In Disney’s Maleficent, opening this week (look for our review online), the villain from Sleeping Beauty gets her own live-action movie, retelling the classic story from her perspective. Here are our picks for other Disney animated villains we’d like to see star in their own films.
Scar (The Lion King) Given the movie’s Shakespearean origins, plus Jeremy Irons’ charmingly malevolent voice performance, Scar’s story could be a fascinating exploration of amoral scheming.
Ursula (The Little Mermaid) The sea witch has become a pop-culture icon and a sort of antihero for moodier Disney aficionados (check out the Ursula-themed dresses online), and her larger-than-life personality would make her an entertaining protagonist.
Drizella and Anastasia (Cinderella) A movie about Cinderella’s two evil stepsisters could be a biting satire along the lines of Mean Girls, or it could just show how the beautiful Cinderella flaunting her looks in front of her less aesthetically pleasing sisters was kind of inconsiderate.
Syndrome (The Incredibles) All this poor misunderstood guy wanted was to be a superhero himself and to give everyday people access to superpowers. Giving him his own movie could show how those bullying Incredibles really mistreated him.