7 Greatest Batman Villains Of All Time

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Jack Napier / The Joker - Batman (1989)

Jack Nicholson played the arch nemesis of The Dark Knight in the Tim Burton film which altered much of the comic book lore to make things fit with Nicholson and Burton's more theatrical designs.

Oswald Cobblepot / The Penguin - Batman Returns (1992)

Danny DeVito played a crime lord who was abandoned at birth and raised by penguins, thus lending him a frightful appearance and a mighty ambition to rise to the top of Gotham City's food chain.

Harvey Dent / Two-Face - Batman Forever (1995)

Tommy Lee Jones played the former District Attorney of Gotham who, after an acid attack, suffers from physical scarring as well as brain damage, both of which he attributes to the Batman for having failed to save him, thus turning him into the criminal Two-Face.

Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow - The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012)

Cillian Murphy appeared to be the principal villain for much of Batman Begins' (2005) runtime, until being outed as a patsy, though he did make for a frightful enough character for director Christopher Nolan to bring him back twice.

The Joker - The Dark Knight (2008)

Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning turn as the vaudevillian harbinger of anarchy is the pinnacle of screen acting in superhero films, and is it to be surpassed. Ledger was equally chilling and funny, and just a really memorable performer for the camera.

Bane - The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Though ultimately a stand-in, Bane, played by Tom Hardy, is the one villain who truly brings Gotham to its knees and makes it bleed like no one before him did.

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Edward Nashton / The Riddler - The Batman (2022)

Played by Paul Dano, this villain forced viewers to reevaluate their idea of the ideal antagonist, because Nashton inflicts horrors without ever having convictions or strengths of classical villains, instead using technology to mask his unassuming identity.

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