Earlier this year, Joss Whedon dropped out of directing Warner Bros. and DC Film’s standalone Batgirl movie and for the first time, the director is speaking about stepping away from the project in public.
Whedon jumped from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over to DC Films and was set to both write and direct the Batgirl feature. His involvement came to light shortly before The Avengers director was revealed to be taking over both additional photography and post-production responsibilities for Zack Snyder on Justice League. Ultimately, Whedon couldn’t manage to break a story centered on Barbara Gordon.
In an interview with Variety while at the World Premiere for Avengers: Infinity War, Whedon opens up about his exit, revealing that his idea for the project didn’t quite fit within the space he had at Warner Bros. The project was reportedly based on a pitch from Whedon and based on “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!” story from DC Comics. You can check out the full interview in the video below.
— Variety (@Variety) April 24, 2018
Since Whedon’ exit, Warner Bros. has tapped Christina Hodson to write the script for the movie, however, the studio is reportedly in no rush to move quickly on Batgirl as Warner Bros. is rumored to be fleshing out Justice League members Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Green Lantern before they spin-off to introduce secondary characters such as Batgirl, Nightwing, Deathstroke, and Lobo.
Batgirl is one of the many in-development projects at Warner Bros. along with The Batman, a Flash standalone film, The New Gods, Man of Steel 2, Nightwing, Cyborg, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Booster Gold, Justice League Dark, and a standalone Joker origin film separate from the shared cinematic universe, Suicide Squad 2, Birds of Prey, and Blackhawk.
Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of DC Films as we learn it.
Every Big Screen Batman Villain Ranked From Worst To Best
As far as comic book superheroes go, no other character has a bigger or better rogues gallery than Batman. Spider-Man is probably a close second, and Superman, The Flash and other heroes have a lot of great foes to call their own as well, but there is just no competing with the Dark Knight in the villain department. In fact, I would go as far as to say that, if not for his incredible roster of nemeses, Batman might not have had the lasting legacy that the character has achieved over the better part of 75+ years.
It’s just an added bonus that in that time a majority of his most well-known villains have seen at least one big screen adaptation, if not two or more. Almost all of these villains have the potential for cinematic greatness, but it doesn’t always turn out that way. That’s why we’re compiling this extensive list ranking every single big screen Batman villain from worst to best.
A couple of rules before we begin. First, live-action or animated, the film in question in which the character appeared simply has to have gotten a full theatrical release (i.e. wide release, in theaters for more than one day). We’re also not going to include minor cameos (like Victor Zsasz in the Dark Knight films), nor characters that did not originate in the comic world (sorry, Max Shreck fans), or at the very least, feel like they belong to it. Finally, while it helps to be known as an actual Batman villain in the comics, if the baddie and the Bat have had some kind of antagonistic relationship on film, we’re counting it.
Alrighty then, with no further ado, here is our list of every big screen Batman villain ranked from worst to best. Click Next to get started!