There have been many rumors going on lately, like the Green Lantern movie may feature all 3 of the human lanterns: Jordan, Stewart, and Gardner; or the rumor that Chris Pine might actually play Green Lantern Jordan and not Steve Trevor. One rumor that caught my eye is the new Batman standalone reboot may be arriving in 2018 and Ben Affleck may direct it. There are two spots within DC's current lineup where Batman, Superman, or Dark Universe could squeeze in: Fall 2018 (between Aquaman and Shazam) and Fall 2019 (between Justice League 2 and Cyborg). There have been a total of 7 major Batman movies featuring 11 different villains: Jack Nicholson/Heath Ledger as The Joker, Michelle Pieffier/Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, Robert "Jeep" Swenson/Tom Hardy as Bane, Danny DeVito as The Penguin, Tommy Lee Jones/Aaron Eckhart as Two-Face, Jim Carrey as The Riddler, Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze, Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy, Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow, Marion Cotillard as Talia al Ghul, and Liam Neeson as Ra's al Ghul.
As you may know, there are already 4 Batman villains ready to appear in next year's Suicide Squad: Will Smith as Deadshot, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Killer Croc, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, and Jared Leto as The Joker. These 4 may appear in future installments of Suicide Squad or even the Batman films. Below are my top 10 picks of other villains that I would like to see appear in the upcoming standalone film:
Basil Karlo, also known as the grotesque, meta-morphing glob known as Clayface, is at the bottom of my list because his abilities are very far-fetch. I would compare him to the Sandman from Spider-Man 3.
As for someone to portray him, I think the way Basil Karlo looks and talks matches Doug Jones perfectly. He does have a good resume for portraying unusual monsters and wearing a lot of makeup.
9. Black Mask
Most notable alias is that of Roman Sionis. Black Mask is not really a super-villain, but an accomplished crime lord and skilled combatant. He calls himself Black Mask after smashing his father's ebony casket and melded the broken pieces together to create a sculpted skull mask that covers his entire head and (when modified) gives him hypnosis-like mind-control abilities. He appears to work a lot alongside Deathstroke and Red Hood, so we see him appear with either one of these villains.
I have seen Dominic West play a convincing jigsaw in Punisher: War-zone. Since Black Mask's face is always covered, it would be the eyes and voice and would seal the deal and West has the menacing eyes and the intimidation in his voice that would make him a great pick for the role.
Dr. Kirk Langstrom was trying to create a formula that would give humans the ability to use sonar senses in a quest to cure his oncoming deafness. Well the formula worked! Sort of. The side effect was that the experiment transformed him into a giant (there I say it) Man-Bat. He has gained superhuman strength and unlike Batman, has the ability to fly non-stop and can create sonar pulses; whereas Batman can only glide and use his sonar devices.
I think William Ficthner (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, Elysium) would be a great choice for Dr. Langstrom. As for a voice actor for Man-Bat, anyone will do.
7. Poison Ivy
The next five have already been portrayed in a Batman movie, but either the performance was terrible or it has been a long time and the character should be given a reboot to the franchise. Poison Ivy has the power to control plants and use their toxins to create her mayhem. She was portrayed in Batman and Robin by Uma Thurman and was praised and criticized for her performance while the costume and look were praised.
Deborah Ann Woll give a great performance in Marvel's Daredevil and combine that with her Redhead look from True Blood and we have an aspiring fresh look at Poison Ivy. Plus, recently it was revealed that Ivy was in a relationship with Harley Quinn, so we could see a team-up with Margot Robbie have Batman go up against a Femme Fatale duo which hasn't been done before.
6. The Penguin
Oswald Copplepot, also known as The Penguin, is a small businessman/mobster who is deformed in a way that makes him look, walk, and act like a bird. He always carries an umbrella because of his overprotective mother, but uses a variety of them as certain weapons with different abilities. Danny DeVito literally became Penguin in Batman Returns.
In my opinion, Joe Pesci (Home Alone, Goodfellas) has the right height and the right attitude to bring a mobster version of the Penguin to life.
5. The Riddler
Edward Nygma became The Riddler after a childhood obsession with games, puzzles, and riddles and strived to challenge himself and others at every corner in the hopes that one day, he would be the only one with all the answers. An interesting villain at first-look, he eventually falls down the threat ladder after he leaves riddles and puzzles at each of his crimes for Batman to solve, which he does of course, which eventually leads to his apprehension.
There are 3 top choices that I would pick for the new Riddler: Eddie Redmayne ( The Theory of Everything), Ben Wishshaw (Perfume, Skyfall), and Tom Hiddleston (War Horse, Marvel's The Avengers ).
4. Mr. Freeze
Victor Fries was a cryogenics expert who was studying on how to save his wife from an unknown disease. During one of his experiments, an accident occurred causing him fall victim to one of his cryogenic devices. Now he can no longer survive outside a sub-zero environment, and because of this, adopts the persona Mr. Freeze and turns to a life of crime. Because of the decision to make Batman and Robin more family-friendly, they couldn't give us the Mr.Freeze that we wanted from the comics. So the version that Arnold Schwarzenegger played was more of a Joke villain.
Because of his look and incredible acting, I would cast Kenneth Branagh as a new, more darker version of Mr. Freeze. Someone who could really bring the emotional tone of this character to an all-time high.
Dr. Jonathan Crane specializes in psychology and phobias so he knows exactly what is enemy or target is afraid of. Because of his use of fear toxins he develops the alias of the Scarecrow, and dresses up so when he expels his fear toxins on an unsuspecting crowd, he will appear as a horrific monster rather than some costumed creep. Scarecrow was a smaller villain in the past, but has recently gained recognition as a main foe to the Bat over the past decade. He was portrayed by Cillian Murphy as the secondary antagonist in 2005's Batman Begins and recently became the main boss of the Batman: Arkham Knight video game.
Star Trek's Zachary Quinto has strong presence when it comes to complex characters. It would be interesting how he could bring the scarier, more darker version of the Scarecrow to the big screen.
2. Court of Owls
Beware the Court of owls, that watches all the time, ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime. They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in you bed. Speak not a whispered word about them, or they;ll send the Talon for your head.
The Court of Owls is a secret society that has been in Gotham since colonial times, consisting of high society members using their influence in money and murder to wield political power in Gotham. This is group who will also be in a Batman movie at some point. The main council comprises of several people that I have not fan-cast yet.
1. Red Hood
Number One pick: Batman's "deceased" partner Jason Todd, now known as the murderous vigilante "The Red Hood". This is someone who I believe will most definitely appear in a future Batman film because of the story-line, tragedy, and problems that this may cause for Bruce. We have seen Red Hood appear most with Black Mask, so we could see Red Hood be the focus of the film and have Black Mask has primary antagonist at the end.
Since Supernatural's Jensen Ackles gained tons of fan support after his astounding voice performance of the Red Hood in the the animated film Batman: Under the Red Hood, Fans have been vying for the live-action role to go to Ackles and I can agree with this.
There are chances that Killer Croc and Harley Quinn could also appear, as it is unlikely for their characters to die in Suicide Squad. But like Keaton and Nicholson, and Bale and Ledger, fans are probably most excited for the next Batman-Joker fight between Affleck and Leto. There is room in 2018 for the solo Batman film and Affleck would be a great choice for director. Who would have for the villain?