of the woman he loved & never really feeling appreciate as DA of Gotham, he was never against Batman he just wanted him to experience the same pain he was going through.
Eckharts version was more justified than Jones Two-face in that he was dealing with the death of the woman he loved & never really feeling appreciate as DA of Gotham, he was never against Batman he just wanted him to experience the same pain he was going through.
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7:56PM on 07/19/2012
Um ya Mr. Bumbray i give up now, Ken Watanabe was "suppossed" to play Ra's um not a valid argument & shit stop trying to be hip & cool already.
Um ya Mr. Bumbray i give up now, Ken Watanabe was "suppossed" to play Ra's um not a valid argument & shit stop trying to be hip & cool already.
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7:54PM on 07/19/2012
Sorry i would have put him in the bottom of the list, performance was good but not really an effective villain to be rated higher than even Carrey's Riddler.
Sorry i would have put him in the bottom of the list, performance was good but not really an effective villain to be rated higher than even Carrey's Riddler.
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7:52PM on 07/19/2012
Should be much higher than number 8, easily a top 5 & wud put this Penguin & Catwoman in the top 3 with TDK's Joker as #1. This version of penguin was much more menacing & ya felt for him really.
Should be much higher than number 8, easily a top 5 & wud put this Penguin & Catwoman in the top 3 with TDK's Joker as #1. This version of penguin was much more menacing & ya felt for him really.
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7:50PM on 07/19/2012
Again this is just an opinion trying to be hip & cool, i mean two-face is a campy character period & i felt TommyLee Jones take on him was even better than Carrey's Riddler. Once again the villains saved Kilmer's bland performance.
Again this is just an opinion trying to be hip & cool, i mean two-face is a campy character period & i felt TommyLee Jones take on him was even better than Carrey's Riddler. Once again the villains saved Kilmer's bland performance.
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7:46PM on 07/19/2012
This argument is bullshit, it's easy to hate on Schumacher's Batman films, but on Forever it's not justified. Stop trying to be cool & admit Forever is a decent film whose villains saved the movie.
This argument is bullshit, it's easy to hate on Schumacher's Batman films, but on Forever it's not justified. Stop trying to be cool & admit Forever is a decent film whose villains saved the movie.
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7:23PM on 07/19/2012

physicality?

Gotta disagree with you guys. I'v seen pictures of Hardy shirtless for this movie, and it seems like this is the only movie I have ever seen him in where he looks kinda pudgey. WTH happened? They completely fell short of the physical prowess I was looking for in Bane. The character has two characteristics in the comics: he's smart and he's on roids. This killed my excitement for the movie.
Gotta disagree with you guys. I'v seen pictures of Hardy shirtless for this movie, and it seems like this is the only movie I have ever seen him in where he looks kinda pudgey. WTH happened? They completely fell short of the physical prowess I was looking for in Bane. The character has two characteristics in the comics: he's smart and he's on roids. This killed my excitement for the movie.
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7:07PM on 07/19/2012
No, no no no. I kill the bus driver.
What a great first line.


No, no no no. I kill the bus driver.
What a great first line.


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5:38PM on 07/19/2012
Saw this coming, but it's well deserved. I would also argue that Ledger's Joker is one of the all time great performances. It's one thing for another actor to become a character, but for an actor to take such an iconic role, something like this with a comic book villain, and turn it into something much more, something with depth and realism, is quite an amazing feat. Legder's Joker is a villain that, while exaggerated, seems like he could exist, and is a truly frightening character. It is
Saw this coming, but it's well deserved. I would also argue that Ledger's Joker is one of the all time great performances. It's one thing for another actor to become a character, but for an actor to take such an iconic role, something like this with a comic book villain, and turn it into something much more, something with depth and realism, is quite an amazing feat. Legder's Joker is a villain that, while exaggerated, seems like he could exist, and is a truly frightening character. It is unfortunate and sad we lost Ledger right after he delivered the performance of his career, but he went out a legend: giving just that, the performance of his career.
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5:33PM on 07/19/2012
I'll be the black sheep here. I like Nicholsons performance. I really do. But to me, it's far too cheesy to be considered the second best villain. In the 80's comics, we get a deeply disturbed villain that embodies chaos and does what he does for the simple fact of being insane. With Nicholson, we got none of the depth. I realize that these films were cheesy comic book films from the 80's and this is how things were, but compare this films villain to Batman Returns. Penguin was a disfigured
I'll be the black sheep here. I like Nicholsons performance. I really do. But to me, it's far too cheesy to be considered the second best villain. In the 80's comics, we get a deeply disturbed villain that embodies chaos and does what he does for the simple fact of being insane. With Nicholson, we got none of the depth. I realize that these films were cheesy comic book films from the 80's and this is how things were, but compare this films villain to Batman Returns. Penguin was a disfigured child abandoned by his parents who grew up with that chip on his shoulders, and even Catwoman was a sexually harassed, frail woman of which was the cause of her near death. With this version of The Joker, we simply get a thug who ends up in a vat of stuff and goes insane. There's no real depth to his character at all, and it's just a simple translation of his character from page to screen. I'd argue that this Joker, despite the solid performance from Nicholson, deserves a lower place on this list.
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5:27PM on 07/19/2012
That physicality has always been the best aspect about Bane. He's always been a more physically capable opponent than Wayne (going so far as to even break Batman), so it's nice that they kept that, and yet made him intelligent as he is in the comics. I'll be seeing this tonight, but it's nice to know going in that this Bane is a much more faithful adaptation.
That physicality has always been the best aspect about Bane. He's always been a more physically capable opponent than Wayne (going so far as to even break Batman), so it's nice that they kept that, and yet made him intelligent as he is in the comics. I'll be seeing this tonight, but it's nice to know going in that this Bane is a much more faithful adaptation.
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5:24PM on 07/19/2012
She was damn sexy in this role. I am rarely attracted to her, but she was very sexy as Catwoman.
She was damn sexy in this role. I am rarely attracted to her, but she was very sexy as Catwoman.
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5:24PM on 07/19/2012
Eckhart was great, but I really feel his turn as Two Face was way too underused. They barely introduced him before he was gone. I kind of wish they hadn't done away with him so quickly. Even saving him for at least a cameo in the final film would have been great, as he is the first villain in Nolan's series to die. I get the importance to the story, but still, it's hard to believe they killed him off so quickly.
Eckhart was great, but I really feel his turn as Two Face was way too underused. They barely introduced him before he was gone. I kind of wish they hadn't done away with him so quickly. Even saving him for at least a cameo in the final film would have been great, as he is the first villain in Nolan's series to die. I get the importance to the story, but still, it's hard to believe they killed him off so quickly.
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4:50PM on 07/19/2012

Not being a dick.....

But it's Jeep SWENSON.
But it's Jeep SWENSON.
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4:29PM on 07/19/2012

Not being a dick.....

But it's Jeep SWENSON.
But it's Jeep SWENSON.
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4:28PM on 07/19/2012

Not being a dick.....

But it's Jeep SWENSON.
But it's Jeep SWENSON.
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4:08PM on 07/19/2012
There is no way that De Vito's Penguin should be below the Scarecrow, Eckhart's Two-Face, or maybe even Al Ghul. Batman Returns is second only to TDK in terms of Batman movies (IMO of course). Great list though.
There is no way that De Vito's Penguin should be below the Scarecrow, Eckhart's Two-Face, or maybe even Al Ghul. Batman Returns is second only to TDK in terms of Batman movies (IMO of course). Great list though.
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4:52PM on 07/19/2012
Sorry but that take on the Penguin was horrible. Burton took the animal gimmicks too far.
Sorry but that take on the Penguin was horrible. Burton took the animal gimmicks too far.
3:30PM on 07/19/2012

Ledger gave too much?

Contrary to popular (and sensationalized) belief, I really don't think Heath Ledger's role in TDK had AS MUCH to do with his unfortunate, tragic death as we all thought. In interview after interview, Ledger is described as having an incredible amount of fun with his role as the Joker. He loved coming to work everyday and giving his all to the part (which is one of things he regretted not doing with other movies he'd been in). Yes, his preparation for the part was a little over the top, but I'm
Contrary to popular (and sensationalized) belief, I really don't think Heath Ledger's role in TDK had AS MUCH to do with his unfortunate, tragic death as we all thought. In interview after interview, Ledger is described as having an incredible amount of fun with his role as the Joker. He loved coming to work everyday and giving his all to the part (which is one of things he regretted not doing with other movies he'd been in). Yes, his preparation for the part was a little over the top, but I'm not too sure that acting as the psychopathic, cruel, disturbing Joker contributed, again, AS MUCH to his death than we originally thought. He definitely never sounded like he was becoming depressed or troubled as a result of it. But just speculation and educated guesses on my part, the real tragedy is that he was taken from us wayyyyy too young. R.I.P. Heath Ledger
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3:27PM on 07/19/2012
There's just no one else who can fill the No.1 spot in a list like this other than The Joker. And all Ledger's performance did was cement the character as an icon in this era of filmmaking. My favorite Joker scene has to be during the prologue of TDK. Such a powerful introduction to Batman's greatest foe. The fact that The Joker fears nothing, wants nothing, and works for no one alone is enough to solidify his spot at No.1. He's just not your average criminal.
There's just no one else who can fill the No.1 spot in a list like this other than The Joker. And all Ledger's performance did was cement the character as an icon in this era of filmmaking. My favorite Joker scene has to be during the prologue of TDK. Such a powerful introduction to Batman's greatest foe. The fact that The Joker fears nothing, wants nothing, and works for no one alone is enough to solidify his spot at No.1. He's just not your average criminal.
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2:51PM on 07/19/2012
I think an honourable mention is due to all the mobsters in The Dark Knight trilogy: Tom Wilkinson as Carmine Falcone, Eric Roberts as Sal Maroni, Michael Jai White as Gambol, Richie Coster as The Chechen and Chin Han as Lau.
I think an honourable mention is due to all the mobsters in The Dark Knight trilogy: Tom Wilkinson as Carmine Falcone, Eric Roberts as Sal Maroni, Michael Jai White as Gambol, Richie Coster as The Chechen and Chin Han as Lau.
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2:41PM on 07/19/2012
"Let her go."
"Ooo, poor choice of words."
That sums it up for me.
"Let her go."
"Ooo, poor choice of words."
That sums it up for me.
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2:39PM on 07/19/2012
A tip of the hat, and a ton of respect to Mr Ledger. What a legacy he left behind with this performance.
A tip of the hat, and a ton of respect to Mr Ledger. What a legacy he left behind with this performance.
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2:38PM on 07/19/2012
Tom Hardy is a brilliant performer and I was pleasantly surprised at how faithful the film was to Bane's comic book origins/storyline. Sure, changes were made, but it certainly enriched this version of the character. Lots of people don't like the look, but I'm a fan of it. The mask looks like a cross between an attack's dog muzzle and a venomous spider. It is scary.
Tom Hardy is a brilliant performer and I was pleasantly surprised at how faithful the film was to Bane's comic book origins/storyline. Sure, changes were made, but it certainly enriched this version of the character. Lots of people don't like the look, but I'm a fan of it. The mask looks like a cross between an attack's dog muzzle and a venomous spider. It is scary.
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2:38PM on 07/19/2012
I think his best moment comes right after he kills Grissom and says, "Wait til they get a load of me. Oooooo... oop. Oop! HAHAHAHA!" It's bonkers. I love it.
I think his best moment comes right after he kills Grissom and says, "Wait til they get a load of me. Oooooo... oop. Oop! HAHAHAHA!" It's bonkers. I love it.
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2:36PM on 07/19/2012
Eckhart did such a good job at the hero fallen from grace. It was frightening, dramatic and quite saddening all at once. Through the whole film he's set up as this perfect idol, the saint of Gotham, so when it comes time for his fall it's all the more heartbreaking. I just wish we got to see more of this version of Two-Face. I remember early reports saying that TDK would end with the Joker scarring Dent as a cliffhanger into the next film. Dunno if that would've worked better than the awesome
Eckhart did such a good job at the hero fallen from grace. It was frightening, dramatic and quite saddening all at once. Through the whole film he's set up as this perfect idol, the saint of Gotham, so when it comes time for his fall it's all the more heartbreaking. I just wish we got to see more of this version of Two-Face. I remember early reports saying that TDK would end with the Joker scarring Dent as a cliffhanger into the next film. Dunno if that would've worked better than the awesome TDKR though.
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2:34PM on 07/19/2012
One of Batman Begins' big triumphs was casting Liam Neeson as the villain and Gary Oldman in a heroic role - and both did amazing subversions of their usual "type". Neeson was very aggressive, yet smooth and gentlemanly and perhaps even a little aristocratic, as Ra's well should be. He never went fu-manchu - he knew what kind of character he was playing. And he gets to say that in addition to training Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, he trained Batman too!
One of Batman Begins' big triumphs was casting Liam Neeson as the villain and Gary Oldman in a heroic role - and both did amazing subversions of their usual "type". Neeson was very aggressive, yet smooth and gentlemanly and perhaps even a little aristocratic, as Ra's well should be. He never went fu-manchu - he knew what kind of character he was playing. And he gets to say that in addition to training Darth Vader and Obi-Wan, he trained Batman too!
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2:32PM on 07/19/2012
Cillian Murphy was the right way to go with the Scarecrow. He was effortlessly creepy yet possessed a certain amount of magnetism. I really hope he gets to be the main villain should there be a Tron Legacy sequel. His cameo in that film was too good to not follow up on.
Cillian Murphy was the right way to go with the Scarecrow. He was effortlessly creepy yet possessed a certain amount of magnetism. I really hope he gets to be the main villain should there be a Tron Legacy sequel. His cameo in that film was too good to not follow up on.
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2:31PM on 07/19/2012
IMO, the best Joker moment is when he says "It's a funny world we live in". The line, along with his delivery and cinematography perfectly captures the psyche of The Joker. Just look at it:
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IMO, the best Joker moment is when he says "It's a funny world we live in". The line, along with his delivery and cinematography perfectly captures the psyche of The Joker. Just look at it:
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2:30PM on 07/19/2012
I love this version of the Penguin. He's scary, he's vicious and downright evil. His master plan is to MURDER CHILDREN. You don't get more supervillain-y than that.
I love this version of the Penguin. He's scary, he's vicious and downright evil. His master plan is to MURDER CHILDREN. You don't get more supervillain-y than that.
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2:09PM on 07/19/2012
While I'm not a huge fan of this interpretation of the Penguin and indeed Batman Returns as a whole, Danny DeVito was remarkable. He disappeared completely into the part of a repulsive, tragic man-monster who isn't afraid to be really unpleasant. Slime from mouth! Nose assault!
While I'm not a huge fan of this interpretation of the Penguin and indeed Batman Returns as a whole, Danny DeVito was remarkable. He disappeared completely into the part of a repulsive, tragic man-monster who isn't afraid to be really unpleasant. Slime from mouth! Nose assault!
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2:08PM on 07/19/2012
More than Ace Ventura, Jim Carrey thought he was playing the Joker. Tommy Lee Jones thought he was playing the Joker. Everybody in Batman Forever thought they were playing the Joker. Nicole Kidman thought she was playing the Joker. Carrey is a remarkably gifted actor especially when he restrains his comedic instincts a little and yes, the script did not do his performance any favours at all.
More than Ace Ventura, Jim Carrey thought he was playing the Joker. Tommy Lee Jones thought he was playing the Joker. Everybody in Batman Forever thought they were playing the Joker. Nicole Kidman thought she was playing the Joker. Carrey is a remarkably gifted actor especially when he restrains his comedic instincts a little and yes, the script did not do his performance any favours at all.
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2:28PM on 07/19/2012
If he played it with restraint he could have been a downright brilliant Riddler.
If he played it with restraint he could have been a downright brilliant Riddler.
2:05PM on 07/19/2012
Agreed. I've always fantasized about how a serious interpretation of Batman and Robin would have turned out, with the same characters and basic plot. Mr Freeze as the tortured scientist who bottles up his emotions and appears cold and ominous. Pamela Isley, a misguided and zealous eco-terrorist who gains the power to control flora after a freak accident. Bane, a shadowy criminal mastermind who pulls all the strings and manipulates the two to do his bidding as he chases down a vendetta with
Agreed. I've always fantasized about how a serious interpretation of Batman and Robin would have turned out, with the same characters and basic plot. Mr Freeze as the tortured scientist who bottles up his emotions and appears cold and ominous. Pamela Isley, a misguided and zealous eco-terrorist who gains the power to control flora after a freak accident. Bane, a shadowy criminal mastermind who pulls all the strings and manipulates the two to do his bidding as he chases down a vendetta with Batman. Robin, conflicted as he feels that he has been overshadowed by Batman, but out of respect he does not confront his guardian. Barbara Gordon, the niece of the Commissioner who decides to research the identity of the Batman and who nurses a crush on schoolmate Richard Grayson. Probably slightly better.
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1:51PM on 07/19/2012
"Murphy’s unhinged performance spread across the three films have made him memorable nonetheless."
tut tut
Spoiler!
"Murphy’s unhinged performance spread across the three films have made him memorable nonetheless."
tut tut
Spoiler!
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1:16PM on 07/19/2012
Ledger's Joker, Anton Chigurh, Darth Vader? GO.
Ledger's Joker, Anton Chigurh, Darth Vader? GO.
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1:46PM on 07/19/2012
Joker. Easy win. By comparison Darth is a bumbling fool.
Joker. Easy win. By comparison Darth is a bumbling fool.
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1:10PM on 07/19/2012
Who wouldn't see this coming? The highlight of the late Ledger's Joker, to me, is when he was in the Interrogation Room with Batman and Joker started to go his crazy style to mess with Batman's head.
Who wouldn't see this coming? The highlight of the late Ledger's Joker, to me, is when he was in the Interrogation Room with Batman and Joker started to go his crazy style to mess with Batman's head.
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1:08PM on 07/19/2012
"Where did he get those wonderful toys?" - thats my favorite line.
"Where did he get those wonderful toys?" - thats my favorite line.
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1:08PM on 07/19/2012
Judging from trailer and various clips, Bane is surely look intimidating and cunning enough to go face to face with Batman.
Judging from trailer and various clips, Bane is surely look intimidating and cunning enough to go face to face with Batman.
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1:06PM on 07/19/2012
Seduction at its best.
Seduction at its best.
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1:06PM on 07/19/2012
Much better than Tommy Lee Jones' Two-Face.
Much better than Tommy Lee Jones' Two-Face.
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1:05PM on 07/19/2012
Neeson portrays Ras Al Ghul with such charisma that I don't know whether to hate the guy or cheer him to win Batman. That's how good Neeson was.
Neeson portrays Ras Al Ghul with such charisma that I don't know whether to hate the guy or cheer him to win Batman. That's how good Neeson was.
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1:03PM on 07/19/2012
DeVito owned the role.
DeVito owned the role.
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1:03PM on 07/19/2012
The only downside of Tommy Lee Jones' Two-Face is that he's only Two-Face, not much of Harvey Dent, except at the climax when he thanks Batman/Bruce Wayne for being there for him when he tried to toss the coin and then Batman tossed more coins at Two-Face making him confused which one is his.
The only downside of Tommy Lee Jones' Two-Face is that he's only Two-Face, not much of Harvey Dent, except at the climax when he thanks Batman/Bruce Wayne for being there for him when he tried to toss the coin and then Batman tossed more coins at Two-Face making him confused which one is his.
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