A Brief History of Nerds Becoming Supervillains
As anyone who has ever read an internet comment section knows, many disenfranchised nerds seem to take on the role of bully as soon as they get a little bit of power. So it goes in superhero movies as well, with many a bespectacled dweeb gaining superpowers and then using them to take on the comic book heroes we know and love. Check out ComingSoon.net’s rundown of A Brief History of Nerds Becoming Supervillains in the gallery below!
Why does Hollywood keep going back to this trope? Do they see it as a reflection of the audience that reads comic books? Is it a way of slyly subverting the notion of the powerless becoming the powerful? Do studio execs just hate nerds? We may never know, but we do know this trope/cliche is not going anywhere. Just recently we saw early photos from Wonder Woman 1984 depicting Kristin Wiig’s Barbara Minerva as a dowdy glasses-wearing geek in a museum prior to becoming the supervillain Cheetah.
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