The Rise of the Antihero

By Abhiveer Singh

Antiheroes have recently been seen flying onto the big screen. For a while, superheroes have played the main characters in Marvel and DC movies. However, fans of these films have begun to see the emergence of the antihero over the course of the last few years.

Superhero lovers were able to see a multitude of movies centralized around the typical hero. This often includes a character who follows a strict moral code and does what they do for the greater good. Despite these types of productions being popular worldwide, there is something these characters do not possess that antiheroes do: relatability. They act a lot of the time out of selfishness and do not make the best decisions along the way in order to accomplish their goals. Consequently, when the audience sees a character like Deadpool or Venom make mistakes and joke about, it creates a sense of comfort knowing that not everyone can be as good as Spider-Man or Ironman, but still be able to finish their job. Life throws everyone obstacles, and choosing the most ethical decision is not always feasible. For some people, this may even give them a spark of hope, knowing that one mistake does not mean the end of it all.

“I think that antiheroes tend to be more realistic and aren’t always perfect so it’s easier for them to coincide with the everyday person. This makes for a more relatable and enjoyable experience,” senior Aidan Chun said.

The excitement these movies hold for the audiences could be further suggested through the records they are breaking. "The Batman" has made over $600 million in box office sales in the first few months of its release. Additionally, “Loki” is the first Marvel show to break 1 billion minutes watched in one week. Lastly, “Venom” brought in $37 million in one day, which is the second highest during the pandemic.

Artwork by Guneet Hanjra

The dark traits antiheroes have are bringing light to the movie industry.

Some fans have concerns that these movies based around antiheroes can be too dark.

"No, I feel as though ‘The Batman’ captured the character of Batman perfectly, as he’s not a superhero who is supposed to be happy or overly friendly,” sophomore Jeff Joseph said.

“Since the movie is based upon an antihero, it makes sense for the setting to be gloomy and Bruce Wayne to be serious, but I would have loved to see some more light regarding the aesthetics and characters,” junior Natalie Bak said.

Now Marvel and DC fans can look forward to not only seeing their favorite superhero, but now their favorite antihero, too.