It’s official. Warner Brother and DC Comics are FINALLY moving ahead with their much-anticipated ‘Justice League’ movie. And, while I won’t be holding my breath for it to be made any time soon, I will start speculating on who should be the big bad for the film. The list below consists of my personal choices but I will give you some reasoning behind my selections. Then, afterwards you can comment and let me know where I chose well (or, more likely, how I made some awful picks). Here are my top five picks, in order, for best villain choices for the ‘Justice League’ movie…
5. The Crime Syndicate of America
Do you remember the evil goateed Spock in the ‘Star Trek’ mirror universe episodes? The Crime Syndicate are pretty much that same idea, but with the Justice League. They come from an alternate earth where, instead of being heroes, the CS are domineering overlords over all of their Earth. Consisting of Ultraman, Owlman, Superwoman, Johnny Quick, and Power Ring, they would match up accordingly with the big five of the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern).
4. The Injustice League
The Injustice League are the comic book version of the Legion of Doom from the old ‘Superfriends’ television series. Basically all (and I mean ALL) of the bad guys got together and formed their own alliance against the Justice League. This could be an epic film if done correctly, but I fear that it’d crush itself under the weight of too many villains as so many comic book movies have done before. The only way this would work is if DC does what Marvel did and give each member of the Justice League their own stand alone film before culminating in the ‘Justice League’ movie. That way, the solo films could be used to flesh out the villains before teaming them up as the Injustice League.
Over the years, the ‘Justice League’ comics have seen potential world conquerers come and go. In those early issues, it seems like every other issue had some kind of alien invader trying to conquer the Earth. There were, of course, some standouts like the iconic Starro from the Justice League’s first appearance in ‘Brave and the Bold’ #28. But none were as interesting, or have had as much staying power, as Despero. Despero is the tyrannical ruler of the planet Kalanor. In his first few outings, he was depicted as a thin calculating three-eyed alien who planned his attacks over a chess board. Since then, he’s undergone a change (due to a mystical artifact called the Flame of Py’tar) that has made him even more of a formidable physical challenge. Add on top of his strength that Despero’s third eye allows him great psychic strength, even so powerful as to control the minds of the Justice League’s telepath, the Martian Manhunter, and you’ve got a force to be reckoned with!
So we’ve talked about Starro and Despero and now we’ve got another villain with the ‘o’… Amazo. Amazo is an android, created by the mad scientist Dr. Ivo, that has the ability to mimic the super powers of whoever he comes in contact with. That means he’s potentially as strong as Superman, as fast as the Flash, and as intelligent and skilled as Batman. Using someone like the Crime Syndicate (above) may be pushing too many villains into the film. Amazo gets around that by having all of the Justice League’s abilities wrapped up in one big ball of destruction! Of course, Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ showed us that sometimes invading armies are much more frightening than a single powerful enemy, and thus we have…
Anyone who’s read DC Comics at all had to have known who would be at the top of this list. Created by the legendary Jack “The King” Kirby as a villain for the ‘New Gods’, Darkseid is the ruler of the hellish world of Apokolips. He has an army of minions and soldiers called Parademons. He’s had run ins with the Justice League on many occasions over the years. He even managed to earn himself a spot on my list of the ‘Top 10 Comic Book Villains of All Time’. Most recently, Darkseid was seen in the first story arc of the New 52 ‘Justice League’ title so we know DC likes this guy and he can definitely hold his own against the League.
So what did you think? Good choices? Who would you have added or eliminated? Would you switch the numbering around? Sound off below and let me know what you think!