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Tuesday 21 May 2013, 16:16

Mark Kermode Mark Kermode

Iron Man was recently declared the most successful screen super hero in history. But who is the best SUPER anti-hero ever?

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    Comment number 4.

    OK, I could go for Darkman, or Swamp Thing, or even NorthStar, but I'm plumping for Super Snooper AKA SuperFuzz – a film so obscure and poorly regarded that as an adult I assumed I had dreamt it until the Internet was invented and confirmed that it was real.

    It starred Terence Hill as a cop who develops amazing powers that desert him the second he sees the colour red. I can't quite remember why this was the case, but much hilarity ensued, and my 8-year old self loved it. And Ernest Borgnine made an appearance, so it couldn't have been all bad.

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    Comment number 12.

    If we are still keeping to comic book superheroes, I am still thoroughly surprised that no studio has attempted to make a Deadpool movie. He has a sizable cult fanbase, and traits such as the comic's use of meta-narrative and humour, along with the character's ambigiuous heroism, would make a very interesting movie indeed (perhaps even the best Stan Lee cameo in a film). I know they totally messed up Deadpool's character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but there's still hope he can be retconned in the Marvel Universe, and be made into a unique superhero movie I would pay good money to see.

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    Comment number 17.

    When it comes to Super anti Hero's on film the safe money will always go on Characters like Rorschach from The Watchmen,Spawn and the excellent Hellboy.

    But In the wake of films like The Avengers can I draw your attention to a little film directed by Craig Mazin, yep the man who gave us the god awful Superhero movie.
    Well a few years before that travesty he directed a little Indie comedy flick called THE SPECIALS a movie about the day in the life of the 6th or 7th best superhero team ever and its rather good in a Spinal Tap sort of way. No special effects,no saving the world just funny off beat characters that you really get to like, plus in what superhero film has its heroes dance to the Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) Well this one dose.

    Oh and by the way several years ago I managed to see the Roger Corman version of The Fantastic Four and I enjoyed it far more than the recent mega budget re-makes.

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    Comment number 18.

    Glad you asked Mark! Allow me to weigh in with a character you'll almost certainly enjoy on some level given that you're fond of Howard the Duck, Kick Ass and most impressively, Ambush Bug - cult icon points ahoy. My nomination goes to the superhero hunter Marshal Law, a gleefully ultraviolent superhero satire from the 1980s/90s written by Judge Dredd's Pat Mills and drawn in gruooey hyperkinetic detail by Kevin O' Neill. Funnily enough, Kick Ass' scribe Mark Millar has cited Law as an influence and a favourite in his work. It comes from an imagination not entirely taken with the idea of superheroes, to put it mildly. The comic strip's approach to gore and splatter is roughly in the same ballpark as Raimi's Evil Dead. As for film adaptations, they have been numerous stalled attempts in the past including Rob Bottin's (Yay) and more recently McG 's (shudder).

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    Comment number 19.

    Defendor played by Woody Harrelson, don't forget about him :)


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