Gotham’s Greatest Heroes and Villians

Gotham City

Gotham City

Everyone knows Gotham, the dark and foreboding metropolis teeming with insidious crime. But what we don’t know is why.

Why does a city become corrupt to the point that heroes feel the need to wear masks?

What makes a town become riddled with chaos and full of fear?

Tonight’s premiere of Gotham on FOX hopes to shed light on these unanswered questions. We’ll take a journey through Gotham City as it was before it became what we know today. Find out how the up and coming Commissioner Gordon and a young Bruce Wayne’s lives intertwine and eventually become an iconic duo fighting back against Gotham’s corrupt underbelly. The trailers have teased us with glimpses into Gotham origins, the villains we know all too well and a few new additions to Gotham’s finest but fans can only speculate as to which of these icons they’ll be seeing more of.

Gotham City is full of a robust blend of Heroes and Villains known best by the disguises and costumes they have chosen. Often Comic book characters experience several changes of appearance, however their signature style is always kept in tact. Batman costumes and Gotham City disguises have evolved following the DC Comics original debut of the Dark Knight in 1939, however, the essence of the characters remains unaltered. Costumes are the defining feature of any hero or villain and often offer a glimpse into to their past and serve as a testament to their beliefs. Batman costumes are some of the most iconic symbols to emerge from the Comic book world and Gotham City provides a devious metropolis where alter egos thrive. Without his wide grin and infamous acid spewing lapel flower the Joker would not be the iconic clown like persona that fans have come to know and love, not to mention Poison Ivy wouldn’t seem such the seductive environmentalist without her signature skin tight, ivy clad ensemble.  The world of Heroes and Villains would not be complete without their deliberate disguises and the stories behind them. Gotham City contains hundreds of costumed villains and a few heroes all with excellent outfits, however there are a few Batman costumes we are really hoping to see in the upcoming Gotham television premier.

Here’s our list of Gotham’s greatest heroes and villains and the disguises that made them famous. Holy Costumes, Batman!

Batman

CHARACTER PROFILE:

Real Name: Bruce Wayne
Occupation: Hero
Base of Operations:Gotham City
Height: 6ft. 2in
Weight: 210 Lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Detective Comics #27 (May, 1939)

ABILITIES: Bruce Wayne swore himself to a life of fighting crime after witnessing the murder of his parents as a young boy. He trained to intellectual and physical perfection acquiring advanced skills in martial arts, chemistry, criminology, escape artistry, forensics and disguise.

BATMAN COSTUME / DISGUISE: Bruce Wayne comes from an extremely wealthy family with virtually unlimited access to advanced technology. After recalling his fear of bats as a child Wayne designed himself a costume equipped with experimental technology, concealed weaponry and fashioned to resemble the sleek appearance of a bat and thus the Batman costume was born. The Bat Mobile, a symbol all it’s own,  is essentially an extension of the Batman costume and makes Bruce Wayne an unstoppable caped crusader.

Batman

DC Comics Batman

 

The Riddler

CHARACTER PROFILE:

Real Name: Edward Nigma
Occupation: Criminal
Base of Operations: Gotham
Height: 6ft 1in
Weight: 183 lbs
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Detective Comics #140 (October 1948)

ABILITIES: The Riddler discovered puzzles early on and used them to gain the upper hand in his criminal career. He is a genius, master escapist and possesses analytic skills comparable to that of Batman. While he may not boast the physical strength of other villains within Gotham City, he is often superior in intellect and wit.

THE RIDDLER COSTUME / DISGUISE: The Riddler delights in riddles, puzzles and word games.  He is known for his purple domino mask, signature green colored, question mark covered costume either as a skintight cat suit or a business suit and bowler hat. He also carries a special question mark shaped cane which disguises multiple weapons and technological devices.

The Riddler

The Riddler

 

Catwoman

CHARACTER PROFILE:

Real Name: Selina Kyle-Wayne
Occupation: Hero
Base of Operations:Gotham City
Height: 5ft. 7in
Weight: 120 Lbs.
Eyes: Green
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Batman #1 (Spring, 1940)

ABILITIES: Selina Kyle was orphaned at a young age and forced to grow up on the streets of Gotham. She is a trained gymnast and athlete, as well as an expert hand-to-hand combatant. Kyle is also an accomplished burglar, capable of astonishing stealth and  highly skilled with her specialized whip, a bullwhip combined with “cat-o’-nine-tails.”

CATWOMAN COSTUME / DISGUISE: Selina Kyle takes on the person of Catwoman and traditionally appears in a skin tight black suit with the cat ears, a mask or goggles and razor sharp claws; a disguise most suited to her love for felines, flirtatious personality and lifestyle of high stakes thievery.

Catwoman

Catwoman

 

Bane

CHARACTER PROFILE:

Real Name:Antonio Diego
Occupation: Villains
Base of Operations: Gotham City
First Appearance: Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 (January 1993)

ABILITIES: Antonio Diego is a  world class fighter and tactical genius whose physical strength is virtually unmatched but highly depended on the steroid, Venom, which is seen as his weakness. Having spent his childhood growing up in a prison in order to serve the life sentence of his father,  Antonio vowed to defeat Batman in order to prove himself.  He is highly intelligent, accomplished in the art of escape and at the peak of physical excellence.

BANE COSTUME / DISGUISE: Bane’s costume is fairly simple in design, often appearing much like that of an escaped convict and is ultimately defined by the mask he wears to alleviate pain resulting from a prison injury.

Bane

DC Comics Bane

 

Harley Quinn

CHARACTER PROFILE:

Real Name: Harleen Quinzel
Occupation: Criminal
Base of Operations: Gotham City
Height: 5ft 7in
Weight: 115 lbs
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Blonde
First Appearance: Batman: Harley Quinn #1 (October 1999)

ABILITIES: Harleen Quinzel worked as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum where she was assigned to the Joker and fell in love with him. She is rather charming and flamboyant, her special abilities include an enhanced physiology due to chemical experimentation, giving her increased strength, agility and durability.

HARLEY QUINN COSTUME / DISGUISE: Harleen Quinzel’s love for joker and assistance in his escape plan led to her costume persona adapted from the harlequin. Although her costume design has changed throughout the comic, movies and games, the  signature colors are red, black and white and she would not be complete with out the iconic diamond patterned designs  found throughout the ensemble.

Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn

 

Penguin

CHARACTER PROFILE:

Real Name: Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot
Occupation: Criminal
Base of Operations: Gotham
Height: 5ft 2in
Weight: 175 lbs
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black
First Appearance: Detective Comics #58 (December 1941)

ABILITIES:  Penguin is a DC comics super villain and one of Batman’s oldest foes. He is an eccentric criminal mastermind known for his love of ornithology, trick umbrellas and shady business dealings. Penguin has a knack for leadership, is a tactical genius and well versed in illegal business dealings. He is an experience combatant and is actually highly agile despite his physical appearance.

PENGUIN COSTUME / DISGUISE: Penguin is a mobster type criminal and considers himself a “gentleman of crime.”  He is a short, round man who often wears a tuxedo, top hat,  signature monocle, white gloves and spats.

DC Comics Penguin

DC Comics Penguin

 

Poison Ivy

CHARACTER PROFILE:

Real Name: Dr. Pamela Lillian Isley
Occupation: Criminal
Base of Operations: Gotham
Height: 5ft 6in
Weight: 133 lbs
Eyes: Green
Hair: Chestnut
First Appearance: Batman #181 (June 1966)

ABILITIES: Poison Ivy is a master seductress and an eco-friendly villain obsessed with plants, botany and environmentalism. She controls plants with her mind, creates the most toxic potions in Gotham City and often experiments with toxins in her own bloodstream which increase her immunity to most poisons and make her touch deadly.

POISON IVY COSTUME / DISGUISE: Poison Ivy wears a seductive, tight fitting costume of green Ivy and is know for her luxurious, fiery red hair.

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy

 

The Joker

CHARACTER PROFILE:

Real Name: Unknown
Occupation: Villain
Base of Operations: Gotham City
Height: 6ft 5in
Weight: 192 lbs
Eyes: Green
Hair: Green
First Appearance: Batman #1 (Spring 1941)

ABILITIES: The Joker is a master criminal, violent sociopath and Batman’s arch enemy. He remains one of the most popular villains of Gotham City best known for his sadistic sense of humor. He has numerous comedic weapons and is a moderately trained fighter but his true weapon is his high level intelligence. He has cheated death multiple times and although he is Batman’s greatest foe, Joker has no intention of killing him as he finds The Bat to be “too much fun.”

JOKER COSTUME / DISGUISE: Joker was originally conceived as an evil “court-jester” type and depicts a clown like appearance. While his costume has gone through various transformations he is always seen in signature colors of purple and green, with green tinted hair and a sadistic clown face painted on. A traditional joker costume should include a lapel flower and wide, exaggerated grin.

DC Comics Joker

Evolution of The Joker

 

Find your Inner Hero or Villain Here

“People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can’t do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man I’m flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed, but as a symbol, as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.”

Bat Symbol

Bat Symbol

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