Perhaps I have been stuck at home too long now. So far I think I have watched the movie Underdog thirteen more times than is healthy.
But it's made me wonder about villains. Dr. Bar Sinister is the evil-doer in this particular movie, going toe-to-toe with the wonderous Underdog. Admittedly, even the hero is cartoony but the villain is at least as phony. Yes, I know it's for kids...I'm not that slow. Still.
What makes a great villain? Why is someone like Batman's Joker so scary and someone like Batman's Mr. Freeze so not? Goofy powers? I mean, the Penguin can lean towards the comical...but Danny DeVito's portrayal definitely freaked me out. Then there's Superman's Lex Luther--odd land-grab plots aside, he's a fairly decent villain...definitely maniacal enough to hold attention, if not necessarily scare the pants off of you.