Over the last few years, there’s been a resurgence of superheroes, though not in comic book form but instead in movies. Everyone from Wolverine and Spider-Man to Captain America and Thor have gotten their own films — some better than others, and then that Green Lantern movie that we don’t discuss.
It doesn’t look like the superhero craze will die down any time soon, so it’s no wonder that comic book legends have also made their way to the theater stage. On Broadway, there’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which got off to a rocky start but is now consistently among the top-selling tickets for Broadway shows. Starting today, It's A Bird! It's A Plane! It's Superman!, a play featuring the Man of Steel, premieres at New York City Center.
But what about the villains? I can’t say I’m a comic book reader (I’m not) but I’m a total sucker for superhero movies, especially the kind that make me sympathize with the villain. (Think "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter.") So here are my picks for villains whose stories I’d totally pay to see in theaters, live and on the big screen.
If you’ve ever seen the "X-Men" movies (new or old), then you know a little bit about Mystique. For one, she’s blue with yellow eyes, and her powers are awesome. As a mutant, she can shape shift into literally anyone. Um, how handy is that? For most of her life she’s a supervillain, although she also spends some time working as a double agent and generally being one of the most amazing supervillains ever by just wrecking everyone’s lives. She’s crazy old, so she has a long, complex history, and I’m sure there’s some sort of touching back story there that could pull at your heartstrings.