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DC 'Super-Villains' Doc Producer Excited for Lee

25 Jul, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

SAN DIEGO — J.M. Kenny, co-producer of Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics, out Oct. 25 on disc from Warner, isn’t sure which he’s more excited about: the full-length feature about DC Comic’s greatest villains or the fact film icon Christopher Lee narrated the documentary.

“It’s incredible we got him,” Kenny said, speaking at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, relaying how he worked all hours to land the quintessential villain for the release. “It’s amazing. He’s perfect for this.”

The documentary focuses on the nature of super-villains and their role in society, and attempts to discover why the bad guys fascinate comic book fans. The disc includes more than 40 interviews with DC writers, artists and experts, along with other filmmakers, comic experts, historians and more, and the feature includes footage from animated series, TV shows, games and live-action films.

“Super-villains are fascinating,” Kenny said. “One of the things I wanted to showcase is that some feel like they’re right in what they’re doing. DC Comics are rich with villains; we needed an entire documentary about them.”

Super-Villains of DC Comics sees everyone from Richard Donner (Superman) to Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) discussing the mentalities of every major DC bad guy, from the mainstream (The Joker and Lex Luthor) to the forgotten (Sinestro and Black Adam).

At Comic-Con, Warner offered a first look of the feature to fans and hosted a roundtable with Geoff Johns (comic book writer and DC Entertainment chief creative officer), Entertainment Weekly editor Geoff Boucher, Kevin Shinick (“Robot Chicken”), Andrea Romano (“Batman: The Animated Series”) and others.

All-around, self-proclaimed DC Comics geek Shinick says this documentary is important for one reason: It hasn’t been done before.

“The DC comics are so rich with characters, but nothing has been done [alone] about the villains,” he said. “We spend a lot of [time] on the heroes, you barely spend any attention with the villains. That’s what [this is about].”

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