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Disney Characters Haunted By The Shadows Of Their Villains

Joe Alexander has created some striking minimalist images of Disney’s good and bad guys. The good guys get the spotlight, as usual, but it’s interesting to see how many villains have an iconic silhouette.

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Even Villains Get Happy About Fridays

Postcard prints of these adorable little murderous guys are available from the artist who created them, Mr. Florey, individually, or in one big pile of all of them.

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Essay

On Xena and a Lack of Female Villains

If you’ve seen an episode of Xena, hell, if you’ve seen the opening titles to Xena, you know that you don’t mess with Xena. She’s strong, clever, resilient, and at times, ruthless. The show remains an important feminist text for a number of reasons, reasons reinforced by the likes of Joss Whedon and Quentin Tarantino. It champions strong women, but at the same time, it does not paint them as these infallible, flat superheroines. The female characters of the show, allies and villains alike, are rounded, with complex back-stories and goals that range from trying to lift a city-wide ban on dancing to wanting to become the queen of the Amazons.

But this is old news. What’s really striking about the show is just how many of the central villains are female. To date, I believe Xena still has the most female big-bads of any television show.

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old gods do new jobs

Out Of Work Disney Villains Submit Their Resumes

Look, being a villain is tough. You almost always wind up back at the drawing board (if not worse). So what’s a villain to do? Start sending out those resumes, of course! And thanks to Oh My Disney, we know the experience and particular skill sets of some of our favorite Disney villains.

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Essay

On Female Villains, or the Lack Thereof

*Contains minor spoilers of Star Trek Into Darkness*

Unlike our own Zoe Chevat and Jill Pantozzi, I was actually very happy with Star Trek Into Darkness overall. Having been a Trekkie for as long as I can remember, I understand that it doesn’t have the philosophical weight of some past Trek stories, as well as the contention that it heavily recycles old characters and plot points. But personally I look at the “Abramsverse” as a complete remake, and my view of the new films is that they’re made differently but extremely well.

That’s not to say that I don’t agree with the gender issues-related criticisms of the film. The now-infamous Carol Marcus undressed scene was, to be sure, gratuitous, offensive and completely inexcusable. I was equally disappointed by the scene of a Starfleet Command roundtable which shows a 20-person group that’s between 70-75 percent male. But where equality appears even farther away, in Hollywood as a whole, is among another realm of film characters: villains.

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Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

DC Hints At The Return of the Joker’s Daughter, So Let’s Talk About Duela Dent

DC Comics teased a single picture this week, under the title “What’s New in The New 52 – Joker’s Daughter?!” (I’ve put the full picture below the jump.) And while a lot of you are probably thinking “ugh, what a trite idea for a female character,” I was thinking “Oh, neat, are they really going to bring back Duela Dent?

Now at this point some of you are probably going “Dent? Like… Harvey Dent? And Duela is “two”… but she’s the Joker‘s daughter?”

Yes. Come, lets talk about weird shit in comics, and a strange female character who maybe is getting a comeback, who knows?

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Meanwhile...

Here’s Jamie Foxx As The Amazing Spider-Man 2′s Electro. It’s Weird. You’ve Been Warned.

Well we already knew they weren’t going to make Jamie Foxx dress up in a yellow and green supervillain costume for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but I’m not sure this is what anyone expected Electro to look like. Those lights might be tracking dots with the added value of creating some electric glow to help with post-production but what do you think of the look? Looks like they’re taking the mutated villain route again. I’m assuming this is an in between look and that he’ll have a full costume later in the film.

(Daily Mail via Collider, photo by Doug Meszler/Splash News)

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Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Batman’s Rogues Run Wild In Animated GIFs

Artist Rafa Toro somehow made the villains of Gotham City look casual. Which, if you’ve ever seen one, they’re anything but. Anyway, Toro created GIFs of Batman’s Rogues and we’ve arranged them from the Tim Burton years through Christopher Nolan. I have just one question, are these villains walking toward Batman or away from him?

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Batman Goes Cowboy In These Gotham Spaghetti Western Illustrations

Italian artist Giovanni Costa has a cool style and has used his talents this time around to turn Gotham into the Wild West. See how he’s transformed Two-Face, Catwoman, Nightwing, and more.

(Giovanni Costa via Project: Rooftop)

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Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Batman’s Rogues Gallery Has An Identity Crisis

Why yes, that is a mash-up of Gotham City’s Bane and Killer Croc! Or Banecrocodile, if you will. The following are creations from the mind of DeviantArtist Gingashi who’s paired together Batman’s Rogues Gallery in some unusual ways. Who else will get stuck together?

(via So Geek Chic)

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