5.2 Reasons to Explore the Villainous Side of Batman: The Dark Knight

They say that a hero is only as good as his villain—which is arguably what makes Batman so dang amazing. After all, let’s face it, the Dark Knight holds, hands down, the most infamous and recognizable Rogues Gallery in the history of comic books.

From the Joker, the Riddler and Catwoman to Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivy and Two-Face, to Penguin, Scarecrow and oh so many more, the ill-famed inmates of Arkham, the criminally capricious citizens of Gotham both frighten and fascinate comic fans of all ages with their complexity, depth and completely insanely bazonkers gimmicks.

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes (2012)

Batman and Robin return in LEGO® Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes, the highly-anticipated sequel to LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame, the best-selling LEGO® videogame of all time. This time the Dynamic Duo join forces with other famous DC super heroes including Superman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern to stop the notorious villains Lex Luthor and The Joker from destroying Gotham City. Batman fans of all ages will enjoy a new and original story filled with classic LEGO videogame action and humor as players fight to put the bad guys back behind bars.

Developer : 
TT Games
Genre: 
Action-Adventure
Rating: 
On Sale Date: 
Oct 2 2012

The New Batman Adventures (1997 - 1999)

The further and darker adventures of Batman with a new Robin, a closer association with Batgirl and the previous Robin now as Nightwing.

 
 
Voice Talent: 
Kevin Conroy
Tara Strong
Matthew Valencia
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Loren Lester
Robert Costanzo
Bob Hastings
Ardeen Sorkin
Jeff Bennett
Mark Hamill
Paul Williams
Adrienne Barbeau
Richard Moll
Writers: 
Bob Goodman
Hilary Bader
Rich Fogel
Paul Dini
Stan Berkowitz
Steve Gerber
Alan Burnett
Bob Kane
Bruce W. Timm
Producers: 
Haven Alexander
Alan Burnett
Paul Dini
Bruce W. Timm
Executive Producers: 
Jean MacCurdy
Directors: 
Curt Geda
Dan Riba
Butch Lukic
Atsuko Tanaka
Tim Maltby
Toshihiko Masuda
Genre: 
Action
Adventure
Drama
Science Fiction

The New Batman/Superman Adventures (1997 - 2000)

A cool combination of Superman: The Animated Series with The New Batman Adventures. Each half-hour episode featured either a single repeat from the original Superman run, the orginial Batman run, or a brand new story featuring Batman made specifically for this series.

 
 
Genre: 
Action
Adventure
Drama
Science Fiction

Batman: The Animated Series (1992 - 1995)

Vowing to avenge the senseless murder of his wealthy parents, Bruce Wayne devotes his life to wiping out lawlessness in Gotham City.

 
Voice Talent: 
Kevin Conroy
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Loren Lester
Bob Hastings
Melissa Gilbert
Llyod Bochner
Mark Hamill
Paul Williams
Adrienne Barbeau
John Glover
Roddy McDowell
Ron Perlman
Michael York
Edward Asner
Treat Williams
Producers: 
Alan Burnett
Eric Radomski
Bruce Timm
Executive Producers: 
Jean MacCurdy
Tom Ruegger
Genre: 
Action
Adventure
Drama
Science Fiction

Superman: The Animated Series (1996 - 2000)

The creative team behind the Emmy Award-winning "Batman: The Animated Series" chronicles the adventures of Superman, the legendary superhero, as he battles the forces of villainy and continues his quest for "truth, justice and the American way."

 
Voice Talent: 
Tim Daly
Dana Delany
Producers: 
Alan Burnett
Paul Dini
Bruce Timm
Executive Producers: 
Jean MacCurdy
Genre: 
Action
Adventure
Science Fiction

The Batman/Superman Hour (1968 – 1969)

 
 
Genre: 
Action
Adventure
Science Fiction

Batman: Arkham City (2012)

Developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City, the new maximum security "home" for all of Gotham City's thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Developer : 
Rocksteady Studios
Genre: 
Action-Adventure
Rating: 
On Sale Date: 
Oct 18 2011

DC Universe Online (2011)

 

DC Universe Online is a Free-to-Play, massive multiplayer online action game for the PC, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4 systems. Become one of a new breed of powerful Heroes and Villains and wield incredible abilities as you go to war with legendary characters such as Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor and The Joker. Play for free now at www.dcuniverseonline.com or find the game in the PlayStation Store!

Developer : 
Sony Online Entertainment Austin
Genre: 
Role Play
Rating: 
On Sale Date: 
Jan 11 2011

Ethan Van Sciver tackles the Riddler

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This lovely piece of art is the cover to JOKER’S ASYLUM: THE RIDDLER #1, hitting in June as part of the month-long JOKER’S ASYLUM event. Nice, huh? And, while we have your attention thanks to the masterful Mr. Ethan Van Sciver, here’s a breakdown on the one-shots and the creators involved:

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