Movie Badasses: 3 memorable super villains of recent times

I have always been a superhero buff right from a young age when my dad bought me my first Superman comic book, and maybe that is why when I started watching movies quite seriously, it was quite natural that the superhero genre of movies fascinated me a lot. Now the fun part about superheroes is the fact that these are usually confrontations between good and evil in the classic sense. That being said, the 2000s have brought with them a new genre of superhero.

Today’s superheroes are no longer just black or white, but they are a whole lot greyer than ever before. All this greyness in their personalities ensure that their intentions, motivations are probably not quite as well defined as they used to be and these characters are becoming more and more complicated as time goes by. I guess this is the result of the uncertain and ambiguous times that we live in nowadays.

However, one thing that has not changed over the years has been the fact that super-villains have pretty much remained mostly black-hearted without too many exceptions. While some of them may have valid reasons for their villainous pursuits, most of them are unabashedly evil and that makes them interesting characters. After all, a superhero does need a super-villain to bring out the best in him, right.

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12 thoughts on “Movie Badasses: 3 memorable super villains of recent times

  1. Heath Ledger’s Joker – Top 1 all time, every time. Though not recent, and definitely not a super-villian, for me “Anthony Hopkins aka The Hannibal” in “Silence of the Lambs” is also up there.

    • @iwrotethose, oh yeah, no doubt about that, Hannibal Lecter would easily waltz his way into the top movie villains of all time πŸ˜€

  2. Yep, a superhero exists only if there is a bad-ass villain in the story. I wonder how it is without a super-villain in a story. Perhaps it will be like some Bollywood movie. Even South Indian movies do have big villains. πŸ™‚

    • @Praveen, yes, almost all the South Indian movies in the ‘masala movie‘ genre do have a villain comparable or sometimes even bigger and better than the hero himself πŸ˜€ and yes, the ‘badness’ of the villain is what determines how big the hero has to be, right!!!

  3. Some very good choices (I love all three of them)… a thoroughly enjoyable read. I sincerely thank you for your contribution, Jairam. If you ask me about my favorite super-villains of all time, a supercomputer and a half human, half cyborg would top that list: HAL 9000 and Darth Vader, respectively. I, for some inexplicable reason, find Jack Nicholson’s Joker to be a greater maniac; and that’s precisely why I rate him a wee bit higher!!!

    • @Murtaza, have to agree with you there when you say that Jack Nicholson’s Joker was a greater maniac, but he was a completely different sort of Joker when compared to Heath Ledger, right? πŸ˜€

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