The Hawk casts Batman's Rouge's Gallery
The Hawk casts 34 of the Batman's enemies.
There has been much talk in recent weeks about new Batman movies and possible movies so I figured I’d cast some of the people that I would like to see I the roles that have yet to be seen in the Nolan-verse.
Many of these people have appeared in my fan fic series I have written, take a look at them if you wish, they are for the 3rd&4th movies.
These are links to my Batman fan fictions if you care to see how I modernized characters like Calendar Man and Killer Croc.
Batman: End of Days
Batman: Dark Side of the Mind
This casting will be broken up into section with a brief description of the characters, starting with those characters that have actually appeared in the movies. Then there will be the ones that have yet to appear in the movies but appeared in my stories, followed by those that I think could be translated into Nolan’s realistic world and still be cool. I will offer my opinions on how these characters can be translated into Nolan’s realistic setting. I left out characters like Mr. Freeze, that couldn’t be translated into a realistic fashion, and characters like Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb, simply because of they are ridiculous.
The Joker-Batman #1 (Spring 1940)
The Joker is a homicidal maniac with a clown-like appearance who takes comedic delight in violent crime and challenging Batman. He is generally acknowledged to be Batman's arch-nemesis and worst enemy, gleefully citing the relationship between the two as being Comedy and Tragedy, Chaos and Order, two sides of the same coin.
He was portrayed by the late Heath Ledger, Ledger gave a performance that is unique unto itself, and few actors will ever be able to match his performance. But the interesting thing about the Joker is that he constantly reinvents himself with each new appearance, he has even had different personalities between issues. It is a monumental task to even find an actor of Ledger’s caliber, but I have two choices. Shaman recently suggested Benicio del Torro for the role, and I feel that is a good choice, but I am torn between him and my original choice. Jude Law was a good friend of Ledger’s and he was one of the actors selectedto finish Heath’s final role. Law has been in a wide variety of films, he has play several types of characters.
Ra's al Ghul-Batman #232 (June 1971)
Ra's al Ghul ("Demon's Head" in Arabic), is a centuries-old eco-terrorist. He knows Batman's secret identity. He utilizes special pits known as Lazarus Pits which enable him to evade death, and live for centuries.
He was played by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins.
The Scarecrow-World's Finest Comics #3 (Fall 1941)
Professor Jonathan Crane, an insane scientist and psychiatrist, specializes in the nature of fear. Dressed symbolically as a scarecrow, he employs special weapons, equipment and techniques designed to use fear to his advantage in his crimes.
Cillian Murphey portrayed an amazing rendition of Scarecrow in batman Begins.
Scarecrow has a brief appearance at the beginning of the Dark Knight, he is captured by Batman at the start of the film were he implies that he thinks Batman is crazy and needs help.
Mr. Zsasz-Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 (June 1992)
Victor Zsasz is serial killer and keeps a tally of his victims by cutting new scars into his body with his trademark carving knife. Batman has remarked that Zsasz was his most hated enemy because of his sheer brutality.
Tim Booth lead singer of the band james portrayed Zsasz in Batman Begins in two brief scenes.
In my story “Batman: End of Days” I have Zsasz as one of the main villains, he escapes Arkham and goes into hiding. He is mistaken for the “Calendar Man/ Holiday killer” until he tries to kill Selina Kyle and Alfred Pennyworth, while the actual killer commits another murder he is later captured by Batman as he tries to kill Alfred in the hospital.
Carmine Falcone- Batman #404 (March 1987)
Falcone was once the most powerful crime boss until the events of Long Halloween.
In the film Batman Begins he was played by Tom Willinson. He is depicted as a powerful crime lord in Gotham, until is defeat at the hands of Batman. He is then sent to Arkham Asylum were he is drive insane by Scarecrow. He is briefly mentioned in The Dark Knight as still being at Arkham.
In my story “End of Days” Falcone has been released from Arkham and tries to regain control of the underworld. His efforts are hindered however by the murders of many of Gotham’s crime families by the Calendar Man, which results in his own death.
Two-Face-Detective Comics #66 (August 1942)
Formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent, Dent's latent multiple personality disorder fully took hold when half his face was horrifically scarred by Sal Maroni. He makes major decisions by flipping a two-headed coin on which one of the faces is scarred. Over the years, he has reformed at various times, with his face being surgically repaired, only to later fall back into the Two-Face persona.
Aaron Eckhart portrayed Dent as a classical tragic hero in The Dark Knight. He portrayed an excellent characterization of Dent, but the time with the character of Two Face was sadly lacking, one of the few faults of the movie. Dent’s death is left in question at the end of the film as you see a memorial service, but no casket or body, so he may return in a future movie especially after Nolan is done.
Salvatore Maroni- Detective Comics #66 (August 1942)
Maroni is responsible in most of his incarnations for the scaring of DA Harvey Dent, which led to the creation of the villainous Two-Face. He is featured in many of Batman’s earlier stories, often as a powerful crime lord.
In The Dark Knight, Maroni is one of the gangsters responsible for the Joker’s rise to power, he is later killed by Two-Face in retaliation for the death of Rachel Dawes.
And now we get to the characters that have not appeared in Nolan’s series. This set is the ones that appeared in my stories, I will give a brief description of how they could possibly be modernized.
Calendar Man-Detective Comics #259 (September 1958) Dominic West
Julian Day is known for committing crimes that corresponded with holidays and significant dates. He often wears costumes to correlate with the date of the designated crime. His best-known latter day appearance is in the mini-series Batman: The Long Halloween, where he is portrayed as a Hannibal Lecter-like figure, offering insight in Batman's search for Holiday, a serial killer who uses holidays as his M.O. Like Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs, Calendar Man knows who the killer is and keeps this information to himself, choosing instead to taunt the heroes with cryptic clues.
In my story “Batman: End of Days” Julian Day is a profiler for the Gotham police, his family had been caught in the cross fire of rival mobs and were killed. Day was brought in by Gordon to assist himself and Batman in figuring out the identity of the Holiday/calendar killer. Day reinforced the theory that it was Victor Zsasz, little did Gordon and Batman realize that Day had a dark secret. I will not reveal any more, if you want to know, read my story and let me know what you think.
To play him I felt Dominic West would be a great choice. West has delivered some powerful performances and would be perfect for the role.
Killer Croc-Detective Comics #523 (February 1983)
Waylon Jones is a former crocodile wrestler turned into a criminal deformed by mutation into a humongous humanoid lizard. He has low intelligence but great strength, as well as crocodilian abilities, such as a keener sense of smell and the ability to hold his breath underwater for long periods of time.
In “End of Days” I felt Croc would be the perfect addition to my story, I was able to make him more realistic. In the story Croc is a mob enforcer working for Clemet Carp. Croc is a large African American man afflicted with a skin condition that causes him to hacve hideous scaly skin, he also files his teeth to points. He is eventually hired in the story by Falcone and the rest of the mob to kill Carp, which he does in a grizzly, cannibalistic fashion. This led to a climatic battle with Batman.
Kevin Grevioux would be the best person to portray this character he has a onscreen ferosity, I believe this picture speaks for that decision.
My attempt to photoshop scales onto him.
Sterling Silversmith- Detective Comics #446 (April 1975)
Sterling T. Silversmith alias the Sterling Silversmith is a powerful Gotham Crimelord. He is a lesser known member of Batman’s rouges gallery, but he would make an appropriate filler character.
In End of Days Sterling is one of Gothams top crime lords, he met his end at the hands of the killer.
To play him I felt Frank Vicent would be appropriate, he has had a long carreer of playing mobsters.
Rupert Thorne- Detective Comics #469 (May 1977)
Prominent head of one of Gotham City's top smuggling gangs. He has been depicted in more episodes of the Batman animated series than any other of Batman’s “normal” enemies.
He is depicted in both “End of Days” and “Batman: Darkside of the Mind” He is depicted as Gotham’s second strongest crimelord. His some Frankie was the second victum of the killer. In “Darkside of the mind” he has allied himself with the Penguin against the False Face Society.
To portray Thorne a veteran actor is needed, if believe whole heartedly that Joe Pesci is perfect for Thorne, if you are not sure check out the amazing movie “Goodfellas” for which Pesci won an Oscar.
Clement Carp, a.k.a. the Squid Comics- #497 (December 1980)
A Chinese crimeboss in Gotham City. He takes control of the underworld and almost succeeds in defeating the Batman, before apparently being killed by Killer Croc, a former member of the Squid's gang.
In “End of Days” Carp is the only crime boss not attacked by the Calendar killer. This led the others to believe that he was behind the murders, so they paid Killer Croc to kill him. Croc partially devoured Carp, killing him.
George Cheung is the only actor I even considered for this role.
Catwoman-Batman #1 (Spring 1940)
Selina Kyle, starting as a criminal who wore a cat-themed costume and often operated as a burglar, has a love/hate relationship with Batman. For years, she skirted on the edge between villain and anti-heroine.
I introduced her in “End of days” as a charity organizer, who Bruce falls in love with. She later reveals to him that she was at one point a prostitute after she survived an attack by Zsasz.
In Darkside of the mind Catwoman is a thief stealing illegal goods, she develops a sort of rivalry with the Riddler, who later learns her identity. She is not completely evil and gives away a good portion of what she steals. Her and Batman have a sort of animal attraction to each other that gives her an advantage. She also has some redeeming qualities.
The best actress to portray Catwoman would be the lovely Kate Beckinsale, she is sexy, talented and can fight. I’m sure many of you remember her from Van Helsing, Underworld and other movies
The Riddler-Detective Comics #140 (October 1948)
Edward Nigma is a criminal mastermind who has a strange compulsion to challenge Batman by leaving clues to his crimes in the form of riddles and puzzles. He is probably one of Batman’s most formif=dable foes, at least on the mental level.
Riddler can be tricky to write for, as his theme can easily come off as campy. So I attempted to modernize him in “Darkside of the Mind” I turned him into a high tech thief occasionally working with Roman Sionis. He can crack any lock of code, and leaves behind question marks and ciphers containing riddles to give Batman a sporting chance. He develops an adversarial relationship with Catwoman. The Riddler needs to be presented as a character that is so sure of himself that he leaves riddles and question marks at his crime, out of sheer vanity and confidence in his abilities to stay ahead of everyone else. Riddles should not be over used if they are it could give him a ridiculous air about him and ruin the believeability of the character.
Johnny Depp is the only actor to play Riddler, he alone may be the one person who could pull off this role without seeming campy of idiotic. I specifically wrote my version of the Riddler based on Depp.
Black Mask-Batman #386 (August 1985) Vincent Cassel
Roman Sionis, a former business executive who originally hated Bruce Wayne rather than Batman, wears a Black Mask and leads the cult-like False Face Society of henchmen. Black Mask eventually became a mob boss controlling large sections of Gotham City's criminal underworld.
I introduced Sionis in “End of Days” but he was one of the main charcters in “Dark Side of the Mind” He is the owner of a rival company to Wayne Enterprises, but he also had dealings with the Riddler who he occasionally hires to steal technology, and eventually hires to take care of Batman. Sionis is revealed to be the Black Mask, and is arrested. Mask controls a large portion of the mob in the wake of previous events, he is ruthless and uses all resources to his advantage.
The perfect actor for him is Vincent Cassel. Cassel has had a large range of roles and is extremely talented.
The Penguin-Detective Comics #58 (December 1941)
Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot, a short round man with a long pointed nose, fancies himself a gentleman of crime. He usually wears a tuxedo, top hat, and monocle, and carries any variety of umbrellas which have various hidden functions such as vehicles or weapons.
He is in both stories, he is a mob boss that eventually joins with Thorne to oppose Sionis. Penguin is not a combatant by more of a mastermind, who pulls the strings of others. He is not a side show freak as he was presented in Batman Returns, but a cold calculating man, who enjoys the finer things in life.
Most people want Hoffman for this role, but I decided to go a different route, I think Alfred Molina has all of the characteristics that are perfect for this role. Molina is an amazing but underated actor.
Hugo Strange-Detective Comics #36 (February 1940)
Hugo Strange is an insane psychologist who knows Bruce Wayne's secret identity and lusts to take the identity for himself. He is also a chemical genius who can turn people into large, lumbering, brutal zombie-like creatures that obey his every command.
Strange has small roles in each story, but I have more planned for him. I think Philip Seymore Hoffman is the best choice for Strange, he could add such depth to the character. Strange could be brought in as the new administrator of Arkham, there he observes and performs experiments on the inmates. His real goal is to find out the identity of the Batman.
Well those are the ones that have appeared in my stories, these are other villains that I feel could be amazing on screen, I will also offer possible way that they could be translated on screen.
Anarky-Detective Comics #608 (November 1989) Haley Joel Osmet
Lonnie Machin, a teenage prodigy who, believing in anarchism, creates improvised gadgets and attempts to subvert government in order to improve society. Batman realizes that the boys intentions are good, him as a force for good, does support his violent methods.
Anarky could be introduced as a brilliant but troubled teen, fed up with the ills of society. He takes inspiration from the Batman and becomes Anarky, in this guise he does what he can to right the wrongs of the world in his own unique, if violent, way.
Many teen actors are overused, but I think the best actor for Anarky must have a background in dark, dramatic roles. Haley Joel Osmet has had a diverse career in his short life, he has played dark roles like Sixth Sense, and AI, but he also has a comical side as shown in Second Hand Lions. This comedic side, as well as his dark side, is needed for the dark cynicism of Anarky.
Bane-Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993) Michael Clark Duncan
An escaped convict from an island prison in South America, Bane has abnormal strength as a result of having had experiments with a derivative of the drug Venom performed on him. He became known as "The Man Who Broke the Bat".
There are several ways Bane could be portrayed in the modern world. He could be brought in as a mob enforcer, hired to kill Batman. Or he could come to Gotham to take over its underworld, rallying societies darker elements by breaking the symbol of the cities spirit, Batman . in Nolan’s world Bane could still use Venom, but he would not change size, he could still however gain strength. Venom could also have the affects of some street drugs which while the user is on the drugs they feel little to no pain.
Casting this role was physically impossible, literally. Bane is a large, muscular Hispanic man standin at roughly 6’7”. The only man with that build is Brock Lesnar, but I am not even considering Lesnar for the role, god no. Since Bane will have to be changed in order to appear on screen in a realistic movie, I decided to focus on a cator with amazing abilities, voice as well as a pretty imposing size, unfortunately I am not an actor, so being 6’7” doesn’t help. But anyway I believe Michael Clark Duncan would be ideal for Bane, mainly just because of his voice, his voice could create as much fear than if he was seven feet tall.
Catman-Detective Comics #311 (January 1963)
Thomas Blake was a world-famous trapper of jungle cats who turned to crime because he had grown bored with hunting and had squandered most of his fortune. He became a burglar who committed his crimes in a catsuit made out of an ancient African cloth he believed gave him a cat's nine lives.
Blake could be made into a hunter that was challenged to beat Batman using all of his formidable skills as a hunter and tracker.
This actor needs to be able to project an arrogance onto the screen, but at the same time he must be likeable. I think Charlie Hunnam would be a great choice for Catman, except for his age.
Calculator-Detective Comics #463 (September 1976)
Noah Kuttler is a highly intelligent criminal who fights Batman and the Justice League wearing a costume designed like a pocket calculator. Now he relies solely on his intellect, he works as a successful information broker, a source of information for super villains planning heists, charging $1,000 per question.
He is one of the most easily transferable character to film. He should be presented to the public as an underground information broker with aspirations towards greatness. He could even be presented as a cyber terrorist using his skills to extort the citizens of Gotham.
The best choice for this is an actor that I absolutely hate, Sean Penn. As much as I hate him I feel he is right for the role.
Clayface-Detective Comics #40 (June 1940
Basil Karlo, The original Clayface, was an actor who was driven mad when he heard of a re-make of the classic horror film he had starred in, The Terror. Adopting the persona of the film's villain "Clayface", he became a serial killer targeting the cast and crew.
I think Mickey Rourke is the only choice for this role, it fits him like a glove.
Crime Doctor-Detective Comics #77 (July 1943)
Matthew Thorne, the go-to surgeon for all criminals and a criminal mastermind in his own right, but he would stop his crimes to minister to the sick or injured. He later appears under a new name, Bradford Thorne in Detective Comics #494. He is an expert in torture.
This character could be translated into a very believable villain, he would be the man were the injured criminals go to for help, and he could also have his own agenda.
This is a hard role to cast since he is not in many comicsand it is hard to get a grasp of his character, but I think I found a good choice Val Kilmer.
Deadshot-Batman #59 (June-July 1950)
Floyd Lawton is a suicidal assassin who wears a colorful costume in the hopes that someone will shoot him. He is considered by many to be the second greatest assassin in the DC Universe, the first being Deathstroke.
He would be cool on screen. He was hired by elements of Gotham’s underworld to kill a public official, but is stopped by Batman, causing him to not be able to finish his hit. Because of this he pursues Batman to satisfy a greater contract and exact revenge.
The best actor to portray Deadshot is the one and only, Colin Farrell.
Doctor Death-Detective Comics #29 (July 1939)
Dr. Karl Hellfern is a typical mad scientist who made a few appearances in the earliest days of Batman and is typically considered Batman's first supervillain. Doctor Death developed lethal chemical gases, and threateed wealthy citizens, demanding money and tribute to him in exchange for their safety.
In a movie, he be a dealer in black market biological weapons fort he worlds criminal and terrorist elements. The actor that plays him should be older, and have a sinister edge. I think Bernard Hill would be a great choice for the character, you may know him from Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, or Titanic.
Firefly-Detective Comics #184 (June 1952)
Garfield Lynns, an orphan who became a pyromaniac and has developed a fireproof suit and flamethrower to further pursue his 'hobby'. He was originally known as a cunning criminal who invented numerous weapons that use light to commit crimes with.
This is an easy role to modernize, introduce him as a pyromaniac obsessed with fire, he views it as an art form. His goal is to turn Gotham into his masterpiece.
This choice is most likely to raise some varying opinions. I think Vin Diesel possesses the nature that is perfect for Firefly. Firefly in a modern movie should have a dark, cold personality, I always pictured him with a deep baritone voice, those are but a few reasons that Vin Diesel is perfect for the role.
Harley Quinn-Batman: The Animated Series "Joker's Favor" (September 11, 1992)
Dr. Harleen Quinzel, a former criminal psychiatrist, fell in love with the Joker and became his most famous accomplice. She is the first enemy of Batman to be introduced outside the comics and go on to eceive her own line of comics. She wears the outfit of a traditional harlequin jester.
This role has the potential to become one of the most eery in any of the films. Harley was the Joker’s doctor and falls in love with him, he uses this to warp her mind to the point where she will do his bidding. She is obsessed and will go to any length to satisfy the Joker’s wishes.
Brittany Murphey is the best actress for the role.
Hush-Batman #609 (November 2002)
Thomas "Tommy" Elliot was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne's. He targets both Batman and Bruce Wayne. Although Hush's name originates from a nursery rhyme, Hush lives up to it by using manipulation and guile instead of noisy "signatures".
Hush could be brought in as a former friend of Bruce. He is mentally unstable and wanted his parents dead, he grew up resenting the fact that Bruce had what he wanted, no parents. He finds out Bruce’s secret from the Riddler and goes on a warpath to destroy Batman and Bruce Wayne.
This role requires a very dramatic actor, I feel that the actor I have chosen has the resume that proves he is perfect for the role, Eric Bana is the ideal Hush.
Man-Bat-Detective Comics #400 (June 1970)
Dr. Kirk Langstrom, sometimes an enemy of Batman, is unfortunately cursed to periodically turn into an animalistic humanoid bat who fights Batman. As a scientist, Kirk Langstrom is Batman's ally.
Langstrom could be translated unto film, but not in a way you would expect. I think a believable Man-Bat would be this. Kirk was a scientist working on a cure for a newly discovered form of rabies Rabies which attacks and causes severe damage to nerve tissue, including the brain, producing delirium, paranoia, and terror. Bats have been discovered to carry this, Langstrom is bitten by a bat, and loses his grip on reality. He becomes fearful of others, and tries to inspired fear in those likely to threaten him by creating a Batman-esque costume. He loses his grip totally and begins attacking people, infecting them with the virus, witnesses believe him to be Batman, creating more public distrust and fear.
The only actor to play this role is Doug Jones.
Poison Ivy-Batman #181 (June 1966)
Pamela Lillian Isley, is a former student of advanced botanical biochemistry turned sexy eco terrorist. She employs plants of all varieties and their derivatives in her crimes. She has the ability to control/manipulate all plant life and is immune to all known and unknown poisons and toxins. She is often depicted as an insane woman, fanatical about defending plants from harm, she is more than willing to kill anyone that is a threat to the environment.
To me the best way to translate Poison Ivy is to eliminate the sci-fi element and ground her in Nolan’s realistic universe. Ivy could be a former biochemist that became an environmental extremist and uses her talents for evil. Ivy could be described as a beautiful extremist that uses her sexual wiles to exact revenge against the cooperate men who have destroyed the environment. She could use her knowledge of toxins and poisons to kill her victims in an agonizing manner.
Ivy needs a woman that is beautiful, talented and has looks that could kill. She needs to have an appearance of wisdom and experience that only serves to enhance her beauty and onscreen presence. I believe that Carla Gugino would be the ideal Poison Ivy.
The Ventriloquist-Detective Comics #583 (February 1988)
Arnold Wesker is a ventriloquist with multiple personalities. His puppet is a gangster named Scarface, who calls Wesker “Dummy”. Scarface symbolizes Wesker’s darkest personality, that of a ruthless gangster, with Scarface at hand Wesker is a dangerous criminal and crime boss. When he is under the influence of his personalities he has even shot his own hands when Scarface and a sock puppet shot “each other”
Ventriloquist is an interesting and complicated character, he could be an amazing villain if he is written correctly, but if he is written incorrectly it could end BADLY. Ventriloquist may be a common man, perhaps a comic ventriloquist, like Jeff Dunam, with a subconscious multiple personality disorder that was falsely accused of being involved with the mob and was arrested for it. He finds out he was framed and his lawyer was paid by the mob to make sure he took the fall for their crime. Wesker goes insane and upon his release from prison years later Wesker creates a dummy that represents the side of him that could get revenge on those that wronged him. Wesker could use “Mr. Scarface” to kill his lawyer and the cop, and Scarface has him upsurp control of the mob and “Scarface” becomes a criminal mastermind.
There is only one actor with the scope and skills to play the Ventriloquist in a sinister and realistic fashion. That actor is the amazing Steve Buscemi, he alone could portray the complexity of Arnold Wesker in a convincing and disturbingly sinister fashion.
Tony Zucco- Detective Comics #38 (April 1940)
Tony Zucco is the mob boss responsible for the death of Dick Grayson's parents. Zucco tried to extort the circus the Graysons work for, but when the ringmaster refuses to pay him, he sabotages the act causing the high wire ropes to break and sending Dick's parents falling to their deaths.
Zucco should be a mob boss that’s story is identical to the one in the comics, it is excellent for a dramatic film.
Zucco is an important part of Batman and Robin’s story, he needs to be played by a man that you need to be able to dislike, yet you look forward to seeing him on screen. I think the best person for this role would be an actor that starred in one of my favorite movies the “Goodfellas” I’m talking about the star of the Goodfellas and one of the stars of “Field of Dreams” Ray Liotta.
Lew Moxon- Detective Comics #235 (November 1956)
He is an aging mob boss, that in many versions hired Joe Chill to kill Thomas Wayne which resulted in Bruce Wayne to become Batman.
Moxon should be an aging mob boss that tries to regain control of Gotham’s underground and is bitterly opposed by Batman, it could later be revealed that Wayne’s civic improvement projects were a hindrance to Moxon’s aspirations, so he had Chill kill the Wayne’s.
I think this role is the perfect way to pay homage to a former Batman, Adam West. I know many of you will try to hang me for offering this casting pick, but I honestly believe that West would be perfect for this role.
David Cain-Batman #567 (July 1999)
One of the world's deadliest assassins, Cain was one of the people who trained a young Bruce Wayne on his way to becoming Batman. Later, Cain was responsible for framing Wayne for the murder of Vesper Fairchild. Cain is also the father of Cassandra Cain the new Batgirl. Cain is one of the best martial artist in the world, he falls short behind only a few people including his daughter Cassandra Cain.
In Nolan’s universe Cain should be hired to kill the Batman, Bruce is caught off guard by Cain’s appearance since Cain was one of the men who trained him. Cain offers a physical battle for Batman that few enemies would, with the exception of Bane and Lady Shiva.
Cain should be someone several years older than Bruce, but he should still look like he could kick ass. That is why I feel veteran action star Harrison Ford is perfect for the role.
Lady Shiva-Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Fighter #5 (December 1975)
She first appeared in Richard Dragon, Kung Fu Master as an antagonist of Richard Dragon, then the greatest martial artist in the DC Universe, until Dragon trained Shiva. Over time, she has become more closely associated with Batman, both as an enemy and an ally. She is a martial arts grandmaster, one of the most skilled combatants in the entire DC Universe, second only to Deathstroke the Terminator(bring it on Shaman). She is an assassin-for-hire, who specializes in bare-handed kills. She would probably be Batman’s greatest physical challenge, since she can read and anticipate body language, giving her an advantage in combat.
The actress I have chosen has an honor few people can claim, she got to beat the crap out of Wolverine. Her largest movie roles are Scorpion King, Cradle 2, and X-2, but I feel she has som much more potential. I give you Kelly Hu as Lady Shiva.
Talia al Ghul-Detective Comics #411 (May 1971)
Daughter of the Ra's al Ghul, and a love interest of Batman, the only man her father deems worthy of marrying her and to become his heir.
She is a complex character, not quite heroine nor villainess but more of an anti-hero. She has undoubtedly committed criminal acts; however, they were usually committed due to her loyalty to her father rather than for personal gain. She has saved Batman's life or helped him on numerous occasions.
In the films she could be presented in multiple ways. She could charm Bruce Wayne, knowing his secret, in an attempt to gain vengeance for her father, but actually falls in love with Bruce. Or she could be the pawn in her fathers goal of making Batman his heir.
She is one of Bruce’s few love interest, apart from Catwoman, that I actually wish to see on film. She needs to be beautiful, an excellent actor, but most of all she must seem like she could be the intelectual equal to Batman. I feel that Jennifer Connelly is the best choice for the role, she has the potential to be an amazing Talia.
Phantasm-Batman: The Animated Series (December 25 1993)
Andrea Beaumont, daughter of the late gangster Carl Beaumont and ex-fiancee of Bruce Wayne. She disappears from Bruce’s life and eventually comes back as the ruthless vigilante: The Phantasm, a ghastly creature that begins to take out mob bosses left and right that were tied in to the murder of Carl Beaumont. Many people believe The Phantasm to actually be Batman. Batman later finds out the truth about Andrea in one of my favorite moments in any Batman movie.
I believe that this interpretation is perfect for the film without hardly any modification.
Andrea needs to be beautiful, likeable, charming, quick witted, and smart. I belive one young actress embodies these qualities and would be perfect for the role, Rachel McAdams.
Well, let me know what you think about my choices, and if you have any suggestions. I spent a good bit of time utting this together a while back, and I just now decided to post it. Let me know what you think.
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