Perhaps the most interesting comic book superhero of all is the one behind billionaire Bruce Wayne, out of the imagination of Bob Kane and Bill Finger for DC. The reasons are obvious: He is one of the few who does not enjoy superhuman powers but uses high-tech gadgets, his desire to become a vigilante comes from his quest for revenge for the murder of his parents and, oh, his great inner darkness almost serves to classify him as an antihero. And as curious as Batman himself are the mostly deranged villains of Gotham that he faces .
In the first and terrible adaptation of his adventures as long, simply titled Batman (Leslie H. Martinson, 1966) , the Batman of Adam West ( Family Guy ) and his ally Robin (Burt Ward) fight against Joker (César Romero), Penguin (Burgess Meredith), Enigma (Frank Gorshin) and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). And thirty-three years later, in the wonderful Batman (Tim Burton, 1989) , the protagonist of Michael Keaton ( Birdman ) fights Joker (Jack Nicholson), but Harvey Dent (Billy Dee Williams) was also seen before having transformed into Two Faces.
The darkest Batman returns (Burton, 1992) brings us back to Penguin (Danny DeVito) and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) with Keaton in the same role; and the wasted Batman Forever (Joel Schumacher, 1995) , again to Enigma (Jim Carrey) and Dent in full loss of their faculties as Two Faces (Tommy Lee Jones), but Bruce Wayne is Val Kilmer ( Alexander the Great ) and is accompanied by Robin (Chris O'Donnell). And in the disastrous Batman and Robin (Schumacher, 1997) , George Clooney's superhero ( Solaris ), Robin and Batgirl (Alicia Silverstone) try to stop Mr. Cold (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy (Uma Thurman) and their pitiful Bane (Jeep Swenson).
The smooth restart of Batman Begins (Christopher Nolan, 2005) introduced us to Christian Bale's Batman ( The Great American Scam ) against Ra's Al Ghul (Liam Neeson), Scarecrows (Cillian Murphy) and Victor Zsaz (Tim Booth). The second villain reappears in the extraordinary The Dark Knight (Nolan, 2008) and in the third part, but the really strong plate is Joker (Heath Ledger), followed by Dos Caras (Aaron Eckhart) , Salvatore Maroni (Eric Roberts) and, perhaps, Enigma in power (Joshua Harto). And, for The Dark Knight: The legend is reborn (Nolan, 2012) , a decent Bane (Tom Hardy), a decaffeinated Catwoman (Anne Hathaway) and Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) join the revelry. ).
Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne ( The indomitable Will Hunting ) doesn't put his suit on against his Gotham enemies in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (Zack Snyder, 2016 ) , but to break the faces of the Man of Steel and some of his adversaries: Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and Doomsday. And, in Justice League (Snyder and Joss Whedon, 2017) , three-fourths of the same: the divine Steppenwolf (Ciarán Hinds) is the bad bad guy, and the missing fourth comes when Luthor plays theirs in a post-credit scene with Deathstroke, one of the usual Batman antagonists.
Also, in this last film there is an Easter egg that points directly to another villain of the Gothic city, and the one we later saw in Birds of Prey (and the fantastic emancipation of Harley Quinn) (Cathy Yan, 2020): Roman Sionis, aka Mask Black (Ewan McGregor). And, in the next movie about Bruce Wayne's masked wanderings, The Batman (Matt Reeves, 2021) , there is confirmation that Penguin (Colin Farrell), Enigma (Paul Dano) and Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) will be the headaches of our superhero. If the happy coronavirus allows it, of course.
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