Now that we’re entering the fifteenth year of “Dark Nights: Metal“, I’ve given up trying to fight the endless waves of evil Batmans.  Bat-Mage?  Sure!  Bat-Doomsday?  Sure.  Bat-Mantis?  Heck, yeah.  Literally any villain can be a Batman now, from Clock King to The Ringer to Davey The Happy Pumpkin, but which of them does the best job of capturing the Bat-mystique?  That question gets more complicated with every minute, as Bad Batman is now a cottage industry, leading to today’s scalloped-cape query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) still loves Earth-712’s Nighthawk, who fought his own team BEFORE it was cool, losing his life to redeem his Squadron Supreme teammates, asking: Which twisted shadow of Bruce Wayne is the BEST evil Batman?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. If we’re going DC only, i feel like the Thomas Wayne Flashpoint Batman is pretty close. Batman honestly doesn’t need much of a nudge to go “evil,” and i think the worst of batman can be embodied in a gun-toting, murder-is-cool, punisher-style vigilante that’s fully given in to his anger and thirst for vengeance. Justice might be a by-product of his vengeance, but the vengeance comes first, and the ease with which Bruce could slip into punisher mode horribly disappointing to think about.

    If we’re doing bat-analogues from any publisher, that asshole from Nemesis is up there. I hated that comic with the fury of a thousand suns, so i guess mark millar did his job. Just awful, crass and gross. Zack Snyder must love it.

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