2012 was a pretty great year for movies of all kinds: blockbusters, indies, and all points between. It was a particularly good year for villains. Here are the top baddest baddies of 2012:
Calvin J. Candie (played by Leonardo DiCaprio, ‘Django Unchained’)Quentin Tarantino, no novice at creating memorable bad guys, told Playboy magazine that Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie was the first character he’d ever written that he truly, viscerally despised, to the point where he didn’t know how to bring the character to screen. With DiCaprio’s help, the character becomes truly one for the ages: a vicious monster of a diabolical aristocracy who takes genuine pleasure in owning and dehumanizing other human beings. By far, he’s the villain of the year.
Queen Ravenna (played by Charlize Theron, ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’)OK, this was one movie that I watched solely because of the bad guy, or shall we say, bad gurl. The movie may not have rocked 2012 like Avengers did, but it does have a deliciously evil performance by the Oscar-winning Charlize. She made being bad look goooooood.
Bane (played by Tom Hardy, ‘The Dark Knight Rises’)Pay no attention to the complaints about Bane’s mask muffling his dialogue: All you need to know about Tom Hardy’s performance in that movie you can see in his too-massive-to-seem-real physique and hulking, menacing posture. Hardy’s Bane was a truly worthy adversary for the climactic entry in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy.
Raoul Silva (played by Javier Bardem, ‘Skyfall’)The beneficiary of a brilliantly composed introductory shot, Bardem’s Silva walks slowly toward the camera, growing larger and larger as his flamboyant villain monologue grows more flamboyant and more villainous. That his whole deal as a villain was to take revenge on Judi Dench makes him all the bigger scoundrel.