Just over a year ago, I did an open thread, asking “which character, in your mind, is the best movie villain (or movie villains) of all time?” When we moved to WordPress, we lost all our comments to that post, so, after seeing Superman Returns last night which I thoroughly enjoyed despite is flaws, I ask again, which character do you think is the best movie villain.
That post comes to mind because I delighted in Kevin Spacey‘s performance as the deliciously diabolical Lex Luthor. Just as in Se7en and The Usual Suspects, he proves he can play the villain in a variety of different circumstances. Spacey is certain to join Edward G. Robinson as one of the great actors capable of playing a compelling (and often creepy) bad guy in a great many movies. The dark geniuses of the silver screen.
Despite Kevin Spacey’s brilliance in all the above roles, I always thought Jack Nicholson‘s whimsically maniacal portrayal of the Joker in Tim Burton‘s 1989 Batman made Jack’s Joker the best movie villain of all time, but maybe I’ll change my mind after seeing Meryl Streep tonight in The Devil Wears Prada.