Originally Posted by Tony Cloninger
To me though.....Riddler is another Joker almost....just lighter and less sadistic.
I think they underused Scarecrow. I think Batman's villians....minus Joker...are pretty comical and fit more in the Batman from the 60's.
I'd disagree 100% -- the villains in Batman's rogues gallery are, in my opinion, the best group in all of comics. There are individual villains from other series that stand out over individual Batman villains, but no other super hero has as many good villains as Batman.
Some of them have comical pasts, but the vast majority of Batman villains can (and have been) written as genuinely compelling characters.
There are plenty of non-comical villains for Batman -- including the Riddler (who suffers from obsessive-compulsion when it comes to leaving riddles and clues, but is otherwise not crazy at all), the Penguin (who, aside from his physical deformities, is a pretty normal dude), and the previously used Ras Al Ghul. They also have Mr. Freeze, who was ruined in the old Batman movie series, but is actually quite a tragic figure and an interesting character as well.