The Critical 'I'

Read. React. Repeat.

Monday, July 12, 2004

The Batman was probably right in his assessment. But what's a superhero story without them? Dullsville, baby. Supervillians are prime examples of how it's good to be bad, in the comics and on the silver screen.

As if these criminal masterminds weren't fearsome enough, consider this: Logically, the bad guys vastly outnumber the good guys in the superhero universe(s). Think about it: For every superhero who has his own comic book title (or television series, or movie franchise), s/he has to have a huge gallery of supervillian foes that are cycled through from issue to issue, for variety's sake. Thus, Batman has The Joker, Two-Face, The Penguin, Scarecrow, Ra's Al Ghul and scores of lesser opponents; Spider-Man has Green Goblin, Electro, Dr. Octopus, et al; and on and on.

Doing a census of the Marvel and DC Universes would no doubt reveal a supervillian-to-superhero ratio of something like 20-to-1, at least. With that kind of superiority, you'd think the bad dudes would get wise, team up and take over...