30 Movies Featuring 2+ Batman Movie Villain Actors

Batman has one of the best rogues’ galleries in the history of comic books. Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Two-Face, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze, and Poison Ivy are all household names on par with Batman and Robin. Since the 1960s, quite a few actors have put their stamps on these and other villainous characters as they brought them to the screen. These include:

  • Cesar Romero
  • Burgess Meredith
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Jack Palance
  • Danny DeVito
  • Christopher Walken
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Tommy Lee Jones
  • Jim Carrey
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Uma Thurman
  • Liam Neeson
  • Tom Wilkinson
  • Ken Watanabe
  • Cillian Murphy
  • Rutger Hauer
  • Heath Ledger
  • Aaron Eckhart
  • Ron Dean
  • Eric Roberts
  • Chin Han
  • Tom Hardy
  • Marion Cotillard
  • Jesse Eisenburg

I had a fun thought that many of these actors starred together in other films. And once I started down that rabbit hole, I couldn’t be satisfied until I’d explored it thoroughly. I hunted high and low for obscure movies, and I now present my long list of 30 films to you.

Jack Palance – Carl Grissom

Jack Palance is a famous bad guy who starred in more movies than I can count. He just so happened to appear in a number of films with other Batman baddies. Two of them are from the 1960s Batman TV show and movie, while only one was in a more modern context.

Torture Garden

Burgess Meredith

Jack Palance

Madigan’s Millions

Cesar Romero

Jack Palance

Sarah, Plain and Tall: Winter’s End

Christopher Walken

Jack Palance

Danny DeVito – The Penguin

The Penguin is a tragic villain in Batman Returns. I find him grotesque and not as interesting as the character in the comics, but I can’t deny Danny DeVito really devotes himself to the role, all but disappearing in the process. He’s appeared in other films with many fellow Batman villains, including Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jim Carrey. He even shows up for a cameo on a TV screen full of aliens on Earth in Men in Black, so I’ll count that as appearing with Tommy Lee Jones.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Jack Nicholson

Danny DeVito

Terms of Endearment

Jack Nicholson

Danny DeVito

Twins

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Danny DeVito

Hoffa

Jack Nicholson

Danny DeVito

Junior

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Danny DeVito

Mars Attacks!

Jack Nicholson

Danny DeVito

Men in Black

Tommy Lee Jones

Danny DeVito

Man on the Moon

Jim Carrey

Danny DeVito

Solitary Man

Jesse Eisenburg

Danny DeVito

Michelle Pfeiffer – Catwoman

I consider Catwoman a villain in Batman Returns because she works with the Penguin for a large portion of the movie, and she only fights against Max Schreck because she wants to take revenge for his murdering her. Even when Batman reveals his secret identity to her, she still thinks first of fighting him. Michelle Pfeiffer appeared with Rutger Hauer in the excellent 1985 film Ladyhawke. He’s not a main villain in Batman Begins, but he’s definitely an obstacle to the heroes’ efforts. And he’s far from the only bad guy Pfeiffer crossed paths with over the years.

Ladyhawke

Rutger Hauer

Michelle Pfeiffer

The Witches of Eastwick

Jack Nicholson

Michelle Pfeiffer

Wolf

Jack Nicholson

Michelle Pfeiffer

Hairspray (2007)

Michelle Pfeiffer

Christopher Walken

The Family (2013)

Michelle Pfeiffer

Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones – Two-Face

In the two years leading up to Tommy Lee Jones’ portrayal of Harvey Two-Face in Batman Forever, he starred in two films that featured Ron Dean, who would go on to play a dirty cop in The Dark Knight. That dirty cop helps the Joker turn Harvey Dent into Two-Face, so that’s a fun connection.

The Fugitive

Tommy Lee Jones

Ron Dean

The Client

Tommy Lee Jones

Ron Dean

(Fun fact: The Client was directed by Joel Schumacher the year before he made Batman Forever.)

Jim Carrey – The Riddler

The Dead Pool is the fifth and final Dirty Harry movie, which came out in 1988. Watching it for the first time recently, I was shocked early on when a young Jim Carrey made a brief appearance, before he was famous, alongside a young Liam Neeson. Carrey plays a drug-addicted rock star being patiently counseled by film director Neeson. Seeing those two together was what inspired this article.

The Dead Pool

Liam Neeson

Jim Carrey

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Jim Carrey

Tom Wilkinson

Uma Thurman – Poison Ivy

Uma Thurman’s Poison Ivy portrayal is infamously bad, but that didn’t stop her from making some more enjoyable movies with other side villains from Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, which came long after Batman and Robin.

Final Analysis

Eric Roberts

Uma Thurman

Les Miserables (1998)

Liam Neeson

Uma Thurman

Paycheck

Uma Thurman

Aaron Eckhart

Cillian Murphy – Scarecrow

Speaking of Christopher Nolan, he seemed to really enjoy working with Cillian Murphy because he kept bringing him back for each of his Batman films. Plus, Murphy had a prominent role in Inception alongside a couple of former and future Batman villains. And Tom Wilkinson makes yet another appearance on this list, too.

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Tom Wilkinson

Cillian Murphy

Inception

Cillian Murphy

Ken Watanabe

Tom Hardy

Marion Cotillard

Eric Roberts – Sal Maroni

Not exactly the most high-profile Batman villain, Eric Roberts’ Sal Maroni is nevertheless perfectly sleezy and self-confident. He almost manages to escape The Dark Knight unscathed until a fateful run-in with a vengeful Two-Face. And he just so happens to have shown up in a couple of films with other Batman alumni.

Voyage (1993)

Eric Roberts

Rutger Hauer

The Expendables

Eric Roberts

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Heath Ledger – The Joker

Tom Wilkinson’s Carmine Falcone is responsible for the greatest speech in the Dark Knight Trilogy, in my opinion. He also appeared in the 2000 Mel Gibson vehicle The Patriot with a very young Heath Ledger.

The Patriot

Heath Ledger

Tom Wilkinson

Marion Cotillard – Miranda Tate

The 2011 film Contagion features two actors who played seemingly upright but secretly treacherous businesspeople from Christopher Nolan’s last two Batman films: Lau in The Dark Knight and Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises.

Contagion

Marion Cotillard

Chin Han

Villain and Hero Connections

During my research for this article, I came across many interesting connections I wasn’t expecting. It wasn’t just Batman antagonists who had run into each other before and after their encounters in Gotham City. I’ll include these hero-and-villain run-ins as a fun aside.

The Breakfast Club

Anthony Michael Hall

Ron Dean

Johnny Be Good

Anthony Michael Hall

Uma Thurman

Stranger on My Land

Tommy Lee Jones

Pat Hingle

Dylan Thomas

Uma Thurman

Gary Oldman

JFK

Gary Oldman

Tommy Lee Jones

True Romance

Christopher Walken

Val Kilmer

One Fine Day

George Clooney

Michelle Pfeiffer

The Ghost and the Darkness

Val Kilmer

Tom Wilkinson

L.A. Confidential

Kim Basinger

Danny DeVito

Blast from the Past

Christopher Walken

Alicia Silverstone

10 Things I Hate About You

Heath Ledger

Joseph Gordon-Leavitt

The Stepford Wives (2004)

Nicole Kidman

Christopher Walken

Michael Clayton

George Clooney

Tom Wilkinson

The Steam Experiment

Eric Roberts

Val Kilmer

Kill the Irishman

Christopher Walken

Val Kilmer

Criminal (2016)

Gary Oldman

Gal Gadot – I know she’s Wonder Woman, but she debuted in a movie with “Batman” in the title, so I’ll count it.

Tommy Lee Jones

Gotham

Tommy Lee Jones

Conclusion

I know that that last one doesn’t really count, but I like the name connection. Anyway, this has been a fun exercise in making connections. Feel free to let me know if there are any I missed.

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