The Greatest Comic Book Villains
So just who are the greatest villains from the comic books? I am sure my choices will spark some debate!
It feels like Hollywood has been on the comic book trail for a while now but the next years schedule of superhero movies is pretty insane with recent offerings from Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger just coming out followed by a slew other others and a big squeeze of Batman The Dark Knight Rises and a Spiderman reboot around this time next year. I am sure some will shine and some will be downright awful, although comic book adaptations have come a long long way since the 80s and early 90s.
So let’s take a look at some villains.
Possibly the greatest villain of all time. A villain that grew up in a concentration camp will always be complex and any decent villain is not 100% bad. He believes he is completely righteous and there is no going back on his plan to start a war against humanity believing that mutants are superior. Ian McKellen played him excellently on film and I can’t wait for the Origins portrayal of him.
Kingpin is one of Marvel Comics biggest assets. I don’t actually like Daredevil much and couldn’t stand Ben Afleck’s portrayal but Kingpin is a great bad guy. A self made man born from hardship and immense in strength. Although he saves his strength and often has others do his work but when he does fight it’s self indulgent.
I had kind of forgotten about Red Skull but due to the new Captain America movie he is on my radar again. A Nazi officer who’s brain is in a cloned body of his arch enemy Captain America. That essentially means the two can kill each other and no one has the upper hand although Red Skull does have his cosmic cube which he can use to manipulate those around him.
I bet you was wondering when this one would come along. The Joker has been in the Batman comics since 1940 and has no exact back story but that really suits the character. Generally it’s said he fell into a chemical vat and was disfigured and went nuts. Often his actions defy any logic and sometimes he does brutal stuff out of plain amusement and spite, which makes him unendingly dangerous. Both Jack and Heath’s incarnations of this character on screen were amazing and the many comic book story lines often have him working to be one of the greatest comic book villains there ever was.
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Kind of like Jekyll and Hyde but with both being present. Two Face has always been an interesting and complex villain using a coin to make his decisions. He used to be a politician, Harvey Dent, and his anger and villain tendencies happened mostly on the destruction if is ideals and his disfiguration. His Batman Dark Knight portrayal was fantastic.
Ra’s Al Ghul
Ra’s Al Ghul’s name is Arabic for ghoul’s head Demon’s Head! He is a villain on a global scale looking to destroy the planet with biological weapons to save it! He believes humanity needs a fresh start. Although his nemesis is Batman he was, in some story lines, largely responsible for teaching him as part of the league of shadows. His voice can be heard in the recently released Batman Dark Knight Rises Trailer suggesting he will be in the movie.
Another completely mad dual personality wielding villain. His powerful harness fused to his body and brain and the gentle scientist turned destructive, evil and hell bent on killing Spider Man.
Greatest Comic Book Villains
I bet you are screaming at the screen wondering why I missed some off and why I included others. Fact is it is always opinion and even mine changes week to week. So I would love to hear from you and have your explanations for the greatest villain?