ByRose Moore, writer at
Writer, cosplayer and all around nerd. @RoseMooreWrites
Rose Moore

There can be no doubt that we are in the middle of a comic book renaissance. Comic adaptations are breaking box office records, filling the TV listings, and planning for the next decade or more. Marvel and DC, the big boys of the comic world, have become household names, and this once nerdy pursuit seems to have made it to the cool table.

However, it's worth remembering that Marvel and DC, although the biggest in the comic book industry, are not the only players in the live-action arena. There are a surprising number of films based on comics, many of which don't feature superheroes. While I have several favorites, including Sin City, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and V for Vendetta, there is one film in particular that is a guilty pleasure of mine:


Forget the superhero, Wanted is all about the anti-hero. The little guy, the one stuck in the cubicle farm day after day, with a crappy apartment and a worse relationship, living paycheck to paycheck and hating himself just a little more each day. Until, of course, Angelina Jolie comes screaming into his life with a ridiculously impressive gun and a story about a secret fraternity of assassins and the father who abandoned him as a baby.

Part high-octane action, part wish-fulfillment, Wanted is a movie that believes in plot twists, suspending disbelief, stunning fight scenes, James McAvoy with a six pack and Nine Inch Nails music in the background. In other words, it's awesome.


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