Throughout the course of Batman’s live-action theatrical appearances, a whole host of classic Batman villains have made it to the big screen. Some have cropped up once, while others have been given the opportunity for multiple iterations.

The most famous Batman villain of them all – The Joker – has battled Batman across a number of live-action movies, often stealing scenes (and entire films) in the process. The same can be said of Catwoman, Two-Face, and the Scarecrow, amongst others.

But who were all the live-action Batman villains and what movies did they appear in?

Below is a list of all the Batman villain names (and corresponding pictures). All of these villains have either appeared in a movie with Batman, or they are traditionally considered Bat-villains.

I’ve included a few villains that aren’t traditionally considered Bat-villains (General Zod, Doomsday, etc), so long as they have appeared in a movie featuring Batman.

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Jack Napier/Arthur Fleck/The Joker

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Arguably the most iconic Batman villain of them all, the Joker has featured in Batman movies, as well as a solo film.The Joker has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman: The Movie (1966) – Cesar Romero
  • Batman (1989) – Jack Nicholson
  • The Dark Knight (2008) – Heath Ledger
  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Jared Leto
  • Joker (2019) – Joaquin Phoenix

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Bob the Goon

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The Joker’s ‘No.1 guy’, Bob the Goon, has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman (1989) – Tracey Walter

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Joe Chill

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Joe Chill – the criminal responsible for the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne – has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman Begins (2005) – Richard Brake

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Edward Nygma/The Riddler

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The Riddler has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman: The Movie (1966) – Frank Gorshin
  • Batman Forever (1995) – Jim Carrey

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Selina Kyle/Patience Phillips/Catwoman

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Catwoman has appeared in Batman movies, as well as a solo film. She is not always depicted as a villain – sometimes she is a hero, as in the case of 2004’s Catwoman and 2012’s The Dark Knight Rise.

Catwoman has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman: The Movie (1966) – Lee Meriweather
  • Batman Returns (1992) – Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Catwoman (2004) – Halle Berry
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Anne Hathaway

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Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin

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The Penguin has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman: The Movie (1966) – Burgess Meredith
  • Batman Returns (1992) – Danny DeVito

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Max Shreck

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Max Shreck has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman Returns (1992) – Christopher Walken

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The Red Triangle Gang

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The Red Triangle Gang has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman Returns (1992) – Various actors including Vincent Schiavelli, Anna Katarina, John Strong and Doug Jones

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Sugar and Spice

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Sugar and Spice – Two-Face’s hench-gals – have appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman Forever (1995) – Drew Barrymore (Sugar) and Debi Mazar (Spice)

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Harvey Dent/Two-Face

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Harvey Dent/Two-Face has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman (1989) – Billy Dee Williams
  • Batman Forever (1995) – Tommy Lee Jones
  • The Dark Knight (2008) – Aaron Eckhart

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Antonio Diego/Bane

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Bane has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman & Robin (1997) – Jeep Swenson
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Tom Hardy

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Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy

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Poison Ivy has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman & Robin (1997) – Uma Thurman

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Dr. Jason Woodrue

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Jason Woodrue has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman & Robin (1997) – John Glover

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Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze

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Mr. Freeze has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman & Robin (1997) – Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow

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The Scarecrow has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman Begins (2005) – Cillian Murphy
  • The Dark Knight (2008) – Cillian Murphy
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Cillian Murphy

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Ra’s al Ghul

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Ra’s al Ghul has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman Begins (2005) – Liam Neeson
  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Liam Neeson

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Victor Zsasz/Mr. Zsasz

Mr. Zsasz has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman Begins (2005) – Tim Booth
  • Birds of Prey (2020) – Chris Messina

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Carmine Falcone

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Mob boss, Carmine Falcone has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman Begins (2005) – Tom Wilkinson

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Talia al Ghul

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Talia al Ghul has appeared in the following movie:

  • The Dark Knight Rises (2012) – Marion Cotillard

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Laurel Hedare

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Cosmetics company owner, Laurel Hedare has appeared in the following movie:

  • Catwoman (2004)

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Anatoli Knyazev/KGBeast

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KGBeast has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Callan Mulvey

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Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn

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Harley Quinn has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Margot Robbie

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Floyd Lawton/Deadshot

Deadshot has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Will Smith

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Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang

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Captain Boomerang has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Jai Courtney

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Chato Santan/El Diablo

El Diablo has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Jay Hernandez

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Waylon Jones/Killer Croc

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Killer Croc has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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June Moone/Enchantress

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Enchantress has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Cara Delevingne

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Tatsu Yamashiro/Katana

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Katana has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Karen Fukuhara

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Christopher Weiss/Slipknot

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Slipknot has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Adam Beach

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Amanda Waller

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Amanda Waller has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Viola Davis

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Rick Flag

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Rick Flag has appeared in the following movie:

  • Suicide Squad (2016) – Joel Kinnaman

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Lex Luthor

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Lex Luthor has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Jesse Eisenberg
  • Justice League (2018) Jesse Eisenberg

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General Zod

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General Zod has appeared in the following movies:

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – A body double for Michael Shannon

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Slade Wilson/Deathstroke

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Deathstroke has appeared in the following movie:

  • Justice League (2018) – Joe Manganiello

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Steppenwolf

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Steppenwolf has appeared in the following movie:

  • Justice League (2018) – Ciarán Hinds

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Doomsday

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Doomsday has appeared in the following movie:

  • Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) – Robin Atkin Downes

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Black Mask

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Roman Sionis/Black Mask has appeared in the following movie:

Birds of Prey (2020) – Ewan Mcgregor

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So, who is your favourite Batman villain from the list above and which Bat-villain deserves to be in a future Batman movie? Sound off in the comments section below and share your thoughts.

And should you want to delve further into the world of Batman villains you may wish to read my post, ‘The best order for the Joker movies‘. Alternatively, take a look through one of the recommended posts below.

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