In the DC Comics mythology, no superhero has a bigger rogues gallery than Batman. Over his nearly 80 years of existence, the Gotham City vigilante has assembled quite the lineup of adversaries, many of whom have been translated to film. As far as the DC Extended Universe is concerned, we've already met Joker, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc, and last week brought word that The Penguin might be the villain in either The Batman or Birds of Prey. If Gotham City Sirens gets off the ground, that means we'll also see Catwoman and Poison Ivy back on the big screen, but that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Thanks to the DCEU, we're no longer limited to seeing Batman villains in a traditional Batman movie. If Penguin is a candidate for Birds of Prey, that means the Caped Crusader's rogues could show up in other installments of this franchise, like Nightwing or Batgirl. With that in mind, we've gathered together some of the classic Batman villains (i.e. well-known, pre-2000 folks) who need to show up in the DCEU at some point, be it in The Batman or another movie.
Thus far we've been treated to two kooky versions of The Riddler on the big screen, with Jim Carrey's version in Batman Forever clearly taking inspiration from Frank Gorshin's from the 1960s Batman TV series. The time has come for us to see a more sinister version of Edward Nygma; he can keep the green suit and the clue gimmick, but he should be adapted in a way where he'd feel at home in David Fincher's Se7en. While it would be great to see this Riddler clashing with Ben Affleck's Batman, it might also be interesting to see Riddler wreak havoc in another city. Maybe he goes to Bludhaven, forcing Nightwing to put a stop to his puzzling plans. On the other hand, the recent announcement that a Jared Leto-led Joker movie is in development, maybe we could get a "War of Jokes and Riddles" adaptation, with Riddler and Joker fighting over territory in Gotham City and recruiting other super villains into the conflict.
The Gotham TV series has done a wonderful job adapting Dr. Hugo Strange, so it's as good as time as any for the character to finally make his theatrical debut. While he's not one of Batman's more recognizable foes, he is one of the oldest, debuting in 1940's Detective Comics #36. Originally depicted as a mad scientist, in the modern era he's primarily known as a disturbed psychiatrist who is obsessed with discovering Batman's identity and mentally breaking the Caped Crusader. But Strange still periodically runs horrific experiments on subjects, and if you combine his mental prowess with his monstrous creations, you have the makings of a great superhero movie antagonist. Needless to say Strange is a great villain to pit against the DCEU's Batman, so here's hoping he's used in either The Batman or one of its sequels.