Here is our MovieCricket Top 5 DCU Villains to take the lead antagonist spot in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman in 2015. We have our heroes. Now we need to choose a villain who is big, bad and evil enough to threaten both.
This villain must be intelligent enough to out-smart Batman. He must be strong enough to go toe-to-toe with Superman. He must be dangerous enough to threaten the World enough to forge an alliance between Batman and Superman when tensions between the two may be high. The only way he can be stopped, is if The Dark Knight and Superman are to team up. So, let’s go!
Doomsday is an unstoppable, remorseless and chaotic killing machine. Doomsday is unable to comprehend the idea of feelings or emotions and he does not know fear or pain. And most importantly, Doomsday is known as the DCU villain that killed Superman.
In “The Death of Superman”, Doomsday proves he is one of the mightiest beings to threaten the DC Universe. He is physically imposing and threatening, which would look fantastic on screen up against the Bat and Superman. The draw back of casting Doomsday is development of character. He is the embodiment of physical threat, not intelligence and could not provide too much dialogue. This would not necessarily be a bad thing, as Doomsday rampaging through the streets of Gotham or Metropolis would be enough to bring the Bat and Superman together, but he doesn’t provide a spectrum of character dimension. He is more likely to be used down the line as part of a Super-Villain squad or as a pet let off the leash by another Super Villain.
However, any character who can ‘kill’ Superman is worthy of this list. Formerly known as The Ultimate, an evolutionary monster that adapts to survive through death and destruction, Doomsday makes Number 5.
Brainiac is a collector of worlds. He is famous for miniaturizing and bottling the greatest cities and civilizations the universe has to offer and then destroying the home world. Brainiac even bottled Kandor of Superman’s home world of Krypton and black-mails him with it in a story-arch which may well influence how Batman vs. Superman pans out – The Dark Knight Strikes Again.
If Zach Snyder was to deploy Brainiac as the villain of his 2015 mega movie, he would have vast amounts of creative leeway, and it would not even mean the end of Brainiac for future movies. Brainiac has avoided death numerous times, and even survived the loss of his physical form by downloading himself elsewhere. He has been embodied as a humanoid-alien, the last of its kind or even as a completely inorganic robot. Or a hybrid of the two. Brainiac would make a good villain as if he was defeated in Batman vs. Superman, he could return in a later movie, perhaps as the partner or play-thing of a certain DCU villain who will turn up later in the list…
In short, Brainiac is intelligent enough to take on Batman, and physically threatening enough to challenge the might of both DC superheroes. Zack Snyder could choose much worse than Brainiac.
Although coming in at number 3, Deathstroke is realistically the outsider of this list. His position purely represents how much fun it would be to see Batman and Superman take on Deathstroke. Make no mistake, in this movie or not, Deathstroke will turn up in a DCU film in the future. He is too good not to.
So, Deathstroke is not typically a Superman nemesis, but rather a blight of the entire Justice League. Deathstroke is a mercenary for hire. He is among the most intelligent men in the DCU in terms of strategy, fighting ability and tactics, capable of engaging several members of the Justice League in one epic battle. In one of my favourite comics, Identity Crisis, Deathstroke beat the crap out of Green Arrow, Hawkman, Green Lantern, The Flash and other Justice league characters, proving his heritage and ability to take the starring lead antagonist role. He would look the part and fit the bill, but something just tells me he will be over looked – or more positively, saved for future movies.
Deathstroke is a genetically modified human, grounding him within a realistic universe, similar to that of Batman. Deathstroke would be more of an adversary for Batman, rather than Superman. Realistically, Batman is a strategist, a detective and a ferocious executor of justice – but is bound in a mortal shell. He may be able to defeat the likes of Superman and DCU villains not of this world, but if Zack Snyder wants to base his movie in a similar aesthetic as Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, Batman could fight the likes of Deathstroke without the suspension of disbelief as to how Batman would realistically engage a foe like Brainiac, Parasite or Metallo.
Perhaps if the movie was to feature numerous villains, this could be a plot path to pursue. If we were being greedy 3 and 1 on this list could make an incredibly powerful and believable team, with number 1 being the mastermind behind it all, hiring the mercenary to do his dirty work.
Deathstroke also has the benefit of riding a tidal wave of hype and extra attention he will inevitably get from his heavy involvement in the new Batman game, Arkham Origins.
Darkseid is the major essence in the DC Villain Universe. His presence in this movie would demand attention and perfect execution.
When DC relaunched their titles as the New 52, Darkseid was the first superior threat to take on the Justice League. He is a formidable foe. His strength, reflexes and ferocity are enough to subdue Superman, and what makes him terrifying is that he only resorts to his physical strength when his mind fails him – which is more than a match for Batman.
Darkseid is a master of manipulation, making him ideal to potentially face Batman and Superman against each other. However, I believe that Darkseid is too big for this movie. He deserves to take on this Justice League in all its might, not just two of its strongest heroes before they have even forged an alliance.
Darkseid would make this movie truly epic, but it would be going too big too soon. He is much more likely to be saved for the Justice League movie , which will inevitably come since Warner Bros announced that they will significantly focus on DC related releases for the foreseeable future.
With the Marvel Cinematic Universe saving their major players, such as Thanos, for later releases, it is likely the DCU will do the same. Thanos of course was teased at the end of Marvel’s Avengers, and in all honesty, he shares a resemblance to Darkseid in his approach to villainy and appearance. Could Zack Snyder produce a similar teaser for Darkseid at the end of Batman vs. Superman for a future release?
For me, Darkseid is the most formidable opponent the Justice League can face. But he is not right for this movie. There is only one man that is.
1. LEX LUTHOR
Lex Luthor is arguably the most famous villain is all the DC Universe. He is one of the brightest minds in terms of strategy, business, politics and general villainy. Lex Luther lives to provide a real archenemy for Superman, despite his human mortality. We have seen Lex Luthor on screen before, in Smallville for example, however it is time to deploy his big guns. There is so much more dimension and story to this character, and he fits perfectly in the Batman vs. Superman model.
Firstly, again, remember this is a Man of Steel sequel. The focus will likely be on Superman. In Man of Steel, there are glimpses of LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises property, showing the existence of Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel world, and we all know now that Bruce Wayne is to turn up – why not Lex as well?
The possiblities are endless with Lex Luthor, who can provide a formidable, but Earth-bound threat to both heroes. With the story line likely being politically motivated, such as Batman being an outlaw and Superman being government-sent to bring him in, Lex Luthor would make an excellent Government enemy who wants both heroes gone. And let’s be honest, Lex suited up in his War Suit is enough to crush Batman and fulfill his vendetta against the Man of Steel.
Luthor could be pulling the political strings to have Batman killed, outlawed or jailed, using Superman as his pawn. Only for Superman and Batman to unite and defeat their opponent. Lex Luthor has been President of the United States, an Orange Lantern and even a pawn himself to the likes of Brainiac and Darkseid in the past. This story of escalation could work perfectly in terms of bringing in Darkseid/Brainiac for the next big DCU movie. Zod<Lex Luthor<Darkseid/Brainiac. Escalation theory has already proven to be a successful element of a realistic superhero series with Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight.
Lex Luthor and Batman are the only two humans on Earth who can threaten Superman. This makes for an interesting reality check for Superman, who saved the world in his first movie. Bruce and Lex have had crossings in the past, so perhaps even in terms of economics, Bruce and Lex could go toe-to-toe adding further dimension. By using Lex Luthor, Zack Snyder could draw upon comics such as The Dark Knight Returns of Dark Knight Strikes Again for his story to set Batman and Superman against each other.
Lex Luthor is perfect for the lead antagonist in Batman vs. Superman. He is a narcissistic, homicidal maniac, that on the surface is cold, collected and composed. He provides numerous story arcs, and by no means does his featuring in this movie mean the end of Lex Luthor, for his heritage within the DC universe is so vast, that storylines concerning him can continue for years to come. Movie Cricket declare Lex Luthor as the must-have villain for Batman vs. Superman.
What do you make of our Top 5? Do you agree? What would you change? Tell us in the comments!
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