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Film Mom: The Secret Behind Supervillainesses

Villains aren't usually of the female persuasion in superhero movies, but when they are, it's for good reason—and not just because of any ulterior motives. I think I’ve figured out what's really behind their evildoings: skintight leather.

Formfitting leather looks good and delivers the visual message, "I have a bad side," but the discomfort? It's criminal.

Anne Hathaway described Catwoman’s rubbery leather catsuit in The Dark Knight Rises as "psychological torture" and Michelle Pfeiffer says her Batman Returns Catwoman pleather painfully squeezed her skin to the point of being "unhealthy." Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class wears a super-snug leather pantsuit while on a boat: with all that moisture, who wouldn’t want to torture her enemies? Viper in this week's The Wolverine saunters around in a skintight leather getup that is surely cutting off the oxygen to her good-girl cells.

Let’s be real. Villainous women want power, not a date. If art truly imitated life, these malevolent ladies would first accomplish world domination wearing yoga pants and a T-shirt, then worry about looking hot. After all, any woman who has worn Spanx for 10 seconds believes it's all part of an evil plot…Oh, right.

The Wolverine is what might be called a "hard PG-13." Here are three other movies to see with your family this weekend:

Turbo. Turbo is a snail who dreams of racing in the Indianapolis 500. It’s the story of the little snail who could and is a safe choice for kids of all ages.

Pacific Rim. Monsters vs. robots? Add in that these are GIANT monsters who are also ALIENS (!) and the robots are basically man-operated TRANSFORMERS (!!)  and, seriously, this movie is the sum of all teen-boy dreams.

Despicable Me 2. Only a true villain would deprive their little minions of seeing the must-see kids' movie of the summer.

Find out what KIDS think of these movies by going to www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.

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