Ewan McGregor is officially joining the DC Universe.
The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the Star Wars actor will star as the villain Black Mask alongside Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Huntress), and Jurne Smollet-Bell (Black Canary) in the upcoming Suicide Squad spin-off, Birds of Prey.
This story is still developing, but given McGregor’s recent turn as lowlife criminal Ray Stussy (and his twin brother Emmit) in the third season of FX’s Fargo, he’s definitely well-suited to play Black Mask, a ruthless Gotham City crime lord and frequent Batman villain.
Birds of Prey currently has a release date of February 7, 2020.
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The 11 Greatest Batman Villains
Does any superhero have a more impressive gallery of villains than Batman? We don’t think so. There are enough great Batman villains to keep the cells in Arkham Asylum full and fans riveted. From classic supervillains to newer evildoers, male and female nemesis, the Batman universe is largely defined by the bad people who terrorize Gotham City. And there seems to be no end to the fascination people have with Batman and the villains he fights. They are even getting their own movie in 2016, Suicide Squad. From the recent Batman V. Superman movie to the television show Gotham: Rise of the Villains and the upcoming video game Batman: Return To Arkham, here is a list of the 11 best Batman villains of all time.
11. Lex Luthor
We know, he’s Superman’s arch nemesis. But criminal mastermind Lex Luthor has appeared in enough Batman storylines – both comic books and in movies – to warrant inclusion on this list. Lex Luthor is so pervasive in DC Comics that one could argue he is the penultimate villain in that universe. And he has certainly given Batman a hard time over the years. Notably when the billionaire turned politician and was elected President of the United States (Donald Trump, anyone?). President Luthor schemes to take over Gotham City through a series of shady land deals, and even stages an earthquake in the city so that he can then be seen to help rebuild the shattered city. Batman, of course, thwarts Luthor’s plans. Plus, LexCorp is billed as the main competitor of Wayne Enterprises in the Batman cannon, making for some interesting exchanges between Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor as businessmen.