After many months, this year’s run of Arrowverse shows is about to kick off with the arrival of Batwoman season 2, which fans are hoping will be a marked improvement over the first. One of the biggest issues the fans had with season 1 was the absence of many decent Batman villains, as it instead focused on the unimpressive duo of Alice and Mouse.
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However, Batwoman‘s second season seems to be changing that, with Hush, Safiyah Sohail, Victor Zsasz, and even Roman Sionis/Black Mask confirmed to appear at some point this year. This is undoubtedly a strong start, but with an unknown character now wearing Batwoman’s cowl and the lackluster ratings of season 1, the show needs some of DC’s most iconic villains to make an appearance.
10 Mrs. Freeze
Mr. Freeze’s goal was always to revive his wife, Nora Fries. A recent development in the comics was Victor succeeding in bringing back Nora, except she ends up even more sinister than him.
This would mesh happily with Batwoman, who already introduced a psychopathic Nora Fries in the Elseworlds crossover (played by Cassandra Jean Amell.) Nora was committed to Arkham Asylum, although during that story’s mass breakout, she arms herself with her husband’s cold gun and takes out Killer Frost. Now would be a great time to bring her back.
9 The Joker’s Daughter
Introduced in episode 14, “Grinning From Ear To Ear,” Duela Dent has a deep connection to Batman lore – in that she’s both the daughter of Harvey “Two-Face” Dent and refers to herself as The Joker’s Daughter.
In fact, the show seems to be setting her up as a potential Joker equivalent, as Batwoman‘s Duela carved smiles into her victim’s faces like Joker did in The Dark Knight. Gratuitous violence doesn’t seem to bother her either as she was seen to wear the Joker’s face and use it as her own sort of mask in the comics. She would be quite the foe for Batwoman.
8 The Wrath
Now and again, the comics need to introduce an anti-Batman, someone who can go toe-to-toe with him with many of the same methods. Examples include Thomas Wayne’s Flashpoint-universe Batman, Arkham Knight, and Prometheus, who has already appeared in the CWverse on Arrow.
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With the new Batwoman, Ryan Wilder, no longer having the Wayne legacy, it’s a perfect time to introduce a real anti-Batman, such as The Wrath/Elliot Caldwell. As Batman wars on criminals, The Wrath wars on police and law enforcement. Seeing Batwoman take on an evil Batman, perhaps one taking on the Crows, would be an awesome sight for season 2.
7 Bloody Mary or Weeping Woman
When Batwoman got her first regular comic book in the New 52, she faced some creepy villains based on legendary horror stories: Bloody Mary and La Llorona, the Weeping Woman.
Either of these disturbing female villains would be perfect for a more terrifying episode for season 2 of Batwoman and would work well to set up a possible threat for the criminal organization Medusa. Both Bloody Mary and the Weeping Woman were inducted into Medusa, and Batwoman only took them down with the help of the DEO.
6 The First Victim
One of the newer villains in the Gotham City rogues gallery, The First Victim is the leader of the Victim Syndicate, a group of people given superpowers when they were caught in the crossfire during Batman’s war on crime.
While more of a Batman villain, the First Victim was introduced during the DC Rebirth Detective Comics series, where Batwoman was the leader of a team of crimefighters. The First Victim was created by a Joker toxin meant for Batman during one of their first clashes, something that could be repurposed into Batwoman quite easily, perhaps with Alice.
5 Whisper A’Daire
When the modern Batwoman first appeared in the 52 comic series, Whisper A’Daire was one of her first villain encounters. An acolyte of Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins, Whisper was then leader of the Cult Of Cain, connected to Intergang and its Religion of Crime.
She has a snake-like shapeshifting ability and several other superhuman abilities that help her to live an unnaturally long life. There is an assassin being introduced in Batwoman Season 2 called “The Whisper,” and it wouldn’t take much for this character to turn out to be Whisper A’Daire.
With Safiyah Sohail confirmed as the big bad of Batwoman season 2, at least at the beginning, there will need to be villains introduced with a direct connection to both Safiyah and Batwoman. Knife is one of the most interesting.
Her real name is Tahani and she is the head assassin to Safiyah, who in the comics blamed Kate Kane when Safiyah disappeared and fought Batwoman multiple times. Knife then became an enforcer for The Many Arms of Death, a terrorist organization headed by Safiyah, which will undoubtedly appear on Batwoman this season.
3 The Mad Hatter
Jervis Tetch, the Mad Hatter, has been part of Batman comics since 1948, with his ability to mind-control or hypnotize his victims. He also has an unhealthy obsession with Lewis Carroll’s Alice Adventures In Wonderland books and is forever searching for “his” Alice. It’s astonishing that the Mad Hatter wasn’t even referenced in Batwoman season 1, seeing as the main threat was Alice and the Wonderland Gang, who should have heard of him.
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Tetch appeared in Gotham so there shouldn’t be any copyright issues and there’s no way the series can continue to use Alice without acknowledging the original Batman Lewis Carroll villain.
Psycho-Pirate, otherwise known as Roger Hayden, isn’t really a Batman or Batwoman villain, but he did make his Arrowverse debut (played by Bob Frazer) in Batwoman‘s Gotham during the “Elseworlds” crossover. He’s an inmate in Arkham Asylum, with a cell next door to John “Dr. Destiny” Deegan.
Psycho-Pirate directly teased the events of the following year’s “Crisis On Infinite Earths” crossover, as the character had a big role in the original comic series. As Psycho-Pirate was eventually dropped from “Crisis,” Roger Hayden could easily return in Batwoman, perhaps with Doctor Destiny as his partner.
1 The Court Of Owls
One of the biggest modern threats introduced to Batman comics is the Court of Owls, created by Scott Snyder. This shadowy organization has purportedly been running Gotham for centuries, and only recently came to the attention of Batman in the New 52.
The Court appeared on Gotham and later this year will be antagonists in the Gotham Knights videogame, so bringing them into Batwoman would make perfect sense, especially as Ryan Wilder’s Batwoman isn’t part of the upper class like the Waynes and the Kanes. Therefore, the new Batwoman will take more of a dim view of a bunch of immortal rich families trying to control Gotham.
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