You can take your Supermans, your Batmans, your Anna Kareninas. For every milquetoast hero there is a better, more memorable villain. Case in point: Kevin Costner’s Robin Hood versus Alan Rickman’s Sheriff of Nottingham. Who did you remember? Who would YOU want to party with? Who got the best lines? Point made.
If you want memorable, look to the antagonists, the anti-heroes, the worst of the worst. What better way to commemorate the past year than to look back at itsbest on-screen baddies? Here then, for your consideration, are the Top 10 Movie Villains of 2012.
10. Silva in Skyfall
Granted, his hair looked like a throw back to a bad 70s porno, but that just upped the creep factor for evil hacker, killer and mastermind extraordinaire Silva. He was one step ahead of MI-5 throughout Skyfall and, in the end, he did achieve his ultimate goal: killing Judi Dench’s M. True; he died in the attempt; took out Bond’s childhood estate plus a bunch of other super secret spy agents; and the pretty damsel in distress who Bond (yet again) failed to rescue. Actually, now that I think about it, that’s pretty good. That’s one unending path of destruction! He also put Ben Whishaw’s new, young, Gen Y snot-face Q in his place. Oh and he hit on Bond. C’mon. That’s awesome. So much better than Le Chiffre.
9. Loki in The Avengers
Grandiose, yet with gorgeous comedic timing,and a gorgeous accent and gorgeous hair and gorgeous . . . ok, you have a villain who’s played by Tom Hiddleston, you’re going to have the girls swooning. That opera scene? With him in the suit? With the walking stick? He was every nerd-girl-with-a-dark-side’s fantasy. Sophistication plus menace equals the ultimate bad-boy date. Granted, he did deserve that smack down the Hulk gave him in the end, but one must feel a little bad for him. He has daddy issues. And mommy issues. And family issues. After all, he was adopted. That’s bound to give any scion of Valhalla a chip on the shoulder, eh? Sigh. A baddie with an emotional Achilles heel. He’s so vulnerable! Yet so evil! Perhaps he could be redeemed by a cute yet plucky girl who wears glasses and can quote every single episode of Firefly by heart. Swoon. (Boys, stop making faces. We all know what was going through your heads every time Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was on screen. And it wasn’t admiration of her fighting technique.)
8. Bane in The Dark Knight Rises
Weird voice aside, he kicked butt and no one can challenge the raw adrenaline he inspired in that opening plane kidnapping scene. Here was a man who REALLY wasn’t afraid to wreak havoc. Plus, the mask was pretty menacing, even if it did really screw up his articulation. Also, did you see his biceps? He could probably take down the Empire State Building with one punch alone. Any villain who can bring both Gotham AND Batman to their knees is one to watch and Bane did both with brutal style and efficiency.
7. Miranda Tate/Talia al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises
She’s Bane’s boss. She’s Liam Neeson’s daughter. She stabs Batman in the back (literally!). And she does it with Marion Cotillard’s the camera-loves-‘em eyes. ‘Nuff said.
6. 48 Frames per second in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Smaug? Nah. The Necromancer? No way. Gollum? Please. The biggest villain in the first installment of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy (other than the fact he made one book—ONE BOOK—into a trilogy) was the technique he used to film it. And here’s a list within a list of reasons why:
a) It made the film look like a 70s British soap opera/the old episodes of Doctor Who. Take your pick as to which is more obnoxious;
b) The rendering of the Orc-Inside-the-Mountain Kingdom looked like a model train set gone very, very, wrong;
c) Why did Bilbo’s motions suddenly have a super-speed-like quality? He’s a hobbit, not a mutant from X-Men, even if he does have The One Ring;
d) It could not achieve universal release because not all movie theaters are equipped to show a 3-D film shot at 48 frames per second. Today, you can choose to see: The (normal) Hobbit, The 3-D Imax Hobbit, The 3-D 48 frames per second Hobbit. Araragrhagh. Too. Much. Choice.
e) The grass looked weird.
5. Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman
Why in the world this nutball thought that Kristen Stewart’s Snow White was prettier than her is beyond me. But hey, you can’t account for the insanity of evil, right? On the crazy-scale hot scale, Ravenna (a.k.a the Evil Queen) probably scored a 20 on a scale of 1 to 10. She ruled the kingdom with an iron fist, she tried her best to destroy innocent Snow White, and she recruited hot hot hot HOT Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. The woman’s got style, taste, aplomb and a sincerely rockin’ wardrobe. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who pray tell, was the most wicked of them all? Um. Duh.
4. The Iceberg in Titanic 3-D
It looked whiter, colder, sharper, and even more of a ship sinker in 3-D. James Cameron: we’ll never let go.
3. Calvin Candie in Django Unchained
Leonardo DiCaprio is perfect, absolutely pitch-perfect as plantation owner Calvin Candie in Quentin Tarantino’s latest about a slave turned bounty hunter who sets off to rescue his wife from (you guessed it) Calvin Candie. The accent, the gestures, the Southern charm; they ooze out of Candie like a smelly yet somehow attractive melted box of fudge. You love, even as you hate this racist, masochistic, hubris overloaded Southern asswipe (pardon my French). Do you want him to win and the South to rise again? A little. (Especially since they cast Jamie Foxx—JAMIE FOXX—in the role of Django and not someone awesome like Idris Elba. C’mon. Stringer Bell would have ROCKED Django. Just sayin’).
2. Vilain from The Expendables 2
Crappy wordplay aside (Vilain? Really? Really?) the man was played by Jean-Claude Van Damme. For 80s and early 90s nostalgia sake alone, Vilain deserves a spot on the list. He kicks butt, he speaks with a vague yet unidentifiable European accent and he causes lots and lots and lots of things to blow up. In a Stallone movie, that’s really all that’s required from the main menace and Vilain delivers with customary action-movie panache.
1. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 from 2012’s Movie Releases
Every single Twilight movie is an enemy to cinema.