I love Superhero-from-comics movies. Not every one of them, but the genre. With such examples as Christopher Nolan‘s amazing Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises trilogy, they include films which are at the peak of the film-maker’s art.
I have never been much of a comic/graphic novel reader.* I believe I read most of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series. Otherwise, my comic reading has mostly been a version of The Bible done as a comic, John Blackburn’s Coley stories (NWS) and Patrick Fillion‘s works.
Part of the fun is having an ambiguous reaction to the villains; having a good villain being particularly central to the Superhero genre. Heath Ledger‘s Joker was splendidly creepy and chilling in The Dark Knight. Sir Ian McKellen‘s Magneto provided an insidious classy gravitas to the X-Men movies. Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki was good charismatic wicked fun in Thor and The Avengers.
The Joker in The Dark Knight was a psychopath pretending to have reasons apart from joy in destruction. But you got where Magneto was coming from in the X-Men movies and, as for Loki in Thor, he had a point about Thor (as Odin dramatically conceded) and then had to cope with one damned thing after another.
Part of why I enjoyed the Fantastic Four TV series is that I thought Doctor Doom was rather cool, in an evil sort of way. He was uber-cool, in an evil sort of way, when played by Julian McMahon in The Fantastic Four and The Fantastic 4: the Rise of the Silver Surfer.
In 2009, celebrating 75 years of comics, IGN published a list of the 100 top comic villains. It’s top 10 villain list is:
(3) Doctor Doom
(4) Lex Luthor
(7) Ra’s Al Ghul
(9) Dark Phoenix
All of whom have had major role in film block-busters and/or long-running TV series. So, who is your favourite super-villain?
This is also the Saturday chit-chat post.
ADDENDA *It was only in doing this post that I discovered that Ra’s Al Ghul, who plays such a pivotal role in Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, was a pre-existing comic villain. The commitment of Bruce Wayne’s mentor Ducard (played by Liam Neeson) to a notion of the good that had no connection to actual people is a form of villainy that has a particular resonance to the evils of our time.