Perhaps I have been stuck at home too long now. So far I think I have watched the movie Underdog thirteen more times than is healthy.
But it’s made me wonder about villains. Dr. Bar Sinister is the evil-doer in this particular movie, going toe-to-toe with the wonderous Underdog. Admittedly, even the hero is cartoony but the villain is at least as phony. Yes, I know it’s for kids…I’m not that slow. Still.
What makes a great villain? Why is someone like Batman’s Joker so scary and someone like Batman’s Mr. Freeze so not? Goofy powers? I mean, the Penguin can lean towards the comical…but Danny DeVito’s portrayal definitely freaked me out. Then there’s Superman’s Lex Luther–odd land-grab plots aside, he’s a fairly decent villain…definitely maniacal enough to hold attention, if not necessarily scare the pants off of you.
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.