The Anti-Superhero Superhero Club: 5 Atypical 'Hero' Films
Everyone loves a good superhero film. Marvel’s billion-dollar box offices are proof of that. The Avengers, X-Men, Justice League—all these hero ensembles feed our fantasies that the world will be saved, good will triumph, and fairies exist. But that’s just what they are—fantasies.
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That’s not just a proverb, it’s a fact engraved in the universe. Marvel and DC see the best in their heroes, and so do we, but if actual superhumans did exist in our midst, there’s a slim chance they’d be as chiseled as Superman or as morally upright as Captain America. Let’s face it: History has proven that humans like to play with fire. In all likelihood, too much power and ability
And with our luck, these films and shows portray the type of "heroes" we’d probably be served:
1| The Boys
The Asshole. This R18 Amazon Prime show is equally brilliant and infuriating. The Seven, this show’s version of the Justice League, is a power-drunk group of superheroes owned and managed by a billion-dollar company that capitalizes on their superhero status (like Disney, only evil). The show’s heroes are crude, arrogant, self-absorbed, and downright misogynistic—a prime example of how power can only corrupt.
The Monster. DC’s Superman is based on the premise that the alien baby that landed in Kansas was categorically good. Brightburn challenges that narrative, questioning what would happen if luck didn’t play in our favor and the baby turned out to be evil. Brightburn is a “What if?” superhero horror film that drives home director David Yarovesky’s point: “The cake is not real. Santa Claus is your parents. And if an alien baby lands in the
The Radical. Probably the tamest, but
4| Suicide Squad
The Maniac. To quote George R.R. Martin, “Madness and greatness are two sides of the same coin.” And for the members of the Suicide Squad, their coins landed on the side of madness. The levels of crazy of these heroes/villains range from slightly unhinged to batshit crazy. Aside from their proclivity for bad decisions and narcissistic personality disorders, they all share a notable criminal status. Despite the fact that they managed to save the day, it’s hard not to forget that some of them are mercenaries, thieves, killers, and cannibals.
The Beast. If you thought Suicide Squad was mad, get a load of this one. M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable dark superhero and psychological horror trilogy