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.
Book To Movie Adaptations Coming Soon
It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.
1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021
You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.
2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022
This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.
3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022
The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.
4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022
Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.
5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022
Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.
6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022
Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.
7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022
The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.
8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022
AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.
9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023
Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.
10. Ninth House – TBD
Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.
11. They Both Die at the End – TBD
When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.
12. The Selection – TBD
A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.
13. The Red Queen – TBD
Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.
14. Blackout – TBD
Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.
15. Long Way Down – TBD
Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.
That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.
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