Did you know that the inspiration behind our favorite DC hero Batman was the horror-legend Dracula, Zorro, and the Shadow? Well, that was a shocker. Wasn’t it? Preparing to give you many more shocks, today we are here with some interesting facts you did not know about Batman villains. So, are you ready to turn your day into a little Gotham trek today? Of course, you are. So, let’s get started!
When it comes to DC, there are villains, supervillains, and Batman villains. Batman villains are the biggest highlight of the DC universe, whether we talk about their presence in the comics or the cinematic universe. Batman villains are diabolical, cynical, gritty, have the most disturbing backgrounds, and are mysterious as hell.
However, the best thing about them is that they have so many hidden facts that most of us are unaware of. If you consider yourself a big DC fan and want to know more about these facts, keep scrolling!
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The Most Famous Batman Villains Of All Time | Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know About These Batman Villains!
Did you know that Batman is credited to have the greatest rogue gallery of all time in the DC universe? Why is that, you may ask? Most of the credit for his rogue gallery goes to the villains Batman has fought over the years. While protecting Gotham, the Dark Knight has come across villains who are rogues just like him but only a few steps beneath him.
1# The Riddler
If you were missing all the fun and the nitty-gritty side in the DC universe, here is The Riddler bringing all things fun into the DC universe. The Riddler is perhaps one of the most enigmatic Batman villains introduced in DC comics to this date. Riddler’s playfulness is the biggest reason that makes him one of the most famous Batman villains.
The only thing that gives him a kick is pitting his wits against the Dark Knight. The Riddler is one of the few villains whose intelligence and obsession with Batman puts him into the same field as the hero. In the DC comics, Riddler’s appearance in Batman: Hush and Batman: Zero Year put him into a different league.
If it wasn’t for Adam West and his 1996 Batman series, we would not be able to enjoy the menace The Riddler has become today. A true DC fan will never forget the beauty with which Frank Gorshin portrayed the role of The Riddler. There was so much perfection in his role that years later when it was Jim Carry’s turn to take over the role, he took the inspiration from Frank’s Riddler.
Titled to be the most famous Batman villain of all time and for all the better reasons, Joker can make it to the top of any Batman villain list without a hitch. Joker and Batman are both cut from the same cloth. They are broken, have lived a harsh life, and see Gotham for what it truly is, a broken piece. The only difference is that Batman tries his best to fix it while Joker only sees Gotham as a joke and the epitome of destruction.
No one can be placed higher than Joker on Batman’s list as they have been rivals from the very beginning. But that’s a discussion we will keep for some other day. Did you know that Joker wasn’t meant to survive in his first comic book appearance? Yeah! It was a last-minute decision by writer Steve Englehart to keep him alive after he accidentally stabs himself in place of Batman.
Imagine living in a world where there would be no Joker? NO! I can’t imagine it. Can you? Another fascinating thing about Joker is that he wasn’t Joker from the beginning. Joker started as The Red Hood when he was a part of a criminal group. There is a complete story behind it, and you can read it in Alan Moore’s comic, Batman: The Killing Joke.
Two-Face is considered one of the most terrifying Batman villains of all time because he is as much an enemy to him as he is a friend. Before becoming the coveted villain, Two-Face was the protector and the crime-fighting District Attorney of Gotham. But when an accident left him disfigured, he became the treacherous Two-Face.
Since he was already suffering from a split-personality disorder, his conversion into a villain turned him into an epitome of duality and ruthlessness. Because of his unpredictable nature, Batman can never be assured how Two-Face will act upon seeing him. Since Two-Face was a friend to Batman before turning into a foe, their relationship represents a mix of good and bad for Gotham.
Growing up, if you were never a big comic nerd, you must have missed a unique fact about the Batman villain Two-Face. Two-Face isn’t the only Two-Face in the DC comics. Back in the Silver Age of Comics era, there was a story that an accident occurred on a film set where an actor was also left disfigured. His psychosis made him believe that he was Two-Face, and he started committing sins.
4# Harley Quinn
If it wasn’t for the queen Harley Quinn herself, no one would ever believe that a sidekick who was introduced as a part of an animated show could become so much popular. Harley Quinn is both an associate and an enemy to Batman and, over the years, has become an essential part of the DC universe. Looking at her popularity, it is hard to believe that Harley was originally intended only to be a part of Batman: The Animated Series.
But once she became an overnight sensation, the creators decided to make her a part of the comics. Harley was introduced into the comic world with a one-shot Batman: Harley Quinn, that quickly became a best-seller. Now, her entry into the DC extended universe only fixes her spot as the most-badass villain of all time.
Did you know that Harley and Joker got married in a secret ceremony and then killed each other? Just kidding, guys!!! But imagine if there is ever an actual wedding, how fun it would be? I can already hear the wedding bells ringing!
So, how was it knowing a little something about your favorite DC villains that you did not know before? I know for a fact that it must have been fun. However, please share your reviews with us in the comments section. And if you know something further interesting about these villains, don’t forget to share the deets in the comments below.