The Lego Batman Movie (2017) is loaded with in-jokes, nods and various winks to Batman mythology. From links to cartoons and comic books, to lines from the Batman movies, the references are never-ending.
The film is also packed full of Batman villains – 39 of them! This is the most Batman foes to ever appear in one film (and there are even more villains in the movie).
But who are all the villains in The Lego Batman Movie and are they proper Batman bad guys and gals?
Well, to answer those questions, here is every Batman villain featured in The Lego Batman Movie. I’ve also included details of where these characters first appeared.
#1 – Calendar Man
Calendar Man might seem like a made-up villain, but he’s not! He first entered Batman mythology via the pages of Detective Comics, appearing in issue #259 in 1958.
#2 – Bane
Bane is a character that most people are familiar with thanks to his inclusion in movies and television shows, but he made his debut in comic, in the pages of Batman: Vengeance of Bane issue #1 in 1993.
For The Lego Batman Movie, Bane’s appearance and mannerisms are heavily borrowed from the 2012 movie, The Dark Knight Rises.
#3 & #4 – Captain Boomerang / Two-Face
Captain Boomerang (left) appeared in The Flash issue #117 in 1960, while Harvey ‘Two-Face’ Dent (right) appeared in Detective Comics #66 in 1942. In The Lego Batman Movie, Two-Face is voiced by Billy Dee Williams – the actor who played the role of Harvey Dent in 1989’s Batman.
#5 – Catman
Nope, not Catwoman, but Catman! Yep, he’s a real Batman villain and he made his first appearance in Detective Comics issue #311 in 1963.
#6 – Catwoman
Catwoman is one of the most famous Batman villains, having appeared in comics, movies and TV shows. She first appeared in comics in Batman issue #1 back in 1940.
#7 & #8 – Clayface / Mr. Freeze
In the comics and cartoons, Clayface (left) is the name of multiple villains. The first character to adopt the name was Basil Karlo, who made his debut in Detective Comics issue #40.
As for Mr. Freeze (right), he first appeared in 1959 in the pages of Batman issue #121. During his initial appearance he was called Mr. Zero, but was re-titled Mr. Freeze for the 1960s Batman TV show.
#9, #10 & #11 – Clock King / Zebra-Man / Zodiac Master
Clock King (left) made his debut in World’s Finest Comics #111 in 1960; Zebra-Man (middle) first appeared in Detective Comics issue #275 in 1960; and Zodiac Master (right) first appeared in Detective Comics issue #323 in 1964.
#12 – Condiment King
Condiment King was initially created for a one-off appearance in Batman: The Animated Series via the 1995 episode, Make ‘Em Laugh. Yes, he’s a real character!
#13 & #14 – Crazy Quilt / Eraser
Crazy Quilt (left) first appeared in Boy Commandos issue #15 in 1946. Eraser (right) made his debut in Batman issue #188 in 1966.
#15 – Egghead
Egghead made his debut via the 1966 Batman TV show. The character was played by Vincent Price.
#16 – Gentleman Ghost
Gentleman Ghost first appeared in comics, debuting in Flash Comics issue #88 in 1947.
#17 & #18 – Joker / Harley Quinn
The Joker (left) made his first appearance in Batman issue #1 in 1940. Harley Quinn (right) was created in 1992, making her first appearance in Batman: The Animated Series.
#19 – Killer Croc
Killer Croc appeared in comics for the first time back in 1983, via Batman issue #357.
#20 – Killer Moth
Killer Moth has been a part of the Batman mythology since 1951! He made his first appearance in Batman issue #63.
#21 – King Tut
King Tut made his first appearance in the Batman mythology via the 1966 Batman TV show, where he was played by Victor Buono.
#22 – Kite Man
Kite Man first appeared in Batman issue #133 in 1960.
#23 – March Harriet
March Harriet (sometimes known as March Hare) first appeared in Detective Comics issue #841 in 2008.
#24 – Mime
Mime first appeared in Batman issue #412 in 1987.
#25 – Mutant Leader
The Mutant Leader made his debut in the pages of The Dark Knight Returns in 1986.
#26 – Orca
Orca first appeared in Batman #579 in 2000.
#27 – The Penguin
The Penguin first appeared in Detective Comics issue #58 in 1941.
#28 – Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy first popped up in Batman comics via Batman issue #181 in 1966.
#29 – Polka Dot Man
Polka-Dot Man made his first appearance in Detective Comics issue #300 in 1962.
#30 – Riddler
The Riddler has been a part of Batman lore since Detective Comics issue #140 in 1948.
#31 – Scarecrow
World’s Finest Comics issue #3 gave Scarecrow his debut, way back in 1941.
#32 – Tarantula
Tarantula made her debut in Nightwing issue #71 in 2002.
#33 – Man-Bat
Man-Bat made his first appearance in Detective Comics issue #400 (1970).
And even more Batman villains
As well as the villains listed above, a number of additional Batman villains also crop up in the background of The Lego Batman Movie. These characters include:
- #34 – Calculator – The Calculator made his comic book debut in the pages of Detective Comics issue #463 in 1976.
- #35 – Dr. Hugo Strange – Detective Comics issue #36 provided the debut for Hugo Strange back in 1940.
- #36 – Doctor Phosphorus – Doctor Phosphorus cropped up in Detective Comics issue #469 in 1977.
- #37 – Kabuki Twins – The Kabuki Twins first appeared in the animated television series, The Batman, in 2004.
- #38 – Magpie – Magpie made her first appearance in The Man of Steel issue #3 (1986).
- #39 – Red Hood – And finally, the Red Hood has been the alias of a number of Batman characters, but he was originally the alter-ego of the Joker!
In addition to the Batman foes listed above, The Lego Batman Movie also features even more iconic villains! These additional villains push the movie’s ‘baddie’ count up to a whopping 55!
Here are the additional villains:
- #40 – Agent Smith from The Matrix (1999)
- #41 – Daleks from Doctor Who
- #42 – Flying Monkeys from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- #43 – Gremlins from Gremlins (1984)
- #44 – The T-Rex and Velociraptors from Jurassic Park (1993)
- #45 – King Kong from King Kong (1933)
- #46 – Lord Vampyre based on a 2012 Lego minifigure
- #47 – Medusa from Greek mythology
- #48 – Mummy
- #49 – Sauron from The Lord of the Rings
- #50 – Skeleton Warriors from Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
- #51 – Swamp Creature loosely based on the creature from
- #52 – The Kraken from Clash of the Titans (1981)
- #53 – The shark from Jaws (1975)
- #54 – The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- #55 – Voldemort from Harry Potter stories
Even though Batman has to face all of these villains throughout The Lego Batman Movie, he does it without breaking a sweat. He also gets a little help from his friends too – which is good, because WOW that really is a lot of villainy for one movie.