From 2005 comes a really fun and family friendly Superhero film about a school for superheroes. It’s pretty much Harry Potter meets the Incredibles. While this isn’t the greatest movie in the world, it really is an entertaining film that really has a lot of creativity in it. Oh and it’s pretty damn funny too! And did I forget to mention Bruce Campbell is in? And Kurt Russell? Yeah, check it out. Your kids will love it and you’ll find yourself smiling along too.
Confessions of a Superhero
This is an interesting take on what being a superhero is and where and how fame can take over a life. The only documentary in this list follows the men and women who dress up in costumes and parade around Hollywood, waiting for the tourists to come by for a picture.
For most of the subjects in this film, this is their career. They work for donations for photo-ops. Listen to the way they speak about what they do and it is almost a devastating portrait of delusions of grandeur. Some of these folks are using this as a means to overcome some past transgression and some of them really believe they are doing much more with their lives.
This is a great portrait of how we as a society have such an attachment to becoming ‘someone’ and the lengths we will go to achieve only the slightest amount of it.
Blankman never gets the credit it deserves. It really was one of the first ‘What if a regular guy became a superhero? Oh and also he’s mildly mentally challenged.’ This was a vehicle for Damon Wayans and David Alan Grier during the ‘In Living Color’ years. Damon Wayans plays Darryl Walker, a nerdy tech guy who creates his superhero Blankman out of what looks like a bad bargain bin at a Salvation Army. This movie honestly is really funny.
The Toxic Avenger
If you haven’t heard the name ‘Troma’ then you are in for either a treat or in need of the hottest shower ever. Possibly the most independent film studio of all time, Troma specializes in a specific brand of filth, trash, and cheap that you can possibly find. Probably 95% of Troma’s library is not worth viewing, but every once in awhile, they hit on something special
‘The Toxic Avenger’ is one of those times. This is the story of a 98 pound nerd from New Jersey who gets dumped into a vat of radioactive stuff only to turn into the boil covered Toxic Avenger or ‘Toxie’ to his fans.
Unlike most superheroes, Toxie is not above murder at any time. This is low budget schlock at its finest and ugliest. And if you like Toxie, you have 3 other sequels to enjoy!
Note: If you don’t like brutal violence, violence against kids/animals/the blind, bad film stock, bad puns, and offensive material to probably every person on the planet, then maybe you should not watch ‘The Toxic Avenger’
A film by a once Troma alum, James Gunn (Slither, writer of the Dawn of the Dead remake) comes probably the best of the ‘regular guy’ genre of the Superhero Film. Starring Rainn Wilson (The Office) is the story of a man whose life has nothing. His girlfriend has been taken by drug dealers and he’s fed up with the crime he sees in the world around him. This movie is violent and humorous, but it also has a lot of underlying sadness which really elevates it from a movie like ‘Kick-Ass’.
This is more of a character study than it is about a superhero. And it’s a good one at that and really cements the fact that Rainn Wilson can be much more than just Dwight Shrute.