Okay, we have come to know what to expect for superhero movies, and one of those things are interesting bad guys.
Nolan’s Dark Knight films were strong in that respect in the first two installments, but I think failed miserably in the Dark Knight Rises.
Catwoman isn’t really a bad guy, she’s a Chess partner (and Hathaway looked nice — I finally came around on her after Rachel Getting Married and Love and Other Drugs), and a well-executed misdirect aside, Bane was laughable.
It was like Darth Vader as portrayed by Sean Connery.
I like Tom Hardy, but his skill as an actor was just not put to use here and the sound mix on his voice was poor.
Is it me or Mubi is turning into a superhero-dedicated forum?
less superhero, more anti-superhero
The one villain I really liked watching.
Zod, I think, is the greatest superhero movie bad guy.
But recently, the past two years, the bad guys have been duds. I think it’s a studio strategy, audiences we’re liking the bad guys more than the good guys.
And then Bane, he was just not good at all, I literally wanted to laugh with every line of dialogue.
Erik Lehnsherr alias Magneto (<3)
But can it be agreed that there are too many weak bad guys?
I was a big fan of the first two Spiderman villains, even though I’m not that fond of the films themselves. Those were two great performances. Also, the Joker obviously.
When’s Aquaman coming and who was his arch-nemesis?
The Joker has been the best. Bane was pretty good; Ra’s al Ghul and The Scarecrow were kinda boring. Maybe Green Goblin, I don’t really remember. The Lizard was terrible.
I’d have to give it to Ledger’s Joker just on the performance and the entertainment value, despite the movie being very mediocre.
But why limit the discussion to superhero movies? Let’s talk about villains in general and how Darth Vader is the mother of them all.
While I agree with you House, what makes a great villain?
In Vader, Gran Mof Tarkin, Boba Fett, Jabba, Darth Maul and the Emperor, the Star Wars films has a great collection of baddies. A Collection not equaled I feel, partly because the comic book movies fail to dig deep into history and grab different bad guys.
How many times do we need to have a Joker, or Catwoman?
I’d like to see some new kinds of bad guys.
What makes Vader so great, and I;m talking about Empire Strikes Back here, is that all the while he’s fighting our hero, he;s taunting him, mentally challenging him to become evil. This is all character stuff, as opposed to the prequel fights in which the baddies just fight because it looks cool.
I have more, but I think I meed sleep now.
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Top Dollar/T-Bird/Funboy/Skank/everyone in The Crow. The film is a who’s who of underappreciated character actors (Michael Wincott, Michael Massee, Tony Todd, Jon Polito, David Patrick Kelly…).
Catwoman in Batman Returns.
The Comedian (not technically a villain but Jeffrey Dean Morgan fuckin’ nailed him, one of the few pluses in the film).
Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor.