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Batman: The Top 15 Villains


Batman is no youngster. In fact, the guy’s now north of 75. How in the world does the guy maintain his youth and sexual appeal? I’m fairly convinced Bruce Wayne wouldn’t have half the women falling over him that he has now if he was balding, overweight and grumpy. But he’s none of those things, he’s a near-80 year old man that looks not one day over 30. Impressive, Bats – send some of your beauty tips my way – this Oil of Olay isn’t cutting it!

Even despite his status as a senior citizen, Batman has been battling some of the nastiest villains to ever land in a comic book. And somehow, he just about always emerges victorious. Impressive stuff, especially when you frequently tangle with the 15 terrors you’ll find listed below!

15 Victor Zsasz

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No doubt the least appreciated villain on this entire list, Victor Zsasz could easily be called the closest thing to a “real life” villain. He doesn’t have any wild superpowers and he doesn’t have any fancy getup. What he’s got is a ton of scars, each representing a life he’s taken, and some mean martial arts skills. Someone needs to nurture this character, in a major way.

14 Joker’s Daughter

Joker's Daughter

One of Batman’s newest foes, Joker’s Daughter may be every bit the loon that her father is. She’s a cold blooded killer, and it doesn’t matter who the victim is. She’s just a nutty, homicidal broad who can even be seen “wearing” her daddy’s face. Horrific. Creepy. Makes Harley Quinn look like a contestant on Cupcake Wars.

13 Solomon Grundy

Solomon Grundy

Solomon Grundy is the one zombie you never, under any circumstances want to run into. He’s got vengeance on his mind, and that takes up most of it, as he isn’t much of a thinker. He is huge and powerful, though, and he’s well-suited to crush Batman if he can catch him off guard.

12 Hugo Strange

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Huge Strange is a brilliant mind. So brilliant in fact, he’s capable of manipulating and modifying all those who would happily kill for a chance to destroy the Batman. Slightly underrated, Strange deserves a lot more page time than he gets.

11 Killer Croc

Killer Croc

Let’s be real here, the chances of Batman toppling Killer Croc should be profoundly slim. The dude is a massive half-crocodile with razor sharp teeth and the ability to hurl humans around like empty beer bottles. He’s that strong, he’s that mean and he remains one of Batman’s baddest foes!

10 Catwoman

Catwoman

Seduction, stealth and manipulation. These are the things going for Catwoman, who, if she tried hard enough could probably get old Bruce to slide those duds off in a hurry. It’s just too bad she’s a theif… I hate thieves, probably as much as Batman does!

09 Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy

This botanical beauty has the ability to control all plant life, which means if she feels compelled to leave Bats entangled in some actual poison ivy, he’s not only going to itch like a madman, he’s going to be mighty angered by succumbing defeat to a leaf or so.

08 Ra’s al Ghul

Ra's al Ghul

This uber talented terrorist leads the League of Assassins, but he’s such a gnarly assassin himself it probably isn’t needed. He’s got what it takes to run a one man show, despite the fact that he desperately wants to see Batman serve as his successor. It’s time to… well, you know – clean up Gotham!

07 The Riddler

The Riddler

One of Batman’s oldest foes, Edward Nygma took his criminal desires to alarming heights over the years. He’s been aiming to stump Batman since 1948, and from time to time he comes awfully close. Although, when all is said and done, The Riddler is a bit of a pipsqueak, and he’s not much of a challenge for the Bat when toeing the line.

06 Mr. Freeze

Mr. Freeze

A longtime fan of Freeze, I can’t just let one simple fact slip away without mention: Warm this guy up and he’s done, a melted puddle. But, the former scientist is tricky and he’s concocted some wicked weapons to help ensure Batman never has a chance to turn the temperature up.

05 The Penguin

The Penguin

Crime boss Oswald Cobblepot doesn’t have a lot of physical gifts with which to hone in order to track down and slay the bat, but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t have some insanely cool and very, very dangerous umbrellas on hand. I’d love to get a peek in his closet, just to see how many of those slick concoctions he’s got stored away.

04 Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Jonathan Crane is yet another villain to work in the scientific field. Instead of making medical advancements, he’s opted to craft a fear toxin that terrifies his opponents, paralyzing them with the vilest hallucinations one could imagine. Once in that state of panic, Scarecrow is free to have his way.

03 Two-Face

Two Face

Poor Harvey Dent. Once a thriving district attorney, a run in with Sal Maroni altered his life trajectory to a great degree. Dent’s no longer a good guy. Half of his visage has been melted away to horror status, while the other side looks just fine. The encounter with Maroni however, left his psyche, all 100-percent of it, twisted and contorted, and this once heroic character is now a man who decides his victim’s fate with a flip of a coin. I guess everyone’s got a 50/50 chance at walking away from this guy, right?

02 Bane

Bane

Bane is basically a walking poster boy for steroids. Once a respected luchador, Bane is now a chemically enhanced monster who happens to get a kick out of breaking people. Just ask Bruce Wayne, the poor fellow had his back broken by this hulking menace.

01 Joker

Joker

Ah, the Batman’s truest nemesis. The Joker was introduced in 1940 and he’s been giving Bruce Wayne hell from the start. He’s deceptively intelligent, very handy with his murderous gadgets, and he’s certifiably insane, to top it all off. The Joker has been a key element in some of Batman’s greatest showdowns, but one must wonder: how long before the Joker’s Daughter steals a bit of papi’s shine?

Did we miss one of your favorite Batman villains? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Marvel vs. DC: Incredible Hulk Battles Bane


The Incredible Hulk

Two mammoth beasts with little remorse for anyone or anything to cross their paths, that’s what the Incredible Hulk and Bane are. However, even in his gloriously green state of rage, there’s a hint of innocence, and the desire to do right by the world’s standards within the Hulk. Sure, he loses his cool on a regular basis, and sure, he might crush your new Chevy Malibu just to do so, but there’s heart in there.

Incredible Hulk

Another interesting thing about the Hulk is, he knows he’s one of the good guys. Regardless of how brutal he can be, he isn’t out to wreak havoc on the world. He isn’t out to rip open commercial size vaults and flee with the contents. He generally has no interest in feuding with superheroes.

Deep down, the Incredible Hulk is one of the good guys, especially when he isn’t angry and he’s just the nerdy little scientific bookworm known as Bruce Banner.

Bane

Once a dominant luchador, Bane eventually became the subject of study. Could it be possible to produce a radically enhanced human being by utilizing a super serum known as Venom? And if so, what other side effects might that serum produce? The strength of 10 men? The kind of rage only a wronged husband could know (for the record, Bane wasn’t wronged by his wife, but he’s got the anger of a man in such a position)? An actual desire to end lives? A determination to crush every bone in Batman’s body?

Bane

Bane fits those bills.

His longtime desire to be the unquestioned alpha male already makes the man a threat. With that juice coursing through his veins, his intensity is only amplified. And unlike the Hulk, Bane knows damn well he’s a villain. Although the man is hyper-intelligent, you’d never guess it when staring at the destruction he leaves in his path.

Make no mistake, Bane is a villain to the core.

The Battle

This could actually prove to be one of the most intriguing collisions between a Marvel character and a DC character. The variables that must be factored into the equation are numerous.

On one hand the strength of each character must be quite close, with a slight edge going to the Incredible Hulk, who’s fully capable of hauling a full-size school bus above his head before chucking it 100 yards. We haven’t seen that kind of action from Bane, but when he’s on the juice, he could certainly hurl an economy car… that’s still impressive, right?

Strength – The Incredible Hulk

When evaluating speed, it must be noted that Hulk can be a bit on the lumbering side. He’s massive, and it isn’t easy to speed around when you’re tipping the scales at about a half-ton. That’s a problem in this particular match-up.

You can bet your undies that Bane is the faster of the two, which also enables him to move with a bit more agility. Speed is not on Hulk’s side, plain and simple.

Speed – Bane

Unfortunately for our lovable green giant, fighting smarts are a true issue. Banner becomes extremely animalistic when transformed into the giant monster. He’s basically game to follow simple instructions and obliterate whatever may impede in his path or interrupt his personal goal. He’s no Brainiac, so if he’s hoping to pick up a W over any rival of similar size, he’d better hope that meeting is nothing more intricate than a close-quarters slugfest.

Bane is a different story. His intelligence takes a hit when his brain is swimming with Venom, but we cannot forget that he is a genius. So, even with dulled senses, he’s likely to see far more viable options in a showdown with the Incredible Hulk. Brute force versus brute force only goes so far – smarts could change the dynamics of the fight dramatically.

Intangibles

We never know when the unthinkable might happen, and the Hulk shrinks down to the puny frame of Bruce Banner.

But something very similar could be said for Bane. If the Hulk can get a hold on those tubes that keep the juice flowing into Bane’s system, he’ll see Bane deflate into a scared, slim fellow with virtually no courage and no ability to overcome the odds and take the Hulk out.

The Victor

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A meeting here all comes down to one thing: Bane’s intelligence. If Bane can get his massive paws on the Hulk and pummel him into a different area code. But in order to do that he’s going to have to be smart enough to be wary of the Hulk and keep the Jolly Green Giant from getting his hands on those Venom tubes.

We know that both of these characters have unbelievable resolve. Neither man will quit, but I’m inclined to believe that as the war grows in violence and devastation, the Hulk will find a way to get to those tubes, and if that is indeed the case, it’s all over.

The Incredible Hulk defeats Bane via – ironically – smarts. Bane may be the genius here, but the Hulk is known to adapt, and getting his hands on Bane’s drug supply seems all but inevitable!