As lofty as their aim might be and as oafish as their pursuit often is, we can't help but feel a bit sorry for the actor given the task of reinventing a classic villain on screen. It's quite often as thankless task, greeted with disdain but time and time again, they keep at it.
While we've given some attention to the actors tasked with taking on the lead roles in remakes, we're not taking a look at their nemeses. Here are 15 original villains stacked up against their more contemporary equivalent.
Have any of them done a better job?
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