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Villain Overview
It's magic time.
~ Basil's catchphrase.

Basil Karlo, better known by his alias Clayface, is a criminal and a major antagonist from The Batman series.

Though the series at first introduced Ethan Bennet as an original and new take on Clayface, The Batman eventually added Basil Karlo in Season 4 Episode 3 "Clayfaces", who became the second Clayface.

He was voiced by Wallace Langham in his first appearance, and by Lex Lang in his second.

Overview

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Clayface's full appearance.

Differing from past incarnations of Basil Karlo and other Clayface alter egos as a whole, this Basil is sleazy, not very clever and slightly overweight, very overconfident in his ability to be an actor and unaware that he's fairly mediocre if not downright terrible in the eyes of critics.

Once he became the more aggressive Clayface, at first he was horrified by what he'd done but later embraced the monster within purely because finally, he was getting people's attention. All Clayface does is mostly out of presumably histrionic personality disorder (HPD).

History

Basil Karlo is first shown to be a nerdy, unattractive and untalented actor. He is seen repeatedly turned down in auditions for a dog food commercial when he hears that Clayface is going to be cured. Basil then infiltrates into Wayne Tech and drinks a refined, purified sample of Clayface-formula. This successfully transforms Karlo into Clayface II.

Clayface The Batman 5-47 screenshot

"Brock" reveals himself as Clayface.

He assumes a handsome form (known as "Brock"), believing his rejection was due to his poor appearance, but ends being rejected once again at the dog food commercial due to his lousy acting, so he finally snaps and uses his new powers as Clayface to attack the people who rejected him.

Ethan Bennett and Basil Karlo

Ethan and Basil, both Clayfaces being presumably cured.

At first, he believes that this incident would be the death of his career, but his powers brought to the media's attention, covering every channel, which made him happy. After a battle with Batman, Robin and the original Clayface, he is injected with Clayface-antidote, seemingly restoring him to normal.

However, the episode's final scene showed that Clayface II still had his superpowers, thanks to Joker encouraging him that he isn't cured.

He is later hired by Lex Luthor alongside Bane, Black Mask and Mr Freeze to kidnap Lois Lane as bait and defeat Superman when he fell into the trap and got weakened by kryptonite, but was defeated once Superman recuperated his powers.He later fights Batman as he is about to save Posion Ivy from luthors clutches, but loses again.

Powers and Abilities

Y'see, I've been practicing. This Clayface sequel is bigger and badder than the original.
~ Clayface II to Clayface I
ClayfaceII

To Batman, Robin and Clayface's shock, Clayface II grows even bigger and more threatening.

Basil Karlo as Clayface II is not only far stronger than the first Clayface (likely due to Ethan merely sniffing a bit of the mutagen that made him Clayface while Basil drank an entire beaker of it) but also one of if not the most powerful antagonists in the series, befitting Basil Karlo who also became this in the comics.

Clayface II

Effortlessly tearing a bank vault door off a wall.

He possesses the ability to shapeshift his body (or parts of his body, like his arm into a drill) into anyone or anything (even if they're much smaller than him, though he can also increase in size by adding more matter to his body), regenerate no matter how much his body is cut to pieces and fit into the tiniest of crevices.

Additionally, his second most prominent ability is his superhuman strength, capable of tearing a bank vault door and toss it with incredible ease, something other superhumanly strong villains like Bane cannot do without putting at least some effort into it.

Trivia

  • Though quite different from the original, this is the first incarnation outside of the comics that is based on the original character, Basil Karlo, since past incarnations in other adapted works based their characters off Matt Hagen or Cassius Clay.
    • Accurately to the comics in a way, Basil Karlo starts out without powers and obtains them from another Clayface, which is how Basil obtained his Clayface abilities in the New Earth/Post-Crisis era. Much like in The Batman, he was much stronger than the Clayfaces that came before him, due to having all of their powers at once (though he was later surpassed by other Clayfaces that came later).
  • Ironically, unlike Ethan Bennett (the first Clayface in The Batman) who has a huge grudge on The Joker for turning him into a monster, Basil appears to be on friendly terms with the mad clown.
  • For unkown reasons he and Tony Zucco weren't captured by Rumor.

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Theatrical Movies
Batman (1966): Joker | Catwoman | Penguin | Riddler
Batman (1989): Joker | Bob Hawkins | Alicia Hunt | Carl Grissom | Max Eckhardt | Vinnie Ricorso | Joe Chill
Batman Returns: Penguin | Red Triangle Circus Gang (Organ Grinder, Poodle Lady, Tattooed Strongman, Stungun Clown, Thin Clown, Fat Clown, Sword Swallower & Knifethrower Dame) | Max Shreck | Catwoman | Charles "Chip" Shreck
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: Phantasm | Joker | Salvatore Valestra | Arthur Reeves | Chuckie Sol | Buzz Bronski
Batman Forever: Riddler | Two-Face | Sugar | Spice | NygmaTech (Frogmen) | Neon Gang (Neon Gang Leader) | Salvatore Maroni
Batman & Robin: Poison Ivy | Mr. Freeze | Bane | Snowy Cones Thugs | Golums | Jason Woodrue
Batman Begins: Ra's al Ghul | League of Shadows (Ra's Decoy) | Scarecrow | Carmine Falcone | Victor Zsasz | Joe Chill
The Dark Knight: Joker | Joker's Thugs (Thomas Schiff, Chuckles, Kilson, Bus Driver, Happy, Dopey, Grumpy & Bus Driver) | Two-Face | Sal Maroni | The Chechen | Gambol | Lau | Bank Manager | Michael Wuertz | Burmese Bandit
The Dark Knight Rises: League of Shadows (Bane, Talia al Ghul & Barsad) | Catwoman | John Daggett
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Zod | Joker | Steppenwolf
Suicide Squad: Eyes of the Adversary (Enchantress & Incubus) | Suicide Squad (Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, El Diablo, Killer Croc, Slipknot & Amanda Waller) | Joker's Gang (Joker, Jonny Frost, Panda Man & Monster T) | Griggs
The Lego Batman Movie: Joker | Harley Quinn | Phantom Zone Criminals (Zod, Sauron, Kraken, Lord Voldemort, Jaws & Gremlins) | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Two-Face | Bane | Riddler
Joker: Clowns (Joker, Clown & Ambulance Clown) | Penny Fleck | Randall | Wall Street Three | Penny Fleck's Boyfriend

Direct-to-video Movies
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero: Mr. Freeze | Dr. Gregory Belson
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: Joker | The Jokerz (Chucko, Dee-Dee, Ghoul, Woof & Bonk) | Harley Quinn
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman: Penguin | Bane | Rupert Thorne | Carlton Duquesne
The Batman vs. Dracula: Dracula | Penguin | Joker
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
Batman: Under the Red Hood: Jason Todd | Joker | Black Mask | Ra's al Ghul | Riddler
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Darkseid | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina & Stompa) | Doomsday
Batman: Year One: Batman | Commissioner Loeb | Carmine Falcone | Arnold John Flass | Catwoman | Joker
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns: Batman | Joker | Mutant Leader | Ellen Yindel | Harvey Dent | Selina Kyle
Son of Batman: Deathstroke | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul & Talia al Ghul) | Ubu | Killer Croc | Man-Bats
Batman: Assault on Arkham: Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, King Shark, Black Spider, KGBeast) | Joker | Riddler | Penguin | Scarecrow | Victor Zsasz | Bane | Two-Face | Poison Ivy
Batman vs. Robin: Court of Owls (Samantha Vanaver, Talon, Owls Lieutenant, & Talon Warriors) | Dollmaker
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts: Animalitia (Penguin, Killer Croc, Man-Bat, Cheetah & Silverback)
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem: Joker | Scarecrow | Clayface | Silver Banshee | Solomon Grundy
Batman: Bad Blood: League of Assassins (Talia al Ghul, The Heretic, Onyx, Firefly, Tusk, Mad Hatter, Electrocutioner, Hellhound, Calculator, & Killer Moth) | Black Mask
Batman: The Killing Joke: Joker | Paris Franz
Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants: Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Cheetah | Hush | Mad Hatter | Two-Face | Bane | Chemo | Killer Croc | Clayface | Joker | Dr. Kirk Langstrom
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders: Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Catwoman | Archer | Black Widow | Bookworm | Clock King | Egghead | False Face | King Tut | Louie the Lilac | Mad Hatter | Minstrel | Mr. Freeze | Sandman | Shame | Siren
Batman and Harley Quinn: Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Floronic Man
Batman vs. Two-Face: Two-Face | Hugo Strange | Catwoman | King Tut | Bookworm | Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Clock King | Egghead | Mr. Freeze | Shame | Harley Quinn
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Riddler | Clayface | Joker | Mr. Freeze | Catwoman | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight: Jack the Ripper | Barbara-Eileen Gordon | Selina Kyle | Harvey Dent | Hugo Strange | Ivy
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay: Professor Zoom | Suicide Squad (Amanda Waller, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Bronze Tiger, Copperhead, Black Manta, Punch, Jewelee, & Count Vertigo) | Killer Frost | Blockbuster | Silver Banshee | Vandal Savage | Knockout | Scandal Savage | Professor Pyg | Tobias Whale | League of Assassins (Deathstroke) | Two-Face
Batman Ninja: Joker | Harley Quinn | Catwoman | Gorilla Grodd | Bane | Penguin | Poison Ivy | Deathstroke | Two-Face
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Foot Clan (Shredder & Baxter Stockman) | League of Assassins (Ra's al Ghul & Ubu) | Joker | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Mr. Freeze | Scarecrow | Two-Face | Poison Ivy | Bane
Batman: Hush: Riddler/Hush | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Bane | Joker | Harley Quinn | Clayface | Scarecrow | Lex Luthor | Lady Shiva | Two-Face | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Thomas Elliot

Television
Batman: The Animated Series
Joker | Two-Face | Harley Quinn | Penguin | Catwoman | Rupert Thorne | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Scarecrow | Mad Hatter | Killer Croc | Clayface | Ra's al Ghul | Mr. Freeze | Man-Bat | Ventriloquist and Scarface | Roland Daggett | Clock King | Bane | Hugo Strange | Lloyd Ventrix | Kyodai Ken | Baby Doll | Emile Dorian | Red Claw | Boss Biggis | Sewer King | Talia al Ghul | Maxie Zeus | Lock-Up | Professor Milo | Count Vertigo | Daniel Mockridge

The Batman
Joker | Penguin | Bane | Catwoman | Mr. Freeze | Killer Croc | Man-Bat | Firefly | Riddler | Punch & Judy | Kabuki Twins | Hugo Strange | Cluemaster | Ragdoll | Temblor | Poison Ivy | Tony Zucco | Count Vertigo | Harley Quinn | Maxie Zeus | Clayface | Francis Grey | Killer Moth | D.A.V.E. | Dracula | Rumor | Toyman | Mirror Master | Lex Luthor | Black Mask | Sinestro | Joker 2.0 | Prank | Killgore Steed | Team Penguin | Julie | Spellbinder | Cosmo Krank

Batman: The Brave and The Bold
Joker | Music Meister | Catwoman | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Clayface | Riddler | Poison Ivy | Lex Luthor | Harley Quinn |

Harley Quinn
Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Joker | Scarecrow | Queen of Fables | Darkseid | Parademons | Penguin | Mr. Freeze | Lex Luthor | Killer Croc | Man-Bat | Riddler | Kite Man | Doctor Psycho | Clayface | King Shark | Sy Borgman | Doctor Trap | Frank the Plant | Two-Face | Catwoman | Nick Quinzel | Sharon Quinzel

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