It's an exciting time to be a Batman fan. We have a new portrayal on the way from Ben Affleck and we also have a new television show to look forward to that takes place within the Batman mythos. This is the perfect opportunity for DC and Warner Bros to bring some of the more obscure and lesser known villains to the big screen/silver screen, as well as a chance for some underused/underrated villains to make an appearance. The following list of characters is just an idea that I had. I put some thought into how some villains could be updated and added my own little twist.
1. Calendar Man
Julian Gregory Day is known as the Calendar Man and has always been considered a joke. He commits crimes that coincide with holidays throughout the year. His most notable appearance has been in the Long Halloween where his role in that story is similar to that of Hannibal Lecter, providing information to Batman and Commissioner Gordon from inside Arkham Asylum. There was something about Calendar Man in this story that gave me the creeps. I had an idea to make him less of a joke and that is to combine Calendar Man with 2 other villains. The first villain also being from the Long Halloween named the Holiday Killer. The second villain I want to throw in the mix is from the sequel, Dark Victory, named the Hangman Killer. The former being Alberto Falcone and the latter being Sophia Falcone Gigante, two of Carmine "The Roman" Falcone's children. Combine the 3 of them and what you get is a Calendar Man who is also a serial killer. He kills his victims on holidays by hanging them and leaving a creepy souvenir with the dangling body. There is nothing more frightening than a serial killer. Speaking of serial killers...
2. Victor Zsasz
Victor Zsasz is one sadistic mother... There is an issue from the Knightfall story arc that really tells you what this guy is all about and if memory serves me correct, the picture above is a scene playing out from that issue. In this particular issue, Zsasz has cornered several young college girls and is preparing for them to become his most recent victims. Why is he so bad? Well, all he cares about is carving a new mark on his body. Each person expired by this sick puppy is then remembered by a tally mark that Zsasz cuts into his own flesh. As you can tell from the picture above, he kills a lot. There is not much I would change with Zsasz. The only thing I would like to see done is for the writers to give him a "normal" life. Before he snapped, he was rich and owned his own international company. He loses his money and becomes a serial killer, releasing all of us zombies (his term) from a miserable existence. It would be interesting for Victor Zsasz to be a major player in the Gotham business world by day, and up to his serial killing schemes at night. Having him hide in plain sight without anyone being the wiser would add to the effect when he is slicing someone up. Think of him as a more crazy, evil, and sadistic version of Dexter.
3. Black Mask
Roman Sionis is Black Mask. Personally, he is one of my favorite Batman villains and has a lot of potential. This guy is smart, organized, and absolutely psychotic. If the Joker and Carmine "The Roman" Falcone had a little villain baby, it would grow up to be Black Mask. His parents treated him as if he didn't exist, but he was left with their fortune and cosmetic company that he ran into the ground. Bruce Wayne bailed him out and Black Mask has resented him ever since. His mask is carved from his dead fathers casket. When he first started his criminal empire and gang, the False Face Society, their base of operations was the Sionis Family crypt. The guy is sick. During the War Games story arc, he captures Stephanie Brown a.k.a. Spoiler, and kills her, but not before torturing her for a few hours. I don't want to change anything about Black Mask. I just want him to play a major part in the next batch of movies. I was very excited when the Batman: Arkham Origins video game came out, because it appeared that he was the main villain. As it turns out, he was not. Like always, it was Joker, as he was pretending to be Black Mask. Now don't get me wrong, the Joker is the greatest comic book villain of all time, but we need a break from him. Black Mask deserves to be in the spotlight. I'm just not sure why we haven't seen it yet.
Lonnie Machin is Anarky, and like Black Mask, he has a lot of potential. He is a child prodigy who believes in anarchism. He speaks out and fights against authority, government, political corruption, and many other issues in the world. Anarky is at times an anti-hero which adds to his character. There aren't many things that he can't do: inventor, tactician, proficient martial artist, etc. The one thing that separates Anarky from almost every other Batman villain is the fact that he can inspire people to follow him and his belief in anarchism. This makes him extremely dangerous and even more formidable. I have one thing I'd like to change about Anarky and I believe it is part of the reason why we do not see more of him. Make him an adult. He is a young child prodigy. For the comics, this is fine, but not for television or film. It would be difficult for movie goers to believe a child could fight against Batman. That is my opinion.
5. The Riddler
The Riddler is one of Batmans oldest and most popular foes. Edward Nigma has been around since 1948 and is considered one of the only villains who can match the Dark Knight with wits and intelligence. It kills me to say this, because the Riddler is one of my favorite villains, but he has been lacking for a long time. Personally, I don't feel like the Riddler poses a big enough threat and I never feel like Batman is in danger when he is the villain. Scott Snyder, the current writer on the monthly Batman title, has made the Riddler threatening and dangerous for the first time in a long time. If you have not been reading Batman since the New 52 launch, you are missing out on some great stories. Moving on, I want to share my vision on how I would like the Riddler portrayed the next time he appears on film. My vision is simple. It is to portray the Riddler in a similar way to the Jigsaw killer from the horror movie, Saw. Can you imagine someone as smart as the Riddler setting up these amazing deathtraps for Batman and his allies? If you can, I'm willing to bet that you have played the Arkham City video game. That is what they must do if Riddler is ever going to be a formidable opponent to Batman in a movie. There needs to be fatal consequences if you get stuck in one of the Riddlers deathtraps. We would have no choice but to take him serious and would feel he does pose a threat to Batman on a physical level, on top of an intellectual level.
We'll see what happens in the next batch of Batman movies and other DCCU movies. I can't wait. It is a fun and exciting time to be a fan of these characters. We continue to get great stories from the comics every month and we have a lot to look forward to when it comes to television and cinema. Not to mention, this year is the 75th year of the Bat and it will be celebrated all year long with frequently released goodies. Take my money.
So, what do you think? Would you like to see these characters on film taking on our favorite detective or am I delusional? Whatever your feelings are, let me know what you think.