Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics (2013)

2015 #92
Scott Devine & J.M. Kenny | 99 mins | streaming (HD) | 1.78:1 | USA / English | 12

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC ComicsChristopher Lee narrates as a bunch of talking heads (writers, actors, psychologists) discuss the titular. The topics are quite universal — the psychological underpinnings apply not just to DC, not even just to comics, but to all fiction. Side effect: DC’s villains don’t always look so special.

It’s restlessly constructed, with many quick examples rather than in-depth analysis and an over-abundance of interviewees. Geoff Johns stands out as very self-satisfied — most of his examples of brilliant, important stories come from his own writing! summarises, correctly, that it “plays like a glorified special feature”. Not a particularly good one at that.

2 out of 5