No Superpowers Whatsoever

Superheroes are supposed to have special powers, but what if the heroes are just normal people, if not inept?

Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass actually grew from the writer’s own wish at 15 to become a superhero with his friend. Using maybe sticks and teen angst, they would somehow keep the fishy ones in line so the rest of their Scottish townsman could live in peace and harmony.

That concept morphed into a story about a high school kid who figured wearing a costume and emulating a superhero would better his community, his life, and chances at getting a girlfriend. Woven into that narrative is an unlikely father-daughter crime fighting duo (daughter Mindy being bloodthirsty at eleven…), and a mob boss with a son bored being a nerdy teenager.

The Losers are heroes of sorts – ex-Specials Ops wronged and left for dead in South America by a CIA villain – but aside from training, unique skill-sets and fringe personalities, they’re nothing special. Mortals who take a good punch or gunshot, and laugh about it in spite of the smarting pain.

Both films didn’t make any box office history this year, but they deserve a look on home video because they do reflect the qualities that made the original comics so popular (and they’re very fun).

The Losers (Warner Home Video) sports a great Blu-ray transfer and decent extras on the original comic and the film’s production, and the Kick-Ass BR (Canada: Maple, U.S.: Lionsgate) is loaded with detailed featurettes and a feature-length documentary on every aspect of the film’s genesis, production, and reception.

Mark R. Hasan, Editor


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