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Pop Psychology Has Killed The Villain

By Dorian Lynskey writing for UnHerd



Why don't we get really good villains in media anymore?

Profit is more important than the menace of evil
Why is Cruella a canicidal fashionista? Because otherwise Dodie Smith’s story would have been just a bunch of dogs running about. Why is the Joker a cackling killer? Because the joylessly uptight Batman needed an antithesis. In Frank Miller’s 1986 graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns, a pompous psychologist appears on a talk show with the Joker to argue that he is not so much evil as horribly mistreated. The Joker promptly kills him, and everybody else in the room, with glee.

Read the full article at UnHerd