Could The Batman Spin-off Movie Plans Bring Back One of DC’s Most Twisted Villains

By Mark Boardman

For some, the most tantalizing aspect of director Matt Reeves’s three-hour opus The Batman was not just a fresh look into the early days of the Caped Crusader. Rather, it was the surprise cameo of Barry Keoghan as the Joker. It’s not that the movie didn’t have its fair share of villains, ranging from big personalities, such as the Riddler and the Penguin, to John Turturro’s menacingly understated turn as crime boss Carmine Falcone. 

Reeves took a surprisingly grounded approach to Batman, even more so than previous director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. How many members of Batman’s famously colorful rogues gallery could fit this aesthetic?

Turns out, more than you would think. Reeves is among many filmmakers, including The Suicide Squad director James Gunn and Black Adam star Dwayne Johnson, pitching ambitious DC projects to Warner Bros. The outlet reports that Reeves wants to make movies “focused on Batman rogue’s gallery, both established and more obscure, with characters ranging from the Scarecrow to Clayface to Professor Pyg.” These projects are all “in the very early stages of gestation,” it does clarify that Reeves is talking about movies, not HBO Max series similar to the upcoming Penguin series starring Colin Farrell.

As Nolan already showed in Batman Begins and its sequels, the Scarecrow certainly works within a more realistic universe. But the other two names listed here do stand out for different reasons. Clayface has a long history as a Batman antagonist, first appearing in 1940’s Detective Comics #40.

Thanks to his comic book appearances in the past few decades and prominent role in Batman: The Animated Series, Clayface is best known as a giant shape-shifting mud creature who can perfectly imitate anyone he chooses. But Reeves’s Clayface would likely resemble the character’s original version, where he was just a Lon Chaney-style actor who used make-up to disguise himself when committing crimes.

Meanwhile, one of the more recent additions to Batman’s collection of baddies, Professor Pyg made his debut in Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s acclaimed Batman & Robin run, which saw original Robin Dick Grayson take on the mantle of Batman after Bruce Wayne’s death (actually, he was sent back in time by Darkseid, where he manifested throughout history as a reoccurring Bat-myth because comics are awesome).

Mark Boardman is a entertainment writer, reviewer and celebrity interviewer, best known for talking showbiz new on the red carpet and promoting showbiz events across London including film premiere pr.

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Mark Boardman is an established showbiz journalist and freelance copywriter whose work has been published in Business Insider, Daily Mail, Bloomberg, MTV, Buzzfeed, and The New York Post, amongst other media. Often spotted on the red carpet at celebrity events and film screenings, Mark is a regular guest on BBC Radio London and in demand for his opinions on media outlets such as Newsweek, Daily Express, and OK! Magazine, as well as Heart radio, Capital FM, LBC, and Radio 2. His TV credits include ITV News, This Morning, BBC News, The One Show, Sky News, GB News, and Channel T4. Mark is a keen traveller having visited 40+ countries, and a devout sports fan who also attends as many gigs as he can across the capital when not rubbing shoulders with the stars. Email

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