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'Batman': Tony Daniel breaks down 'Detective Comics' villains

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Tony Daniel has detailed the role of new and old Batman villains in his new Detective Comics series.

The writer and artist discussed the newly-introduced Dollmaker and classic enemy the Penguin, who will feature in his second arc.

He spoke to Comic Book Resources about what makes a successful Batman villain.

"It starts really with the villain's motive," said Daniel. "What does he want? What does he do to get it? Is he deranged or just a criminal-minded genius?

"Whatever the motive is, it ideally would challenge Batman mentally. With someone new, like the Dollmaker, Batman is figuring this new challenge out, learning about him as the story unfolds. It's an unfamiliar path he would have to go down to get this guy."

Daniel said that he is trying to offer fans a mix of old and new villains.

"I'd like to bring new challenges to Batman as well as take the opportunity to bring in some of the classics," he said. "There's also a Scarecrow story in the pipeline that I'm looking forward to.

"I'm trying to keep Detective as fresh as possible. Even in the Penguin arc, we meet a couple new bad guys who might be worth keeping around, who might make a formidable foe in their own right one day."

Detective Comics #4 will debut on December 7.

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