THE BAT

THE CAT

THE PENGUIN

MAX SHRECK

OTHERS

The script gave the writer (Daniel Waters) license to create his own villain in the form of Christopher Walken's nefarious Max Shreck, named after Max Schreck, the star of F.W. Murnau's NOSFERATU (1922). ''Max Schreck played a character who sucked blood from the population,'' says Waters, ''and Max Shreck is also something of a vampire, sucking up energy, power, and money from Gotham City. With Shreck I wanted to touch on the theme that the biggest villains aren't necessarily the ones who wear costumes but the ones who are respected members of society. Sure, you have this flamboyant mutant who is a strong, out-there, in-your-face kind of villain, but I wanted to have fun with the fact that the real villain - the guy who's more powerful that anyone else in the film - is also the most upstanding citizen.''