The 25 Best Supervillain Movie Costumes

Published 5 months ago by , Updated July 8th, 2014 at 1:50 pm,

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There have been some really BAD super villain movie costumes over the years, but not every bad guy costume has been a dud. Some costumes have been both spectacular and memorable, blending the actor and character into one seamless, cohesive unit.

To be considered for this list we’ve judged the costumes based on the following criteria:

1. How faithful is the costume to the source material? – The costume is allowed to deviate from the original design, IF the original concept is still present (i.e., no hooker Catwoman in ripped pants).

2. How does it come across onscreen? – The costume should be visually appealing and look realistic (i.e., no Riddler in a spandex onesie).

3. How well does it hold up over time? – The costume needs to be worthy of staying on this list for years to come – and not be subject to passing fads (i.e., no Lex Luthor from 1978).

4. Is it cool? Because it HAS to be cool. – Nothing will make a super villain less scary than a goofy costume (i.e., no Hector Hammond from Green Lantern).

Let’s take a look at the 25 Best Super Villain Movie Costumes

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25. Lady Deathstryke – X2

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Lady Deathstryke is a beautiful and deadly cyborg and enemy to the X-Men. She has the same adamantium-laced bones as Wolverine, but instead of six blades in her arms, she has long, razor-sharp “claws” that extend from her fingertips.

Her backstory was changed considerably for the film (to the point of almost being non-existent), as was her actual costume – but her deadly fingertip “talons” remained and they looked cool enough to at least get her on the bottom of the top 25…but not any further.

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24. Plaster of Paris – The Spirit

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The Spirit has many women trying to kill him, and the sexy French belly dancer known as Plaster of Paris is no different. The Spirit’s deadliest foe, The Octopus (who didn’t make our list), hires the midsection-shaking assassin to use her feminine…ehem…”attributes”  as well as her three-pronged throwing daggers and sword to kill the hero.

Plaster of Paris isn’t in the film very long, but as you can see, her outfit is a direct copy of the comic version – sans the white hair. Regardless of that minor change, her costume makes her easy enough on the eyes to dance her way onto this list.

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23. Jigsaw – Punisher: Warzone

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Billy “The Beaut” Russo was a charming and handsome guy until he tangled with the Punisher and was thrown through a plate-glass window. The encounter left his face horribly disfigured, earning him the nickname “Jigsaw.” He has no special powers, but can go toe-to-toe with the Punisher in a fist fight. Jigsaw is one of those characters that could have turned out really, REALLY goofy on film – but didn’t.

It’s easy to draw random lines on his face in the comics, but onscreen, the makeup job had to be spot on or audiences just weren’t going to take him seriously. Fortunately, they were able to pull off the look and make him an interesting (looking) villain – one who actually looked like he’d been through a meat grinder.

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22. Venom – Spider-Man 3

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Venom is technically an alien symbiote who bonds with a particular host (Peter Parker, Eddie Brock, Ms. Marvel, Flash Thompson) to give them superhuman abilities. It also gives the host an uncontrollable urge to assert their power and has a VERY bad attitude. This choice will be slightly controversial in the fanboy universe, as most Spider-Man fans didn’t like the inclusion of Venom in the film and therefore hate his look as well.

Truth be told, though, Venom only needed to be in an all black outfit (check), have large white “eyes” (check), a mouth full of sharp teeth (check), sharp, claw-like fingers (check) and the ability to “spin” webs like Spider-Man (check).  For those reasons alone, we consider this costume to be a success. The only drawback is when his mask pulls back to show Eddie Brock’s (or rather, Topher Grace’s) face while he is speaking – that just looks dumb.

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21. The Lizard – The Amazing Spider-Man

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Dr. Curt Connors caught a tough break losing his arm during wartime, but he thought maybe luck was going his way when he discovered a way to splice reptilian DNA with his own, giving him the ability to grow back his lost appendage. However, a side effect of this “cure” was a violent temper, superhuman strength, speed, and oh yeah…he turns into a giant lizard! A film version of The Lizard could really only be pulled off with the help of CG and motion-capture technology, as a man in a suit would probably look too Godzilla-esque.

Fortunately, the filmmakers were able to successfully achieve an old-school comic book look for The Lizard, and it pays off onscreen. Even though he’s missing the purple pants (another famous Marvel character already wears those), The Lizard looked and moved as we always pictured he would.

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  1. Where is nightcrawler on this list from x2..Way better then Emma Frost for Costuming

    • its a list of the best villain costumes, nightcrawler is not a villain

  2. Disagreeing 100% with The Lizard from ASM, it looked god awful, he was a Goomba from the Super Mario movie, feel free to compare pictures and get back to me.

    • you`re right !

  3. What about ‘Darkness’ from Legend. The movie’s not that great, but the costume is one of the best. It should be in the top three and it never made the list?

  4. Needs 100% more Shredder.

  5. I am shaking my head at some of these lists you guys come up with. I know there’s 2 separate writers for the best and worst dressed lists but some of these are woefully inconsistent. Let me name a few.

    -Leady Deathstryke-ok here’s the most obvious one. You spent a roundabout way of saying the only thing Bryan Singer got right about her is her adamantium claws….then you put her on the best dressed…Then you go into the worst dressed and put someone like Bane from Batman and Robin or The Russian from Punisher on the worst dressed list despite them being 99% accurate to the source material.

    -Skeletor…wat…Skeletor? He looked like a badly crafted glow in the dark action figure that was so FAR from how he looked in the comics that he was neither imposing, nor sinister, even WITH Frank Langella under the makeup.

    -Azazel-Again with the going on a roundabout way to say how he looks nothing like the comics but you enjoy him so he’s on the list. Same with Emma Frost she is a hot girl in a baby doll vs her having numerous intricacies to her costume that they failed to even TRY to replicate in the film.

    -Red Mist-Dude…You weren’t even trying on this one. Mask’s different, costume is different, weapons are different, hair’s different, vehicle’s different, EVERYTHING IS DIFFERENT. DOn’t just say he’s a different color and throw him on there, again you’re being horribly inconsistent.

    -Catwoman-….so…because she didn’t get CALLED Catwoman you took off Anne Hathaway’s pitch perfect costume because she wasn’t called by name, despite she had a more accurate backstory, and dressed more to the part. Then why would you put Yellow Bastard on the list when I don’t ever remember in the comic NOR in the film him getting explicitly referred to as That Yellow bastard? Just Roark Jr.

    -Penguin looked nothing like he did in the comic, and was nothing like the character in acting as well. You might as well have put Warwick Davis on the list because he’s short and plays an excellent leprechaun…

    -Mystique-Nitpicking but not comic accurate.

    TL;DR Stop being inconsistent.

  6. LOL, Jack Nicholson’s Joker was much better looking, not just a psycho with s***** makeup on his face.

  7. I thought the Jokers’ real name was Jack Napier, wasn’t that his name in the 1989 Michael Keaton Version?

  8. I agree with the most, but I really didn’t like the Doc Oc Form the Raimi Films. I would replace him simply with Kroenen from Hellboy. He is #1 for me.

  9. I read through the rules, got all excited to see these villains.

    Then the top one is Lady Deathstrike? This completely flies in the face of what you’re looking for in the list, and is quite honestly a horrific villain design. Why it made the list, I’ll never know, when there is a multitude of more suitable candidates.

  10. Venom looked terrible in the movie. TERRIBLE. Not muscular enough, and that head… No tongue and a mouth that looks like a cat’s.

  11. Regarding The Mandarin:
    Before you get too hard on the portrayal (assisted from the costume) of The Mandarin, remember the villain portrayed by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3 isn’t the “real” Mandarin. In the Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King, Trevor Slattery, Kingsley’s character, is taken from prison by a Ten Rings agent posing as a documentary film maker in order to take him to the real Mandarin to answer for the crime of impersonating him.

  12. they really dropped the ball on Emma Frost…january jones was just horrible..could found a much better looking and more skilled actress

  13. In Batman Returns, Catwoman’s outfit is made of black patent leather…there is no spandex, there is only Zuul

  14. And what about Darth Vader???