Over the years, a large number of comic book supervillains have been portrayed on the big screen.

Some, like the depictions of Lex Luthor (by both Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey respectively) and Two-Face (by both Tommy Lee Jones and Aaron Eckhart respectively), have been acceptable but not exceptional or horrible.

And, despite the fact that they appeared in blockbuster movies, the likes of Bane (Tom Hardy) and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church) weren’t exactly the highlights of their respective movies, but were decent nonetheless.

So many others were merely average and neither improved nor worsened the overall quality of the movie in which they starred.

Other villainous portrayals, however, have been fantastic, whilst a startling amount of them have been outright horrible. It is those that we will be concentrating on in this article.

To begin with, let’s look at 5 live action depictions of supervillains that were great…

5. Magneto (Ian McKellen)


Ian McKellen portrayed the mutant Magneto in X-Men, X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand and did a grand job.

Conveying a real air of authority and influence, McKellen’s Magneto leads the Brotherhood of mutants who include the likes of Mystique, Toad, Sabretooth and Juggernaut (who isn’t a mutant in the comics, incidentally) over the course of the trilogy.

Not appearing to possess the same level of power and intricacy or the forcefields that Magneto has in the comics, McKellen plays a Magneto who still has sufficient power to lift the Golden Gate Bridge using his control over metal.

Quote: “Are you a God-fearing man, Senator? That is such a strange phrase. I’ve always thought of God as a teacher; a bringer of light, wisdom, and understanding. You see, I think what you really fear is me. Me and my kind. The Brotherhood of Mutants. Oh, it’s not so surprising really. Mankind has always feared what it doesn’t understand. Well, don’t fear God, Senator, and certainly don’t fear me. Not any more.”

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This article was first posted on February 23, 2013