There is no superpower greater than a pretty face and dangerous curves, and the voluptuous vixens on this list know how to use their looks to their best advantage. There have been many great male villains in superhero movies, but the wicked women on this list have one very clear advantage over their male counterparts: they’re female. The sexiest female villains of superhero movies on this list may not make crime fighting easy for our favorite heroes, but at least they’re easy on the eye:
Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman in ‘Batman Returns’ – Michelle Pfeiffer is one of the rare roses of Hollywood that continues to bloom just as vibrantly year after year. But while she hasn’t done many movies lately, with the recent resurrection of the Batman franchise, many fans are reminiscing about her rose red lips, snow white skin, and that shiny black catsuit and whip she donned for ‘Batman Returns’. Michelle Pfeiffer’s catwoman really is one of the sexiest and most dangerous villains of all time, even though she lacks a superhero superpower. Still, the combination of feline and female is enough to take down a bat, and this cunning cat comes very close to achieving just that.
Rebecca Romijn as Mystique in the X-Men movies – All those hours in makeup were worth the final result; Rebecca Romijn’s blue body paint is the closest men will get to seeing a female villain in the buff throughout a series of superhero movies. Mystique can shift shapes, but despite that scaly blue skin and those spooky glowing eyes, she doesn’t need to change to tempt her male victims. Fittingly, Rebecca Romijn’s first leading role was in ‘Femme Fatale’, and she’s definitely gone on to become one of the sexiest and most fatally attractive female villains of superhero movies.
Paz Vega as Plaster of Paris in ‘The Spirit’ – Paz Vega as an assassin that can belly dance. Need I say more? This sexiest of henchwomen doesn’t have a big role in the film, but it’s enough to secure her a firm spot on this list of the sexiest female villains in superhero movies.
Catherine Zeta-Jones as Sala in ‘The Phantom’ – Catherine Zeta-Jones was the damsel in distress in one of the few superhero movies set far back in the past, ‘Zorro’, but in this flick she takes to the skies as a pouty-lipped pirate who ends up falling for the superhero. You would think that this seductive villain that finally gives in to the side of good would be the sexiest woman a man in a skintight purple suit could get, but his superpowers are far stronger than it first seems; he resists this assertive aviatrix for another lovely leading lady while managing to save the world. Oh well, at least Sala remains single.
Kelly Hu as Lady Deathstrike in ‘X2’ – The X-Men movies have been loaded with beautiful female villains and superheroes, and it’s sad to know that Lady Deathstrike was so quick to go. She’s like the female version of Wolverine, with sharp claws and a fight-to-the-death mentality of her own. The only bad thing about this sexiest of female villains in superhero movies is that she just didn’t get enough screen time.
Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy/Dr. Pamela Isley in ‘Batman & Robin’ – Uma Thurman is just one of those women who have “sexiest female super villain” written all over them. Her wry smirk, lanky frame, and come hither eyes all add up to that something that spells danger and disaster. But while her lips may be too tempting for any superhero to resist, her toxic personality and perfect pout are pure poison. Even though they know female villains like Poison Ivy are nothing but trouble, these superhero men just can’t stay away; it’s amazing that Batman has made it through so many movies with all of the wicked women he’s tussled with.
Eva Mendes as Sand Saref in ‘The Spirit’ – ‘The Spirit’ was loaded with some of the sexiest women in Hollywood, and while it was one of the most disappointing superhero movies ever, Eva Mendes’ dynamic and devious character Sand Saref made the movie worth watching. There’s a soft side to this black widow, but you’d be crazy to venture into her web to try to get a glimpse of it. Despite the movie being a downer, it’s nice to see female villains portrayed as a little bit more than just evil eye candy.
Famke Janssen as Phoenix/Jean Grey in ‘X3’ – There’s just something incredibly sexy about a woman that gets in touch with her wild side, but Jean Grey takes it a little too far in this superhero movie. Phoenix is definitely one of the strangest “villains” you’ll ever see. She doesn’t necessarily try to take sides with anyone; she just takes a shortcut and destroys anything and everything around her. Her extreme superpower, violent new split personality, and mutant mess of a love triangle make her one of the most complex and complicated characters in this film franchise. So female fans have that to hang onto, while men probably just appreciate how great this red hot redhead looks in skintight leather. (Although the movie does nothing for the redhead temperament stereotype.)
Madonna as Breathless Mahoney in ‘Dick Tracy’ – This is one dame you don’t want to get on the wrong side of, whether you’re doing her wrong or stealing her heart. Yes ‘Dick Tracy’ is cheesy, but it’s refreshing to see Madonna back in her sex symbol days being a little less of an ice queen. Her song numbers are fun, her Marliyn Monroe-esque look steams the screen, and she actually shows just a smidgeon of vulnerability and personality. ‘Dick Tracy’ may not be one of the best superhero movies, but as a female who outdoes all of the other gangster villains in the end, Madonna is at her sexiest and most entertaining.
Halle Berry as Catwoman in ‘Catwoman’ – Is this the worst superhero movie of all time? As far as mainstream movies go, I’d have to say yes. Halle Berry’s confused cat character can’t decide if she’s good or bad, but the whole point of the movie seems to have been to debut what would become one of the sexiest and most popular Halloween costumes ever (and to display Halle’s body in it). And remember that this is a list of the sexiest female villains of superhero movies, not the most well-written and developed.
Some are born mutants, some get their powers by accident, and some have only their powers of seduction at their disposal, but these amazing women comprise the very small population of great female villains in superhero movies. There just aren’t enough of these bad girls for us women to look up to, so Hollywood really needs to vamp things up with more of these sexiest, villainous vixens.