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The Dumbest Evil Plans In Superhero Movies, Ranked  

Jonathan H. Kantor
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List Rules Vote up the supervillains whose master plans don't quite add up.

In a superhero movie, there is usually some sort of supervillain for the final conflict. While most villains come up with ingenious plans to take on the good guy, sometimes their schemes land closer to Dr. Evil than Darkseid. Perhaps it is a challenge for a writer to develop an entertaining evil plan that is also logical and will work on the silver screen.

Over the years, villains have hatched some seriously impractical plots, and with the rise of comic book movies in the 21st century, there are plenty to choose from. A few of these villainous plans are perhaps the dumbest to ever appear in a superhero movie. Vote up the plan you consider to be the most ridiculous to see which is the worst evil idea.

Catwoman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Dumbest Evil Plans In Superhero Movies, Ranked
Photo:  Catwoman/Warner Bros.

While Catwoman might be one of the worst comic book movies ever made, it does feature an amazing cast, including Halle Berry as the titular antihero and Sharon Stone as the film's villain, Laurel Hedare. In the movie, Hedare is a cosmetics magnate who discovers that her soon-to-be-released revolutionary anti-aging product has an unusual side effect: If people stop using it, their faces disintegrate, but if they continue, their faces turn to stone. What's a billionaire to do?

Frankly, she's in a losing situation and faces financial ruin one way or the other, but that doesn't stop Hedare from launching her product (and offing her husband, to boot). Eventually, Catwoman squares off against the villainous capitalist and slashes up her face, causing Laurel to meet her end rather than live with an ugly mug.

Actors: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Missy Peregrym, Frances McDormand, Kim Smith, + more

Released: 2004

Directed by: Pitof

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Batman & Robin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Dumbest Evil Plans In Superhero Movies, Ranked
Photo:  Batman & Robin/Warner Bros.

There are a lot of problems with 1997's Batman & Robin, which have been covered on this site and many others over the past 20+ years. But if there's one massive problem about the movie, it's the villains, specifically Poison Ivy and Mr. Freeze. They each have their own plans for world domination, and when they decide to work together to achieve their goals, they cancel each other out.

Poison Ivy loves plants over people, so her plan is to convert the world into some sort of botanical nightmare where humans are turned into plants or some such nonsense. Mr. Freeze just wants to see the world burn... er, freeze, and he's willing to send the globe into a new ice age. The only problem with this is that cold tends to harm plants, which begs the question: Why on Earth would Ivy consider teaming up with a guy whose only goal is to end all plant life on the planet?

It doesn't make any sense, and while they may have considered teaming up to deal with the Batman situation before parting ways, it really isn't within their own self-interest to work together at all. 

Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman, Alicia Silverstone, Elle Macpherson, + more

Released: 1997

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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Batman v Superman: Dawn ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Dumbest Evil Plans In Superhero Movies, Ranked
Photo:  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Warner Bros.

When the DC Extended Universe launched with Man of Steel, fans knew it wouldn't be long before Lex Luthor showed up to cause some trouble for the Last Son of Krypton. He finally appears in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as the puppeteer of a ridiculously circuitous plot designed to turn Batman against Superman. His plan is difficult to follow, mostly because it doesn't make a ton of sense.

For starters, there is no apparent reason for him to get the two heavyweight superheroes to fight one another. There's no established history between the characters, nor does there appear to be any real motive behind Luthor's actions.

While he is setting up the heroes, he has a backup plan to genetically engineer a monster using Kryptonian technology - just in case. But if he can do such a thing, why doesn't he simply start by creating Doomsday?

There really are no explanations for Luthor's actions in the film, but he does manage to get Batman and Superman to fight each other. He somehow misses the whole "Martha" connection, which ultimately blows his plan to pieces. But then again, who could have seen that coming?

Actors: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, + more

Released: 2016

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Dumbest Evil Plans In Superhero Movies, Ranked
Photo:  Supergirl/Columbia-EMI-Warner

Back in 1984, DC Comics and Warner Bros. released a Supergirl film in the hopes that it would become as popular as the Superman franchise. Unfortunately, the film failed to perform at the box office, which could have been due to its silly plot.

In the film, Helen Slater plays Kara Zor-El, AKA Supergirl, who is on a mission to save Argo City after the Omegahedron, the magical artifact that powers the Kryptonian town, is lost on Earth. Kara sets herself up as Clark Kent's cousin Linda Lee, who doubles as Supergirl.

It's not a terrible plot until you get to the villain of the story, a would-be witch named Selena. Selena stumbles upon the Omegahedron and quickly learns that it can be used to cast real magical spells. She then uses it to force a groundskeeper to fall in love with her, but it goes awry when he falls for Linda/Kara/Supergirl instead. When that plan falters, she animates construction equipment to sort it out, and everything goes haywire.

Later in the film, she uses the Omegahedron to banish Supergirl to the Phantom Zone and declares herself "Princess of Earth," which apparently is a thing. Eventually, Supergirl returns, defeats Selena and returns to Argo City to save the day.

Actors: Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow, Helen Slater, Peter Cook, + more

Released: 1984

Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

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