Theater screens saw a glut of comic book superhero movies in 2011. With this past weekend’s release of ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, it’s time to tally up our votes and determine which costumed crime-fighter flick came out on top.
Honestly, I haven’t seen very many of these options, so I’m probably not the best person to ask. ‘X-Men: First Class’ seems to be a fanboy favorite, and I assume will probably take the lead in this poll, but I personally found it really underwhelming and dull.
My vote goes to an obscure pick that only opened in limited release this spring, the indie dark comedy ‘Super’, which I first saw at the Toronto Film Festival last year. Rainn Wilson plays an ordinary schlub who goes a little nuts when his wife runs off with a scumbag drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Determined to clean up crime in his town, he stitches together a superhero costume, picks up a plumber’s wrench, and dubs himself “Crimson Bolt.” He then goes around braining anyone that he deems to have violated his personal moral code – which would include purse snatchers, child molesters, and people who cut in line at movie theaters. Ellen Page is a lot of fun as his psychotic sidekick “Boltie,” who gets sexually aroused at watching him hurt people. This is a really dark movie, quite disturbing at times, but a lot more interesting (to me) than watching mutants throw laser hula hoops at one another or suffering through January Jones pretending to act. Your mileage may vary. I don’t expect a lot of agreement on that, because I don’t expect that many people saw the movie.
Anyway, tell us which was your favorite superhero movie of the year.