Semi-OT: A missing archetype
Anyone else notice that this character/story archetype is missing from mainstream pop culture? Going way back to the 19th century you saw it all the time, with characters like Fantomas and Spring-Heel Jack and others. Then of course there's Doctor Mabuse, and eventually we got to the deliciously hard-edged Italian variations such as Kriminal, Killing, Satanik, and most notably Diabolik.
This whole super-criminal narrative is never really used anymore. I can only think of three examples off the top of my head that even come close.
One of them is Breaking Bad, thanks to the awesome fury of Walter "Heisenberg" White, but it isn't quite "super" enough, if that makes any sense.
Another is the character Labyrinto, the villain of Francesco Francavilla's graphic novel Black Beetle: No Way Out. Francavilla clearly created Labyrinto in the mold of characters like Kriminal or Diabolik. However, Labyrinto is not the focus of the narrative. It's closer to a conventional superhero narrative, with the heroic Black Beetle as the central figure.
The closest example I can think of is another graphic novel character, Mark Millar's titular character from Nemesis. He is definitely the focus of the story, and what a horrific character he is. Millar claimed that if Kingsman was successful that this would be next, from director Joe Carnahan. I'm curious to see if it'll remain as violent and over-the-top as the comic.
Warning! The Monster is loose!