To celebrate the release of the highly anticipated "Suicide
Squad" this month, we at Rokit are relishing the opportunity to
delve into the lives of all our favourite villains. As sick and
twisted as they may be, the villain of the story always seems to be
the most interesting, always followed by some dark past or crime
they once committed. We love to hate them (or just love them) so we
put six under the microscope and found out what makes them so evil
Words By Alexandra Fairfield
Alex DeLarge is the fictional protagonist and antihero in
Anthony Burgess' novel "A Clockwork Orange". The novel was adapted
into a film in 1971 by Stanley Kubrick and the actor Malcom
McDowell, who played Alex, became the recognisable face of the
iconic cinematic film.
The story is set in a dystopian England in the future in which
robbery, rape, drug abuse and general chaos runs free. At the
epicentre of this madness sits Alex DeLarge, sipping on a drug
infused glass of milk. He and his "droogs" would "a bit of
the old ultraviolence" on the expecting members of the general
public. With Alex as the leader of this gang, he becomes the
personification of crime and violence, so much so that even his
fellow gang members turned against him.
After he assaults and kills a young woman after breaking into
her home, one of his "droogs" knocks him out, leaving him unable to
flee from the oncoming police. He is arrested and sentenced to
serve time in prison. During his time in prison, he catches the
attention of a psychologist who attempts to cure him of his evil
instincts, which works to a certain extent.
Alex feels sick and in pain when he considers committing a
crime - but it doesn't last. The treatment eventually wears off and
his final line is "oh, I was cured alright". This
cinematic masterpiece had been referenced time and time again, from
The Simpsons to David Bowie's "Suffragette City".
Cruella De Vil is the fictional villain in Dodi Smith's 1951
novel "The Hundred and One Dalmatians" and the antagonist
in Disney's adaptation in 1961. This villain takes pride in
skinning dalmatian puppies for their fur to turn into coats.
Universally recognised by children and young adults alike,
Cruella is the childhood villain we all remember. Frequently
pictured in her long fur coat, black and white hair, stiletto heels
and long smoking cigarette, her aim in the film is to steal the
pets of songwriters Anita and Roger Radcliffe for their fur.
Now if this film didn't spark the global outrage of animal
lovers (myself included) then I don't know what will. Cruella was
shown in a number of spin offs from Disney including "Mickey's
House of Villains" in which other well-known cartoon villains
including Jafar from "Aladdin" and Ursula from "The
Little Mermaid" star.
In 1996 the iconic cartoon was turned into a live action film
starring Glenn Close as Cruella. The film was universally popular
and focused more on the comedic side of the story. Close was
praised for her portrayal of the villain and is still heavily
associated with both the character and the story. A little birdy
told us at Rokit HQ that the hilarious Emma Stone is rumoured to be
playing the iconic bad gal in Disney's newest re-vamp in 2017!
Stanley Kowalski is one of the lead characters in Tennessee
Williams' play "A Streetcar Named Desire" and in the 1951
film noir adaptation also by Williams. The character was played by
actor Marlon Brando and is most associated with the part.
Stanley is an aggressive, chauvinistic working class man who
lives with his pregnant wife Stella. They fight regularly and he
occasionally resorts to domestic violence. When Stella's deranged
sister, Blanche, arrives to stay with the couple he is rude and
nasty to her, openly despising her.
Now as much as we'd all love to be seduced by those smouldering
eyes, Stanley is certainly not a man to mess with! Those Hollywood
eyes hide a shed load of dark secrets, something we're not looking
to uncover anytime soon! Crushing over this Hollywood babe? Check
this out too...
Poison Ivy, Pamela Isley, is the super-villain from American
comic book publishers DC Comics. She starts her fictional life
growing up with wealthy, yet emotionally detached parents, and
studies advanced botanical biochemistry. She is seduced by her
professor who attempts to kill her using poisonous plants after she
witnesses him committing a crime. Somehow, she survives the attack
and wakes with a powerful resilience to toxins and poisons (you go
When another professor hears of this, he begins experimenting
on her by injecting poisons into her, triggering her
transformation. When he abandons her in the hospital after nearly
killing her, the betrayal she feels is the catalyst to her
villainous behaviour - her heart is broken so she shuts off all
She then spends the rest of her fictional life causing havoc
around Gotham, most of which has to be cleaned up by Batman (the DC
Comics hero). Poison Ivy's real time came during the rise of
feminists who claimed that there weren't enough strong female
characters in comic books. So despite her miniscule outfits and
sexualised behaviour, she was in fact born from the pressure of
There are rumours in the DC world that there will be another
super-villain film, following the anticipated success of "Suicide
Squad", which will feature all of the female villains from the DC
Comics over the years. Talk about girl power!
Norman Bates is the protagonist in the book "Psyco" by Robert
Bloch, which was later adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock.
Norman was emotionally abused by his mother as a child who told him
that any kind of sexual intercourse is wrong and that all women
except for her are "whores" (did someone say Freud?).
When his mother, whom he lives alone with, meets her new
boyfriend Norman is overcome with jealousy and kills them both (the
iconic shower scene) and forges a suicide note. He gets away with
the murder but develops dissociative personality disorder and,
ultimately, becomes his mother. When he is Norman, he is a shy,
quiet boy. When he is "mother" (usually after lots of drinking) he
is just as evil as she was.
After murdering a young woman who was staying at the motel
owned by his mother, he is caught and sent to a mental asylum.
During his time here, "mother" completely takes over and sweet,
quiet Norman is lost. He is still to this day considered as one of
the evillest characters to ever appear in film, especially at the
time of release. Hitchcock's "Psyco" is still remembered as a
Harley Quinn, Harleen Quinzel, is the fictional anti-hero
created by comic book publishers DC Comics. She started out all
fictional as a psychiatrist at Arkham Asylum where she treated the
Joker. She became somewhat obsessed with him and was determined to
cure him of his mental illness. The Joker saw this obsession and
used it to his advantage. He sweet talked her and lied to her about
his past so that she's feel sympathy for him - and she did.
She fell in love with the joker and, donning her red and black
outfit, broke him out of the asylum and into the freedom of Gotham.
Harley Quinn was not just The Joker's squeeze however, she also
ventured off on her own reaping havoc around Gotham.
Harley, unlike many of the other DC villains, does not hide her
craziness - she embraces it! Thus creating a ditzy but dangerous
villain who will certainly be a force to be reckoned with. You can
see her next in DC Comics latest feature film, "Suicide
Squad" which was released earlier this month.
Independent? - check. Villainous? - check. Total badass? -
check. Inspirational? - maybe don't carry a giant baseball bat
around with you. The iconic anti-hero is played by the ever
gorgeous Margot Robbie ("The Wolf of Wall Street") who is rumoured
to be directing the next super-villain film which will focus on all
the powerful and independent villainesses from DC Comics! If
nothing else, at least we've all got our 2016 Halloween costumes