10 Bad Comic Book Villains Who Were Still Better Than Steppenwolf

A rundown of the Rogue's Gallery rejects.

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As anyone who takes even a passing interest in blockbuster cinema will doubtless be aware by now, Justice League is in cinemas, and - as has long since been the norm with DC movies - it's proved to be a somewhat polarising movie.

Some love it, some hate it, and both sides have a lot to say on the matter, but in general it seems there's more positivity from audiences than from those dreaded critics, who seem to be regarded by a great many fans as the worst adversaries of the DC Extended Universe.

Still, if the critics are to be declared the greatest enemy of the Justice League, so be it. Goodness knows the movie itself is in dire need of an even-remotely decent villain.

While plenty can be said in favour of Justice League's heroes, there is very, very little to be said in favour of their antagonist, Steppenwolf. As if the character's motivation - find magic boxes, blow up Earth - wasn't generic and tedious enough on its own, Steppenwolf himself is so bland and forgettable it's untrue.

Pity poor CiarĂ¡n Hinds, charged with the thankless task of trying to breathe some life into that dirge of psuedo-Shakespearean monologues. And given that he's 100% CGI, couldn't they at least have animated a remotely expressive face?

Perhaps it's too early to say for sure, but it seems inevitable that film history will write off Steppenwolf as the blandest superhero movie villain ever. He's so bad, he even makes some of this lot seem good.

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