Warner Bros. DC have finally made it to their turn to cease the superhero movie genre by establishing their own cinematic universe, and with this should come the long-awaited debut of its many villains.
We can go on forever as to who has the best superheroes, but when it comes to the bad guys, DC has had it hands down. It’s a shame that its taken so long for some of these infamous figures to make it to the big screen, but seeing the advances the genre has made in the last couple years, it’s probably for the best.
While we’ve seen countless iterations of villains such as The Joker or Lex Luthor, there are a plethora of other interesting adversaries that would take superhero films to a whole other level. It is often the villains that make the best out of these high-end action films after all.
Some of the following characters have been lucky enough to find themselves on the small screen, but now that we understand what a large film studio budget can actually do, it’s safe to agree that these cameos are largely underselling them. Here are a few that us comic book fans are dying to see in Warner Bros. DC upcoming slate.
10. Solomon Grundy
Zombies have always been a mainstay in modern cinema, but rarely are they ever as badass as this anti-hero. The character awoke to find himself as a reanimated corpse after being unjustly murdered and buried in Slaughter Swamp.
Confused and with no memory of his former self, the villain adopts the name Solomon Grundy from a nursery rhyme overheard by a hobo and soon enters a violent rampage killing all those in his path. His new elemental-based body has granted him an insane amount of strength and fortitude, making him virtually indestructible.
He’s taking on various members of the Justice League and has even been seen taking on the likes of Superman “mano y mano.”
9. Black Manta
This villain has been one of Aquaman’s most deadly nemeses since day one and would be one of the perfect characters to help usher the disrespected superhero in his upcoming solo film.
Black Manta’s origin has been one shrouded in mystery, however his hate for the aquatic symbol of justice has been made prominent in each appearance. He often works as a mercenary with an adept level of hand to hand combat as well as underwater weaponry. He also wears a high-tech deep sea diving suit with a signature helmet that emits optic blasts.
“Superman is overpowered.” “No one can beat him, that’s why his movies are boring.” Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you your solution to the dreaded Superman syndrome.
Doomsday is a total abomination due to constant experimentation and cloning, granting him strength on par with the Kryptonian superhero, and unreal regenerating capabilities. Apart from this, Doomsday to this day is the only villain to ever kill Superman, making his big screen debut that much more amazing.
We’ve seen Superman struggle in bouts due to Kryptonite crippling, but we’ve yet to see the symbol of hope succumb to a foe he’s on equal footing with.
7. Black Adam
The big screen may not yet be strong enough to hold the power of this ancient Egyptian prince. Black Adam is the sworn adversary to Captain Marvel (Shazam), and holds all the same mystical powers as the herculean superhero.
He even accesses his powers the same way as the Justice League member, however Black Adam has hundreds of years of more experience than the young Billy Batson in combat, and is also completely ruthless.
None other than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been confirmed to helm the villain in the Shazam! film slated for 2019, and we all can’t wait to see the actor in full costume.
How we’ve had at least a hundred different live action Superman films and not one official Bizarro appearance is beyond me. He’s been a prominent figure within the Superman comics and could serve to add some depth to the already overpowered and “boring” superhero.
Bizarro has first appeared through General Zod’s doing before Lex Luthor was able to exploit the duplicating technology for himself. The villain is depicted as a paler version of the superhero with a childlike mentality, making him an extreme danger to not only himself, but the rest of the world.
Most will remember this character making his grand appearance in the flop Green Lantern film in 2011, however he was only represented as the superhero’s ally in this one and not the diabolic villain he was bound to become later.
Sinestro’s and Green Lantern’s history is just as rich as any two opposing characters in the DC Universe and needs to be done justice in the slated “Green Lantern Corps” film. The villain literally embodies everything the hero has sworn to fight against and has brought out the best stories for the Justice League member.
Finding his way from animation to a live action appearance on the hit CW series Arrow, Deathstroke’s next stop must inevitably be on the big screen.
The character has one of the most interesting origin stories of all the the major DC villains, as he’s most commonly seen opposing the most interesting major DC superhero.
Among being one of the most skilled combatants in his respective universe, Deathstroke is a master strategist and has bested most of the major Justice League members despite having no actual super powers.
Here’s yet another major Superman villain that has for too long eluded the live action movies. Brainiac, unlike most of the superhero’s villains, is completely cerebral and only seeks to absorb eternal knowledge.
Nicknamed the Collector of Worlds, Brainiac will travel galaxies far and wide to invade different planets and shrink them down to levels easy for observing. This would often result in the destruction of the entire world, showcasing the villain’s lack of empathy toward anything that doesn’t help him quest his endless thirst.
2. Court of Owls
Sometimes the most tantalizing villains are the ones you don’t see. After this criminal organization’s debut in the New 52 comics, Batman fans everywhere have demanded to see them fully embellished in live action.
We’ve gotten closer to this goal with the Fox series Gotham setting the stage for their own interpretation, but this secret society would undoubtedly do amazing things in a solo Batman flick.
“Beware the Court of Owls, that watches all the time,
Ruling Gotham from a shadowed perch, behind granite and lime.
They watch you at your hearth, they watch you in your bed.
Speak not a whispered word about them, or they’ll send the Talon for your head.”
That’s right. There will be no such thing as DC Cinematic Universe without the inclusion of this big bad. There is simply no being in the the comics more absolute or as big of a threat to the entire Justice League.
Darkseid resides and rules on his planet of Apokolips, however that just isn’t enough for the omnipotent overlord. His conquests have frequently put him at odds with the Justice League, and while they’ve always managed to thwart his plan, he’s infamous for pushing them all to their absolute limits.
Villains like Darkseid are considered the “final boss” for movie franchises like these, meaning he’ll most likely make his appearance in the Justice League film.