Most comic book fans would argue that Batman has the best rogues gallery in comics. Those who disagree are just objectively incorrect. Come on, The Joker, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, Catwoman, the list goes on and on. Even the more obscure Batman villains are formidable in their own right. And they don't get nearly as much credit as they deserve.
Due to the sheer volume of supervillains Batman has faced over his 75 year publication history, some of his most dangerous foes have been lost in the shuffle. Certain Batman enemies have been part of amazing (and often overlooked) stories that fans would love to read. It's time to give some of these lost bad guys their dues.
So let's give recognition to the snubbed. Frankly, anybody with the nerve to take on Batman has earned the respect of readers. Even the Condiment King. No, you know what, especially the Condiment King.
Name: Professor Hugo Strange
Abilities: Genius-level intellect. Master of psychology, chemistry, and biology.
Menace Rating: 8 out of 10 Mad Scientist Clichés
Okay, you know the one villain that's an evil psychiatrist who manipulates people to do his bidding? Or the evil chemist who creates a potent fear-inducing powder? Or the mad scientist who uses injections to turn men into hulking monsters? Alright, so merge all three of those and you get Hugo Strange. Three Batman villains in one and to top it off he knows that Batman is Bruce Wayne! It's astounding that Strange hasn't been featured in the DC Cinematic Universe yet.
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Abilities: You know what Batman can do? All of that but, like, EVIL.
Menace Rating: 10 out of 10 Doppelgängers
Owlman is the criminal genius version of Batman from Earth 3. He has the intellect, wealth, and martial arts abilities of Batman, but he is willing to kill and betray anyone or anything that stands in his way. If there is anything more dangerous than Batman, it's Batman without a moral compass. Or maybe Batman if he was also a shark, somehow. Get on it, DC writers.
Abilities: Cybernetic enhancements, KGB training, weapons expert, hand-to-hand combat master, has a freakin' gun for a hand.
Menace Rating: 9 out of 10 Soviet Prosthetic Gun Hands
While his name dates him to the Cold War period, KGBeast is one of the most dangerous foes Batman has ever faced. With his combat training, killer instinct, and tactical expertise, he's on equal footing with the Dark Knight. They're so evenly matched, in fact, that Batman thought he straight-up couldn't beat KGBeast mano-a-Batmano.
He locked the Beast in a room instead of fighting him and waited for him to suffocate to death in Batman #420. It was revealed in Batman: Year Three that Batman called the police to pick up KGBeast's unconscious body, but for a while there KGBeast was one of the few foes Batman killed intentionally.
Name: Lady Shiva
Abilities: Martial arts grandmaster, able to read body language and anticipate an opponent's next action.
Menace Rating: 7 out of 10 One-Punch Deathblows
Lady Shiva is widely regarded as one of the most deadly assassins in the DC Universe. And that's just with her bare hands. While she and Batman are enemies, Batman respects her expert hand-to-hand combat proficiency and her ruthless cunning. In fact, when Batman's spine was broken by Bane he sought training from Lady Shiva in order rebuild his spirit and fighting skills. This frenemy proves to be one of Batman's most difficult foes and an occasional valued ally. Mainly, she's kind of like the Hydrox to Catwoman's Oreo. Still basically just as good.