After watching Deadpool – an incredible movie – it felt appropriate to pay homage to some other antiheroes equally careless about the body count from following their (mostly) moral compass. This is a list of my top ten antiheroes in the DC and Marvel universes. Obviously, Deadpool is the best antihero out there. Consider him number 0. He is the inspiration for the list and is therefore too good to be on the list. I'm sure none of you will refrain from alerting me to anyone I didn't include who you think I should have. Also, go see Deadpool. It was (in a desire to remain focused) perfect.
Huntress tries so hard to be good. She tried to be Batgirl and got kicked out of the cave. She tried to be in the JLA and got kicked out of the tower. She tried to date Oliver Queen and that ended badly, but mostly for Oliver. She really just can’t win as long as she murders bad guys. Daughter of a major crime boss, she scours the globe to find and kill criminals while teaming up with various heroes for as long as they can stand being around her. She is not the smartest or best trained, but she follows a very strict philosophy toward how criminals should be punished.
9. Plastic Man
Plastic Man spent most of his time in The JLA but he also had a child with a hooker and wasn't allowed on the Justice League International because of his unpredictability. He initially became a superhero to make money and was a small time crook before he got his powers. He makes inappropriate quips every time he opens his mouth. He sounds like a version of Deadpool though he doesn’t break the fourth wall. I have no doubt that if they ever met, Deadpool and Plastic Man would either be best friends or drive each other nuts.
I realize Deadshot is mostly a super villain and not an antihero. I mean. No, he really is just a super villain. But, hear me out. He has a daughter he fights for, only kills people when he's being paid, and he usually has a conscious about it. He spends most of his comic books days lately working in the Suicide Squad saving the world. At least that's how it is in Arrow and how it'll be in the Suicide Squad movie and in most of the current comics. And, let’s be honest, Will Smith. He has to kind of be an antihero to be portrayed by my actual hero, right? Right?
Elektra is delightfully violent. She kills people with her Sai and generally kicks butt. As a love interest of Daredevil, the two often (literally) fight regarding the proper way to punish criminals. Elektra does her own thing and goes on murderous rampages while Daredevil tried to put the bad guys through the justice system. I look forward to seeing Elektra portrayed by Elodie Yung in season of two of Daredevil on Netflix.
The Question would have also been a great choice but putting them both on the list felt a little redundant. Same situation with Mr. A. Without the belief that a gray area exists, Rorschach punishes people who are bad and steers clear of the people who are good. His Rorschach-tests-creating-mask is awesome and I’m just generally a fan of anything involving The Watchmen.
5. John Constantine
Even though the show didn’t work out, the character is still pretty spectacular. He fights the monsters and criminal underworld of the supernatural often neglected by the bigger superheroes. He isn't very good about keeping his friends and colleagues alive and has a very warped view of human life, but he usually does more good than bad. No one's excited to see him walk into a room but they usually (begrudgingly) thank him for his heroics before requesting to never see him again.
Catwoman is one of my favorite love interests of Batman. She is basically the modern version of Robin Hood except she also profits from all of her thievery. Her burglary skills are unmatched in Gotham City. She is often suspicious of other criminals, which means she spends most of her time alone. When she does make the occasional team-up she is always the smartest one in the group. She doesn't have much interest in anyone else except for herself. Her personality mirrors the personality of felines and we all know cats are the ultimate antiheroes of reality. I love seeing Camren Bicondova portraying young Catwoman in Gotham and I look forward to watching her grow and mature into the antihero she becomes.
3. The Punisher
The Punisher believes in killing people. Not all people, but most people. He only kills the bad guys but every criminal Frank Castle encounters is another potential victim. The Punisher is often described as an assassin but I don’t think that description completely fits him. An assassin focuses on precision and I always imagine The Punisher with big explosives and big guns as well as a sniper rifle. That’s what I get for watching the Hollywood movies. I am greatly looking forward to seeing Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of him in the upcoming season of Daredevil.
2. Red Hood Jason Todd
Jason is understandably unstable after being trained as Robin, then tortured and killed by the Joker, only to be resurrected by the League of Assassins. That’s a tough situation, without a doubt. Jason is very similar to Batman in the way that he wants to fight for the little guy and beat up the bullies but he disagrees with Batman’s methods and heavily resents him for keeping the Joker alive. Instead of putting criminals through the grueling justice system, he usually just kills them. He is intelligent, trained by Batman, and dedicated to eradicating the world from horrible people. This character needs his own movie as much as Deadpool needed a movie. He has been incredible in animated movies and shows and now we need to get a live action thing going. It feels like it is time. Especially now that we know an R rated antihero movie can be successful.
The man with almost as many powers a Superman. This mutant is the son of Scott Summers – Cyclops – but he is sent way into the future. And then he comes back. And goes in the future again. Cable’s timeline is confusing. What I know for sure is that this mutant, with telepathy, telekinesis, technopathy, and expert marksmanship, is going to be the perfect match up for Deadpool 2. The real question is, who do we think should play him?
Thanks for reading! If you have any thoughts about who I missed or other reasons for characters that I might not have mentioned then please enlighten me in the comment section. Also, seriously, go see Deadpool. So good.