Super Villains And Money: What Do They Need It For?

I always think it’s weird when super villains need money. Money is such a terrestrial object, such a human need that I always think that’s something that should be of little concern to a murderer or a thief.

In the DCAU movie, “Batman/Superman: The World’s Finest,” Joker makes a deal with Lex to kill Superman for 1 billion dollars. In, “Justice League: Doom,” the House of Cards gang steal diamonds from safe deposit boxes in a bank. For those of us who aren’t raving lunatics, money is a mean, it’s a way to legally get what we want. For people not bound by legality or a moral code, getting what they want merely requires they take it from whoever has it.

People like Lex Luthor need money to maintain a façade, a show of sanity and power. Maybe you’ll need to pay some henchmen, but most likely, they’ll be thieves, too. So, is there really a point to it?

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2 thoughts on “Super Villains And Money: What Do They Need It For?

  1. Logic, for plot’s sake, as well as the fact that they’re criminals, and seeking power via wealth is a character flaw. In those two specific examples, at any given point Joker could’ve decided to try to kill Superman — he’s a homicidal maniac, so at any given moment he could roll out of bed and decide to kill anyone in particular — but he’s smart enough to want a reward, know that Lex will give it to him, and a billion bucks buys a lot of chaos, as well as things to infuriate his real enemy, Batman. In the Royal Flush Gang’s one, they’re really just petty thieves with no real agenda beyond gaining wealth. All that power, and the irony is it’s wasted on lusting after green bills or shiny objects.

    • Those are all really good points and things that I hadn’t really thought of. It’s like Joker says in “Dark Knight.” “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” Someone with Joker’s position or personality would just be more funding of the madness. But the Royal Flush Gang are definitely squandering their talents if the money is the goal and not merely a means.

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