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The Best Actors Who Played Batman Villains On Film

Updated December 6, 2019 12.4k votes 977 voters 11.0k views26 items

Batman might have some of the best villains, thanks to the revolving door of Arkham Asylum. The roster of actors who played Batman villains in movies is just as impressive. Several famous actors and actresses have faced off against Batman on film. Many of the best Batman villains were portrayed by Academy Award winners. Some actors who played Batman villains returned to the role for multiple films.

Who will you find on this list of all Batman villain actors? Heath Ledger won an Academy Award for his portrayal of The Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. His family accepted the honor on his behalf as Ledger had passed in January 2008. Two other Oscar winners - Jack Nicholson, and Jared Leto - have also played The Joker.

Uma Thurman portrayed Dr. Pamela Isley in the 1997 film Batman & Robin. Other examples of some of the most memorable and best actors playing Batman villains include Jim Carrey as The Riddler and Danny DeVito as The Penguin.

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  • Heath Ledger
    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy

    Heath Ledger won an Academy Award for his portrayal of The Joker in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. His family accepted the honor on his behalf as Ledger had passed in January 2008.

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  • Jack Nicholson
    Photo: Batman / Guber-Peters Company/Warner Bros. Pictures

    "Where does he [Batman] get those wonderful toys," Jack Nicholson famously muttered in Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman.

    • Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States of America
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  • Danny DeVito
    Photo: Batman Returns / Warner Bros.

    In the 1992 film Batman Returns, Danny DeVito played Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin. It reportedly took anywhere from three to four and a half hours of makeup and prep to turn DeVito into the notorious Gotham villain.

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  • Tom Hardy
    Photo: The Dark Knight Rises / Legendary Pictures/Syncopy/Warner Bros. Pictures

    In the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, Tom Hardy played Bane. Hardy reportedly put on 30 lbs for the role.

    • Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
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