Sunday, January 17, 2010

FILM: The Anti-Superhero Superhero Trend

I'm sure Hollywood knows that we like our superheroes big and burly (Wolverine), determined (Batman), impressive (The X-Men), and funny (Iron Man), but for some reason they've decided to allow a burgeoning trend to erupt. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you the anti-superheroes:

You've already heard the hype around Kick-Ass, which is totally warranted. It's the story of a teenage dork (Aaron Johnson), who decides that it isn't totally insane to put on a costume and fight crime. He joins a father-and-daughter duo, Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz from 500 Days of Summer) and Big Daddy (Nicholas Cage), and an even dorkier hero Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse from Superbad) to take down a resident gangster (Mark Strong from Sherlock Holmes). The fight scenes are stellar and pretty impressive for a bunch of young kids. It's sure to blow everyone out of the water.

Then there's the fantasy drama Defendor, which still doesn't have a release date. However, it stars Woody Harrelson, who just finished up an awesome year with 2012, Zombieland, and The Messenger, so I'm sure it'll get one soon. In the film, a slightly mentally unstable guy begins to believe he's a superhero, and his only council are a teenage girl (Kat Dennings) and his therapist (Sandra Oh from "Grey's Anatomy").

Last, but not least, there's Rainn Wilson's action comedy Super, where he plays the husband of a woman (Liv Tyler), who falls under the influence of a drug dealer and has to turn into the Crimson Bolt in order to save her. Ellen Page and Kevin Bacon also star.

So it seems that Hollywood thinks that we superhero lovers want to be superheroes so bad that we'd want to watch movies about people just like us. Uhhh, the only reason we like superhero movies is because of the action. When you turn that action into slapstick, it's a little less enticing (i.e. Spider-Man 3). Sure, you'll get maybe $20-40 mil, but there's no way that either of these two films will become blockbusters. That's why Kick-Ass is the only sure bet.

What do you think? Does it matter how goofy the superhero is?

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