So with all the BvS & Civil War talk going around, I thought I'd take a moment to appreciate how amazing it is to have all of these enriched films in the industry right now. At this point in our lives, we're witnessing a the creation of what so many before us dreamed of seeing and it's happening so fast. I feel like just yesterday I was waiting for the end of Captain America to see the teaser for the first Avengers movie. It's crazy to think about how far we've come and how far we still have to go.
While contemplating this idea, I got to thinking about all the other randomly good and appallingly bad superhero movies attempts made outside of anything with real source material. If you do a quick wiki search, you'll see there's A LOT to choose from. This article is the first part of a 2 part series I will be writing simply putting into perspective where a lot of originality can come from when a superhero movie is made that isn't based off a comic or cartoon or even a toy. It's just a script.
This article will mainly focus on those that were meant to be on the funnier and not so series side of the spectrum. Now, I compiled these titles from one strict rule: no source material. No comics or actions figures. It was strictly a movie before it became anything else.
This was made back in 1994 when we couldn't get enough of the Wayne's family. That time frame lasted a few years and included a collection of gems that to this day are still some of the best movies of the 90's and early 2000's. This is definitely at the top of that list.
If you haven't sat through this movie, I truly feel sorry for you. Not only was it comical, but it's totally worth it to get that enticing 90's feeling back in your bones. From the soundtrack to the poor yet funny gadget work, this movie is pure gold when it comes to comedy hero movies.
Meteor Man, 1993
Now, this is one of my personal favorites. I loved Meteor Man so much as a kid. This really takes the superhero idea and goes for a well rounded spin. All based on a man who receives his powers, which are very much like Supermans, from getting hit by a meteorite. Literally. Like there's a whole scene where he's in an ally by himself and it just smashes right into him. His body absorbs it and BOOM you got a superhero.
It also had a lot of underlining messages such as the importance of community and standing up for yourself. Of course, another 90's film with a lot of the cliche 90's tact on's like music and clothing. But it's cast was off the hook! Don Cheadle, Bill Cosby, Sinbad, James Earl Jones, Eddy Griffin, and so many other classic 80's and 90's actors and actresses. Ya know what, I might watch this before I go to bed tonight.
The Toxic Avenger, 1984
Ok. Let's be honest with each other. This movie was something totally opposite of a superhero movie, right? Well, not really. It took the idea of a freak accident turning a person into a superhero and turned the volume up 1000000%.
Peter Parker get's a radioactive spider bite and get's powers like that of a spider. Ok, that works.
Matt Murdock get's a little chemical waste splashed in his eye and gets super powered senses. Sure, why not.
What do we do with this guy? Let's have him get embarrassed by the jocks in a tutu and as he's running away, we'll dump an entire container of toxic waste on him and have everyone laugh at him about it. Then he'll become a superhero!
Yeah. Should be fine.
Not down playing the film at all either. I love this entire series, especially in 2 when he goes to Japan. But in comparison, this movie is just amazing without being a superhero movie. I mean he did get a cartoon and a toy line so it counts.
Not really gonna talk down about this movie, even though I feel like it could've been done a little bit better. I think it took the idea of a person with a slight mental disability wanting to fight crime and played it off well. I mean, one of his 'gadgets' was a jar of bees. That's pretty fucking great.
Though this movie looks fantastic, I haven't sat through it yet so I don't feel comfortable speaking about a movie I haven't watched. But it counts towards the list.
G-Girl (My Super Ex-Girlfriend), 2006
Now this is the only movie I'll say that was really, REALLY bad. The only reason I bring it up is because it sort of counts in the category but not so much. G-Girl is the name of the hero played by Uma Thurman. As you can tell by the title, if you haven't seen it, this is about the proclaimed superhero being extremely jealous about her ex-boyfriends new girlfriend. Think Wonder Woman powers but she has the temper of Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon 1. Yeah.
Well, that's all the original superheroes from the funnier side of things. Keep a look out for the next part in the series. As always, all feedback is welcome and if you think I forgot one, feel free to share it. Thanks guys.