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Saturday, September 20, 2008 

Too much spotlighting of the villains

There seems to be yet another DC "event" on the horizon, this one called Faces of Evil, starring the villains of the DCU:
For the month of January, the main DC Universe titles will be taken over by the villains of the DCU. Not just that, there will also be three to four villain-centric one-shots hitting that month as well.

“This actually started when we came up with the slogan, ‘The Day Evil Won,’” DCU Executive Editor Dan DiDio said. “That’s become the cornerstone of so much that’s going on within Final Crisis – we built an ad campaign around it, and we also created those anti-motivational ads featuring some of our most recognizable villains. We had a great response to those ads, which pretty much led to wanting to bring the villains of the DC Universe into focus. So, we decided for the month of January, to bring the villains into the spotlight, give them a chance to shine, and give them the opportunity to take over the series that they are appearing in.”

[...]

The stories will also be a chance for the writers to shine, DiDio said. “You always hear from writers that some of the best characters to write are the villains because they don’t perceive themselves as villains, and you can play their machinations – and the reasons for their machinations - in so many different ways. This allows them to really cut loose and have the villain play the lead role in the book and the story, and let the hero take the back seat.”
Exactly what's been bothering me recently, as more emphasis is put on the villains, and the heroes are sidelined, or pushed out of the picture. Also, there's something wrong with any "project" that's built around a slogan like evil winning. And DiDio's given little reason to trust that it'll be anything good. I think it's getting to the point where too much emphasis is being put upon the bad guys, and this could prove it.

I also find it sad how we keep hearing that the villains are more interesting to write than the heroes, especially now that heroism is being torn down.

Years ago, to read about popular supervillains turning up to give the superheroes a hard time was certainly exciting. Now, with the way things are going, they've taken all the fun out of it, to the point where it no longer generates enthusiasm.

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