So superheroes hang out at a flying aircraft base like the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, or a billionaire’s personal tower like Avengers Tower, or a subterranean lair like the Batcave (where virtually every member of the Justice League has visited at one point). But what about supervillains?

I mean, outside of their daily crime and larceny, what do they do? Sure, Lex Luthor has a multi-national corporation to run and Thanos is out completing his jewellery collection, but what about the other villains?

Turns out there’s a place for villains in almost any universe. And when they need medical attention, there’s Hotel Artemis. In fact, if you look a little more carefully, you’ll find that there are plenty of havens for supervillains, such as:

 

1. The Bar With No Name (Marvel Universe)

The Bar With No Name. Credit: Marvel Database

The Bar With No Name. Can you name all the C-list villains in the picture? Credit: Marvel Database

The Bar With No Name (no affiliation with No Signboard Seafood, although I’m sure they’d be open to some tie-ups) isn’t just one bar – it’s actually a chain of bars (with no names) that serve as drinking holes for Marvel villains. There’s one in Ohio and one in New York, and plenty more that we’ve never seen before.

The name is so hipster that there’s even a real-life Bar With No Name (again, no affiliation with Marvel’s Bar With No Name or No Signboard Seafood) near New York! We’re sure they’re pretty legal though – no villain shenanigans going on in there, at least, none that we know of.

 

2. Dark Side Club (DC Universe)

Darkseid's Furies in the Dark Side Club. Credit: Cosmic Teams

Darkseid’s Furies in the Dark Side Club. Credit: Cosmic Teams

Over on the DC side of things, we’ve got the Dark Side Club – which is kind of an awful pun when you say the name out loud. To explain that, we have to backtrack a little bit.

You see, DC’s version of galactic tyrant Thanos is a grey, rocky-faced dude named Darkseid. His name is literally pronounced as “dark side”.

Left: Thanos. Right: Darkseid. Credit: Comics Alliance

Left: Thanos. Right: Darkseid. Credit: Comics Alliance

In a convoluted saga that spanned multiple comics, Darkseid was killed (gasp!) but reincarnated (double gasp!) in the form of a human (meh), named… Boss Dark Side. He was a mafia boss on Earth for some reason, and like all good mobsters, he had his very own club.

The Dark Side Club.

With such a name, he wasn’t very interested in keeping a low profile, despite having been killed once. In any case, Boss Dark Side eventually regained his full power and became Darkseid once more, then gets beaten down in to a spirit form – whereupon Superman sings Darkseid’s spirit to death.

Superman sings Darkseid to death. Credit: Quora

Superman sings Darkseid to death. Credit: Quora

We can’t wait to see the cinematic version of this storyline playing out in the DC Extended Universe.

 

3. Hellfire Club (Marvel Universe)

Riptide (Álex González), Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), and Emma Frost (January Jones) in X-Men: First Class. Credit: Marvel Movies

Riptide (Álex González), Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon), Azazel (Jason Flemyng), and Emma Frost (January Jones) in X-Men: First Class. Credit: Marvel Movies

You might have heard of the Hellfire Club if you’re an X-Men fan – they were the primary villains of X-Men: First Class. They’re evil mutants who are also rich and influential, and they started a elitist club known as the Hellfire Club. Think of them as the aristocratic and evil version of the X-Men.

Being wealthy, the Hellfire Club also set up locations all around the world such as in New York City, London, Hong Kong, and Paris. They’re all named after major chess pieces (so Emma Frost is the White Queen, Sebastian Shaw is the Black King, and so on) – which means that to them, the rest of the world are just… pawns.

While the group itself has been defeated, we’re quite sure that the Hellfire Club locations they set up all around the world still operate as posh, elitist, and evil bars for villains.

 

4. Oblivion Bar (DC Universe)

Oblivion Bar. Credit: DC Universe Online Wiki

Oblivion Bar. Credit: DC Universe Online Wiki

Over on the DC Universe side, we have yet another bar that caters to those who walk in the darkness – the Oblivion Bar. While it doesn’t cater to supervillains per se, it does cater exclusively to beings with great magical power. Since many villains are magical or supernatural in origin, it means that they frequent the bar a fair bit, along with other seedier (but maybe not explicitly villainous) magical folk.

The Justice League hide out at the Oblivion Bar. Credit: Comics Nexus

The Justice League hide out at the Oblivion Bar. Credit: Comics Nexus

In fact, it’s so safe that even the Justice League retreated to the Oblivion Bar once. After all, if supervillains can feel safe in such a space, surely superheroes would be equally well protected… right?

 

5. Mos Eisley (Star Wars)

If you’re a true Star Wars fan, then you’ll know exactly what Mos Eisley is. In the words of Obi-Wan Kenobi himself, it’s a “wretched hive of scum of villainy”. That’s why he takes young Luke Skywalker there in Star Wars: A New Hope – to find a smuggler who’s unethical enough to take them where they want to go (that smuggler turns out to be Han Solo, by the way).

Mos Eisley. Credit: Wookiepedia

Mos Eisley. Credit: Wookiepedia

To be fair, we never really do see all that much scum and villainy there, save for a gunfight between Han and Greedo (Greedo shot first). Still, if old Uncle Ben says that it’s a hive, who are we to doubt him? Maybe in the future we’ll get another spinoff – Mos Eisley: A Star Wars Story – which depicts the evolution of a rundown little spaceport town into a den of scum and villainy.

 

6. Hotel Artemis (Hotel Artemis)

Hotel Artemis. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

Hotel Artemis. Credit: Golden Village Cinemas

In a dystopian future where Los Angeles is pretty ruined, there lies a hospital for criminals named Hotel Artemis. It looks as if it could be a secret location in post-apocalyptic action role-playing video game Fallout 4, but it’s not. Rather, it’s from the neo-noir crime thriller Hotel Artemis, which sees The Nurse (Jodie Foster) running the eponymous hospital that caters to villains.

However, it’s a rather exclusive hospital – Hotel Artemis only treats members, and will throw non-members out of its premises. Membership at the Hotel Artemis isn’t easy to acquire – but we do know it’s much easier to sign up for GV Movie Club membership (plus they won’t throw you out if you’re not a member).

So why not buy tickets to watch Hotel Artemis and sign up for GV Movie Club memberships at one go online? This dystopian action film doesn’t just star Jodie Foster, it also has Jeff Goldblum as The Wolf King, Zachary Quinto as Crosby Franklin, and Dave Bautista as Everest. Even if it’s not a superhero film, it sounds like one already – and perfect viewing for a pyjama party!

Pyjama party? Yes, you catch Hotel Artemis this Friday (29 June) at a pyjama-only session at GV Bedok if you’re a GV Movie Club member. You’ll also receive gifts like Laneige sleeping masks, vials of Mont Blanc eau de toilette, tasty curry popcorn, and Coca-Cola Stevia!

Snuggle up in your pyjamas as you watch Hotel Artemis and solve the greatest mystery of all – who owns Hotel Artemis?

 

Credits: Marvel Database, Cosmic Teams, Comics Alliance, Quora, Marvel Movies, DC Universe Online Wiki, Comics Nexus, Wookiepedia, Golden Village Cinemas

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