Saturday, September 13, 2014

Batman - Top 20 Rogue Gallery Members Part 2

Continuing on from where I started yesterday with this countdown, here is the second part of my Top 20 Rogue Gallery Members when it comes to Batman villains ...

11: Mr Freeze (Victor Fries)

If ever there was a chilly customer in Gotham, it would certainly be this tragic scientist. Narrowly missing the Top 10, I've always found that Freeze is one of a few Rogue Gallery members who despite the crimes he's committed has something of a sympathetic side, mainly due to his determination to cure ailing wife Nora. Still though, he's not someone you'd want to go up against, unless you fancy being on ice.

12: Man-Bat (Kirk Langstrom)

Another somewhat sympathetic member of the gallery, like Freeze, there's something about Man-Bat thats both monstrous and sympathetic at the same time. A character who has yet to make any kind of big screen translation, both the comics and cartoons have managed to give a balanced portrayal of the character, making him both a powerful adversary for Batman and a tragic figure at the same time.

13: Talia Al Ghul

One of two serious love interests for Bruce Wayne/Batman to make the list and also the mother of the annoying Damien Wayne (sorry but he's irritating folks), Talia has certainly been an interesting character to read and watch over the years with the comics intensifying her relationships between her father Ras Al Ghul, as well as Bane and Batman and mainstream viewers got a taste for the character with various cartoons and recently Marion Cottilard's take on the character in The Dark Knight Rises. Talia is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

14: Mad Hatter (Jervis Tetch)

And here I thought this fella only existed in the world of Lewis Carroll. Blatantly inspired and more or less the same iteration, Tetch's Hatter is a great villain in the Batman universe, using all kind of bizarre mind control and theatricality that both Hugo Strange and the Joker themselves would be proud of.

15: Clayface (Matt Hagan)

While there are various versions of the shape shifting criminal that is known as Clayface, my favourite take on the character and probably the most appropriate one has been the Matt Hagan version. The idea of a vain, fading actor becoming this monstrous creature is pretty inspired and it's by far the most interesting version of the character out there.

Part 3 of this rundown will be next Friday.

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