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Batman's weirdest villain was hiding in Dark Knight Rises and we never noticed

Batman's weirdest villain was hiding in Dark Knight Rises and we never noticed

This is a fun nod to wider Batman lore

Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises isn’t quite as strong as its predecessor, The Dark Knight, but it’s still a must-watch film.

After Batman puts a stop to The Joker, it’s Bane’s turn to wreak havoc on Gotham City, portrayed excellently by Tom Hardy.

What you may have missed, however, is that The Dark Knight Rises also features another Batman villain that most viewers actually missed - and he’s one of the strangest in the Rogues’ Gallery.

This tidbit of information begins with The Dark Knight Rises’ John Daggett who was brought to life in the film by actor Ben Mendelsohn.

John Daggett isn’t a name that particularly screams ‘villain’ - certainly not in the same way that Penguin, Mr Freeze, or Deadshot might.

In the film, Daggett is an ally of Bane’s via his company Daggett Industries.

The film doesn’t overly linger on Daggett but those of you who know your Batman lore will be familiar with the character’s significance.

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Daggett Industries is a pharmaceutical company and in Batman: The Animated Series is responsible for the creation of a cream called Renuyu.

The cream is designed to essentially change the face of the user.

This captures the attention of criminal Matt Hagen who, as you might've guessed, is hoping that the cream will help him avoid the attention of the law.

Before long, Hagen has become a tad too dependent on the cream and soon becomes the villain known as Clayface.

This particular storyline isn’t touched upon in the Nolan trilogy but the mere inclusion of Daggett suggests that perhaps Clayface does exist within this version of Gotham.

It goes without saying that The Dark Knight Rises was the final instalment in the Nolan trilogy so it’s not as if we’ll see Clayface feature further down the road but it’s still a fun nod to the wider Batman lore.

Robert Pattinson’s take on the caped crusader is set to return in 2026 though. Could Clayface make an appearance in The Batman Part II? Only time will tell.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros Pictures

Topics: Batman, DC, TV And Film