Well, I’ve found that I can handle bleak deconstructionist movies a lot easier than television shows.
The most recent one is on Netflix: Boy Wonder.
It’s the latest in the “Seriously, what would it look like if someone tried to be a superhero” genre and it explores similar ground to both Kick-Ass and Super. Mostly in the “what kind of person would do this?” arena and the answer it comes up with is similar insofar as the answer is “someone pretty broken”.
Now, by contrast, both Kick-Ass and Super had a couple of really awesome monologues that made pretty almost-but-not-quite-unironic affirmations of what superheroes (or superhero movies, anyway) are supposed to be about.
Diner Fight Guy 1: The (heck) is wrong with you, man? You’d rather die for some piece of (filth) that you don’t even (really) know?
Dave Lizewski: The three (jerks), laying into one guy while everybody else watches? And you wanna know what’s wrong with me? Yeah, I’d rather die… so bring it on!
Jacques: What are you gonna do? you gonna execute me for my sins? Don’t think you’re better than me, you (extreme) psycho. You (literally) almost killed people for butting into line.
Frank D’Arbo: [Interrupts] You don’t butt in line! You don’t sell drugs! You don’t molest little children! You don’t profit on the misery of others! The rules were set a long time ago. They don’t change.
Jacques: You really think that killing me, stabbing me to death is gonna change the world?
Frank D’Arbo: I can’t know that for sure… unless I try.
And, yeah, Super is a little more messed up than Kick-Ass was. Well, Boy Wonder is a little more messed up than Super. While Super had a bit of the whole “magical realism” thing going on, Boy Wonder is stuck in the mundane. While Kick-Ass was in a world full of comic books, Boy Wonder just takes place in a city that might as well be Gotham.
Sean Donovan is a young man who witnessed the violent death of his mother as a young boy… now he’s growing into an adolescent and he’s training himself to be a vigilante that fights crime and he’s trying to track down the killer of this now more than a decade cold-case. That’s the teaser. Spoilers behind the rot13 (but the short version is that it’s a lot more bleak and more interested in exploring the moral ambiguity (if not downright unpleasantness) of vigilantes than either of the two above).
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Add to the mix that the narrator isn’t the most reliable narrator and you’ve got yourself a perfect third movie in the “What would it be like *REALLY*” marathon.
So… what are you reading and/or watching?