So I am curious about something. Why does everyone think despite Superman having a grand total of 6 live action movies. That they have used so little of his rogues gallery in those movies.
I mean let’s review…
Superman I - Lex Luthor as the baddie. Makes perfect sense, who else but Lex as the baddie.
Superman II - General Zod. Ok fair enough and can’t argue the movie likely is the main reason he is arguably Superman’s second biggest villain. Although who else was in it Luthor
Superman III - No comic Book villain
Superman IV - Lex Luthor… and another villain they mad up.
Superman Returns - More Luthor. I mean I get it was a quasi sequel to Superman II but again… more Luthor.
Batman v Superman - Well Batman was who he fought the most, but who was behind it… ding ding dign. Luthor. And a Doomsday appearance that deserves better but at least they mixed it up. Sort of.
So in 6 movies… more then any DC Superhero save Batman (by far more then any save Batman), we get 3 villains from the comics (Luthor, Zod, Doomsday) and one not even using a comic book villain. And Luthor was in five of them. Hell, even Zod and Doomsday had to share screen time with Luthor.
Now don’t get me wrong… it’s Lex Luthor. And I know that his rogues don’t have the same kind of depth Batman does (few do). But at the same time Batman’s movie villains almost reach the double digits. He has had more villains adapted then total number of movies.
So how in six movies does Superman basically fight the same villain in all but one of them and only 2 others are even squeezed in? I often wondered if non-comic fans even realize Superman has more then three enemies? Before the Death of Superman I wondered if they knew he had more then 2. (It is ironic too because Zod despite being such an A-List villain has been in relatively few stories compared to Superman’s other top baddies. He basically disappeared for the better part of like 2 decades unless I forget something during the Crisis.
I mean how have we had six movies and Braniac yet to appear in the big screen? Or Mongul, Bizarro, or hell even Metallo all would have movie villain potential.
I know that special effects limitations and some of his more big name villains like Cyborg Superman didn’t appear until late into his movies run. but it just seems that the writers of the Superman films are very unimaginative and have played it safe most of his movie career with his villians. Which seems a waste of some great source material.