Come to papa, Batman.
In Chuck Klosterman’s book, I Wear the Black Hat he asks, what’s worse a villain with a motive or a villain that doesn’t seem to have one? I know someone, somewhere will argue the point, but the Joker from Dark Knight Rising may be one of the best villains ever created. The man’s only purpose is chaos, as opposed to the revenge fantasies that often fuel the actions of lesser villains. His purpose, if there is one, is to show that Batman cannot exist without a counterpoint. If Batman kills the Joker, he also kills himself, in a sense.
So, with that in mind, this week’s roundtable asks, what’s scarier, a villain with a motive or a villain without one? Give us your best examples but remember to save some for the GeekCLE Book Club meeting at the end of this month!