Comic Book Movies Don’t Always Need to Be Serious

by Steven Ruiz
Comic Book Movies

Deadpool 2 is set to release this weekend and it’s most likely going to be a fun ride. Deadpool reminds us that not all comic book movies need to be dark and brooding — he likes to poke fun at other properties and constantly breaks the fourth wall. But, it seems that most comic book movies today want to be dark and serious, and no one really wants to cut loose and become a fun, all-out romp.

However, before Deadpool was released,  there were comic book movies that took the comedic route. Most of them were based on lesser known comic books and graphic novels. Today we look at some good, fun, hilarious comic book movies that leaves the dark and broodiness behind and let the fun take the wheel.

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The Losers (2010)

We start off with a movie with a strange plot — it feels as if it belongs in the 90s. This action-comedy is based on the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics series by writer Andy Diggle and illustrator Jock. There is no place for a serious tone here, as it’s incredibly wacky from start to finish. Even the villain’s performance is something out of a cartoon!

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Red (2010)

Second, we have this action comedy based on the limited comic book series by writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner from WildStorm imprint of Homage Comics — which are both owned by DC Comics. The film consists of comedic dialogue and action. John Malkovich is very nutty in the movie and has some very comedic moments. He even shoots at a rocket launcher!

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)

Next we have the Edgar Wright directed comedy based on the graphic series by Bryan Lee O’Malley, Scott Pilgrim. The film really has no serious to it, as it is Scott Pilgrim facing off seven guys with super human abilities. It doesn’t hold back on just how insane it could be, as it incorporates aspects from the graphic series directly into the film. Scott Pilgrim even fights a vegetarian with vegan powers!

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Kick-Ass (2010)

Next is a film based on the comic book of the same name from Mark Millar. This film has no room for seriousness — it’s all about the laughs! It’s Hard R-rated black comedy with some obscure comedy mixed in. Along with the obscure comedy, the film has some obscure action to go with it.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

With its zany plot and action, this action-spy-comedy movie is based on the comic miniseries from writer Mark Millar and artist Dave Gibbons. The movie puts the serious tone behind. The movie has over the top action sequences and comedic dialogue — let’s not forget about that church scene which was synchronized to “Free Bird” by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

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So, as this weekend you head out to see the comic book comedy Deadpool 2 compete with the dark comic book movie Avengers: Infinity War, remember that there are other comic book movies don’t always need to be dark. Comic book movies should be all-around fun.

Thanks for reading! What are your thoughts on these comic book comedies? What are your thoughts on Deadpool? Comment down below!

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