What good is a hero without great villains? No matter how incredible or interesting the protagonist in a story may be, if he/she is not met by equally incredible or interesting antagonists, the story just feels flat. Aside from Star Wars‘ Darth Vader, who is without a doubt the coolest bad guy in pop culture, there’s no better place to find villains than comic books. So which hero has the best rogues gallery? You as the reader get to determine which ones I write about. Vote below and I’ll feature the top 5 vote-getters in a future post (might be a multi-parter).
With nearly identical super powers and costume design (with a different color palette), Rob Reynolds is Marvel’s answer to Superman. While the two are similar, Sentry’s history is much different. In fact he has one of the more interesting, and clever, histories of any character on this list. Created in the year 2000 (cue the Conan O’Brien song), he was retconned into the history of Marvel Comics, even to the point of creating fake creators and back issues.
Marvel is definitely known for creating characters with amazing powers balanced with interesting, sometimes heartbreaking, weaknesses. Rogue is definitely one of those. She can absorb the life force of anyone she touches, temporarily gaining their attributes, and in the case of mutants or super powered beings, their abilities. Unfortunately, she can’t control it. Leaving her unable to touch another person without fear of seriously hurting or even killing them.
The nemesis of the Avengers. With the ability to jump his consciousness from one of his adamantium robot bodies to virtually any electronic device, an army of clones all sharing a hive mind, and his encephalo-ray which can brainwash opponents or send them into a death-like coma, Ultron is one of the most dangerous threats in all of comics.
Leader of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. His brother Raphael might be the most popular of the Turtles, but Leo is definitely the most disciplined and skilled member of the team. Leonardo is driven by honor, loyalty, and a warrior’s spirit.
While she might have a campy costume (though it’s a personal favorite of mine), Zatanna is one of the most powerful heroes in DC Comics. The fact that she is both a stage magician/illusionist and a real-life sorceress makes her one of the more interesting characters in DC as well.
Readers, DO NOT adjust your screen! Reports of this blog’s death have been greatly exaggerated. I am back, and back for good.
SOOOO much has happened in the world of comics during my hiatus. I will try to cover it all, albeit not in great detail. Here’s Part 1 of my quick thoughts on everything I can think of:
Best. Superhero. Show. Ever. Everything (minus one plot point) about this show was amazing. The casting was spot-on. The acting was great. The writing was quick, smart, and clever. Connections to the bigger Marvel Cinematic Universe were present throughout but felt natural and unforced. The one thing I was disappointed in was the killing of a major character (don’t worry, no spoilers) in the Daredevil mythos this early.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
I really enjoyed this movie, but couldn’t help but feel a little underwhelmed. The movie is very good, but it just didn’t feel as special as the first. I was really looking forward to seeing James Spader’s portrayal of the titular villain, Ultron, but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with the actual product. I felt like Ultron showed too much human emotion and wasn’t as cold as I’ve always seen the character. However, the actions scenes were crazy and spectacular, and the focusing more on Hawkeye and Black Widow’s back stories was an unexpected treat.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The first teaser trailers and pics from the set have been released. And I still don’t care.
Squeal!!! With every picture, tweet, and announcement my anticipation for this movie grows! It has been way too long coming for us fans of the Merc with the Mouth to finally see him done right on the silver screen. Ryan Reynolds has always been the perfect guy for the role, and it couldn’t make me happier that the movie is going to get a hard R-rating. You can’t do Deadpool without adult language and over-the-top violence. This movie is going to be crazy awesome!
Marvel Comics Secret Wars
I’m not a fan of this. Randomly wiping out continuity and starting over is a DC move, and a move that Marvel should have nothing to do with. But the worst part is the fact that Miles Morales, not Peter Parker, will be the only Spider-Man, and Sam Wilson, not Steve Rogers, will be Captain America in the new continuity is stupid and insulting. Instead of making better minority characters, just changing major established characters into minorities is lazy and shows a complete lack creativity.
As a fan of both comics and movies, I’m a huge fan of movies based on comic book properties. Contrary to what some people think, I am not an absolute purist when it comes to comic book movies. I understand that liberties will be taken with the source material…some things just don’t translate well from the page to the screen. The important thing with any movie based on a pre-existing source is that the story stays true to said source. That for me, is what separates the good comic movies from the bad ones.
I’ve had a running list for years now of my “25 Greatest Comic Books Movies”, and it obviously has to be updated whenever new great comic-based films are released. This is actually my 4th revision to my list…and I may very well have to revise it again later this year if Guardians of the Galaxy and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For live up to my expectations.
Without further ado, here’s the list.
(Honorable mentions: American Splendor, Batman, Blade, Captain America: The First Avenger, Ghost World, Iron Man 2, Kick Ass, Men In Black, The Punisher, & The Rocketeer)
The comic movie genre is one of the biggest money makers in Hollywood right now, with 7 of the top 50 highest grossing movies of all-time coming from comic books. With several major projects on the horizon, that number could get even higher. The summer of 2014 is going to be a big time for movies based on comic book properties. Here’s what the world of comic books has in store for us this year.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (April 4)
I may be in the minority among most comic book fans, but I actually enjoyed Captain America: The First Avenger. It wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. In place of a gritty war-era epic, I got a more lighthearted sci-fi popcorn flick. But I enjoyed it nonetheless. The upcoming sequel, however, looks to lean more towards the grittiness I had hoped for. I’m really looking forward to this one. Admittedly, I am a fan of Captain America, so my bias is skewed, but from a strictly movie standpoint, it looks great. The more subdued color tones and grainier cinematography give the trailers a darker feel than its predecessor. It gives the feeling that the character (and the franchise) has grown up a bit…battling the wide-scale alien invasion in The Avengers would probably do that…
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2)
While I absolutely loved the first installment of this series, I can only muster a cautiously optimistic approach to this one. Cramming three villains into one movie, especially only the second in the franchise, seems excessive. Obviously it can be done with good writing, but there isn’t really a good track record for comic movies with more than 2 villains. But with that said, my biggest apprehension with this movie is that it appears that Harry Osborn is going to be the first Green Goblin, instead of his father Norman. If this is the case, they better have a dang good reason for screwing with the character like that. Without one, I’ll be furious.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23)
I have to admit that I’m really looking forward to this one. I thought X-Men: First Class was fantastic, and this one has the potential to be even better. I’ve always been a big fan of the “Days of Future Past” story arc, so I’m very excited to see it being brought to the silver screen. Possibly the most interesting element of this movie is going to be seeing both worlds of the X-Men franchise be melted together into one. Also, finally getting to see the Sentinels brought into the series should be a whole lot of awesome. I truly believe this one could be the best comic movie coming out this year, and has the potential to be one of the best ever.
Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1)
This one looks like a lot fun. While I’m not as versed in the original source material as the other movies on this list, I am very excited about it. The trailer seems to give the impression that there’s going to be some blending of genres…western, old-school sci-fi, comedy, and a definite Usual Suspects homage. I’m also glad to see that Chris Pratt, known for his comedic roles, took the role seriously and bulked up majorly to play Star Lord. I’m not entirely blown away by how Gamora looks in the trailer, though I love the casting of Zoe Saldana. She’s a great actress who seems tailor-made for this role…and she’s definitely easy on the eyes. I am, however, extremely impressed with the CGI of Rocket Raccoon and Groot, and the make-up job on Dave Bautista for Drax the Destroyer.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (August 22)
Now that they’ve finally released a trailer, I needed to add this one to the preview. The tone and style of the original appears to be intact for the sequel…and that makes me very happy. I am a huge fan of the original and Robert Rodriguez’s commitment to the source material. Sin City creator Frank Miller is back as co-director and writer, so we should get another very faithful adaptation. Like its predecessor, this flick bolsters an all-star ensemble cast, with Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Jaime King, Powers Boothe and Rosario Dawson all returning to their roles from the last film, and adding Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Ray Liotta, Jeremy Piven, and Eva Green joining the cast. Miller and Rodriguez have also teamed up to write two original stories to incorporate into the movie, so even the most die hard fans of the comic will find something new.