A villain is a very specific thing. They may fall into the category of antagonist but they are far more specialized. They are the flipside of your hero, not just a foil but a mirror image. They are the hero’s reminder that “there but for the grace of God…” Villains are meant to be wrong. Sometimes empathized with, sometimes correct in theory but ultimately wrong in their ideology, methodology, or both. That is their glory. And their purpose… Sup, Killmonger? Oh hey, Heisenberg. …and that understanding is something Joker, the film, doesn’t have. Continue reading.
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