‘The Batman’ features some familiar Gotham City villains
That same excuse applies to the other two prominent villains who return to the big screen in The Batman. Both the Riddler (Paul Dano) and the Penguin have been absent from the live-action movies since the 1990s. Despite persistent rumors, Christopher Nolan’s similarly grim The Dark Knight trilogy never touched either character. Both were done justice on TV’s Gotham. But as far as films, they feel like fair game for Matt Reeves’ interpretation.
These DC Comics villains should not return anytime soon
Likewise, Reeves’ dark, visceral approach to the Batman mythology should also preclude him from treading the same narrative ground Nolan already covered. That means Two-Face, Bane, Ra’s al Ghul, his daughter Talia, and Scarecrow should all remain off limits. Unless Reeves’ take on any of those is radically different from what The Dark Knight trilogy did, there are plenty of DC Comics characters who have still not gotten their chance to shine.
‘The Batman’ sequel could pull off revisiting these infamous villains
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Uma Thurman played Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy in the notorious 1997 film Batman & Robin. Ever since, no filmmaker has dared to bring those villains back to a live-action movie. But Reeves already told Collider he’s interested in a “grounded” version of Mr. Freeze’s story. So if The Batman sequel insists on dusting off a villain with big-screen history, that’s a solid option. But with over 80 years of comics, there are plenty of others.