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Which Batman Villain Did Christopher Nolan Miss Out On? I've Got Two Words For You.

By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | July 19, 2012 | Comments ()


I lied. I apologize. I have five words for you. "Kristen Bell as Harley Quinn." I wanted it to happen with all my heart. Cinema Blend has five other Batman villains they think Nolan missed out on. What do you think? (CB)

Also (and this is my last Batman-related bit today, swearsies), how rad is this Gotham City street art? (Neatorama)

And, because you've come to expect it of me, here's a bosom related link. BUT WITH A TWIST. Ranylt sent over this story of an ancient bra that was discovered in Austria. Go ahead and fill it out with the buxom lady of your choice. (Phys Org)

There's a huge hole in Mars. I repeat, there is a HUGE HOLE IN MARS. Don't worry, I already started work on my screenplay titled, ahem, A Huge Hole In Mars. (Boing Boing)

Fabulous news you boils on the *rse of humanity, Hulu and the BBC are co-producing new episodes of "The Thick Of It." If you haven't seen this series yet, do yourself a motherf*cking favor. (WG)

Speaking of new television, have we discussed the Roseanne Barr/John Goodman reunion? (I suspect we must have.) The two will star in a new NBC sitcom. This is mostly an excuse to repost those fantastic reunion photos from 2008. Who is that just out of frame in the second photo? Mark? (RIP) Johnny Galecki? (Laughing Squid)

I know I shill a lot of posters on Pajiba Love, but this is the finest I've seen in a long while. It's a cinematic map including "Jurassic Park" and "Reservoir Dogs"...and...well you should just look for yourself. (We Are Dorothy)

I also have to give much love to this fantastic "Breaking Bad" print that features both Walt and Heisenberg. Hail to the king, baby. (Bee Johnson)

If you thought that W cover with Fassbender and Theron was steamy, you ain't seen nothing yet. Her legs go on for days...months...years. Not safe for work or anywhere really. (Celebitchy)

Finally, for the musically inclined, it's five blokes playing one piano. Better than two girls, one cup, non?

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  • special snowflake

    Joanna, you sweet little neophyte, you. Take a lesson from the Big Boys and change that title from A Huge Hole In Mars to the more marketable 'Huge Hole', or better yet, just the more cerebral 'Huge' - you're not gonna get an audience to go see a movie with the word 'Mars' in the title.
    Hmmph, some "screenwriter."

  • bleujayone

    I think part of Nolan's Gotham City is that it is heavily based in reality. So some of Batman's more fantastical Rogues are likely to be eliminated, while others still need to be altered to seem more believable- at the risk of being unrecognizable. The Penguin might go from daper, bird-obsessed, umbrella-toting villain to Ozzie Cobblepot, arms dealer to organized crime. The Riddler might transform into a hacker and cyber terrorist known only as "Enigma". Mr. Freeze might just be Dr. Viktor Friesz, a chemist who makes the purist "Ice" this side of Walter White. Scarface might become dummy-less Arnold Wesker, a crime lord with the ultimate Tyler Durden syndrome. And Killer Croc goes from deformed mutant freak to being a big musclebound mob enforcer who still goes by his boxing/wrestling ring name.

    Oddly enough, some of Batman's lesser known adversaries might better suited for the Nolan-verse with little alterations. Firefly, the arsonist-for-hire who uses his pyromania for both profit and terror, Deadshot, assassin whose skill are similar to Batman's, and even some of the other mob bosses Batman faces like Rupert Thorne or Rolland Daggett, but one could argue that they already populate this Gotham with different names.

    The point is having a villain with a giant ice laser or transform into a human/bat hybrid or the ability to control plants would betray the nature and rules of this universe. Besides, other filmmakers have previusly shown that such actions are too far beyond most audiences suspension of disbelief.

  • Brian

    Vincent Price as Egghead?

  • The Mega Sage

    Kristen Bell and Gillian Jacobs as TWO Harley Quinn's. My Two Harleys. The entire movie is them dressing each other as Harley ... then then undressing each other.

  • RedDwarfGreenBug

    BRYAN CRANSTON AS THE RIDDLER PLEASE. Although a female villain would have been better for the trilogy as a whole since it would explore many areas the other films didn't really bother with very much and the scarring from the death of donny darko's sister. Also, I probably wouldn't watch the movie if kristen bell was harley, I find kristen annoying and trying too hard. Granted I didn't watch veronica mars but, holy shit, I find her to be sort of childish (not that she is, I don't know the woman). Kristen is also missing a certain...feature...that Harley Quinn usually has, gnome sayin'?

  • GAH. Fassbender's ribs just gave me the heebiest of jeebies. Normally he gets me all a-tingle, but ew. Ew. EW.

  • I still think Harley Quinn would have been the smoothest way to get past the absence of the Joker in the third film. The Mad Love graphic novel would be perfect. Harley Quinn is the psychologist tasked with working with the Joker. He slowly gets into her brain until she snaps and starts doing everything for Mr. J.

    Nolan could have shown Harley Quinn walking up to Joker's cell in Arkham Asylum and slowly having her unravel as a side plot until she snapped and went on a crime spree in the Joker's name. No actual Joker scene necessary. It would be very Friday the 13th and that could have been cool.

  • the_wakeful

    Harley Quinn is by far the sexiest villain in all of pulp culture. When Ledger died my hopes and dreams of HQ in the sequel died with him.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Fassbender and Theron ...

    ... gonna need another bunker.

  • John G.

    Fassbender and Theron are going to get each other pregnant with those pictures.

  • Matt Brown

    Killer Korc, Hush, and Poison Ivy would have been good. Harley Quinn without the Joker just isn't the same.

  • fracas

    Seriously! Ledger's Joker was by far the best thing out of either of the first two movies. They should have built off of that in the third one. A Harley Quinn copycat killer would have been great. And it's probably the only way you could keep the Joker storyline going realistically, for obvious reasons (RIP Mr. Ledger).

  • Foder

    I can't be the only person here who noticed that the archaeologist quoted in the article about bras/medieval underwear was named "Nutz," can I? Really? <snickers>

  • Nadine

    Also Kristen Bell? Please, don't be silly. I love the girl but she's not Harley Quinn.

  • foolsage

    I dunno about that; I think she'd be perfect. She's wacky, cute, more than a little nuts, and can be surprisingly intense.

  • Maguita NYC

    Have you seen her on House of Lies?

  • Green Lantern

    Loved to hate EVERYONE on that show. Especially Bell.

  • Maguita NYC

    A good and deserving thing Don Cheadle's nomination this morning! Love it when bad men try to be good, but are really irrefutably damaged.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Stop smoking crack, Nadine. It's bad for ye.

  • Nadine

    But I like crack!

  • L.O.V.E.

    Crack Kills!!!

  • lowercase_ryan

    better than bath salts I guess.

  • And it makes you do bad things. Wait, I think there's a show about that...

  • NateMan

    Huh... I posted on this, I don't think with anything naughty, and then it went away. Weird. Anyway, hell YES Bell would be brilliant as Harley. After watching her sloth breakdown, and of course her excellent turns on the screen, it's clear she could display the kind of emotional damage needed for the character.

  • Nadine

    If it's a reunion pic from 2008 it's probably not Glenn Quinn*sob* because he passed away way before '08.

  • lowercase_ryan

    *pours out some Billy D*

  • JoannaRobinson


  • Nadine

    I missed the episode where he died in the show. I was at a sleep over. I came home and my sister had to break the news. Then a few years later she had to do it again and far, far more depressingly. God damn it, Glenn.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Kristen Bell as Harley Quinn yes yes and yes. That's so hot I think I'm flustered right now.

  • Mook123

    Before her passing, I'd always wanted to see Brittany Murphy play Harley Quinn. She would have been perfect. I could buy Kristen Bell, though.

  • Vi

    Doing the Mad Love storyline.... oh man.

  • PyD

    I had always assumed that Ledger was meant to come back for Rises and in the wake of his death hoped they would rework it with Dr Quinzelle taking the role of antagonist.
    I remain as excited as a very excited thing indeed.

  • Ley

    I'd pay just to hear her say "Puddin'?"

  • fritish

    Like, +1, upvote, or whatever the kids do these days.

  • @lowercase_ryan:disqus - get your script treatment ready, before WB hires some hack to start working on the next reboot. We've got your back.

  • Bert_McGurt

    It's such a better idea than anything on the other list.

  • lowercase_ryan

    I know, I was underwhelmed by the list to say the least.

  • pajiba


  • Fabius_Maximus

    A side question: why do you always scream?

  • Sara_Tonin00

    when he opts to comment, he comments loud.

  • Maguita NYC

    Oh. I thought it was an old age thing.

  • No sheeeet! Maybe we could reboot Winterbottom's '9 Songs' with these two playing slightly older characters.

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