The Top 10 “B-List” Batman Villains!
10) The Alien Who Killed Robin: OK, so he was imaginary. But he still is remembered fir killing Robin. And look at his design! You’d almost think Frank Miller or Neal Adams created him!
9) The Original Clayface: OK, so he was merely an insane actor. Isn’t everyone in Hollywood?
8) The Bat-Ape: So, Gorillas sell in comic books. If Superman could have Titano, why can’t Batman have his own Kong? Pick one…
7) The Gorilla Boss of Gotham City: So if Batman has a Bat-Ape, does it not make sense to have a Gorilla Boss in Gotham City?
6) The Outsider: So, maybe a bit of a fraud, but to those of us falling in love with The “New Look” Batman, he was mysterious and spooky!
5) Tweedledee and Tweedledum: Seriously, picture Alan Moore turning this stupid, silly, dumb villain duo into something horrifying, freakish, pathetic, and sick! I contend that Tweedledee and Tweedledum could return to the rogues gallery of The Dark Knight!
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4) The Phantasm: Ah, so who cares about “frauds” or one-shot appearances? All that matters is that this villain turned up in arguably the best story ever told in the media of Batman!
3) The Composite Superman: That’s right! This guy was not just a Superman villain but he was also equally a Batman villain, and I always thought the name truly should have been “The Composite Batman!”
2) The Dragon Society: The scariest, coolest, creepiest villains as far as I was concerned when I was reading Batman as a little kid! Let’s bring these guys back!
1) The Reaper: This was my runner-up to best Batman comic book story ever! Another “fraud” and one shot villain…at least that’s how he was intended. But again, who the hell cares? This story sticks with me even to this day!
Dr. Michael Uslan is a Professor of Practice at the Indiana University Media School. He is the Executive Producer of many award-winning movies, including Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice; The Lego Movie; and The Dark Knight Trilogy: Batman Begins; The Dark Knight & The Dark Knight Rises. He is also the Executive Producer of a wide range of TV movies, animated TV Series, and documentaries. He won an Emmy Award for “Best Animated Series” with his production of Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego? ®
Dr. Uslan was the instructor of both the first accredited college course and correspondence course on comic books (Indiana University 1971), and the author of the first textbook on comics, The Comic Book In America. He has authored a wide range of books and graphic novels, including, America At War- A History Of War Comics; Mysteries In Space- A History Of Science Fiction Comics; Best Of Archie; The Comic Book Revolution, and his memoir, The Boy Who Loved Batman. He worked with his friend and mentor, Stan Lee, on many comic books, including their most recent initiative, Just Imagine.
He is the recipient of the World’s first Doctorate of Comic Books, Monmouth University 2012, and also has a JD from Indiana University School of Law; M.S, Urban Education, Indiana University School of Education; and BA, History from Indiana University.