10 Things You Didn’t Know About Superhero Villains
Comic book superheroes are some of the most popular characters in fiction. Batman, Superman, the Avengers, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four are just some of the kind of examples we’re referring to when we say that. But, of course, superheroes wouldn’t be what they are without an antithesis – and they come in the form of supervillains.
Supervillains are actually some of the most interesting and complex characters going. Their motives for being evil, their aesthetic qualities, and their powers and abilities vary to the extent that no two are truly the same – and some are every bit as popular as their heroic counterparts as a result.
They’ve transcended the comic book genre, along with the heroes they antagonise, to appear in movies, television shows, video games and various other media platforms. But exactly how much do you know about them? We think there are some facts about the best supervillains out there that might just surprise you. Here are ten things you didn’t know about some of your favourite superhero’s villains.
Given that she’s become one of the most recognisable and popular characters in comic books over the past few years, it might come as something of a surprise to you to learn that Harley Quinn’s origins weren’t in paper form. The Joker’s girlfriend – who will be played by the gorgeous Margot Robbie in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie – actually started life as the Clown Prince of Crime’s animated accomplice in the “Joker’s Favor” episode of Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992. She has since gone on to appear in nearly 1000 comics and we really can’t wait to see Robbie’s take on the character in the coming weeks.
Deadshot is the Suicide Squad member with the perfect aim. He’s an extraordinary marksman who will be portrayed by Will Smith in the upcoming movie about the aforementioned team. Something you might not know about the character in the comic books, however, is that he actually has a death wish – and that makes the Suicide Squad the perfect team for him. He accidentally killed his own brother and was plagued by feelings of self-loathing and guilt as a result. Consequently, he sought out a spectacular death of his own – although he never did so without putting up a fight, but the fact is he wants to die and puts no value on his own life whatsoever.
Thanos is an incredibly powerful cosmic villain from the pages of Marvel comic books. Able to take on entire teams of Avengers on his own, the villain also known as the Mad Titan has been picked to be the big-bad in the ever-popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, having first appeared in the mid-credits scene of 2012’s The Avengers. But, in spite of his enormous power, did you know that he’s responsible for some of the lamest moments in comic book history? Let’s run through a handful; First of all, he owned the worst vehicle ever seen in a comic book – a helicopter known as the Thanos-copter. Second of all, he was arrested by a group of cops. A group of normal Earth cops. And finally, he was defeated by Squirrel Girl. A mutant with Squirrel-like powers. Thanos doesn’t seem so scary now, huh?
The Joker is now the most iconic comic book villain of all time and is, arguably, right up there with any other villain in fiction in terms of his cultural status – but that wasn’t always the plan for the character. In fact, Batman’s arch-enemy was actually supposed to be killed off in his first appearance. That was in Batman #1 in 1940, but the comic’s editor saw something in the Clown Prince of Gotham that made him keep him alive. The rest, as they say, is history, and the character has gone on to appear on countless media platforms, with Jared Leto set to follow in the footsteps of Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger by bringing the character to life on the big screen in this year’s Suicide Squad movie.