HEROES WITH HUMOUR
With tomorrow’s release of Thor: Ragnarok proving superheroes and super punchlines don’t have to be mutually exclusive, here are five more movies that bring the zing
DEADPOOL (2016) FOXTEL NOW
It took almost a decade for Marvel to grant Deadpool his big-screen shot, and the long wait was not in vain. Courtesy of one of the best-written comedy scripts of the past decade — no small feat for a superhero flick — Ryan Reynolds’ disfigured dynamo ripped through a mountain of killer material at breakneck speed. Here’s hoping the 2018 sequel keeps that freak flag flying.
THE INCREDIBLES (2004) NETFLIX, FOXTEL NOW
A gem from a golden era where animation perfection was expected from and delivered by Pixar on a yearly basis. This tale of a family of superheroes sneakily defying a ban on the use of their powers does not just service what remains a genuinely exciting action movie. It is also bursting with great laughs and sly digs at the self-importance of the superhero genre.
ANT-MAN (2015) DVD, BLU-RAY
Ranked as just a middling Marvel offering upon original release, a second viewing unlocks a subtle, yet sharp array of gags and in-jokes that may have escaped detection the first time around. A supremely selfdeprecating Paul Rudd nails the minuscule title role of an ex-crim who can shrink down to a millimetre in height when the world needs saving.
KICK-ASS (2010) AMAZON, iTUNES
The first Kick-Ass sinks a steel-capped slipper into every superhero movie ever made. Aaron Taylor-Johnson is brilliant as a geeky teen who becomes a costumed crimefighter, despite having no powers whatsoever. Scenes aplenty are stolen by deranged father-daughter duo Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage) and Hit-Girl (Chloe Moretz). Avoid the sequel at all costs.
SUPER (2010) STAN
Writerdirector James Gunn is a huge name in Hollywood for Guardians Of the Galaxy . But Gunn’s prior visit to the superhero realm mines a dark vein of black comedy sure to appeal to Deadpool tragics. Rainn Wilson (TV’s The Office) plays the Crimson Bolt, a reckless amateur crimefighter with, err, unconventio nal powers. Co-stars Ellen Page (Juno).