BRING ON THE BAD GUYS

It’s said the key to a good action/adventure movie is the quality of the villain. <p>In 2014 has already seen a small army of comic book supervillains hit the big screen - from Batroc (sans “the Leaper”) and a more comic book-like Arnim Zola in <b>Captain America: The Winter Soldier</b>, to <b>Amazing Spider-Man 2</b>’s Green Goblin, Electro and Rhino (with seeds and hints of many more to come), to Bolivar Trask and the Sentinels, making their long-awaited cinematic debut in this week’s <b>X-Men: Days of Future Past</b>. <p>But no worries, even though we’ll be able to also knock out Ronan the Accuser, Nebula, Korath the Pursuer, and The Collector later this summer in <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b>, the world’s in no danger of running out of supervillains to throw up against movie superheroes anytime soon. <p>Here’s our countdown of supervillains we’d most like to see in a movie, and in at least one case, a supervillain we’re pining to see a brand new version of. <p>Oh, and there is a spoiler for a very recent comic book storyline contained in the following, but we'll warn you as you get closer to it.

SURTUR

A third <i>Thor</i> film would have to move the dial on the threat level. Once you've already had the Frost Giants, the Destroyer, Loki and Malekith the Accursed, where do you go? <p><i>Bigger</i>. Surtur, master of the Twilight Sword, Bane of Odin, presence in video games, etc. would be a swell antagonist. In fact, the climax of the Walt Simonson story involving Surtur features Odin, Thor and Loki in battle, meaning that you have emotional and thematic continuity from the climactic action of the first (and presumably second) film. Synergy!

BRAINIAC

Come on, why hasn't this happened? Viewers totally accept alien villains for Superman, primarily because Superman is an alien hero. The Skull ship would certainly be an awesome visual, particularly if it involved bottled cities in the interior. <p>The character has been depicted multiple times in animation, recently in <i>Superman: Unbound</i>. Geoff Johns — who wrote wrote the 2008 "Brainiac" story arc — is DC's chief creative officer, to boot. It would take a 12th level intellect to figure out how we're going on six Superman films without the conqueror of Colu.

MODOK

OK, hear us out here. Yes, MODOK has become something of an iconic cult comedy figure among comic fans. His "I am science! I am genius! I am (sound of Thor's hammer hitting him in the face)" scene in the <i>Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes</i> animated series is nigh-legendary. <P>BUT! MODOK could be right up the alley of the <i>Iron Man</i> film franchise, should it continue beyond <i>Iron Man 3</i>. Consider how great Davros looks on <i>Doctor Who</i>, then realize that MODOK could be a similar sinister/insane/funny presence. Sure, he might not work as the main villain, but man, would he be fun to see.

LEX LUTHOR

Just kidding — sort of. Lex Luthor has, of course, been in plenty of live-action films up to an including 2006's <i>Superman Returns</i>; four in total at this point (you'll remember that he wisely avoided <b>Superman III</b>). <p>However, the film vision of Luthor has been fairly uneven. Twice we've seen him perpetrate grandiose schemes for land deals, and not once have we seen him as either his legit-to-the-outside-world CEO <i>or</i> green-suited armored incarnation. So there's still room for a more traditional, comic-informed version of Lex on screen — and with Jesse Eisenberg lined to portray him in 2016’s <b>Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice</b>, here’s hoping for a version that Gene Hackman (beloved as his turn was) and Kevin Spacey weren’t given the screenplays to pull of.

DEATHSTROKE THE TERMINATOR

Granted, they'll never, ever, ever, be able to use the "Terminator" name for rather obvious reasons, but Deathstroke is a great villain, particularly if a new Batman franchise gets going. <p>The wrinkle it his chances of being a big-screen villain for DC is his prominent role in the <I>Arrow</I> television series, but it's not unfathomable that they could graduate him (and actor Manu Bennett), or they could simply make the TV and the movie universes seperate. Afterall, they've never said concretely that it's one and the same like Marvel's. <p>There are many ways to put Deathstroke on film as a central physical antagonist. A wide-ranging sequence demonstrating all of his various weapons would set him off as a unique figure, rather than just another hired gun. Perhaps they could even lift the monumental takedown Deathstroke did of the Justice League in <I>Identity Crisis</I>, and make him a formidable opponent.

ATROCITUS

If DC ever give Green Lantern another shot in live-action, they might want to think about more colors than green and yellow. When you consider GLs villains, Atrocitus, leader of the Red Lanterns, is pretty cinematic. <p>How can you not love a guy that vomits a napalm/acid plasma? OK, maybe that wouldn't make it past a PG-13 rating, but it's a good bet fans of David Cronenberg's <i>The Fly</i> would be pretty excited at the prospect.

BLACK MANTA

Why? Because, as a likely first pick along with Ocean Master, it would mean that there actually was an <i>Aquaman</i> movie — rather than the fictional one starring <i>Entourage</i>'s Vincent Chase. <p>Geoff Johns has made some big strides -- or strokes if you want an aquatic reference -- in ramping up the cool quotient on the Baltimore bad guy, and I hear Johns has an in with the higher-ups at DC by, you know, being one of them.

MYSTERIO

For the last Marvel pick of the list, we're going to go with the vengeful F/X guy. Why? Spidey has a lengthy rogues gallery that has been thoroughly exploited in the recent <i>Amazing Spider-Man 2</I> with one glaring, fishbowl-headed exception. There's something simultaneously goofy and great about that iconic helmet. <p>Not to mention the fact that someone built around special effects and illusions is perfect for a, you know, film.

DARKSEID

Now if you don’t want to see Darkseid – arguably DC’s greatest galactic-threat sized villain – go up against the Justice League in a $250 million dollar tent-pole extravaganza, you probably need to turn into your DCU fan club card now. <p>But here’s one potential problem with DC’s despotic alien with jagged facial features intent on conquering Earth and all life in the galaxy. <i>If</i> the <i>Avengers 3</i>, featuring as the main villain who we all assume will be Thanos – a despotic alien with jagged facial intent on conquering Earth and all life in the galaxy – Darkseid could feel a little been there-done that if he follows his Marvel doppelganger-to-a-degree into multiplexes within a year. <p>So this is a conditional pick. Thanos has already beat Darkseid to the screen, albeit in just a cameo so far. So if 2018’s (at the earlier) <b>Justice League</b> beats <i>Avengers 3</i> to the screen, all bets are off. But if <i>Avengers 3</i> sneaks ahead in 2017, then we change our <b>Justice League</b> pick to... <p>...[<b>SPOILERS</b> from here on out]...

THE ANTI-MONITOR

C’mon, you knew we were going here, didn’t you? <p>Yes, the Anti-Monitor – the just-returned-in-<b>Forever Evil #7</b> scourge of the matter universe and newly-minted rival of Darkseid. <p>Okay, yeah, he’s just another alien being intent on conquering and destroying of life, but being essentially the opposite of matter and life as we understand it, he offers a slightly different wrinkle than Darkseid that a <b>Justice League</b> film could exploit for a unique spin. <p>His armored, giant appearance gives him a little visual freshness as well. <p>You can’t really go wrong with Darkseid or the Anti-Monitor if you need a extinction-level threat to gather the Justice League, but given the prominence DC is clearly intent on giving him over the next few years, we think he might be primed to take over Darkseid’s role as DC’s greatest threat to the universe and the villain we'd most like to see on the big screen.

Top 10 Comic Book Supervillains We Want to See in the MOVIES

Date: 22 May 2014 Time: 08:25 PM ET