Do you remember the days when comic books were all about fairly one dimensional heroes fighting goofy bad guys?
Probably not, as most readers (and probably most of you reading this) probably picked up their first comic when characters would spring out of the pages with the prefix of ‘super’ being as clear to see as it was colourful.
Heroes could move mountains with their minds, beat up legions of enemies with ease and even eat a whole bunch of chillies without shedding a tear. Comic book characters were all essentially gods, instead of just do-gooders wearing spandex. This sense of the extreme was often pushed when it came to their morality too, which is why it’s interesting to see stories where the lines become blurred.
This includes times like the original Civil War seeing Iron Man resort to more and more villainous acts, such as being okay with super baddies hunting down old super buddies and locking captured foes in an other-dimensional prison.
With that in mind here are 10 times that comic book heroes became villains, in a pretty big way.
10. Superman: Injustice
Injustice was the result of DC and NetherRealm Studios getting round a table and asking two questions; one was “how can we get the taste of Mortal Kombat vs DC out of audience’s mouths?” and the other was “how can we justify Superman fighting Batman?” The answer to both questions was make Superman evil, which they did in a way that, on paper, sounds kind of stupid.
In this reality the roulette wheel spun and it was the Joker’s turn to mind control Superman, and that he did.
In his confusion the big blue boy scout thought that his pregnant wife Lois was Doomsday (an obvious mistake, obviously) and accidentally killed her. As if that wasn’t tough enough, a nuke had been rigged to blow when her heart stopped, taking out Metropolis. The utter devastation to Superman’s life made him snap, punch through the Joker, and start him on a path of being Earth’s judge, jury and executioner.
As you might imagine, a super powered dictator would get up to some pretty evil stuff, and he did, including using his laser eyes to burn a hole through Shazam’s head, who remember, is just a kid in normal form, just for saying “hey, maybe we’re not really good guys anymore”. Way to prove him wrong, Supes.