It’s said the key to a good action/adventure movie is the quality of the villain. <p>In 2014 has 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 <b>X-Men: Days of Future Past</b>, plus Ronan the Accuser, Nebula, Korath the Pursuer, and The Collector in <b>Guardians of the Galaxy</b>, not to mention an appearance by Thanos himself. <p>Let’s face it, with 31 comic book superhero movies on the schedule from 2015 to 2020, 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 recent comic book storyline contained in the following, but we'll warn you as you get closer to it.
The third <i>Thor</i> film, which we now know is <i>Thor: Ragnarok</i>, will 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 second film. Synergy!
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, and in the occasional video game. Oh, and he happens to be <i>the</i> big bad at DC Comics right now, as the centerpiece to a weekly series and a two-month event that replaces their entire line in April and May 2015. It would take a 12th level intellect to figure out how we're going on six Superman films without the conqueror of Colu.
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.
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.
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 against 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 repeat him, especially since the movie and TV universes are separate for DC. <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.
When DC gives Green Lantern another shot in live-action a few years from now, they might want to think about more colors than green and yellow. When you consider GL's 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. Throw in Atrocitus's sidekick, the Red Lantern cat Dex-Starr, and you have tumblr and imgur gold.
Look, you're going to do an <b>Aquaman</b> movie, finally. You have basically two options for a main villain, Ocean Master or Black Manta. With Ocean Master being the lead villain in <i>Throne of Atlantis</i>, 2015's animated feature (and Black Manta on the side), just pull a switcheroo for the live action one. <p>Black Manta is vile, vicious, and full of vengeance. He is the stuff bad guy nightmares are made of.
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.
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. As the <i>Avengers 3</i> and <i>4</i> villain is Thanos – a despotic alien with jagged face 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 and one scene so far. Here's where it gets crazy. Both <i>Avengers: Infinity War</i> and <i>Justice League</i> are being split into two parts. <i>JL part 1</i> comes 6 months before the first <i>Infinity War</i> part, and the second <i>Infinity War</i> comes out 6 weeks before <i>JL Part 2</i>. Is that too much oversized otherworldly conqueror for the span of literally 1 year and 7 months? Could be, in which case we'd like to see... <p>...[<b>SPOILERS</b> from here on out]...
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.