Gotham should consider itself lucky that Batman is protecting them, because the most dangerous Batman villains could overpower entire worlds if they were put in a dimension without the Dark Knight. Every hero has their rogues' gallery, but Batman has some particularly horrific ghouls he faces off with across the very mean Gotham streets. Batman is often teased by fans for how often he lets Gotham get destroyed, but his foes would destroy entire countries if they were put in the MCU.
For one second, imagine Joker being allowed in the PG-13 all-ages world of the MCU. The heroes wouldn't even know what to do with a being that chaotic and demented. One shudders to imagine Tom Holland's Spider-Man having to spend even a single second facing off against the Joker depicted in the comics. The MCU simply isn't ready for Batman's rogues' gallery.
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If The Avengers Thought Thanos Was Bad, They Don't Want To See The Batman Who Laughs After He Steals Dr. Manhattan's Abilities
Thanos's main weakness is that the source of his powers is a physical object that the Avengers are able to build for themselves (albeit through some time travel that was definitely cheating). Still, if Thanos's abilities were inherent to his own being, the Avengers wouldn't have stood a chance at beating him.
The Batman Who Laughs is a villain that has the intellect and strength of Batman with the broken mind of the Joker. He's able to use Batman's strategic mind and Joker's depravity to brutally take over multiple worlds across the multiverse. Then, for his grand finale, he butchered Doctor Manhattan and stole his powers, turning himself into a virtual god. With powers on this scale, the Avengers wouldn't stand any sort of a chance.A threat to the MCU?
Even in the universe he comes from, the Joker is a special kind of villain. He isn’t super-powered (except for the times he tries to convince Batman he’s super-powered, like in the New 52), but he still is able to do whatever he wants with impunity. In the main canon, Joker recently took control of Gotham and seized Bruce Wayne’s entire fortune. And in non-canon stories, Joker ruined Superman’s entire life by nuking Metropolis and using Scarecrow’s toxin to trick Superman into killing his own wife. He’s demented to such a degree that most other universes don’t even have a comparison.
The Marvel Universe has demented villains, but no one that so gleefully breaks storytelling convention and supervillain rules quite like the Joker. There’s no telling the amount of havoc he could unleash in the mostly family-friendly Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the storyline Avengers Disassembled, the Avengers disband after a string of tragedies ruin their individual lives. Well, causing individual turmoil is sort of Joker’s whole thing. He would slay loved ones, reintroduce old vices, or just straight-up torture until he got what he wanted. It’s hard to imagine the comics Avengers standing a chance, and it’s even harder to imagine the MCU Avengers facing off against the Clown Prince of Crime.A threat to the MCU?
Poison Ivy has long been viewed as just another of Batman’s rogues, who fights with plants instead of, say, a freeze gun - but she’s so much more than that. Only in recent years has Ivy’s true power been shown. During Tom King’s run on Batman, Poison Ivy flexed her powers to such a degree that she took control of the entire planet. Ivy created something of a hive mind, where she was able to control everyone on the planet (yes, even Superman) and speak through them as one unified voice.
The Avengers would fare no better than the Justice League against a threat like Ivy. Their only hope would be to use what little bit of a conscience that Ivy has against her - but without Harley Quinn around to calm her down, she would be unstoppable.A threat to the MCU?
The Winter Soldier and Taskmaster are both formidable assassins who are able to greatly impede the Avengers' Captain America and Black Widow, respectively. While there's nothing wrong with assassins of their caliber proving to be a challenge, Deathstroke is a much bigger foe than either of them. So if the Avengers couldn't take them on very well, imagine how they would fare against this assassin from the DC Universe.
Deathstroke has an enhanced brain that operates nine times more efficiently than a normal person's. Deathstroke also has heightened senses and near-superhuman physical abilities - not to mention his healing factor. Combine that with an amount of combat training that allows him to go head-to-head with Batman, and he'll make short work of the MCU Avengers.A threat to the MCU?