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Rogues’ Gallery: The Top Ten Batman Villains

Greg Capullo / DC Comics
Greg Capullo / DC Comics

A hero is defined by their villains, and comic books are filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of our favorite heroes, and we need your help to do it!

You voted to see who the ultimate Batman villain was, and we’ve tabulated the results and assembled a video counting down the definitive top 10. Did your favorite make this list? There’s only one way to find out!

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We Could Have Seen Coolio Play Scarecrow in Joel Schumacher’s Cancelled Third ‘Batman’ Movie

Warner Bros.
Warner Bros.

Among many, many other things, Joel Schumacher’s Batman and Robin featured a very special cameo: Coolio was the overseer of that random street race Batgirl was involved in, and he revealed recently that he agreed to cameo because he wanted a part in the next Batman film. Namely, he wanted to play Scarecrow. Unfortunately, Batman and Robin was, well, quite bad, and the fifth installment in that Batman series never got made.

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The Definitive Power Ranking Of Every Single ‘LEGO Batman Movie’ Minifigure

LEGO Batman Minifigure Collection, via Lego

The Lego Batman toy line has been going strong for over a decade now, but with this week's release of the Lego Batman Movie, we've seen a truly unprecedented explosion of merchandise based around the Caped Crusader's blockiest incarnation. And with that many figures, going from the Dark Knight himself all the way down to super obscure deep cuts like the Mime and March Harriet, our course here at ComicsAlliance is clear.

We need to rank them.

So today, we've dug through every single Lego Batman Movie minifig (and eliminated simple variations like "Batman with a slightly different face") to rank them all, worst to best.

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World’s Foulest: The Best DC Villain Cosplay

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The DC Universe doesn’t lack for some of the most iconic heroes and heroines in comics. So it’s a good thing for the baddies that the DC Universe also has its share of great and heinous villains.

With the DC villains being as colorful as they are, there are plenty of excellent cosplayers out there to offer up the darker side of cosplay. In every cape, cowl, and scar, these cosplayers bring the frightening visages of their favorite villains to life, and make the cosplay world just a little more exciting. These are the best DC Villain cosplays.

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Cast Party: Who Should Play DC Comics’ Legion of Doom?

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This week I'm doing something a little different. With the DC movie universe expanding, all the talk about Suicide Squad, and the recent announcement that Black Manta will be in the Aquaman movie, I've been thinking about the future of DC supervillains on screen.

We've also been doing this fun DC Supervillain Draft, and that's got me thinking in particular about the Legion of Doom, who originated in the Challenge of the Superfriends cartoon, and what an interesting collection of classic DC villains they are. So I decided to cast the Legion of Doom.

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Funko’s Impopsters Line Re-imagines Batman’s Rogues as the Dark Knight

Funko
Funko

I'm not entirely sure how I feel about Funko's latest Pop figure line, Impopsters (I'm also not sure about that brand name, but what do I know?). On one hand, putting some (slightly) new spins on characters that have been around for decades is cool, and it lets Funko get a little creative with the standard form bodies they've been using to create hundreds and hundreds of collectibles. But I'm also not wild about just Batmanning the Dark Knight's rogues gallery. The concept certainly makes sense though. People love Batman and his big bads, so why not combine them into one thing?

Impopsters is just the latest in a long line of Funko's attempts to shake up the game with miniature, budget vinyl collectibles. While I wonder if this was the series of collectibles Funko alluded to in the most recent Marvel Collector Corps, I'm definitely wondering what the Marvel versions of these are going to look like. Oh, that's right. Impopsters won't just be limited this Batman series. Funko apparently has designs on the rest of the DCU and Marvel Comics, too.

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The Arkham Sessions: Paranoia, Dehumanization And The Psychology of Hospitalization In “Batman: Dreams In Darkness”

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If Batman ended up in an Arkham Asylum cell, would he be deemed "normal," or would the Gotham facility known for housing the "criminally insane" keep him under lock and key?

In an episode of Batman: The Animated Series called "Dreams in Darkness," the Dark Knight's worst nightmare may have come true when he finds himself being evaluated by psychiatrist Dr. Bartholomew at Arkham Asylum. The doc asserts that Batman is very "ill" and that the one place where "costumed persons with delusional personalities come to find compassionate help" seems like the best place for him. Fighting the onset of paranoid delusions and vivid hallucinations, Batman struggles to reveal the real cause of his insanity: The Scarecrow.

In this episode of The Arkham Sessions, we discuss the experience of being hospitalized for psychiatric reasons, the dangers of labeling people with disorders, and the feelings of dehumanization sometimes perceived by patients in the mental health care system.

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New ‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Trailer Glides, Zooms And Crunches Through Gotham [Video]

Batman Arkham Knight Gameplay Trailer
Rocksteady Studios

Do you like loving, slow-motion shots of the Batmobile? Do you like the idea of Batman jumping out of a moving Batmobile and gliding through the night sky? Do you like punches and knees to the face?

If you do, then you're probably going to enjoy the heck out of the new trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight, the game that marks Rocksteady Studios' return to the Arkham game franchise after it took a break on Batman: Arkham Origins. Check out the video after the jump for not only all that action, but for glimpses of the Scarecrow, Two-Face, Oracle, and the mysterious and new title character.

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M.S. Corley Adorns Batman’s Rogues Gallery With Extra Fashionable Attire [Art]

Joker redesign by M.S. Corley, http://mscorley.blogspot.com

With Batman's gallery of foes being as iconic and adaptable as it is, it's not exactly rare to see an artist take a shot at doing their own interpretation of characters like the Joker and Two-Face. It is, however, a pretty uncommon treat to see them done as well, and with as much thought, as artist M.S. Corley has put into his take the Dark Knight's deadliest foes.

To be honest, the best work that Corley has done with these is in the accessorizing. That might sound weird, but the idea of the Joker wearing a straitjacket as a jaunty cloak, putting the Scarecrow in a Plague Doctor mask or giving Mr. Freeze his wife's scarf to add a touch of humanity is a really cool idea. Check 'em out, along with a few of Corley's notes, below!

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Link Ink: Champions Online Goes Gratis, Raiders of the Awesome Indiana Jones Print, and a Whole Lotta Scarecrowing Going On

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Gaming: Champions Online is going costless in 2011, although paying members will still have access to exclusive content. Think the upcoming release of DC Universe Online had anything to do with it? Or am I just being a Speculative Suzy...

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