A lot of people attended DEADPOOL 2 the past two weeks—including this guy!—and they laughed. Oh how they laughed!
But did you know that there are other funny characters in comics? Not just like Spider-Man funny, but FUNNY FUNNY? Sometimes even meta-funny? It’s true!
Here are seven other characters movie studios can tap to get to some of that “people like funny super heroes too” dollars!
Seven “Funny” Comic Book Characters That Can Be Utilized to Get a Taste of Some of that Deadpool Money
1.) The Heckler- Stu Moseley has zero powers but dons a bright yellow and white costume decorated with “Haha”s all over it. He fights crime around the diner he owns but has zero super powers. He mostly gets beaten up A LOT but never lets it break his manic personality.
He battles the likes of P.C. Rabid, a conservative commentator who wears a mask that makes him look human despite being not, and John Doe, the Generic Man, who turns everything he touches generic.
If those enemies don’t help you see this movie’s potential already, well, boy, I don’t know.
2.) Slapstick- Although, he has been taken to dark places over the last decade, Slapstick is essentially a Warner Brothers’ cartoon character dropped into the middle of the Marvel Universe. As a result, you can do some fairly wild things with him. If Roger Rabbit was noir meets wacky animation, Slapstick can be super heroes meet wacky animation.
3.) Ambush Bug- Truly delusional, Ambush Bug absolutely wrecks continuity wherever he goes. Tremendous potential to mock and tear down the unpleasant joyless iteration of the DCEU to make room for a revamp that lets Superman be hopeful, Wonder Woman keep on keeping on, and so on.
4.) Forbush Man- If you want your humorous super hero movie to break more parody than satire, Forbush is your man. Birthed from Not Brand Ecch, essentially Marvel’s version of MAD but focused entirely on comics, Forbush can let you mock the wealth of most super heroes, their role as enforcers of the status quo, their potential for fascism, etc because Forbush is to incompetent to do any of that.
5.) Vext- Vext is, essentially, a god of bad luck from a much lesser pantheon. He has been tossed out of his realm onto Earth where he must make a new life. The one rule is he can’t be a super hero.
I love the idea of a god trying to hard not to be a hero and REPEATEDLY ending up in situations where he has no choice.
6.) Impossible Man- Less a villain and more of a reckless goof with way too much power, Impossible Man has no particular allegiance except to the idea of chaos. While tied to the Fantastic Four, mostly, he has taken time to clown several other heroes, too. Additionally, he’s a huge pop culture junkie. I’m thinking maybe the plotline is him getting tired of being a late night host and covertly using his powers to tease super heroes for kicks until either a.) he goes too far, or b.) he is forced to get serious and, say, save the world of Celestials like he when he tangled with Galactus in comics.
7.) Bat-Mite- Believing himself to be Batman’s biggest fan, Bat-Mite frequently warps reality to showcase how great Batman is. Warner Brothers would NEVER let this happen, but how much fun would it be to see Ben Affleck’s Batman forced to work with this magical imp to solve a crime that Mite himself he caused by pushing reality too far.