“Every search for a hero must begin with something which every hero requires – a villain” Mission Impossible 3
However, every villain must have a plan so the hero has something to do…
When I started thinking about all the evil plans we’ve witnessed on the big screen over the years, I realized we’ve seen an awful lot of amazing schemes. Legendary cinematic masterminds have come up with some pretty ingenious plots. The better the plan, the more entertaining it is to watch. Beyond that, you have truly fascinating villains without morals or any real plan at all. The Dark Knight’s Joker comes to mind.
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Unfortunately, there’s also been countless idiotic and stupid evil plans. Ridiculous plots that had us scratching our heads wondering… Why?
Of course, some plans are meant to be stupid. Take Dr. Evil for example. Here is a villain who wants nothing more than ONE HUNDRED… BILLION DOLLARS and a couple sharks with freakin’ laser beams attached to their heads.
But the Austin Powers movies would have sucked if Dr. Evil wasn’t an idiot. I’m looking for villains with a ton of ambition but zero common sense and he fits that description but I’m looking for something more.
MR. FREEZE | BATMAN & ROBIN
FIRST GOTHAM AND THEN… THE WORLD!
“Allow me to break the ice”
What better way to get revenge then collecting huge diamonds and freezing an entire city. I don’t even want to think about what Gotham City may have become if Batman & Robin didn’t have ice skates built into their boots…
“What killed the dinosaurs? The ICE AGE!”
In this case, Arnold’s tilt with Batman resulted in arguably the worst comic book adaptation of all time. So is it any wonder that the central scheme wasn’t the greatest?
But still, I wanted my final pick to be a villain we are ‘supposed’ to take seriously. At the end of the day, I went with a movie that really disappointed me. A film that featured one of the best fictional villains in any medium, ever.
LEX LUTHER | SUPERMAN RETURNS
Finally, Superman returns to the big screen and he faces off against Lex Luthor Land? (L3?) It should be noted that I loved Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor. I just didn’t buy his grand scheme. His plan to create a new continent laced with Kryptonite is certainly ambitious but why not just take the green rock and create something that kills Superman first? Or something? Why would you have to kill billions of people in order to create new land? It’s impressive that he pulls it off but I don’t think I’m alone that the final act was a bit of a stretch. I thought Lex Luthor’s plan would involve Superman… fighting someone?
I was extremely frustrated and really couldn’t come up with a worse ‘scheme’ given the hero involved. It’s Superman! You’re Lex Luthor!
Kevin Smith said it best:
It’s tough to get into a movie if you don’t buy the stakes. I think a lot of people expected a ton of action and amazing battles. I give the movie a little credit because of the space shuttle sequence but that had NOTHING to do with Lex Luthor.
Stupid. Evil. Plan. I really wanted to love Superman Returns.