A superhero like Batman needs a legion of super villains to zap, ka-pow and wham out of Gotham City. From his first appearance in Batman comic books of the late 1930s to later television shows and films, the Caped Crusader has battled such infamous foes as "the Penguin," played by Burgess Meredith on TV and Danny DeVito on the big screen, and "the Joker," played by both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, among others. Browse our evil lair of actors who have played some of the baddest Batman baddies.
Tommy Lee Jones
Film Actor, Television Actor, Director / 1946 -
In Batman Forever (1995), Tommy Lee Jones plays "Two-Face" (also known as Harvey Dent), a lawyer who becomes a Gotham City villain following a courtroom attack that leaves him severely disfigured. The film was directed by Joel Schumacher, who went on to make 1997's Batman & Robin.
Film Actress / 1966 -
Halle Berry plays one of Batman's most famous villans, "Catwoman," in a 2004 film named after the character. Berry begins the film as a shy woman named Patience Phillips, but soon develops reflexes and catlike senses, and transforms into Catwoman.
Film Actor, Comedian / 1962 -
Jim Carrey co-stars with Tommy Lee Jones ("Two-Face") and Uma Thurman ("Poison Ivy") in 1995's Batman Forever, playing "the Riddler," a Batman rival who speaks in and is obsessed with riddles. The film was directed by Joel Schumacher, who went on to make 1997's Batman & Robin.
Film Actor, Governor / 1947 -
In Batman & Robin (1997), Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Dr. Victor Fries, a molecular biologist who is attempting to cryogenically preserve his ill wife when a mishap occurs, leaving him as the New York City terrorist and Batman rival "Mr. Freeze." The film also stars Alicia Silverstone as "Batgirl," and Vivica A. Fox as Ms. B. Haven.
Film Actor / 1937 -
Jack Nicholson is "the Joker" of 1989's Batman, which also stars Michael Keaton (Batman) and Kim Basinger (Vicki Vale). The film was directed by Tim Burton, who went on to make Batman Returns (1992).
Film Actor / 1979 - 2008
Heath Ledger plays "the Joker" in 2008's The Dark Knight, which also stars Christian Bale (Batman), and was directed by Christopher Nolan. Ledger received wide acclaim for his chilling performance of Batman's most notorious villain.
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