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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics

2013 1h 39m Documentary List
Reviews 75% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Zack Snyder, Guillermo del Toro and others shine a light on DC Comics' infamous rogues gallery, which includes such characters as Lex Luthor, the Joker and Doomsday. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Brian Costello Common Sense Media Insightful docu on the bad guys we love to hate. Rated: 4/5 Dec 2, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Doesn't really go over each character, just concept of villains. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review daniel m Very cool documentary about DC comic villains. 3.5/5 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Necessary Evil is an introductory documentary into the supervillains of DC universe. There's nothing new to see for comic book readers but may be interesting for new comers. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member A really good guide to those are taking their first steps into the world of DC comics Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Udayalaksmanakartiyasa H Such a shame this is such an unnecessary movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/15 Full Review Audience Member I'm not sure who "Necessary Evil: The Villains of DC Comics" is aimed towards but it's an enjoyable documentary nonetheless. As you might expect, the film discusses in length the notable villains of the DC Universe. It covers old favorites like The Joker and Lex Luthor, famous villainesses like Catwoman and Poison Ivy and new villains like Wonder Woman's half-brother The First Born. Guest speakers like Guillermo Del Toro, Wrestling stars and psychologists talk about the need of a good villain to contrast a hero. Recurring elements in characters like The Penguin, General Zod, Sinestro and Ocean Master are discussed at length. We also learn why these characters are so important when building a rich mythology and the different interpretations of other iconic supervillains like the Flash's Rogues Gallery or the Legion of Doom. We get clips from films, video games, TV shows, comic book panels and more to make this more than just a collection of interviews and talking heads. A flaw in this documentary is that it often feels more like a bonus feature than an actual film. Not to say at all that it's bad, but if you're a hardcore DC Comics fan, there's a lot here that you already know and you'll be surprised to see that some characters are not mentioned at all in the documentary. There are no clips of Heath Ledger as the Joker and not even a sentence about Superman's foe Mr. Mxyzptlk. No Christopher Nolan Joker? Isn't it strange that one of the most iconic villains brought to film is barely addressed in a documentary all about iconic DC Comics characters? As for that imp from the 4th Dimension that's constantly trying to meddle in the Man of Steel's life, he and other more comedic villains are never mentioned at all and to me, it felt like it was as if the people making this documentary had an agenda to not truly address the question, but to give credibility to comic books instead of pleasing the already existing fan base. This is why the movie felt very much like it was targeted not to people that are unfamiliar with the characters of DC Comics but to the casual fans. I felt like the whole thing was aimed towards the guys who had some toys as kids and who have been watching the movies or playing the video games but haven't read a comic in several years. It really leaves you wanting more if you're a hardcore fan (which you might guess I am). I felt like there is a lot of missing information because of my familiarity with the subject matter. For example, there is a whole segment about female villains and Catwoman in particular is highlighted but her multiple film roles or the fact that she even starred in her own spin-off film are never really addressed. Granted, that movie is universally reviled but it does speak volumes about the character's popularity that a studio was willing to make a movie solely to bank on the Catwoman name. If you're not at all familiar with any of the characters, I'm not sure what you would be doing watching the movie in the first place but I often found that it went through a lot of characters' backstories very quickly so I can easily see someone getting lost when it comes to all of the different colourful criminals, magical beings and aliens shown off. I was also hoping to see more of the outsider's view on the characters (from the psychologists or people not involved directly in the publication of the graphic novels). It sounds like I'm really coming down hard on the movie but I'm not. It's very professionally done and for the immense amount of things there are to talk about when it comes to the foes of Batman, Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman, it does a pretty good job covering a lot of ground. Even as someone very familiar with the characters I did learn new things, I enjoyed seeing the excitement and enthusiasm that everyone involved has for the fiction and Christopher Lee does a fine job narratingthe whole thing. I'm not sure if he heard this was a movie about bad guys so he amped up the sinister-ness of his voice or the people in charge kept telling "Needs more Saruman!" but either way it was a lot of fun to listen to. It would be really exciting to see a follow up on these, one focussing solely on one of the chapters, like an hour and a half discussion on "polar opposite villains", "movie interpretations" or "female villains". I doubt we'll ever see these, but like any well made documentary, it will certainly generate a lot of interesting conversations between those who have seen. For this reason I do recommend it for casual fans of the comics but there's something here for anyone that's remotely interested in the characters. My copy came included with the new "Batman: Arkham Origins" game and for me, it was a very nice, entertaining bonus I can see myself watching again with some friends so that we can discuss some of our favorite characters. (On Blu-ray, October 29, 2013) Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Zack Snyder, Guillermo del Toro and others shine a light on DC Comics' infamous rogues gallery, which includes such characters as Lex Luthor, the Joker and Doomsday.
Director
Scott Devine, J.M. Kenny
Screenwriter
Scott Devine, Jack Mulligan
Genre
Documentary
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 14, 2013
Runtime
1h 39m
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