While I was “researching” my piece on my favorite super-hero movie posters, I ended up running across quite a few silly examples of the genre. What is it about grown men wearing their underwear over their pants that makes for such silly posters? Hmm, forget I asked that.
Anyways, since Spider-Man 3 was once again the most seen film over the weekend, it seems like a good time to take a look at some very silly super-hero movie posters. This time, let’s do it chronologically. And let’s start with the 60’s, since there weren’t many super-hero movies before that decade.
The 60’s are remarkable mostly for bringing us the first Batman movie. Yes, that is right, the Batman you know, the one with Michael Keaton, wasn’t the first. This little pearl came over 20 years before.
The 60’s also brought us John Voight as Fearless Frank.
Apparently, having a huge head makes you fearless.
Fearless Frank is a spoof, so the poster was intentionally trying to be silly. I wish I could say the same about the Batman one.
The 70’s were the exploitation decade, so it’s no surprise to find x-rated twists on old superheroes, such as The Erotic Adventures of Zorro…
Z is for some nudie fun.
… and “Flesh Gordon”
“Not to be confused with the original Flash Gordon”. Hmm, thanks for the warning.
It’s also not surprising to discover that this decade saw many black super-heros, the most remarkable one probably being The Human Tornado.
I love how happy the guy in the background looks. “Wiiiiiii, I’m flying!”
But let’s not forget that other 70’s super-hero gem, the one that launched a brand new star. I’m talking about Hercules in New York.
“Believe it or not, I will be Governor some day.”
The 80’s feature not one, but two Dolph Lundgren posters. First we have The Punisher.
“I will punish you, by starring at you in a menacing way.”
And if you didn’t think the recent rumors about Brad Pitt becoming He-Man were silly, take a look at Dolph as the Prince of Eternia.
“I will save Eternia, by starring at you in a menacing way. And by showing my huge pecks.”
From 1983 comes Superman 3, aka, the film the killed a once great series.
Richard Pryor in a Superman movie? That’s the greatest idea ever!
Also from the 80’s are some original super-hero movies such as Megaforce…
There has never been a super hero like Ace Hunter. Because he has … a beard!
…and the infamous Dungeon Master.
Why must all films with the words Dungeon and Master suck?
Finnally, the 80’s also brought us some movies that had a little fun with the whole super-hero genre. There was Buckarro Banzai.
This guy is now working towards a PhD in Italian Renaissance art history from UCLA. No, seriously.
The Toxic Avenger
“The First Super-Hero … From New Jersey!” I love it.
And The Return of the swamp Thing.
Yes, that is Heather Locklear.
The 90’s saw many stars try out the super-hero genre. We had Shaquille O’Neal as Steel.
They were hoping he would act better than he shoots free throws. Alas…
Van Damme as a Street Fighter.
He looks mean.
Sylvester Stallone as Judge Dredd.
He looks meaner.
Billy Zane as The Phantom
He looks pink.
And Matthew Broderick as Inspector Gadget.
Hey, it pays the bills.
The 90’s also brought us the first version of Buffy, The Vampire Slayer…
“You mean there is going to be a very successful TV series made out of this? And I won’t be part of it? Goddamn!”
… and the second coming of those teenage turtles.
“Ohhhh, look! There is shiny green slime coming out of that.”
But most important of all, the 90’s were the decade of the Joel Schumacher Batmans, and of Chris O’Donnell as Robin.
“Yeah! I’m a super hero!”
The poster above is from Batman Forever. Apparently the studio people liked Chris so much in that role they decided to bring him back for Batman & Robin.
“I want you!”
Yeah, good choice.
Well, the decade is not over yet, but super-hero movies turned into a pretty mainstream, serious thing this decade. And the posters show it. There are some silly ones, but since most are quite good, I decided not to nitpick. Feel free too mention your favorite silly posters from the 00’s in comments or by e-mail, if you want to.