The DC Extended Universe might finally be finding its feet after quite a few setbacks. But that doesn’t mean we’ve gotten the best characters yet. While the Justice League members have many sidekicks and villains we’ve yet to see them face off with, I’m going to focus on Batman. (Mostly because of his many, many Robins.) I’ll be skipping Barbara Gordon because she’s getting her own DCEU show on HBO Max. Penguin and Clayface are also expected to be in the Penguin spinoff show – while it’s not technically in the DCEU, it’s close enough.
However, Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is NOT part of the official DCEU, so those characters are totally still up for grabs. Check out these 17 Batman characters I want to make an appearance soon. Did I miss your favorite?
Ace the Bat-Hound
Starting off with something I’m sure we’d all have no problem seeing: Batman needs his trusty dog, Ace. Yes, he’ll be making an appearance (voiced by Kevin Hart) in the upcoming movie DC League of Super-Pets.
While I’m excited he’s in the spotlight, it’s not enough for me. I want Batman to interact with the dog in between missions with the Robins in Gotham or with the Justice League. So far in the DCEU, he’s just been broody; a dog will help with that.
Vicki is one of the very few love interests Bruce Wayne had, so why not introduce her? While his thing with Catwoman is much more prominent, Vicki was an ordinary woman, not a villain or hero. She was a nice change of pace to his secret life.
So far, Vicki has only played a significant role in three movies and a few shows. The most recognizable to me was in 1989’s Batman with Kim Basinger playing the character. I’d love to see at least show up in a few scenes in another Batman movie one day.
The villain, Mother, is one of the most interesting characters to me that’s been created in the Batman comics. From the moment she was introduced in Batman and Robin Eternal, she creeped me out. Outside of the comics, I only remember her appearance in Gotham, which was thoroughly unsettling, but I also loved it.
Mother believes she is the same as Batman in many ways because they both take in children and put them through traumatic experiences. However, she does it to make them stronger; Batman makes them stronger so they can get through those experiences on their own. I think it would be interesting to see the moral fight Batman could have against her.
Yes, I enjoyed Tom Hardy’s version of Bane (for many reasons), but we haven’t gotten to see this villain in the DCEU yet. Why is that? He’s many people’s fan favorite and would make a great adversary to the current Batman.
In the comics, Bane is the only villain who’s managed to defeat Batman in physical and mental fights. He has genius-level intellect, is trained in hand-to-hand combat, and used Venom to get super strength. Maybe he’ll make an appearance as part of the next Suicide Squad.
I bounce back and forth between liking The Riddler and hating him. For one, he’s extremely smart and uses that to his advantage. On the other hand, I get so annoyed with all the riddles.
I doubt anyone could top Jim Carrey and Cory Michael Smith’s takes on the character, but I’m willing to give it a shot. As long as we get the green and purple color scheme and over-the-top personality, I’m sure it’ll be great.
We need more Hush in any kind of DC media. Two versions of him appeared in Gotham and another in Batwoman, while his film credits are a bit lacking. Out of everything, the only version I’ve enjoyed was in Batman: Hush.
The version of Hush I want to see in the DCEU is Tommy Elliott using the persona to hunt down everyone Batman cares for. In the comics, he was a sociopath that blamed his mother and Bruce Wayne for everything bad that happened to him. Imagine seeing him on the big screen opposite Batman.
Is any list of Batman characters complete without Poison Ivy? Other than Harley Quinn, she’s my favorite female villain in the Batman comics.
With the popularity of the animated Harley Quinn show right now, maybe she’ll make an appearance as Margot Robbie’s character’s girlfriend in a future movie. Or perhaps she just fights Batman – we’ve already seen it before, but it’s always a good fight.
There have been several different iterations of Catwoman, but not in the DCEU yet. Yes, we have the most recent version played by Zoe Kravitz, but I want an older and more seasoned cat burglar in this universe.
Even if we don’t get Ben Affleck back, maybe she’ll be able to interact with the rest of the team. Even if it’s just as an antihero to Batwoman, I want to see her. Heck, I’ll even be happy if we just get a cameo of her in anything.
I never hear anyone talk about Cluemaster, but I really wish I did. He recently appeared in CW’s Batwoman, but that’s all I’ve personally seen him in. Other than that, he’s only been in brief roles in two animated shows.
When it comes to most of Batman’s enemies, they’re either insane, have superpowers, or both. But with Cluemaster, he’s just an angry guy. He’s constantly being arrested and sent to jail; no wonder his own daughter turned against him.
Speaking of Cluemaster’s daughter, Stephanie Brown is the only female of the Batfamily the DCEU hasn’t brought in yet. Better known as Spoiler, she quickly climbed to the top of my DC character list.
Sadly, she’s been seen in very few movies or shows. However, she will play a prominent role in the upcoming CW show, Gotham Knights. But I want to see her in some movies interacting with other members of Batman’s team.
League of Assassins
While I titled this section League of Assassins, I’m mainly focusing on Ra’s al Ghul and Talia al Ghul. When it comes to Ra’s, we’ve seen him several times from Arrow to Gotham. But he’s never been in the DCEU, even as a foe to the Justice League.
Talia al Ghul, his daughter, is a very complex character. She’s been an enemy to Batman in the comics sometimes, while she’s an ally in other moments. She also had a love affair with Bruce Wayne, which resulted in one of his Robins, so I need to see that in the DCEU one day.
It’s only natural talking about the League of Assassins would lead to Damian Wayne, the youngest of the Robins so far. Damian was hidden from Batman for years and trained as an assassin by his mother, Talia.
After he comes to live with Bruce Wayne, however, he is trained to not take lives by his father. He’s gone by several aliases, but most will recognize him as Robin. I also recently learned he’s a lot of people’s favorite Robin so far, so the DCEU needs to put him in a movie soon.
I first learned about Duke Thomas in Webtoon’s Batman: Wayne Family Adventures. And I liked him right away. Duke has gone by Robin and The Signal so far, but I’ve also seen some refer to him as Lark.
Duke is a metahuman who joined Batman in 2016. He has many powers following a situation with Ishmael, but he first started with photokinetic powers. In addition, he’s shown to have X-ray vision, darkness manipulation, and enhanced healing.
The only allies we’ve seen Batman really rely on in the DCEU have been the Justice League members. He hasn’t even gotten his own movie, so why not jump right in with him allying with Jean-Paul Valley, AKA Azrael?
The hero is like the DC’s counterpart to Moon Knight in my eyes. And since the MCU just finished the first season of Moon Knight, DC needs to get on with Azrael’s story. In addition, Jean-Paul Valley was Batman for a while.
Tim was the third Robin and has used some questionable personas since his debut. Other than Robin, he’s gone by Red Robin and Drake. I could go on for hours about what he needs, but I think if the DCEU got their hands on him, he’d get a better name than either of those.
He’s one of the smartest Robins that’s been introduced so far. He managed to uncover Batman and his sidekicks. After Dick wouldn’t become Robin again after Jason Todd’s death, Tim took it upon himself to serve with Batman.
When I was first introduced to Jason Todd, I didn’t like him. But in the ten years since, he’s grown on me. From his appearance in Titans to Batman: Under the Red Hood, I wish we got more of his story in the spotlight.
He started out as the second Robin before he was killed by the Joker. However, after being brought back in 2005, he took on the mantle of the Red Hood. He’s not quite a villain, but he’s nowhere near the perfect hero.
It’s hard to choose a favorite sidekick, but I have a soft spot for Dick Grayson. He’s made appearances in nearly every Batman franchise but was somehow skipped over for the DCEU. Come on, DC, get it together!
Dick Grayson was the first Robin that Bruce Wayne took under his wing (literally). However, after several years, he took on the mantle of Nightwing. I’m hoping we skip his years as Robin because we’ve seen that enough and get straight to Nightwing’s adventures.