For some, the most tantalizing aspect of director Matt Reeves’ three-hour opus the batter wasn’t just a fresh take on the early days of the Caped Crusader. Rather, it was Barry Keoghan’s surprise cameo as the Joker. It’s not that the film didn’t have enough villains, ranging from big personalities like the Riddler and the Penguin, to John Turturro’s menacingly subdued turn as crime boss Carmine Falcone. But 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 villainous gallery would fit this aesthetic?
Turns out, more than you might think. According to The Hollywood ReporterReeves is one of many filmmakers, including: The Suicide Squad director James Gunn and Black Adam star Dwayne Johnson, who pitches ambitious DC projects for Warner Bros. The outlet reports that Reeves wants to make films “focused on the Batman gallery, both established and more obscure, featuring characters ranging from the Scarecrow to Clayface to Professor Pyg.” While THR emphasizes that these projects are all “in the very early stages of pregnancy,” it does clarify that Reeves is talking about movies, not HBO Max series similar to the upcoming ones. penguin series starring Colin Farrell.
As Nolan already showed Batman Begins and its sequels, the Scarecrow certainly operates in a more realistic universe. But the other two names listed here stand out for different reasons. Clayface has a long history as a Batman antagonist, first appearing in 1940s Detective Comics #40. Thanks to his comic book appearances over the decades and prominent role in Batman: the animated seriesClayface is best known as a giant shape-shifting mud creature that can perfectly imitate anyone he chooses. But Reeves’ Clayface would probably resemble the original version of the character, where he was just a Lon Chaney-style actor who used makeup to disguise himself when committing crimes.
Meanwhile, Professor Pyg, one of the more recent additions to Batman’s collection of bad guys, made his debut in Grant Morrison and Frank Vrijly’s critically acclaimed Batman & Robin run, in which the original Robin Dick Grayson took on the mantle of Batman after Bruce Wayne’s death (actually he was sent back in time by Darkseid where he manifested himself throughout history as a recurring Bat myth because comics are great ).