In the August issue of Rolling Stone, Jared Leto paid tribute to Heath Ledger by saying he “did an impeccable, perfect performance as the Joker. It’s one of the best performances ever in cinema.” There’s a lot of attention being paid to Leto, The Joker and Suicide Squad these days, but here’s a list of other actors who breathed new life into comic book supervillains to give memorable screen performances.
9 Jeff Bridges, Obadiah Stane (Iron Man, 2008)
Howard Stark’s old partner and the company manager, Stane advises Tony (Robert Downey, Jr.) that no longer manufacturing weapons may ruin Stark Industries and his father’s legacy. He’s sneaky at first, trying to replace Tony as head of the company, but then goes all out battling Iron Man in a suit that he reverse engineered.
8 Alfred Molina, Doctor Octopus (Spider-Man 2, 2004)
Dr. Otto Octavius is a brilliant nuclear scientist whose harness becomes fused to his body and its robotic tentacle arms develop a mind of their own. Spidey (Tobey Maguire) ultimately convinces Octavius to do the right thing, but not before a spectacular battle between the two utilizing special effects once thought impossible.