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Who Are the Best Female Supervillains?

December 21, 2016 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

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Last week we discussed, “Is the Wonder Woman Backlash Justified?” Here’s what you all had to say:

Matt Bauer: “”the reality is that the character’s current iteration is that of a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions”

What does being white have to do with it? Completely unnecessary point and makes me think the petition goes a little deeper for whoever wrote it than being about cleavage and being a fictional character.”

redraptor: “Well, I’m glad the UN has solved all the other problems in the world.

First it’s the UN, exactly when have these clowns been relevant or even useful? The only people who consider the UN a power are fundamentalist Christians who see the anti-Christ in everything.

Secondly, Im surprised it took this long for them to throw a fit over her. An empowered woman, who does what she wants when she wants, running around in skintight clothes if not a bathing suit of varying skimpiness depending on which artist is in charge, prays to gods everyone agrees are false (I could be wrong on everyone, if you do pray to the greek pantheon of gods no offense meant.), and has recently come out as taking part in lesbian relationships.

I don’t read Wonder Woman so I might be off in the descriptors above, but any one of those is enough to piss off a good portion of countries around the world. I’ve been to quite a few countries, and the world is not some super tolerant place where everyone is equal. It’s not very nice in many places. Racist, sexist, nationalist, elitist, classist, you name it, bigots abound. We are one of the most tolerant, forward thinking countries in the world and we need to understand when we hold up our fictional, half naked, lesbian, woman’s lib character it’s going to turn off a great many people in the world’s population.

Personally? With that particular picture above? She has totally unrealistic proportions and a ridiculous uniform. With such an athletic build and background, scientifically, her chest size shouldn’t be so naturally voluptuous. Her uniform should have legs and sleeves, show off whatever you want ladies but if your going to fight firebreathing whatevers and sword bearing lunatics at least get some burn protection or something that can give you a little protection from the elements. Seriously, what does she use to keep the bottom of the uniform from disappearing up her hoo-ha the second she takes a step much less leaps at a villian? On the other hand with an outfit like above, brazilian wax jobs have got to be a tax write off.

I’m a fan of Mark Waid and Alex Ross’ portrayal in Kingdom Come. Classy, dangerous, thoughtful, and equal with the big boys.”

That guy: “I nominate Psylocke.”

TheR: “Maybe if Wonder Woman was wearing a robe of a veil she there would be more universal acceptance. My goodness watch women beach volleyball.”

Mark of Excellence: “A strong woman can’t be sexy?”

lilidiamond: “At the end of the day: the world is full of inspirational and brilliant women who could be an ambassador for the UN. Having a fictional character doing the job of a real person just feels wrong and I’m glad that Wonder Woman isn’t associated with stupid tokenistic position.

That said Wonder Woman will always inspire people through her existence alone. While her actual comics may leave something to be desired for lengthy runs, the character is an icon for a reason and that won’t be changing anytime soon.”

Ted Bouchard: “Not justified. Just another example of SJW Nazis crying like little babies. You can’t please them unless you completely bow to them. WW is a hero. PERIOD.
btw, I thought bodyshaming was considered TABOO for SJW Nazis/ LMAO”

To read ALL the comments, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we discuss…

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Best Female Supervillains!

We learned from The Hollywood Reporter that Suicide Squad director David Ayer has signed on to direct Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn spinoff movie titled Gotham City Sirens. The film will reportedly feature some of DC Comics’ best female villains, like Catwoman and Poison Ivy, and will hit theaters in front of a proposed Suicide Squad sequel.

What better time to talk about the Best Female Supervillains?

Is there anyone with more buzz than Harley Quinn? Harley first appeared on Batman: The Animated Series back in 1992. She made her first comic book appearance in The Batman Adventures #12 and has steadily climbed in the eyes of fans. Harley is a frequent accomplice and girlfriend of the Joker and her origin story revealed that she met him while working as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum, where the Joker was a patient. Today, Harley more than holds her own, no longer having to rely on the Joker. Fun, dangerous, and has a brain for doing bad. Harley’s popularity hasn’t even reached it’s peak yet.

If Harley Quinn is the new Queen of Supervillains, you have to tip your hat to the former Queen, Catwoman! She’s been around since 1940 and while she was originally portrayed as a supervillain and adversary of Batman, since the 1990s, she has moved over to being more of an antiheroine rather than a traditional villain. Catwoman is known for having a complex love-hate relationship with Batman and has been Batman’s most enduring love interest. But make no mistake, even when she’s doing good, her true nature is to get what she wants, no matter how. Even with her back and forth leanings, she’s usually front and center in a number of storylines and was even the crime kingpin of Gotham in Batman: Eternal. This is one cat who always seems to end up landing on her feet.

Another Batman villain-ness who comes to mind is Poison Ivy. Poison Ivy is one of the world’s most notorious eco-terrorists. She is obsessed with plants, botany, and environmentalism. She uses toxins from plants and mind controlling pheromones for her criminal activities, which are usually aimed at protecting the natural environment. She has proven to be one of Batman’s more powerful foes, as she is one of the few members of the Dark Knight’s Rogues Gallery to display anything close to superpowers and has even been a love interest for Batman in the past. In one story, she was robbing a charity gala Bruce Wayne and Barry Allen were attending. Her first kiss was poison, the second its antidote. When they first meet, her toxic lips planted a seed of toxic rapture in Bruce. But when she later kissed a dying Dark Knight, she unknowingly cured her intended victim and established a budding romantic tension between them. Green thumb jokes, anyone?

Batman also has to contend with Talia. Super smart and super dangerous, Talia is the daughter of Ra’s Al Ghul, another Batman villain of merit. Batman and Talia fought one another, loved each other, and even had a child together, Damian Wayne. As dangerous as she is, she has potential to be even bigger.

Another baddie from DC has to be one you might not normally think of. Amanda Waller. A ruthless high-ranking government official who uses political connections, intelligence, and sheer intimidation to get things done, she’s been mixed up with Checkmate, A.R.G.U.S., and, most notably, the Suicide Squad.

Jumping over to Marvel, Dark Phoenix stands out as one of the most powerful and destructive supervillains the X-Men, and the world, has ever faced. When Jean Grey was host to the Phoenix force, it would mark one of the biggest moments in comics history. The Dark Phoenix destroyed an entire solar system and Jean Grey’s sacrificial death is still spoken about today.

Few remember that Rogue started off as a baddie but many know the evil Mystique has done. A dangerous shapeshifter, Mystique has long terrorized the X-Men, solo and with the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. You know they’re bad because it says so in their name. She’s the mother of Nightcrawler and the stepmother of Rogue and has played all sides against one another. She plays by her own set of rules and has achieved a solid level of success in the X-Men movies, thanks to Jennifer Lawrence.

Another one who has crossed back and forth over the good/bad line is Emma Frost. Also once known as the White Queen, Emma evolved from a supervillain and foe of the X-Men, to becoming a superhero and one of the X-Men’s most central members and leaders. Frost has vast telepathic abilities, including mind control, memory alteration, and astral projection along with being capable of shapeshifting into a solid diamond with superhuman strength, stamina, psychic immunity, and durability. Good thing she’s on the X-Men’s side now.

Thanks to the X-Men, we also have the Viper or Madame Hydra, if you will. While not as well known as the others, she is portrayed as one of the most powerful women in the Marvel universe and for good reason. She has come into conflict with a number of superheroes and supervillains over the years. Her nihilism and tendency to spread death around her has made it hard for other villains to associate with her. Only the Red Skull has found it a charming and even pursued a relationship with her for a while. Things went sour when the Skull found out Viper was using his resources to finance massacres with no apparent financial benefit for either of them. Keep an eye on this one.

Yet another one from the X-Men is the underrated Cassandra Nova. Created by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely, Cassandra is a “mummudrai,” a parasitic life form born bodiless on the astral plane. The mummudrai that became Cassandra became telepathically entangled with the future Charles Xavier, who possesses vast mutant telepathic powers. This granted Cassandra some psionic powers herself, including the ability to exit the womb and create a body. Scary stuff. Cassandra is Xavier’s ideological dark shadow, bent on destruction and genocide. She is most infamous for commanding an army of Sentinels to massacre 16 million mutants within the mutant homeland of Genosha. Yeah, she’s pretty nasty.

Who did I leave out? Cheetah, Star Sapphire, Enchantress, Lady Deathstrike? Who is the Best Female Supervillain to you?

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That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!