Author: Gavin Singleton | Jan-28-2014 2:35 PM
As the title of this weeks Top Ten article suggest this is a countdown of recent, modern supervillains in movies; the guys, and gals, you love to hate from the recent plethora of superhero movies. Supervillains in movies (classic), with bad guys such as Terence Stamps General Zod or Jack Nicholson's Joker will be covered in a future Top Ten.
Portrayed by Topher Grace
Appearances - Spider-Man 3.
Real Name - Eddie Brock.
When news, and the first images of Venom appearance in Sam Raimi's 2007 movie first appeared Spider-Man and comic fans eagerly awaited the silver screen debut of their favourite symbiotic anti-hero. Unfortunately Topher Graces performance, and Sam Raimi's direction left fans wishing they hadn't bothered. Truly a missed opportunity.
#9 The Mandarin.
Portrayed by Ben Kingsley
Appearances - Iron Man 3.
Real Name - Trevor Slattery.
Although the Mandarin was designed as a universal terrorist, the revelation on screen that the long awaited villain was little more than a red herring, while amusingly performed by Kingsley proved somewhat disappointing, especially with the revelation of Guy Pearce's Killian as the true, Extrimis plagued villain. Another missed opportunity.
#8 The Green Goblin
Portrayed by Willem Dafoe
Appearances - Spider-Man.
Real Name - Norman Osborn.
After Nicolas Cage, John Malkovitch and John Travolta turned down the role, Willem Dafoe accepted role. No stranger to playing maniacal roles and playing villains, Dafoe even demanded to wear the characters uncomfortable costume, proclaiming that a stuntman would not convey the characters body language.
Portrayed by Tom Hiddleston
Appearances - Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World.
Tom Hiddleston's Loki has proven to be a sly, cunning, devilish, almost shakespearian villain with a love for deceit and grandeur. Speaking of his character for the Avengers, Hiddleston said "He comes to Earth to subjugate it and his idea is to rule the human race as their king. And like all the delusional autocrats of human history, he thinks this is a great idea because if everyone is busy worshipping him, there will be no wars so he will create some kind of world peace by ruling them as a tyrant. But he is also kind of deluded in the fact that he thinks unlimited power will give him self-respect, so I haven't let go of the fact that he is still motivated by this terrible jealousy and kind of spiritual desolation".
Portrayed by Ian McKellen
Appearances - X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Real Name - Erik Lehnsherr.
Ian McKellen, who revealed publicly that he was gay in 1988, likens the struggles of his character, and his characters plight, to the struggles he has faced and rallied for because of his own sexual orientation. The allegory comes through in his magnificent, believable performance, with undertones from his many years in shakespeare theatre. so fond is he of the character that, with this years X-Men: Days of future past, he has portrayed the character 4 times.
#5 Ra's Al Ghul
Portrayed by Liam Neeson
Appearances - Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises.
False Name - Henri Ducard.
After Christopher Nolan and Guy Pearce agreed that the latter was too young to play the role, Liam neeson was cast. Initially portrayed in the familar role of a mentor, the intention was to shock fans with the later revelation that the his character was the villain. So effective was Neeson's performance that he reprised the role in a hallucination in The Dark Knight Rises.
Portrayed by Tom Hardy
Appearances - The Dark Knight Rises.
Real Name - Unknown.
Tom Hardy put on 30 pounds of muscle in preparation for the role, while in contradiction emphasizing the intelligence and Carribean heritage of the character through his voice. Hardy's portrayal of the role has since been referenced and parodied, so effective was his performance.
Portrayed by Liev Schreiber
Appearances - X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Real Name - Victor Creed.
Liev Schreiber gained 40 pounds of muscle in preparation for the role, in which he competitively egged on co-star Hugh Jackman to perform more and more stunts. From the opening credits to the closing credits Liev Schreiber embodies the role of the wild, blood hungry, remorseless Sabretooth, frequently stealing the scene.
#2 General Zod
Portrayed by Michael Shannon
Appearances - Man of Steel.
Michael Shannon's performance of the Kryptonian General charged from birth with "protecting Krypton" is both subtle and powerful. Shannon's Zod is so driven to protect his people, he will do anything, no matter the cost. This is emphasized in his characters final moments, where he forced Superman into the ultimate ultimatum, kill him or kill an innocent family of 4 - choose Krypton or choose Earth.
#1 The Joker
Portrayed by Heath Ledger
Appearances - The Dark Knight.
Real Name - Unknown.
Heath Ledger spent a month living alone in a hotel room to prepare for the role which he later described as a "psychopathic, mass murdering, schizophrenic clown with no empathy". His performance was so original and so grounded that it was met with unprecedented acclaim from movie critics, Batman fans and general audiences alike.
Of course, the above list may change in the near future with super and uber-villians such as Ultron, Thanos, Doomsday, Lex Luthor and of course the mighty Apocalypse rumored to soon be stomping and preaching their way to a cinema screen near you.
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