5 Best DC Movie Villains

From Superman: The Movie to upcoming releases like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, DC Comics has seen quite a few of its most iconic villains brought to life on the big screen. However, not all DC movie villains are created equal. So, as Warner Bros. is poised to bring characters like Doomsday and Harley Quinn to theaters in the coming months, we look back at five of the best live-action takes on DC villains. For the record, we're limiting this list to one selection for each character. So don't expect multiple selections for iconic villains like the Joker and Lex Luthor.

Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman), Superman: The Movie (1978)


Gene Hackman in 'Superman: The Movie' Gene Hackman in 'Superman: The Movie'

Over the years, many actors have had the chance to provide their own interpretations of Superman’s arch-nemesis. However, way before Jesse Eisenberg was hired to provide a modern spin to Lex Luthor, Oscar winner Gene Hackman embodied the larger-than-life self-professed criminal mastermind as he faced Christopher Reeve’s Superman in the original Richard Donner-directed classic. As dryly witty as he is arrogant, Hackman’s Lex provided an intellectual challenge for the Man of Steel -- as the character often does -- but it is the self-satisfaction with which Hackman plays his scenes with Superman that make his Lex the best big-screen version to date. The actor reprised the role to somewhat less success in Superman II and (certainly) Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, but his more subdued approach still surpasses Kevin Spacey’s hammy turn in the mediocre Superman Returns.