Sometimes if I ever feel embarrassed to be a nerd, I remember there’s an Avengers movie and a Game of Thrones TV show. It’s over. Nerds won.
What’s your favorite superhero and supervillian?
I’ll be honest, considering how much time I spend thinking about comic books and superheroes, I have a hard time pinning down a favorite supervillain. I think the main reason for that is how much the quality of a supervillain can depend on the writer; A talented writer can turn even the least interesting villains into genuine threats (Kraven the Hunter was a fun concept, but compared to most of Spider-Man’s rogues gallery he was fairly one-dimensional, until “Kraven’s Last Hunt” writer J.M. DeMatteis managed to make him an incredibly engaging villain). On the other hand, a terrible writer can ruin great villains (like when Brad Meltzer turned Dr. Light into a serial rapist in “Identity Crisis”).
However, I have noticed that most villains, especially in comic books, tend to break down into one of two categories – the Sympathetic Villain and the Monster.
I recently watched DC’s latest animated movie: “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox” (adapted from the DC comic by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert).
A bit of background: The Flash is a guy who runs really fast. He’s a member of the Justice League. In most modern portrayals, he’s the funny guy on the team. DC has historically made very good animated movies and TV shows.
Got it? Good. Because those are all the things you should have to know going into a movie like this. This film, however, also assumes you’ve been reading comics for 30+ years, including probably the original Flashpoint comic. This does not feel like something an average person can pick up and enjoy, because (A) most of them won’t have any idea what’s going on, and (B) it’s basically terrible.
Lots of spoilers follow.
For those who may not know, Venom is one of Spider-Man’s most prolific villains. Introduced in the ’80s, he has all of Spider-Man’s powers, knows all of his secrets, and looks just like Spider-Man’s black costume, but with a great big shark mouth.
He has since switched hosts a few times, and is now bonded with Flash Thompson as a hero, but today we’re focusing on his role as a villain.
More after the cut.