8 Batman Villains Who Stole the Show

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What's a hero without a villain? From The Joker to Poison Ivy, take a look back at these eight super villains who gave Batman a reason to become Gotham's Dark Knight. 

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1. the joker

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Actor Jack Nicholson in 'Batman', directed by Tim Burton
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Late actor Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Night'
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A shot from "The Joker Goes to School" from the 'Batman' series - Airdate March 2, 1966

2. catwoman

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Actress Michelle Pfeiffer in 'Batman Returns', directed by Tim Burton
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Late Singer/actress Eartha Kitt in an ad for the US television series 'Batman'
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Actress Julie Newmar in promotional portrait for the series 'Batman'

3. the penguin

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Actor Danny DeVito with other penguins on the set of 'Batman Returns'

4 & 5. Two-face and the riddler

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Actors Tommy Lee Jones (Two-Face) and Jim Carrey (The Riddler) in 'Batman Forever'
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Actor Tommy Lee Jones on the set of 'Batman Forever'
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Late actor Frank Gorshin asThe Riddler in the TV series 'Batman'

6. poison ivy

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Actress Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy for Joel Schumacher's 'Batman & Robin'
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Actress Uma Thurman on the set of 'Batman & Robin'

7. bane

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A Bane actor at the London Super Comic Convention in 2013

8. harley quinn

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A cosplayer dressed up as Harley Quinn during the Paris Manga & Sci-Fi show in 2016

honorable mention: mr. freeze

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Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze in 'Batman and Robin'
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Arnold schwarzenegger on the set of Batman & Robin
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Eli Wallach as Mr. Freeze in the television series of 'Batman', 1967.
 

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