Since Friday the 13th was a fitting date for spooky things, I planned to release a little showcase of Scarecrow: The Self-anointed Master of Fear. But then I spent Friday and most of Saturday trying to set a mousetrap for this little bastard I kept seeing in my basement, outwitted with each failure. So I just burned down the house and booked a hotel. Experiencing that level of terror for the past two days, however, provoked a profound event of introspection: I should really show you guys how awesome Scarecrow could be as a villain for DC Films.
In his earliest appearance, Jonathan Crane was a tall and lanky University Professor, whose focus was the field of Psychology; as a man, his mind was as brilliant as it was corrupted. As a teacher, his lecturing methods were extreme, even to the point of firing a live firearm in the middle of a classroom. This eccentricity, paired with what they perceived as his frugal lifestyle, led to social exclusion among his fellow educators, who mocked his poor appearance. Overhearing their harsh remarks, Crane was inspired to make money as a criminal extortionist for hire, and utilized the Scarecrow persona as both a symbol of fear and poverty.
Now, later in the character's publication history, his origin and motivations - like his weapons of choice - have changed and evolved under multiple writers & universes. But either as the victim of an abusive grandmother or the experimental subject of a father driven to explore the depths of fear, Scarecrow is one of the many villains that could serve as a spiritual antithesis to the Batman in a story; two men personified as agents of terror towards the Just and Unjust. I could name a few stories where this clash comes to a monumental head, but for time, I cite "Batman: The Dark Knight Vol. 2: Cycle of Violence" as an example. 💀💀💀💀