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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Insightful docu on the baddies we love to hate.

Movie NR 2013 99 minutes
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Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics offers a fascinating glimpse into the process and craft of story and character development. While focused on the infamous villains of the DC Comics universe, one doesn't have to be a comic book obsessive to take away valuable insights into why stories need villains, and how character backstories help to bring these characters to life. Appropriately narrated by Christopher Lee, the documentary features interviews with Guillermo Del Toro, Michael Shannon, and numerous writers, directors, and DC Comics executives who share their insightful reflections on what makes characters like The Joker, The Penguin, and Harley Quinn so iconic and unforgettable.

Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics weaves philosophical discussion on evil and how society's conceptions of evil evolve over time with the craft of creating memorable characters and story. Such discussion may be dry for some, and superfans of DC Comics aren't likely to learn anything new, but for those interested in how these characters are brought to life, and how their actions serve to highlight the good in their superhero rivals, there are fascinating takeaways in every interview. It's an illuminating discussion that leaves the viewer with a deeper appreciation for the amount of thought and effort it takes to create these characters who attract and repel us.

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