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Who Is Batman’s Greatest Antagonist?

First, Joanna, Dave, and Neil set some ground rules. Then, they dive into opening statements and cross examination. Now, it’s up to you to decide.

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Inspired by Matt Reeves’s The Batman, this week Dave, Joanna, and Neil debate who is Batman’s greatest antagonist (2:19). First, they need to go over the rules of the debate (3:36) and decide who gets to go first (5:27). The debate begins with opening statements (6:10) and continues with some cross examination (9:47). After thoroughly poking holes in each other’s choices, they read some listener submissions and pick one to be added to the final poll (26:41). They finish by offering closing statements (40:00) before leaving it up for you to decide. Who is Batman’s greatest antagonist?

You can vote for a winner below, on The Ringer’s Twitter, and in the Spotify app where you find Trial by Content. The winner will be announced next week!


Who won the greatest Batman antagonist debate?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Joanna: Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman
    (238 votes)
  • 24%
    Dave: Mark Hamill’s Joker
    (978 votes)
  • 7%
    Neil: Tom Hardy’s Bane
    (308 votes)
  • 62%
    Chris (fan submission): Heath Ledger’s Joker
    (2499 votes)
4023 votes total Vote Now

Hosts: Dave Gonzales, Joanna Robinson, and Neil Miller
Production: Carlos Chiriboga
Additional Production Supervision: Arjuna Ramgopal
Theme Song and Other Music: Devon Renaldo

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