If you would like an example of comic book villains done right you don’t need to look further than the current Netflix Marvel TV shows. For some reason, they are able to offer unique villains that we learn to love and hate simultaneously. The same cannot be said about some of the stinkers we’ve gotten in comic book movies over the years. Here is our list of some of the worst comic book movie villains.
** by worst we mean crappiest **
15. Lenny Luthor (Superman IV: The Quest For Peace)
Lenny Luthor is Lex Luthor’s nephew. He helped Luthor get out of jail, and served as his assistant for a time, although Lex considered him incompetent. He also helped Lex create Nuclear Man in Superman IV: The Quest For Peace. Jon Cryer (of Two and a Half Men) is nothing short of awful here. He is so awful that he makes Nuclear Man seem okay. His character is so misplaced, he could easily have shown up as a villain on the 90s Power Rangers show. Say what you will, he deserves a place on the list of worst comic book movie villains of all time. In fact, he could have been a lot higher up the list had his role not been so unimportant.
14. Dr. Hector Hammond (Green Lantern)
Ignoring his freakishly large head in Green Lantern, Peter Sarsgaard is a pretty solid actor. How he ended up being such a ridiculous and awful character in Green Lantern is beyond our understanding. Just look at that head. You can’t take anyone with a head that big seriously. Maybe playing comic book villains are not his strong point?
13. Bullseye (Daredevil)
The Irish Bullseye is probably one of the worst career choices ever made by Colin Farrell. I’m surprised he doesn’t take as much heat as Ben Affleck does for 2003’s Daredevil. Look at how bad that costume is. This doesn’t resemble the comic book character at all.
12. Ross Webster (Superman III)
The only character worse than Richard Pryor’s Gus Gorman in Superman III was Robert Vaughn’s Ross Webster, a campy version of Lex Luthor. Okay, maybe he isn’t worse than Pryor, but he is still pretty bad. Everything about this movie is bad. To think that Superman gets outsmarted by these clowns is an insult.
11. Rhino (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
I cringe every time I see Paul-Giamatti as Rhino in Amazing Spider-Man 2. His performance is over the top and incredibly cheesy. His facial expressions… sigh… I can’t deal. I’m not sure what he was thinking here, but this is one of the reasons why there wasn’t a follow up film. That crappy Rhino could have destroyed the whole franchise.
10. Selena (Supergirl)
Supergirl had actors like Peter Cook, Peter O’Toole, Mia Farrow and Faye Dunaway but still managed to make a completely rubbish movie. That takes some doing. Dunaway as Selena is a cartoonish monstrosity. In her defence, the material was awful and it almost seems like the director forced her to overact.
09. Slipknot (Suicide Squad)
Ha! Slipknkot barely survived the movie poster. That’s how short his time was in Suicide Squad. Why does he deserve to be on this list? Because we can’t even remember a single good thing about him. What a shame. It seems Native Americans are still getting the short end of the stick all these years later.
07. The Mandrin (Iron Man 3)
A lof of fans felt cheated with Iron Man 3. Why? Because the bad guy wasn’t the bad guy. It was an actor playing an actor playing a bad guy. The Mandarin is to Iron Man what the Joker is to Batman. Oscar winner Ben Kingsley is hilarious in the role, but come’on… The real Mandarin must still be out there somewhere. This trickery left many fans disappointed.
06. Venom (Spider-Man 3)
Topher Grace as a bad guy! Ha! What a laugh! No! How do you take one of Spider-Man’s most notorious villains and turn him into this clown? Eddie Brock deserves more. This is possibly the worst casting of any film ever. Do you think of Venom when you see Eric from That 70s Show? No? Neither do I.
05. Deadpool (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
Even the new Deadpool makes fun of this version. Infamously known for horribly misrepresenting the character, Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine is shamelessly shoehorned into the film for cheap shock value. Whose idea was it to make The Merc With A Mouth a mute? Fire that guy. I’m so glad that this character was redeveloped and given a second chance. Now we have finally gotten the Deadpool fans deserve.
04. Galactus (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
There is something wrong with your film if a cloud in space is your main villain. Galactus certainly deserved more than this laughably weak portrayal in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Perhaps they were running low on budget or didn’t know how to approach the character, but the end result is so lacklustre.
03. Doctor Doom (F4ntastic Four)
Sparkles! Sparkles everywhere! Toby Kebbell is such a good actor. Doctor Doom sadly isn’t one of his better moments. It would have been interesting to see what this character would have been like had the studio not interfered. As is though, it’s awful. It’s like watching a Terminator who swallowed a string of Christmas lights step out of a toaster.
02. Bane (Batman & Robin)
Bane is supposed to have muscles. Big muscles. Here he is looking like a chubby guy with too many veins painted on. I’m going to go ahead and assume that the creators never read a single comic book about the character. He is supposed to be a match for Batman intellectually and physically. This mute wrestler-looking Bane is not. He looks like a giant toad with a bondage mask.
01. Laurel Hedare (Catwoman)
A good villain might have helped Catwoman, instead we got Sharon Stone representing the evil face of the cosmetic industry. The performance is as uneven and her motivations in the film are nothing short of ridiculous. Catwoman was clearly made with an agenda of creating awareness for animal cruelty. Dammit PETA stop funding projects like this. What a disaster.