Friday Feature Summer Villains September 12, 2008 This Summer had its fair share of baddies, but who stands out from the crowd? Movies.ie looks at some of its favourite vile, villainous foes from Summer 2008. Some of you Internet savvy reader may have noticed news of a recent online poll for the best summer movie villain. Of course Heath Ledger topped the charts with his stellar performance in ‘The Dark Knight’ but Ledger is no by needs alone. Summer 2008 has offered us plenty of great bad guys and gals to love and hate. With this in mind, Movies.ie presents our favourite summer villains. 1) THE JOKER (THE DARK KNIGHT) There is no debate – ‘The Dark Knight’ is Heath Ledger’s film, a fitting finale for an all-too-short but enormously impressive career. The late actor took on the daunting task of filling Jack Nicholson’s shoes but makes his Joker one of the most memorable of all previous Batman baddies (and that includes Jack’s). It’s a fearless performance, bitingly alive and ironic–a clown on crack, as it were. This is the movie villain that might even scare Hannibal Lecter. Ledger’s posthumous performance may be headed toward the bittersweet moment of a certain supporting Oscar nomination, if not the award itself. 2) PRINCE NUADA (HELLBOY 2) The Elven Prince of the Underworld with a love of martial art (and maybe just a bit too much love for his sister). Former Bros boy Goss did not perceive Nuada as evil, explaining, “It’s issues, his people, he’s part of what he truly believes. I don’t think, really, he’s so deluded… [He] is driven by an ethic that was instilled by the person he has problems [with] his father, and inevitably, that leads into the conflict with him and Hellboy.” Goss also noted that his character admired and revered his twin sister, portrayed by Anna Walton. He said of the prince and the princess, “There is an incestuous relationship that’s not maybe overly obvious to everybody, but some people hopefully will pick up on the fact, certainly from my direction towards her.” 3)IRINA SPALKO (INDY 4) Say what you will about elements of the script, Cate Blanchett was a welcome addition to the Indy universe. Playing the role of Indiana’s chief nemesis, Blanchett is Irina Spalko, the sword carrying soviet spy with an obvious love of Louise Brook. According to Indy producer Frank Marshall, Spalko continued the tradition of Indiana having a love-hate relationship “with every woman he ever comes in contact with”. 4) EMIL BLONSKY (INCREDIBLE HULK) A thoughtful and moving superhero flick with enough action to keep our blood pumping and much of this is due to villain Emil Blonsky (later to become Abomination). A Russian-born officer from the United Kingdom Special Forces loaned to General Ross. Recognizing he is past his prime, he lusts after the Hulk’s power. Roth said he took the part to please his sons, who are comic-book superhero fans. According to Hulk helmer Leterrier he cast Roth because he felt it would be great “watching a normal Cockney boy become a superhero!” 5) – OBADIAH STANE (IRON MAN) Possibly a controversial choice but we heart Jeff Bridges, who is ideally cast as an oily combatant who oozes corporate greed–a great villain for the post-Enron era in which this cinematic vision of Iron Man exists. Sadly things take a turn for the worst when Stane becomes Iron Monger but ignore the last ten to fifteen minutes and Iron Man remains one of this summer’s best blockbusters. Agree/Disagree? What made your top five summer 08 Villains? All comments welcome below!