Max Eckhardt
You mean when you run the show? You ain't got no future, Jack! You're an A-1 nut boy, and Grissom knows it.
~ Lt. Max Eckhardt

Lt. Max Eckhardt was a minor villain in the 1989 hit movie Batman. He was played by William Hootkins.


He's a corrupt police officer paid by the crime boss Carl Grissom. Even though Batman and Eckhardt never met, he does work for the crime boss. He sometimes works for Jack Napier just to get a sandwich. Eckhardt later receives a call from Grissom, who informs him that he has set up a trap for Napier and his crew at Axis Chemicals (Napier had been having an affair with Grissom's mistress, and Grissom wanted revenge), and requests Eckhardt to ambush and kill Napier with a squadron of police officers. A gunfight erupts in Axis Chemicals between the police and the goons, during which Commissioner Gordon arrives and takes control, ordering the police to apprehend Napier alive. Eckhardt attempts to escape, but is shot in the chest and killed by a vengeful Napier, who falls into a vat of chemicals moments afterwards during a fight with Batman, starting his transformation into the Clown Prince of Crime.


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