Who doesn't love a good SuperHero? My alter ego, Bougenifica shoots fire from her fingertips (working the keyboard metaphor), that gun is a price gun and her superpower is hustle. Of course since she's a Black female, she has a cloak of invisibility that appears at random and no sidekick. [pausing to let that social commentary sink in] She does own a kick-ass purple convertible that converts into a plane and a speed boat as needed. Her secret hideaway is cut into cliffs of a island in the South Pacific. She fights the crime of idiocy and her work is never (ever) done.
Okay, I like comics. Not in a collector, know the value of DC/Marvel books at a glance kinda way. More like, I dig the concept. An ordinary person, unassuming even who discovers that they are extraordinary and meant to do great things for the betterment of mankind. Very cool.
So let's talk about those superhero movies. So many to chose from! I'm afraid I'm a bit of a purist on this one -
1) Superman (the first one - though I was one of the few people who liked Superman Returns). Supey (as I call him) has been a favorite of mine for a long time. Who wouldn't want a man who can leap tall buildings in a single bound? That could be right helpful. And okay sure, you have to suspend the disbelief that a pair of glasses and strategically placed hair gel are a sufficient disguise... but that part of the fun. Christopher Reeves and Margot Kidder. Who can hate on that?
2) Batman (the first one) - Michael Keaton as a really conflicted Bruce Wayne, Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Kim Basinger in her prime as Vicky Vale. Loved. It. Batman was a bit of a wise-ass with serious survivor's guilt but I thought Keaton did a great job with it. Plus Prince provided the soundtrack. The scene with Jack Nicholson jigging through the gritty streets of Metropolis with Prince playing in the background is golden. I might dust that off and look at that this weekend.
3) Spiderman (the first one) - Tobey Maguire before he believed his press clippings, Willem Dafoe completely wackadoodle and Kirsten Dunst as a slightly ditzy Mary-Jane. I loved how they showed him evolving from nerd with a spider bite to SuperHero with a conscience (and a serious crush). It was over-the-top, campy and 120 minutes worth of a good time.