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Fan Theories About Batman Villains That Are Wild Enough To Be True

January 8, 2021 3.8k votes 752 voters 94.2k views21 items

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For every superhero, there are hordes of villains ready for a fight. Batman, especially. Our beloved Caped Crusader would be nothing without the maniacs attempting to destroy Gotham left and right. One of fandoms' favorite things to do is come up with fan theories, and when it comes to superheroes and crime-fighters, there are certainly a lot of them. From unanswered questions to character quirks, we managed to round up some of the most interesting fan theories surrounding our favorite Arkham Asylum escapees. 

Which Batman Villain fan theory do you think is most believable? Vote up your favorites below!

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    Joker Is Actually The Hero In 'The Dark Knight'

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/generalzee:

    Joker, although a lying psychopath, is actually the hero in The Dark Knight. Before the Joker, Gotham was a mess. Entire sections of the city were closed off due to madness, organized crime ran rampant, and the majority of important city officials were wildly corrupt. The city even tolerated a renegade vigilante who ran around wearing a rubber suit.

    Along comes the Joker and by the end of a very short time, almost all organized crime was eliminated, many corrupt officials were imprisoned or dead, and the city's vigilantes even went into hiding for 8 years. This was all part of Joker's masterfully executed plan.

    In the end Gotham is actually clean. It wasn't because of Harvey, who died too soon to do any good, except as a martyr, and it wasn't because of Batman who was ostracized and treated like the criminal such a vigilante truly is for 8 years. Gotham was safe because the Joker had cleaned up the streets. He eliminated the corrupt police, he destroyed organized crime financially, he uplifted Gotham's spirit, and he even got rid of the flying pest that had been corrupting Gotham ever since he declared himself its protector.

    [Read the full theory here]

    Interesting theory?
  • 2

    Harvey Dent Let The Witness With A Gun Into The Courtroom

    Photo: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/ImOnALampshade:

    When the witness managed to get a gun into the courtroom, what if Harvey Dent was aware of the plot and deliberately let it happen - but had an officer sabotage the gun so it wouldn't fire. That way, he'd be able to use that crime to gain more public support for his own political career and maybe event prosecute Falcone for the assassination attempt. That's why he was so calm when the gun was pulled, and why he knew so much about the gun immediately after grabbing it (When as far as we're told he has no experience with firearms). He never told Rachel about the plot because he knew it would impress her, and that she'd be there to watch it firsthand.

    It fits perfectly with his character - he "makes his own luck" by making it seem like things are left up to chance when he's controlling the situation.

    Interesting theory?
  • 3

    Harley Quinn Is An Unreliable Narrator

    Photo: Birds of Prey / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/OlympusMan:

    TLDR: Harley Quinn is an unreliable narrator and the events are portrayed from her point of view.

    When I watched Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey, there were several elements that stood out to me. Gotham, the waywardness of the narration, the tone of the film, and the amount of plot armour given to the main characters. Many scenes take place during the day, and Gotham is shown to be a bright and colourful metropolis. All in all very a stark contrast to the Gotham shown in other based in the same city.

    Harley Quinn's narration leads the audience to various places at different points in time in order to fill in the back story of the main cast. At times it seems to lack cohesion. The tone of the film skips from light-hearted comedy to deathly serious without a moments notice, repeatedly. The main characters don some heavy duty plot armour. Harley is able to storm Gotham PD single-handedly, the goons she comes up against forget that their weapons can fired from more than a couple feet away. A particular scene in the third act sees a gang of bad guys firing a lot of machine-guns at length to no effect, Huntress fires a single crossbow and hits her target. The Bird of Prey member that that does get shot is fortunately wearing body armour given to her moments before by Harley.

    And I think there's a reason for all of this. The whole film is Harley's recollection of the events that happened following her break up with Joker. Gotham seems like an appealing place because it's seen through her eyes, it's a place where she lives without fear and actually has fun. So to her, Gotham is a bright and cheerful place. The severe shifts in tone and narrative weave reflect Harley's character and personality. The plot armour is a product of Harley's poetic licence in retelling the events.

    Interesting theory?
  • 4

    Scarecrow Accidentally Created The Joker

    Photo: The Dark Knight Rises / Warner Bros. Pictures

    From Redditor u/sharpie_lynch:

    What if the joker from TDK was an indirect victim of the fear toxin attack that scarecrow led in Batman Begins? First of all, remember when Rachel was gassed by Crane with a massive dose and her mind almost broke? Well, what if actually that happened to the Joker? What if he was just an ordinary guy living in the narrows who didn't recieve the antidote and went fully insane?

    Think about it, this would explain several things. For example, the abscence of a criminal record (he wasn't a criminal before the events of Batman Begins), the origin of his scars (maybe he hurted himself while suffering from hallucinations) and his lack of empathy for people in general. What if he actually sees people as monsters and not as human beings and that's the reason he is so sure about his points about mankind (besides being a sociopath)? What if all those messed up stories about how he got his scars are actually mixed up memories about traumatic events that became hallucinations under the effects of the fear toxin and forced him to hurt himself?

    There might be some loose ends to prove this as a whole, but... how is it possible that such a criminal mastermind keeps his head under the sand and suddenly comes out of the blue exactly AFTER the events of Batman Begins? "I'm not a monster... I'm just ahead of the curve."

    Interesting theory?