Since 1951 when the first Superman film hit our screens (Superman and the Mole Men). We’ve had a plethora of Detective Comics-based films and TV shows. Covering all walks of the DC universe, including the many amazing villains!
With a lot of these stories, the narrative is based more around the superhero or supergroup. So much so that across these films and TV shows there are many anti-heroes that didn’t quite get the rollout they deserved. Maybe they were in a TV show and only got a small part? Or they were a part of a film that didn’t quite hit the mark? Or they’ve only been seen as an animated character.
Below are our top six picks of DC villains that have great backstories. But who deserve more airtime and the chance to cause our beloved DC superheroes some real havoc.
One of the supervillains that haven’t yet been given the accolade of coming to life in a live-action movie is Circe. A quick whited ancient sorceress based on the Greek mythological character from Homer’s Odyssey. When she was created in 1949 by Robert Kanigher and Harry G Peter she was the rivel of Wonder woman. Her Magic is one of the strongest of all the DC villains. It seems to have no limits and includes tricks such as mind control, magical blasts, and her most popular trick turning people and objects into animals.
Wonder Woman’s films are building within the franchise. They are bringing to life other amazingly underrated villains like Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). We can’t help but think that we may see Circe in the not so distant future. There are so many great actresses that could play her including the likes of Megan Fox or even Mila Kunis.
5. Thaal Sinestro
There are a few amazing villains that we’ve probably missed out on due to some box office flops. That never rings truer than with Green Lantern.
Unfortunately, as the 2011 film, starring Ryan Reynolds got a lot of poor reviews, any hope of a sequel was brushed under the carpet. This meant some of its great villains for pushed back into the comic book pages. This is a shame as the Green Lantern story is a great one and it has a very complex and forceful villain at the heart of the story.
In the comics Sinestro, who was created by John Bromme and Gil Kane, was at one time a Green Lantern Corps member. He actually instructed Hal Jordan (the human Green Lantern). But after abusing his powers he was dishonourably discharged from the Green Lantern Corps. He then started up Sinestro Corps and became the sworn enemy of Green Lantern.
In the 2011 film, Sinestro was played by Mark Strong, who did a really great job. He nailed the character. It was just unfortunate that we didn’t get to see more of him and his cunning and devious personality. Fans of Green Lantern have been pushing for a reboot for a while and have earmarked Luke Evans as Sinestro which could work! Yet this is all hearsay and wishful thinking at the moment and hasn’t been confirmed. But, there is apparently a Green Lantern TV show coming to HBO. And IF it goes ahead, we’re sure we will see a lot of Sinestro there too which we hope they nail as this villain really is one of the best.
4. Live Wire
A supervillain that has been brought to life more recently in the Supergirl TV Series (by Brit Morgan). And also in Smallville (by Anna Mae Routledge) is Live Wire. She’s a relatively new character to the DC villains world as well only being created in 1997 by Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer for Superman: The Animated Series.
The Radio presenter/electrically charged villain only had her first comic book appearance in 2006 in edition 835 of the Action Comics.
A sworn enemy of Superman. This villain has been seen alongside Lex Luther and helping with his masterful plans. But like a few of the villains in the DC universe, she has also been known to flip flop between good and evil too. At one point in the comic books, she even helped Professor Hamilton defeat Brainiac. As she’s so new to the universe, she has a sympathetic disposition and has only had a few TV appearances. She could really be brought to life and moulded with an interesting story arc.
Also, as she is a friend to Lex Luther, this could slot her nicely into Zack Snyders Next Justice League film. Well, that’s if we are to read into the Justice leagues post-credit scene of course?
From comics dating back to 1958, animated TV series and video games. Brainiac has been a constant enemy of Superman, threatening and trying to destroy Superman’s home planet of Krypton where he was created.
Brainiac has had some small live-action storylines on Smallville and Krypton. But it was his superhero descendent Brainiac 5 from the 30th and 31st centuries of the DC Universe who’s had more success as a recurring character on Supergirl from season five.
But it’s the original evil and ruthless Brainiac created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, from the planet Colu, who we really want to see on the big screen.
With today’s special effects and award-winning makeup departments, it would be easy to bring this all green extra-terrestrial android villain to life. Making sure he was recognisable with his three distinctive electric power portals in his head. The franchise might need a bit more budget. Especially for Brainiacs aesthetics, demeanour and electrical antics. But we’re sure that’s something Zack Snyder could sort out.
Now, this badass supervillain hasn’t even had a live-action outing yet! Why? We have no idea, but he deserves one.
Like Brainiac it could be the level of special effects. Or maybe more likely, like Thaal Sinestro it could be because he hails from the Green Lantern Universe. Which as we have already discussed may have trouble getting a reboot due to Mr Lanterns first unsuccessful outing.
Nekron who’s look is the embodiment of death, Scythe and all, was created by Mike W. Barr, Len Wein and Joe Staton, in 1981 for the Green lanterns ‘Blackest Night’ storylines.
The Lord of the unliving is one of the most powerful forces in the DC Universe. Not only does he possess immortality, but he can bring others back from the dead too. On top of that, he can also fire bolts of dark lighting and he gains physical strength from the deaths he causes. He is defiantly one not to mess with and would make an unforgettable villain maybe even one that could rival Marvels Thanos.
1. Poison Ivy (Dr Pamela Lillian Isley)
Many of us can agree that Batman & Robin (1997), is possibly the worst of all the Batman films. IMDB even gave this film an eye-watering 3.8 out of 10, eek. But, within this line up of DC Characters is one of the most iconic female villains in Gotham – Poison Ivy, played by Uma Thurman.
As well rounded as her character arc may have been, nothing could have really saved this movie. Urgh, remember all its cheesy lines, the Batman GothCard and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s questionable Mr Freeze? Not even the scene where Poison Ivy appeared burlesque dancing out of a pink Gorilla costume could save it.
Since Poison Ivy’s appearance in Batman & Robin, she’s only been depicted in the animated series. Plus a few TV series including Canadas Nightwing (2014) and in Gotham (2014 – 2019). But they changed her name to Ivy Pepper in this series. They didn’t really give her the same back story as when she was created by Robert Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff.
A Catwoman team-up?
From her first DC Comic appearances in 1966, the seductive and devious, plant-loving Poison Ivy often found herself teaming up with Catwoman and Harley Quin. This makes us wonder why none of the films has included her again. Granted she isn’t a member of the Suicide Squad or Birds of Prey, but she could have easily teamed up with Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman in The Dark Night Rises (2012).
Dr Pamela Lillian Isley is screaming out for a reprieve and if you think about it, she’s even got the personality to command a film or TV show of her own.
So come on film gods, give us another Poison Ivy role. There’s a host of amazing actors that could really bring her to life including Lili Reinhart, Zoey Deutch or even Emma Stone.
So, there you have it, these are the six DC supervillains we would love to see more of in the future, what do you think? Did we miss anyone out? If you have a favourite supervillain you think needs another shot at the big or small screen let us know in the comments below.
We defend the indefensible, read HERE why Batman and Robin is the BEST Batman movie of all.
DC Fandome 2021 – Revelations, Trailers and the future
At the recent virtual DC Fandome 2021 over 66 million fans tuned in across 220 countries. They listened in 12 different languages. All to find out the scoop on what’s to come for the comic book franchise, new DC revelations and even watch trailers of soon to be released films and TV shows.
But, if you weren’t one of the millions to be watching from home, below is the Film, TV and Gaming announcements and revelations that would interest any DC fan.
DC Fandome 2021 started with a world exclusive trailer of Black Adam! The man himself Dwayne Johnson. Along with a host of the films other stars including Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Quintessa Swindell and Noah Centineo. They introduce themselves and the exclusive trailer.
During the 4-minute intro below, you see Johnson excitably launch his passion project. He explains how much the Black Adam universe means to him. We are also told that the film is currently in post-production with the film being released on the 29th of July 2022.
We don’t get much information or storyline from the trailer. But Dwayne’s enthusiasm for the character and the gritty darkness of what we do get in the trailer is enough, for now, to keep us excited about this Movie.
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
During the day’s events, Jason Momoa was on hand to give fans an in-depth dive into the world of Aquaman. Firstly, apologising for the four-year wait. However, Momoa and director James Wan appeased fans with a host of behind-the-scenes clips. Plus a glimpse of some unusual conceptual art. Which included quirky looking desert creatures and giant grasshoppers.
We have also been promised by Wan that we are going to be getting a film that’s more mature, giving the audience something new, exciting and an experience we haven’t seen before. The 2-and-a-half-minute look into the sequel, below, was enough to make any fan excited for its theatrical release in December 2022.
DC’s League of Super-Pets
A fun animated adventure was also announced. DC’s League of Super-Pets will bring super-pets like Krypto and Ace the Bat-Hound to life for the first time.
In an exclusive trailer, fans were introduced to the two pups, voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, in a light-hearted look into the film. The full movie voice by the comedy pairing along with some other famous names such as Keanu Reeves and Vanessa Bayer is set to be released next November.
Another film trailer to hit the DC Fandome 2021 screens was The Flash. Portrayed once again by Ezra Miller and directed by Andy Muschietti. Fans were introduced to the trailer and the concept of the film, where the Flash unlocks the DC cinematic universe. He time hops back to the ’90s where Michael Keaton, reprises his role, he originated in 1989’s ‘Batman’ and 1992’s ‘Batman Returns’.
We’re elated that we get another film with Michael Keaton as Batman. Even if the storyline does sound a little farfetched. We’re sure Muschietti will get the narrative across perfectly and the film will be an instant hit. The film is due to hit cinemas in November 2022.
The DC Fandome 2021 team knew exactly what they were doing when they left the release of the second Batman trailer to the very end of the day. Like fans around the world, we also couldn’t wait to see more of Patterson, fully suited up, showcasing his gritty take on the hero. Director Matt Reeves, Robert Pattinson (Batman) and Zoe Kravitz (Selina Kyle/ cat woman) were there to lead the trailers release.
Granted the jury is still out if Patterson can pull of the dark knight or not but we have to admit we are excited to see him in action. We also have a sneaky suspicion that for the first time in a film setting since Michelle Pfeifferthey may have nailed the casting for Selina Kyle with Zoe Kravitz. We don’t have long left to find all this out though, as after a few Covid related interruptions Batman is now set to be released in theatres on March 4th, 2022.
Injustice and Catwoman: Hunted
If some of these DC film releases seem a little far away, fear not because we were also made aware that two animated films will be released quite soon. With Injustice’s release this October and an anime-inspired animated DC offering in the form of Catwoman on February the 8th 2022, both the feature-length animations will be available on digital, 4K and Blu-ray. To take a sneak peak of Catwoman: Hunted you can watch the trailer below.
When it came to the TV side of the DC world there were a lot of announcements and trailers mainly around continuing shows such as, Titans, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Stargirl along with the more anticipated trailers for:
Has been renewed for another season, despite the departure of Ruby Rose. The new trailer showcased its new Batwoman – Ryan Wilder played by Javicia Leslie.
Is set to be returning for a fourth season. During the announcement followers of the show were treated to a wonderfully odd and endearing mid-season trailer.
Is set for yet another inter-universe team up as The Flash team takes on a deadly mission against the ‘Armageddon’ villains. Which could decide the fate of humankind. The villainous gang is headed up by Tony Cuttan as Despero, Arrowverse’s Tom Cavanagh as Eobard Thawne/Reverse Flash and Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk.
First seen in this summer’s ‘The Suicide Squad’ Movie, John Cena’s comedic take of the Peacemaker is set to have its own HBO Max show. The fun and quirky trailer to the first series premiered at the event. Along with a behind the scenes look at the making of the series. It shows that director James Gunn is staying true to his unique, comedic style. The Trailer also shows the other great actors involved in the series including the hilarious ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Danielle Brooks, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robert Patrick and Jennifer Holland. This eight-episode series is set to be released on 13 January.
Viewers of the event didn’t find out much about this Netflix offering. But we did get glimpses of Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer Morningstar. Wwhich let’s be honest along with the announcement that this is actually happening, is enough to get most of us DC fans excited about its release. There is no release date yet but I’m sure over the coming months there will be more announcements about this extraordinarily dark and forbidding series.
Based on the comic book series of the same name created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker and Jamal Campbell. The TV adaptation of the story was announced with a one-minute ten-second trailer. This superhero drama is based around a comic book-loving teenager who discovers she has superpowers. Her curiosity leads her onto a journey into the Multiverse in search of answers. We haven’t got a definitive release date yet, but we have been promised it will be in 2022.
Suicide squad: Kill the Justice League
Since the announcement of this game at last year’s Fandome we haven’t had much information or even any gameplay footage. However, at this year’s event, we did get quite an in-depth trailer and a little look at the storyline. In this game, the player gets a choice of playing Harley Quinn, King Shark, Captain Boomerang or Deadshot. As they take on a new mission against an alien threat that has brainwashed the Justice League. There is still no hint to a release date or even a gameplay trailer, but we have been assured 2022 will be full of hints about the game and hopefully a conclusive release date.
Another game trailer that was released at the Fandome, that excited fans across the world was Gotham Knights. Continuing its Arkham-style adventures, Games Montreal has been working hard on the narrative and gameplay functions of this game. This game, in particular, was supposed to be released sometime in 2021 but it was delayed and we have now got a 2022 release time frame.
In this game you get to play a number of characters including Batgirl, Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood in an open-world action online RPG in order to uncover secrets and take down the Court of Owls.
So there you have it, some of the top DC new from the Fandome 2021. What do you think about all the new announcements? What are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments below..
Read our review of DC’s The Suicide Squad HERE.
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