Not just Joker: Choosing the best villains on Batman Day

Jul 23, 2015, 08:10 IST | Krutika Behrawala and Suprita Mitter

If you thought it’s only about Batman versus the Joker, now’s a good time to flip through a Batman comic, and look at the rogues gallery of Gotham City. We ask Mumbai’s superhero fans to pick their favourite Batman villain


Santosh Pandit

My favourite villain is Bane. I love his quote, “It doesn’t matter who we are. What matters is our plan!”
- Santosh Pandit
34, Event Manager

Anusha Iyengar 23, Fashion Blogger

I think the next best villain after Joker is Two-Face. He pulls off playing the good and the evil guy, wonderfully.
- Anusha Iyengar
23, Fashion Blogger

Shomik Roy  22, Manager

My favourite villain has to be Ra’s al Ghul. He’s completely bad-a@#, and he thinks big. For him, it’s not about killing one or five people; he just looks at wiping out the entire human race. The sheer scale at which he operates is superb!
- Shomik Roy
22, Manager

Varun Anchan 28, Creative Producer

My favourite villain is Dr Harleen Frances Quinzel, who’s an accomplice and girlfriend of the Joker. She looks like a doll — all pink and light — but she can be dangerous and really show you how dark she can be!
- Varun Anchan
28, Creative Producer

Mihir Joshi 34, Musician/Anchor

Mihir Joshi’s extensive Batman collection includes comic books, statues, action figures and Blu-ray DVDs of all the movies
Mihir Joshi’s extensive Batman collection includes comic books, statues, action figures and Blu-ray DVDs of all the movies

I am a big fan of the comic book series, hence my favourite villain is Ra’s al Ghul. The movies hardly did justice to him. He is actually even more interesting than the Joker. I also have a large collection of Batman figurines in my collection of superheroes.
- Mihir Joshi
34, Musician/Anchor

Priyam Chawla

My favourite Batman villain apart from the Joker would be Two-Face. I kind of feel bad for him because of what happened with him in his past (the accident, his abusive father) and what made him Two-Face. But his character also reflects life in its true form, the dichotomy of good and bad, two sides to everything and everyone. Also, Harvey Dent, somewhat, provides a contrast to Batman/Bruce Wayne duality.
- Priyam Chawla
25, Research Manager

Nikeet Shivalkar 24, Assistant Producer

Two-Face aka Harvey Dent will always be an interesting adversary to Batman. He had it all — good looks, a career, love, but he lost it all in a moment and turned into a man that became obsessed with duality to an extent where he couldn’t make a decision without the flip of a coin. He represents the struggle that we all (even bats!) face in our minds.
- Nikeet Shivalkar
24, Assistant Producer

Raunaq Bajaj 21, Producer

The Riddler is one of my favourite villains from the huge universe that is Batman. He’s very underplayed as a character in mainstream media, apart from Jim Carrey’s portrayal of him (not the best) but in the comics he’s crazy, flamboyant with his crimes and loves giving a headache to everyone with his puzzles/riddles/ questions. He’s as much a showman as he is a mastermind; it’s what I enjoy the most.
- Raunaq Bajaj
21, Producer

Fan central
Abdulquadar Mansoori (51), Babboo (as he is popularly known in the Chor Bazaar area), is a serious Batman fan. Having read his first Batman comic in 1977, this toy shop owner has been a dealer of the comics since the late 1990s. He buys them from his agents at King’s Circle and CST and sells them to not just local clients but also to people from Europe and Australia via eBay. “The older the comic, the better the price,” says Mansoori, adding, “Batman wanted to save humanity. He didn’t care about money or his affluence. He and his butler make a great team. I love everything about him.”
— As told to Lamya Karachiwala

What is Batman Day?
Last year, on Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Comics announced July 23 as Batman Day. Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, the caped crusader made his comic book debut in 1939. Today, a Batman Celebration Night, hosted by Comic Con India and supported by DC Comics, will take place at He Said She Said, Andheri (W). (Click her for more details)

Who's the most toxic superhero?
Have you been searching for Aquaman online? Watch out as it may lead to your computer getting affected by virus and malware. Post a recent study, Intel Security released its third annual Most Toxic Superheroes list, with Aquaman coming in at the first position. The company conducted research on the comic universe’s top heroes to learn which searches may be leading consumers to viruses, malware and other inappropriate content that can be considered dangerous, can compromise private information or infect their devices. It was found that searching for Aquaman has 20% chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats. Some other superheroes in the list include Iron Fist, Wolverine, Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, Catwoman, Green Lantern and lastly, Batman (with 18.33%).

Stay protected
 Be wary of searches that turns up a link to free content or too-good-to-be-true offers.
>> Cybercriminals set up malicious, fake sites that will include inappropriate content and malware particularly for hot topics.
>> Look for misspellings or other clues that the link may direct you to a phony website or contain viruses that will corrupt your device.
>> Use comprehensive security that is up to date with a safe search tool to identify risky websites in search engine results.

Intel Security’s Top 10 Most Toxic Superheroes:

1 Aquaman 20.00%
2 Iron Fist


3 Wolverine 19.58.%
4 Wonder Woman 19.38%
5 Doctor Strange     19.17%
6 Daredevil 
7 Tie: The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 18.85%
8 Catwoman
9 Green Lantern
10 Batman










 *% indicates chance of landing on a website that has tested positive for online threats such as spyware, adware, spam, phishing, viruses or other malware.

Study Methodology:
Using SiteAdvisor technology, searches were conducted across Google, Bing and Yahoo! search engines for top superheroes with recent or upcoming films or TV shows in addition to various terms likely to yield malware. SiteAdvisor indicates which sites are risky to search for superhero names and calculates an overall risk percentage.

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