Batgirl’s Top 5 Villains

By: Aaron D. Marrero

Recently we found out that Joss Whedon was chosen to direct the first ever Batgirl movie.  We still have no idea who will be playing the Darknight Damsel but, we do have a good idea of what villains may be seen in this movie.  We narrow the list to the top 5 Batgirl villains that could be shown on the big screen.  (This list is based off of the entire Batgirl comic history and will contain spoilers.)

When Barbara Gordon first put on her makeshift cowl, it was in an attempt of defiance.  Her overprotective father (Jim Gordon) would not let her join the force despite her formal training.  It was Batman that inspired Barbara to put on a costume and fight injustice where she could find it.  Her first villain is none other than the first villain on our list: Killer Moth.

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  1. Killer Moth: Killer Moth tried to rob fundraiser thrown by Bruce Wayne.  Barbara rushed in without thought and put an end his crime.  Not only is this one of Batgirls most frequent villains, but he is a major part of her origin story.  This may be the first villain we see our hero fight.

Abilities: There have been three different Killer Moths with different abilities.

“In his original incarnation, Killer Moth has no superhuman abilities; he relies on the vast array of equipment he has developed. Killer Moth’s range of gimmicks includes a moth mobile, a moth signal, and a steel-line, which allows him to swing through the skies. He carries a cocoon gun that fires a stream of sticky threads that can totally envelop a victim. The gun can also fire a grenade.

As Charaxes, he has superhuman strength, agility and endurance, an exoskeleton that gives him some protection from physical and energy attacks, a set of wings that allows him to fly, sharp claws, and sharp, prehensile feelers. Charaxes secretes a sticky acidic substance that can trap the strongest of men and dissolve their bodies.

In The New 52, he uses a highly compressed air gun to great effect as a weapon, shown to be powerful enough to stop a bullet in mid-air.” (DC Wiki)

  1. Catwoman: Catwoman becomes jealous of Batgirl’s success. She abandoned retirement in an attempt to impress Batman by framing Batgirl and making her look bad.  Of course, Catwoman’s plan backfires in her face when Batgirl outsmarts her.

Abilities: “Acrobatics: Selina is a gifted and accomplished athlete, with heightened acrobatic prowess. Her feats have been so amazing; one could argue that her athletic ability is somewhat superhuman.

Martial Arts: She was trained by the Armless Master in martial arts and by Wildcat in boxing and street-fighting. She is a dangerous, clever and resourceful fighter, known for precise, agile attacks and speedy getaways. Her formidable hand-to-hand combat skills are augmented by her cat-like speed, reflexes, balance, and flexibility.

Catwoman has mastered the following martial arts styles:  Boxing, Capoeira, Hapkido, Jujutsu, Dragon Style Kung Fu, and Karate.

Stealth: Selina is as stealthy as any large cat. She has easily been able to sneak up on large groups of people and even other vigilantes on patrol. She shows marked prowess in this ability while she’s on the prowl for her next job.

Thievery: Selina is a master thief, known throughout Gotham City for her burglary of cat-themed objects and/or gems and jewels of the highest quality. Hardly one to knock over a bank, Catwoman would rather break into the chairman’s office and take his personal documents.

Disguise: To pull off her many capers, Catwoman resorts to disguises and aliases. She once posed as an old lady in order to steal a valuable piece of jewelry while on a cruise ship. Later, she posed as a night club goer in order to get acquainted with its owners and return later to rob them.

Feline Empathy: Catwoman has a strong affinity for cats. Feline species tend to flock to her, accepting her almost immediately, recognizing somehow that she is not an enemy but a friend. This allows her to calm injured cats, train them, befriend them, and form strong bonds with them. These animals will even sometimes come to her defense when she is attacked. This has proved most beneficial, especially when it has involved big cats.” (DC Wiki)

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