Top 10 Anti-heroes Fighting The Superhero Film Monopoly

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5. THE CROW

This one may technically be considered a bit closer to superhero territory, but THE CROW is about as dark as you can get in that genre. Aside from the now legendary (and tragic) on-set death of star Brandon Lee (son of real-life superhero Bruce Lee), the film is a gothic homage to revenge, violence and crazy makeup. Comic creator James O’Barr has cited Iggy Pop, The Cure and Joy Division as creative influences while working on THE CROW. Fitting, no?

Don’t miss comic-to-film misadventure GHOST WORLD, airing on Sundance Channel this month.

Author: Dan Heching

topIt’s July, which means we are all hot, tired and pretty much superheroed out. We’ve weathered the explosive onslaught of THE AVENGERS and now (another) AMAZING SPIDERMAN, and still have a certain DARK KNIGHT to go. All this hoopla gets us thinking: are graphic novels and comic books responsible for classic fanboy superheroes, and nothing more? Of course not! This rich, literary (yes, literary) genre has inspired a wealth of other cinematic material, from dystopian yarns to biting black comedies, some of which you may not have even guessed.


Don't miss comic-to-film misadventure GHOST WORLD, airing on Sundance Channel this month.10. SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD9.  30 DAYS OF NIGHT8.  GHOST IN THE SHELL7. V FOR VENDETTA6.  ROAD TO PERDITION5. THE CROW
4. A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE3. AMERICAN SPLENDOR2. PERSEPOLIS1.  GHOST WORLD