|02-21-2011, 02:43 PM||#1|
Join Date: Jun 2007
Batman Villain analysis
I thought it would be an interesting exercise to analyze what each of the main Batman villains represents in relation to Batman himself, specifically how they mirror him in different ways. Here's what I can come up with...
The Joker: The ultimate representation of the chaos and theatricality that Batman's existence has brought to Gotham City. He is Batman's exact opposite, an inevitable reaction.
Catwoman: She is Batman's equal. They are both in a moral grey area, straddling the line between right and wrong. Batman is more on the "right" side of that line, while Catwoman is more on the wrong side.
Two-Face: An exaggeration of the duality of Batman's identity (and any superhero for that matter).
The Riddler: He attempts to one-up Batman in the area of one of his strengths (intelligence). Basically, it's a pissing contest of the mind for him.
Penguin: A twisted version of Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne, in that he's a wealthy gentleman, but he is Batman's physical opposite.
Ra's al Ghul: Someone on a quest similar to Batman's, to eradicate crime, but takes it to its most ideologically extreme.
Scarecrow: A twisted version of Batman's modus operandi of using fear as a weapon.
Bane: The most extreme example of the self-made warrior that Batman is.
Hugo Strange: Someone who is obsessed/fascinated with Batman to the point of antagonism.
Harley Quinn: Conversely, she is someone who is obsessed/fascinated with Batman's total opposite, the Joker. She is more an extension of the Joker than directly thematically related to Batman.
Mr. Freeze: The emotionless shell of a man that Batman could potentially become if he let his tragic past overtake him.
The Ventriloquist: Perhaps, like Two-Face, another exaggeration of the multiple identities inherent to Batman and superheroes in general.
Clayface:More multiple identities?
Man-Bat: The fearsome creature that Batman tries to appear to be and is often interpreted as by terrified criminals.
Black Mask: A reversal of the origin of Bruce Wayne (he murders his own parents). Also, someone with a personal vendetta against the hero's alter ego.
Hush: Another reversal of Bruce Wayne in almost the same way, also with a personal vendetta against him.
And I'm not sure where to place these...
Several of these categorizations could be improved/more accurate... And if you think there are some major villains that I forgot, please bring them up.
Last edited by CinematicESP; 02-21-2011 at 03:16 PM.