ByEric Barker, writer at

We have had a lot of Batman movies and seen some great villains go to the big screen. Its just we see the same ones used a lot. Not saying there is anything wrong with that. Just would love to see one of my favorites making it to the big screen, Clayface. I mean think about it. Clayface would be amazing to see on the big screen with all the technology we have now. Plus think about IMAX or IMAX 3D. Clayface would look sweet.


Clayface is a legacy name used by several super-villains who fight Batman, each of them with powers that involve a malleable clay-like body structure. Clayface is a patient at Arkham Asylum. They primarily use shape-shifting to commit crimes and terrorize Gotham City. The name has been associated with the Injustice League, Anti-Justice League and Secret Society of Super-Villains. Clayface was created by Bob Kane, first appearing in Detective Comics #40. (1940)

Clayface's most common origin story is that he was an actor who was on the edge of losing his career. He was forced to use an experimental cosmetic cream which later had dangerous side effects. In combat Clayface will often change his fists into hammers, swords and spikes. He also uses shape shifting abilities to impersonate other people and has often shape-shifted into the form of many of Batman's enemies.

I am going with Matt Hagen Clayface...

History of Matt Hagen

Matt Hagen was a versatile actor, whose face was terribly damaged in an accident. He continued acting, masking the wound with an experimental cosmetic cream called Renuyu. The manufacturer of Renuyu, Roland Daggett, blackmailed him into working for him. The first step was to frame his business rival Bruce Wayne. Disguised as Wayne, he attempted to murder Lucius Fox. The scheme failed.

Daggett was not finished with him, though. His henchmen Germs and Raymond Bell were ordered to kill him, and forced a large container of Renuyu down his throat. Rather than killing Hagen, it transformed him into a giant clay monster. Known as Clayface.

Powers and Abilities


* Metamorphosis: Clayface could shape his appearance into other forms, including smaller subjects. Sometimes this would happen automatically, like a reflex. He could also divide himself in multiple creations.


* Acting: Accomplishing his shape changing abilities, Hagen was also a trained actor, which aided his disguises.


* Mental Illness: As a side effect of the Renuyu.

* Structural Instability: Several times over, Clayface could barely manage to keep his physical body together.

* Vulnerability to Water

* Vulnerability to Electricity

Bryan Cranston or Benedict Cumberbatch as Matt Hagen / Clayface

Bryan Cranston
Bryan Cranston
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch

Things I recommend to check out about Clayface

Batman the Animated Series

* Feat of Clay: Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 4)

* Feat of Clay: Part 2 (Season 1, Episode 5)

* Mudslide (Season 2, Episode 3)

* Growing Pains (Season 4, Episode 8)

The Batman Series

* The Rubberface of Comedy: Part 1 (Season 1, Episode 12)

* Clayface of Tragedy: Part 2 [The continuation of The Rubberface of Comedy] (Season 1, Episode 13)

* Meltdown (Season 2, Episode 7)

* Clayfaces (Season 4, Episode 3)


Would you want to see Clayface in a up coming live action blockbuster Batman movie?


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