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07.16.2008by: Jim Law

Top 10 Villains Christopher Nolan Should Consider Next

Welcome to Batman week at JoBlo.com. I'm hoping it ends better than Indiana Jones week did. That is to say I hope the Boy Wonder doesn't show up at the end of THE DARK NIGHT swinging through Gotham City on strategically placed vines with a CGI monkey by his side. If all goes according to plan this weekend the world should be quaking with geekgasms after every showing, we'll forget all about Katie Holmes, Joel Shumacher will cry himself to sleep, and I'll be changing my two-week-old son's name to Heath before he knows the difference. When the dust settles we can start discussing part three of Nolan`s brilliance and who`s going to get a shot at the Bat. Here, I`ll start.

Honorable Mention: Poison Ivy (Pamela Lillian Isley)

I'm not sure but I think she already showed up this summer as the villain in THE HAPPENING. What a twist! I'm not too big on Ivy and her "plant powers" but I'm sure plenty of fans will throw her name in the hat strictly based on the form fitting vines and a fire-bush.

10. The Penguin (Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot)

I guess Danny DeVito was pretty cool in BATMAN RETURNS but call me crazy when I say a dwarf with bird obsessions and a deadly selection of umbrellas shouldn't strike too much fear into The Dark Knight. I'm sure Nolan could make him cooler than Darth Vader though.

9. Harley Quinn (Dr. Harleen Quinzel)

This one might be a little hard to do due to the death of Heath Ledger since Dr. Quinn only exists because of the Joker. If "Mistah J" doesn't come back in the form of another actor she can't be his criminal psychiatrist. She can't fall in love with him. She can't break him out of Arkham Asylum. She can't wear that banging costume. Dammit.

8. Killer Croc (Waylon Jones)

He might be a little too far fetched for Nolan to make work but this reptilian bastard has given Bats some great battles. He also shacked up with Swamp Thing once. I smell a sitcom spin-off.

7. Mr. Freeze (Dr. Victor Fries)

Doesn't that picture just scream for someone like Arnold Schwarzenegger to play him? This is a character Nolan could do wonders with. A broken heart, a lust for vengeance, a refrigerating suit complete with glass dome, and a cryogenic gun. The more I think about it, anybody but Arnold could make this work. Anybody.

6. Black Mask (Roman Sionis)

A lesser known villain in the world of Bats, Mr. Mask has a great back story, his own gang, a true hatred for our hero, and a mask carved from the coffin of his mother, whom he murdered along with his father. All this adds up to some serious f*cking issues and good drama.

5. Catwoman (Selina Kyle)

The farther I got into this article the more I realized I'm tired of Catwoman. Do we really need a third big budget version of her within 20 years? Maybe, when you look at that picture above. Give me some purple tights (enough with the black leather), an up and coming hottie, and a couple quality pussy jokes and I might still check it out.

4. Hush (Dr. Thomas Elliot)

If only for the storyline that surrounds him, which happens to be one of my favorite stories ever. The only problem with that is the storyline involves basically every character on this list, Superman, Nightwing, and Robin's corpse. A little much for one movie (or even two or three).

3. The Riddler (Edward Nigma)

Truth be told, The Riddler is Batman's bitch. His greatest "super power" is leaving mysterious riddles that always end up getting solved and eventually lead to another ass beating and a trip to Arkham. Now, with Nolan at the wheel, E Nig could shine. All he needs is a good storyline and a shit-load of henchmen and we got ourselves a fight.

2. Deadshot (Floyd Lawton)

He may whore himself out to the entire DC universe but his roots are in Gotham. He started out as a hero with intentions of stealing some headlines from Bats but ended up getting greedy and wound up in jail. When he got out he decided to become an assassin, found a flashy new costume, and developed a death wish. And he's red. I like red.

1. Bane

The man who broke Batman's back deserves his own spotlight. His appearance in BATMAN AND ROBIN doesn't count. If you ask me, it doesn't even exist. Here's a criminal mastermind with superhuman strength due to a dependence of the drug, Venom, who single handily took over Gotham's criminal underworld and knocked The Dark Knight so far out of commission he needed to get a replacement. Nolan should be drooling at the chance to save this dude's reputation.

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