Throughout the history of cinema, viewers have seen many phases where the villains turned more interesting than the heroes. Perhaps because their skewed perception towards life made a lot more sense and was indeed relatable for the audience. However, nothing could be as gratifying as to see a character coming all over the top with a pack of moral compass and conscience.
Over the last couple of decades, there has been quite some moment where the villains managed to jump over the hero’s appeal on screen. Whether it is about the gypsy who cursed an innocent banker, the cunning schemes of the Joker, or a sniper eliminating people in telephone booths, these 5 villains had their greatest win-loss records –
Before leading the DCEU, director Zack Snyder adapted a similar property like the Justice League. But it was quite a bit different and was named Watchmen. It included the Beatles of heroes with superpowers. Apparently, one of the heroes, Ozymandias, decided to turn into a villain and get the world against Doctor Manhattan. When Rorschach decided to expose Ozymandias, he got obliterated. While many thought it was quite unfilmable, Watchmen (2009) managed to introduce an ending that was satisfying enough to match its source material.
The Social Network
Released in 2010, The Social Network was all about the man behind Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. While Mark isn’t a villain in real life, the film certainly portrayed a dramatic version of his inception. As a result, he (in the movie) got associated with multiple lawsuits, and in the end, even though he has lost a lot of money in the journey; it was all about a drop in the ocean. Similarly, Zuckerberg lost some of his friends in the process. But overall, the character showed up to be one of the high in-demand villains for its sequel as well.
The Dark Knight
When Two-Face was killed in The Dark Knight (2008), Joker was captured. While no villain won at the end of the movie, it was Joker who won, because he believed that even the sanest people can be broken. It all began with the scene where the caped crusader interrogates the Joker. From that exact moment, everything changed and the Gotham turned against their beloved Batman.
The 2002 released film saw a New York publicist getting into a mysterious caller’s trick as he starts answering random calls. Soon, his world crashes down when the mysterious caller forces him to confess about his affair in front of his wife. While he gets held at a gunpoint by the man behind the phone call, he doesn’t get killed. Precisely, Phone Booth is somewhat a PG-13 version of Saw.
Released in 2019, Joker’s titular character won on multiple occasions. While it is quite an irony to accept that Arthur Fleck kept losing throughout the movie, he ended getting bullied by a talk show’s host on TV. But, he got his last laugh. Later, Arthur got vengeance on all who once laughed at him.