ByEthan Williams, writer at
Ethan Williams

Gotham is a go. That has been confirmed for a while now. It's around this time where the buzz stops being about the show and more about casting. I say, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

There are some really cool DC villains that can transfer to screen with the right actors. We already know that the show's young Penguin will be played by Robin Lord Taylor. So, what other characters could go hand and hand with the Penguin? The actors who play these characters could reprise their roles in the films. I know that you don't want to see my ramblings so I'll just go with my top 3. The Joker will not be on here, due to it being a bit to obvious. I would be surprised if he doesn't make an appearance (also, Heath Ledger is the best.)

I can't help but endorse my favorite Batman villain of all time, The Riddler.
He is a villain but is in no way different from any other boring stranger, almost like a serial killer. He differs from that, though, because of two majors reasons. For one, he never gets his hands dirty unless he's grabbing some kind of priceless jewel. When confronted by a more sinister villain, and all else fails, he will grovel and beg for his own life. Second, he is a comic book villain. He's the snarky guy throwing bad puns at the hero. This doesn't mean that he is cheesy. The Riddler that comic book fans know today is a dark and troubled man with a serious problem. This would not have happened without Batman: Hush, written by Jeph Loeb and penciled by Jim Lee. In it, the Riddler is working for other villains to try and get his way to the Lazarus Pit, due to the cancer that could kill him. When confronted with death, he breaks. These are the reasons for the Riddler, onto the next one.

The second pick of mine is Dr. Jonathan Crane aka Scarecrow. Scarecrow uses a serum on his victims to make them see their wildest fears. Unlike the Riddler, Jonathan Crane was not a nobody before he became Scarecrow. He was actually a psychologist. This opens up the chance for him to be a character before he becomes Scarecrow. Of course, it would just be cruel for us not to see him as the character by the end. Scarecrow has always been the perfect way to give fans a glimpse into the other characters' psyches. Jim Gordon is a complex character, fighting crime and corruption in his own squadron to protect his family. There are plenty of fears in the mind of a man like that.

Grant Morrison is one of my favorite writers. He's responsible for making years of Batman just as good as they were and one of his characters is Professor Pyg. Pyg is a disturbing character, bent on perfecting humans. Perfection is reached through control. He reaches control using a drug that will addict its users after one try. Once addicted, they will do anything to get it. Pyg is a character that does not hide much. Everything about him screams insanity. He often joins on with many different movements that he believes may help his goal of perfection. These movements include Leviathan and those of Doctor Hurt.

So, those are my picks. If you have any other ideas, I'd love to see them in the comments below. Thanks for reading.


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