EDITORIAL: 10 Awesome Comic Book Villains Ruined By Movies

EDITORIAL: 10 Awesome Comic Book Villains Ruined By Movies

CBM user anthonyEstark is back with yet another editorial, this time bringing you a list of some of the best villains in comic book history, that were sadly ruined or greatly damaged by films. So take a look after the jump!

That's right, Starky Stark is back with another editorial, this time squeezing down some awesome villains from the comic books, that were sadly ruined by films. So originally I was planning on making a list with the top 5, but I got to thinking and finally said, “There's too dang many!” So while I won't list them all into this one editorial, I figured I could narrow it down to the top 10 and see how it turns out, so you fellas read it, then let me know below what you think!

10: Dark Phoenix (X-Men: The Last Stand)

Many people hated Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand, and while I didn't like it very much, it had some redeeming qualities, such as Kelsey Grammer's Beast, as well as Daniel Cudmore, who had an increased role in the film as Colossus, among several other small things. But one thing I did not like very much was Famke Janssen's Phoenix/Dark Phoenix. Now don't get me wrong, I liked Janssen's performance of Jean Grey in the first and second film, but she didn't quite pull off the performance of a mindless-beast. But the graphics and script were the main problem.

9: Malekith (Thor: The Dark World)

I liked Alan Taylor's Thor: The Dark World a lot, and it was one of the smartest moves he could've done to place Loki on the throne. I was a huge fan of Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who, so when I heard he was playing Malekith, I was highly anticipating the film. When it came out however, I got to see the midnight premiere, and I was disappointed. He had no motive for his reasons, or even a back-story. It was like saying “I'm a bad guy, so everyone die so I can take over!” So no, he wasn't terrible, but he wasn't spectacular or even that good.

8: Whiplash/Crimson Dynamo (Iron Man 2)

There was a lot of hate given to Jon Favreau's sequel Iron Man 2. One of the many things hated on was Mickey Rourke's portrayal of classic Iron Man villain, Whiplash. And it's all for good reason. To his credit, the graphics of his electrical whips were awesome, but he's also Russian and got an armored suit, so he's also somewhat of a Crimson Dynamo, therefore damaging both villains.

7: Venom (Spider-Man 3)

Do I really even need to explain? I didn't mind Sandman, or heck, even New Goblin wasn't that bad when comparing it to Topher Grace's Eddie Brock/Venom. Venom in the symbiote suit I didn't really mind, as the graphics and his webbing weren't that bad. But Topher as Eddie was ugly and Mediocre. If the picture above doesn't say so, then something is wrong with you.

6: Dr. Doom (Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)

There is nothing comic-accurate about Dr. Doom in these films, except maybe his costume, which we only saw for a few minutes. Dr. Doom isn't a wealthy businessman who gets superpowers and goes crazy, but an overlord. He is the ruler of an island full of robots and drones ready to do anything as he commands! All of his weapons and “powers” are just highly advanced technology, and he most certainly isn't a superhuman.

5: The Mandarin (Iron Man 3)

“Ole, ole!” I went into Shane Black's Iron Man 3 expecting a lot. Like every Marvel movie, I'd seen all the trailers, clips, and TV spots released. I'd heard some early spoilers about the twist of Trevor Slattery, but I wasn't going to make that ruin my day. I went into the theater with my head held high... And came out with it dragging low. The Mandarin is Iron Man's greatest foe in comics history, yet the film completely ruined him. This would have been higher on the list, but there's more popular and better villains that were ruined, which you'll see below.

4: Parallax (Green Lantern)

Much like Iron Man, The Parallax is Green Lantern's greatest foe, and the film RUINED him. In the comics, Parallax is a yellow being of “living fear” that possesses minds and gives them amazing, yet uncontrollable power. In Martin Campbell's film adaption, the only similarities is that Parallax is a beast and is yellow. He absorbs people's souls, which increases his power. All their bones show in his skin (which is really creepy) and Green Lantern defeated him with a punch into the sun. That's right, Hal Jordan's greatest foe is beaten by a punch into the sun. Good graphics or not, that is one of the dumbest things to happen in CBM history.

3: Catwoman (Catwoman)

If you have even given the thought to forgiving DC after reading that last one, I'm here to send another blow to all the fans. Who remembers Catwoman? Played by Halle Berry, Catwoman was released in 2004 and focused on a girl named 'Patience Phillips.' That's right fans, because Selina Kyle apparently didn't have an interesting enough story, They released this. She was killed, and was brought back to life... By cats. Well at least it was original and entertaining in Batman Returns! She uses her cat-like powers as a villain/hero to save the day, I guess? It was very complicated, and Catwoman's story should not be so.

2: Galactus (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)

I think I'm going to cry. When you tease one of comic history's literal “biggest” villain TWICE, and then turn it into a cloud that absorbs planets instead of an actual being, that is what makes fans lose it. There is no way that I can ever forgive Fox and Tim Story for this. You can go look in concept art, where they even have the real design for Galactus, but instead they teased fans with the biggest reveal ever, then yanked it away and gave us a cloud instead. And Now, the final Villain...

1: Deadpool (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)

Laser Vision? Teleportation? Sword/hand thingys? Lips all sewn up? Let me just stop at that. THAT ISN'T DEADPOOL! Deadpool is a mercenary, as well as a purposeful rip-off of DC's Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. In the comics, Wade Wilson was diagnosed with Cancer. He joined an experimental superhuman project, which left him healed, yet disfigured. I didn't mind Ryan Reynold's portrayal of the villain, but when he was changed into what Fox calls “Deadpool”, I lost all hope in him. I truly hope they mock him if we ever get a film based on the Merc with a Mouth. Yes, believe it or not, Deadpool has a mouth.

So those are my thoughts. What are yours? Leave them below in the usual place!

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Pasto - 7/12/2014, 9:26 AM
Deadpool's not really a villain, he's more of an anti-hero. And I personally feel that Mandarin should be much much higher on the list. But other than that, solid article.
NightWatcher - 7/12/2014, 9:30 AM
I agree 200% with Dr. Doom In Fantastic Four, he was ruined badly. Great Job Stark!
kong - 7/12/2014, 9:31 AM
After seeing him as Koba, Toby Kebbel will own as Doc Doom in F4.
AlexanderLykins - 7/12/2014, 9:40 AM
Great list!
WinterSoldier33 - 7/12/2014, 9:40 AM
galactus and manderin should be number 1
MexicanSexyman - 7/12/2014, 9:41 AM
Mr. Freezer should be number one.
MileHighRonin - 7/12/2014, 9:46 AM
Great list. Every single one deserves to be on this list. Except maybe for Maleketh, he didn't have much dialogue, but he speaks softly and carries a big stick. I would of thrown any villian from batman forever and batman & robin. Ghost Riders Mephisto and Blackheart need to join as well. Great article!!!

MileHighRonin - 7/12/2014, 9:49 AM
@reddesthair I agree completely! When they first cast him I got excited, and that has given me hope for the FF reboot. Yes FF reboot has a lot of bad talk so far, but casting Toby as Doom is genius! Toby, a real Rocknrolla.

NovaCorpsFan - 7/12/2014, 10:00 AM
You are correct on all accounts. Notice how it's the créme de la créme of villains too.
SauronsBANE - 7/12/2014, 10:03 AM
Good list! Malekith was definitely lacking, but I'm not sure it was SO bad that he deserves being on a list like this. And I'd argue that the Mandarin shouldn't even be on a top 20 list of "awesome" comic book characters that were ruined, but I'm sure there's many more people who would want him as the number 1. Ah well. Agree with everything else though!
Doopie - 7/12/2014, 10:04 AM
Dr Doom would be my number 1. I absolutely detest what was done to him in those films. Just horrible. Venom is just awful too.

Kebbel will hopefully get Doom right this time. As for Venom...well I dread to think what the TASM universe will do to him
MrCBM56 - 7/12/2014, 10:09 AM
Solid list. But I agree with @SauronsBANE1.
anthonyEstark - 7/12/2014, 10:12 AM
@0megaDaGod Not exactly, but he wasn't bad.
Abary - 7/12/2014, 10:22 AM

Great editorial :)
Darktower - 7/12/2014, 10:34 AM
Would put the Mandarin on as first, then Deadpool...
Silver Samurai was pretty bad too in the wolverine.
Mike89 - 7/12/2014, 10:37 AM
The green goblin should be on this list.

Good list though.
anthonyEstark - 7/12/2014, 10:39 AM
@Mike89 Which one?
Mike89 - 7/12/2014, 10:42 AM

Both willem dafoe and dane dehan i guess.
eleven59 - 7/12/2014, 10:43 AM
We'll not to beat a dead horse, but technically Trevor wasn't the mandarin, killian is/was... So any complaints and comparisons need to be directed at his character. The disappointment for me was that Kingsley was doing such a creepy performance that was heading towards epic ness , they should have just let him be the real deal instead of wasting that.

I also never understand the complaint of Malekith "He had no motive for his reasons, or even a back-story"...

It seemed pretty clear to me: destroy the current world and return it to a time of darkness when the elves ruled. When he ruled...

Pretty much the thinking Hitler had... Seems like a motive to me. Granted a brief backstory... But deff a motive
rabid - 7/12/2014, 10:45 AM
I liked what they did with Deadpool. It had a lot of good sense behind it in setting him up for a solo film. His straight comic origin would have been boring as hell. Skin cancer? Not a very compelling action plot. Plus it explained his teleportation power without having to wait a decade for Cable to show up.

But that's the only one of these I can justify. I would have put Mandarin at the number 1 spot, since we at least SAW THE OTHER VILLAINS. Even Galactus's shadow had enough sense to show up for FF2, but we still don't know what Mandarin looks like.
CuddlyCereal - 7/12/2014, 10:45 AM
I don't get the hate Iron Man 2 gets. The whole "it's just a set up for the Avengers" Argument is bull because the only part in the movie that's like this is 3 minutes at the end. (Literally the only part of the movie that connects to the Avengers is Fury telling Stark he can't be one. Which they just take back anyways.)

It has some [frick]ing awesome action sequences (Suitcase suit, Iron Man and War Machine back to back)

It's not like any of the acting is bad or stale (Except maybe Don, but he improved in IM3 so it might have just been the way he was written)

I just don't get it.

And I liked Whiplash. He was connected to Tony's dad and he just seemed like a cool bad guy to me. I know it's nice to have some kind of emotional back story or something with villains, but sometimes just having a bad guy that's cool is enough. (His final fight could have been longer though.)
rabid - 7/12/2014, 10:45 AM
Also, how did the symbiote make Eddie Brock's teeth sharp? That makes no sense.
Humperdink - 7/12/2014, 10:46 AM
That's a good list, although some of those villains were never awesome.

You should do one for HEROES that have also been ruined.
Mike89 - 7/12/2014, 10:48 AM
btw Mr Freeze should also be on the list.
Lizardking310 - 7/12/2014, 10:48 AM
Marvel has a habit of messing up their villians ! You should add red skull to this list
enggarb - 7/12/2014, 10:49 AM
I think you should add mr. freeze from the franchise killer.
YoungThanos - 7/12/2014, 10:49 AM
Replace Malekith with Blackheart and you've got a solid list of completely bastardized villians.

McNyagano - 7/12/2014, 10:50 AM
Whiplash and the Mandarin are awesome villain? Eh no, not even close imo. I disagree with Mandarin being Iron Man's greatest foe, if anything Obadiah is Iron Man's arch nemesis imo. Obadiah Stane got into Stark's head,he outmaneuvered Stark, took his company, drove him back into alcoholism, with Stark ending up homeless for a little while. That seems like getting into Stark's head. Heck Zeke Stane managed to put Pepper in the hospital and almost caused Stark Industries to collapse.

If Mandarin is supposed to be a great villain, give him ways to get into Stark's head, rather then saying it can't be done. Or give their rivalry more depth, give Mandarin a more defined personality that can clash with Tony Stark's, too often Mandarin seems to fall into the role of generic evil mastermind villain and its hard to have contrast against Stark when he is written a generic way. It just seems like now their rivalry is basic hero vs. villain stuff: Mandarin is an evil villain who wants to take over the world, while Iron Man is good hero who wants to stop him, their rivalry has never seemed to developed beyond that. I don't see any reason for Tony Stark to hate Mandarin over any other villain and see no reason for Stark to respect Mandarin over many other villain and I don't see why Mandarin would hate Stark over any other hero or would respect him in any way.

Make Mandarin truly earn the role of arch nemesis, rather then just handing it him.That's why the idea of "archnemesis Mandarin" has always been a myth. Yes, he's Iron Man's most frequent foe, but he's never dominated the hero's life or gotten into his head the way Joker does Batman, or Gobby does Spidey, or Luthor does Kal-El. This is the reason that Favreau, Black and Feige had such a hard time coming up with a viable concept for the character. In the end, Black correctly decided that Iron Man doesn't even *need* a nemesis. A hero is *not* defined by his villains, but by his own actions and ethics. And so the whole "Mandarin Twist" was designed to stand the concept of an archnemesis on its head. Great list though but I think Doom should have been number one. He's the greatest comic book villain imo and Fox just ruined him. I'll never forgive them for that, ever!
Christuffer - 7/12/2014, 10:50 AM
I was going to thumbs up this until you said Topher Grace's Venom was bad. I just do not agree. I understand where it's coming from though, I'm a big fan of Venom and he's one of my favorite comic book characters ever, but I'm convinced that the movie itself was the main reason for fans not liking Grace as Venom. Given the proper movie that Venom deserves, Topher Grace is not a bad cast.

Next time Venom appears on the big screen though, I'd very much like a proper adaptation though, not a repeat of Spider-Man 3.
Inhuman - 7/12/2014, 10:51 AM
Notice how most of these villains are Fox and Sony...... Sony sucks and fox sucks
CaptShipwreck - 7/12/2014, 10:51 AM
Butt hurt DC fanboys upset that mandarin is not higher on an opinion piece ... Mandarin shouldn't even be on the list ....
We got the new character Trevor ... The real mandarin has not yet been revealed
RextheKing - 7/12/2014, 10:53 AM
I agree with most of the list, but good job anyways! Just one thing I will point out, the Mandarin shouldn't be on the list. There is a difference between ruining a character and someone pretending to be certain character but actually is not. In short, the Mandarin wasn't in Iron Man three.
anthonyEstark - 7/12/2014, 10:53 AM
@mike89 @enggarb I was thinking about it, but all the villains from those two films were bad, and I planned on doing at least somewhat modern films. Batman and Robin came out 17 years ago.
CaptShipwreck - 7/12/2014, 10:54 AM
And ironman's number one most awesome villain ruined by the movies is alcohol ....
CuddlyCereal - 7/12/2014, 10:55 AM
And a couple of these you just say are bad without giving any reason why.
CplHicks - 7/12/2014, 10:55 AM
I would have preferred that Marvel kept in those character development scenes for Maleketh....but no they insisted a movie can't run a few minutes longer and that had to have those Darcy comedy scenes. Oh and the awkward Thor in the subway scene. Yeah all more important than develping Maleketh.(sigh)
CaptainObvious - 7/12/2014, 10:56 AM
I completely agree about Dr Doom. They took arguably Marvel's greatest villain and turned him into a whiny little bitch who hates Reed Richards because he stole is girlfriend. How lame is that?

I would also like to add Dane DeHaan's cartoonish, over-the-top performance as the Green Goblin. It's like Marc Webb saw his performance in Chronicle and wanted to strip it of all dignity. It also doesn't help that Spider-Man kicked his ass in one minute. Worst Green Goblin ever.
SauronsBANE - 7/12/2014, 10:58 AM
Pretty much everything Mcnyagano just said. The Mandarin really shouldn't be on this list, and fanboys really shouldn't be complaining that Iron Man 3 "ruined" such a "beloved" or "iconic" character. It's a shame too, because if fanboys could look past one plot twist, they'd love that movie just like everyone else does. You're missing out!
Doopie - 7/12/2014, 10:58 AM
Blackheart! completely forgot about him and with good reason - i've blocked most of GR out. The writing and performance of that character were downright terrible
rogmel - 7/12/2014, 11:00 AM
While I agree that Galactus was done a disservice with the cloud use, there's no way it could have been pulled off on screen by having a tall guy with a U-shaped helmet show up.

Non-comic book fans dragged there by their friends would have laughed their butts off.
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