Poll: What unused Batman villain would be best for a movie reboot?

harleyUpdate: Well, the winner of the Batman reboot movie poll is none other than the Joker’s animated sidekick Harley Quinn! Harley garnered 9 votes, or 31%, so not a slam dunk for the Quinn fans, but a victory nonetheless.

Coming in a close second was the Mad Hatter with just 8 votes, making it 27% of the poll. Third place belonged to Clayface with 6 votes, and the Ventriloquist surprisingly enough edged out Killer Croc 4 to 2, respectively. Looks like most folk are interested in seeing clown-themed, female villains.

There were some discussions about alternatives, but I have to stress again that I deliberately selected villains who have never appeared in a Batman movie, which includes the Burton/Schumacher flicks. That said, Batfans suggested characters like Hush, Black Mask, Mr. Freeze, Riddler, Zsasz, and more. I want to thank all the people who discussed this online, offered their opinions, and voted!

OK, since Dark Knight Rises came out, everyone from you to Warner Bros. has been gearing up for a Batman re-reboot. And since we also know the WB is working toward a Justice League flick, we know it has to be fantastical enough to allow for aliens, amazons and power rings. I don’t think we’ll ever go back to the Clooney days, but we might just have an opportunity for a cool, dark Batman in a world where it wouldn’t be too far-fetched for Superman to pop up.

Since we’re on that subject, and since Batman movies print money, that kind of Batman flick requires a villain that works in that kind of setting. And since I hate rushing out to re-cast and revamp, let’s take an assortment of villains from Batman’s gallery of rogues that haven’t ever gotten a big-screen treatment. Don’t get me wrong: I’d love to see a cool Riddler, or Poison Ivy, but let’s start with those guys who haven’t had their fair shot yet. For example:

Clayface is a great villain for a fantastical Batman reboot because he’s sympathetic and interesting, while also clearly NOT grounded in reality. And apart from seeing an actor obsessed with plastic surgeries, I think Clayface could only exist in a world where Green Lantern is patrolling the galaxy.

Killer Croc is another sweet villain you can’t really expect to see in the Nolanverse, so he’s a cool choice. Though I might stray from the lizard-esque villains since Spidey took his shot last year.

An incredibly creeptastic villain that works really well in the animated world, Mad Hatter is a prime candidate for a big-screen treatment.

The Ventriloquist/Scarface is a villain I have a love/hate relationship with. I love the idea of Scarface, but can’t say I’ve ever read a definitive Scarface story. A movie adaptation might just create that for him.

Finally, I was really reluctant to include her, but Harley Quinn. First off, this list is already a sausage-fest. Second, it may still be too soon for a Joker story. And finally, while she’s not nearly as effective or time-honored as the others, she could actually be an effective gauge to see if people are ready for another Joker. She could be like the preamble to a rebooted Batman movie ‘verse.

So cast your vote on the right-hand side and give us your pick for the ideal villain (who hasn’t gotten their fair share) for a fantastical Batman reboot!

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3 comments for “Poll: What unused Batman villain would be best for a movie reboot?

  1. Jill
    January 22, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Harley Quinn, definitely

  2. January 22, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Fuck Mad Hatter! Harley all the way!

  3. bear
    January 22, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    If we’re going to throw the DC team together, I think Clayface is an excellent villain for Batman to start with because it opens the world to the super-natural element. Plus, imagine if a small handful of talented actors/actresses joined together to each take a turn in the spotlight as Clayface, and worked on the character together so they could synchronize personality traits and behavior.

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