Top 10 Over the Top Supervillain Portrayals

Subtle these performances are not! For this list, we’ll be looking at the performances by actors playing supervillains that are incredibly over the top. These aren’t necessarily unenjoyable portrayals, just lacking in restraint for better or worse. Our list includes Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Paul Giamatti as Rhin , Michael Shannon as General Zod, Colin Farrell as Bullseye, Jared Leto as The Joker, and more! Join WatchMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Over the Top Supervillain Portrayals.

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10) Paul Giamatti as Rhino
9) Michael Shannon as General Zod
8) Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy
7) Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond
6) Colin Farrell as Bullseye
5) Jared Leto as The Joker
4) Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin
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  1. Oh, come on…Jim Carrey is INTENTIONALLY campy and that’s what’s great about many of his movies! And I really enjoyed Batman Forever, thank you very much!

  2. Michael shannon was too great of an actor and a villain for the trash that was superman… it’s not that he was over the top it’s that everything else was too trash

  3. I personally start to Imagine Josh Brolin as Mr Freeze 🥶 the way he did Thanos and he has the personality for that. It’s just my opinion but I pictured Josh Brolin mr freeze other than Schwartznegger one.

  4. Other supervillains who should definitely have been on here are Hades (James Woods) in Disney’s HERCULES, Raul Julia as Bison in STREET FIGHTER, and Al Pacino as pretty much every nonsympathetic villain he’s ever played. (Especially John Milton in THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE, who literally bursts into flame when he throws a tantrum in the film’s climax!)

  5. I wont say Shannon’s Zod was over the top, Stamp’s version was to the degree of cheese, because Shannon’s Zod was literally bred to be like that… bred to fight, bred to survive, bred to command, and bred to win, not doing one of those things is like throwing him into unknown territory and throwing him into crazy town because he doesn’t know what else to do than act out.
    Lex… What the actual fuck? Corny, cheesy and quirky was basically all the traits Spacey and Hackman brought to the part during their attempts when Lex was a souped up realestate agent and Eisenberg only brought it in as a homage to them, not to anything that’s in any modern comics. So which Lex are you actually talking about here? The Casey Brown version from the animated shows thats never been on the big screen? Or the big tech mongul Snyder asked him to be because Trump and Rockefeller wasn’t going to cut it as a threat?

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