Platform Nation’s “A Simple Question” – 8/25/10

Have you noticed a theme here at Platform Nation this week?  No? Well then, allow me to help steer you in the direction we’re all headed.  This week’s question is in the Bat-Week theme:

Who is/was your favorite Batman villain, and why?

You have a large palette to work with, so put on your thinking cap and give us a good one!  Don’t forget to give us a little insight as to why you chose who you did (and perhaps which version of the villain as well!)’s response: “My favorite Batman villain is The Riddler. Not the Jim Carrey Riddler, but comic book Riddler. Heath Ledger’s Joker is good too.” – Hard to find a problem with that response.  Are they your favorites too?

A Simple Question (ASQ) is a weekly segment for Platform Nation.  Each week, you’ll be posed a question.   Give a response and let the world know what you think, there is no right or wrong answer here.  I will post my response on Friday. If you have a suggestion for a question, hit me up on twitter @vttym.

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  • Chacha was close this week as I loved the Riddler in comic form, but Heath Ledger really caught a lot of what I thought the Joker would be in real life. From the way he talked to his mannerisms Heath Ledgers Joker is my favorite, he even beat out Bane and Harley Quinn from the comics for me.

  • My favorite Batman villain was The US government and Superman, in the now classic Frank Millers “The Dark Knight Returns'” The epic battle between Batman and Superman really solidified the Batman as one of the greatest heroes ever.

  • Brian Heitzenrater (FrehleyzComet)

    I’ve always been partial to the old Adam West Batman series villains, especially the big four: Joker, Riddler, Penguin, and Cat-Woman. Maybe it’s because I grew up with them so they got more exposure than the comic versions. It’s funny too because I love Batman, but I always ended up buying Spiderman when it came to deciding which comic to get! O_O

  • Shawn Schwegman

    I think my favorite was Michelle Pfeiffer’s part as Cat Woman… Way hot… But, I’d say a close second would be Jack Nicolson’s part as the Joker, followed by Heath Ledger’s part as the darker Joker.

  • Far and away – Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker. The mannerisms, the attitude, the way he would manipulate other villains in Gotham, it was perfect. He was played the character to the point that the audience almost rooted for him, you even felt bad when he was disappointed the ferries didn’t blow up. Hands down – best batman villain.

    Although I’d give creepiest to Danny DeVito’s Penguin.

  • Totally Heath Ledgers Joker and Mark Hamill’s Cartoon Joker both the right kinda of creepy and funny for the respective versions of Batman.

  • I’m going with Cesar Romero who started as the Joker in the 1960’s Batman TV series. As a kid I watched tons of Batman reruns, and remember the joker being something else. Cesar Romero wasn’t as dark as Heath, as a matter of fact he wasn’t dark at all, he was all about the name, a “big time Joker”, funny, tricky, and entertaining.

  • Jess

    My favorite batman villain is The Joker. I liked both Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. They were both 2 totally different characters, but both played them well in my opinion.

  • Lee

    Two Face was always my favorite. He could be bad, he could be good, all determined by the flip of a coin! I wish I was Two Face.

  • Lee, you and I are or the same mind. I always enjoyed the interactions with Two Face the best. His moral code of living by the coin flip was added a nice complexity to the typical insane mind of your standard villain. It also made for some unpredictable results.
    Heath ledger’s Joker is a close second. I loved the dark edge that fit so well with the latest run of darker Batman movies.

  • Nick K.

    I’m a fan of Penguin’s machine gun umbrella. I always pretended my umbrellas were weapons.