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When most hear the term “superhero,” the picture of might, justice and, in most circumstances, America, come to mind. This picture of what a superhero should represent has been established by the likes of Superman and Captain America and has left a precedent for other heroes to follow, though a new brand of superhero has stepped over the barrier between hero and villain and is dominating Marvel and DC films.

These new crime-fighters represent the darker side of justice. Perhaps the first of these heroes is Batman, who began his fight against criminals to avenge the murder of his parents, a dark reason to establish righteousness. The atmosphere of Gotham City, where the cape-wearing vigilante resides, is dark and mysterious too.

Also located in Gotham City, the Suicide Squad, a group of anti-heroes hired by the government to take on high risk missions in exchange for reduced prison terms, is taking the term unorthodox superhero to a whole other level. This angle of a vigilante team provides a fresh and exciting view on superhero comics and films (the Suicide Squad movie is to be released Aug. 5).

The original goody-two-shoes heroes usually abandon humor to focus on kicking the bad guys’ butts, which causes their stories to be quite dull. Some crime-fighters have learned to multitask and provide hilarious catchphrases along with epic fight scenes. Deadpool and the Guardians of the Galaxy are examples of these witty characters.

The alternative form of superhero is shining in the spotlight lately for a reason. They either add mystery and depth or humor and lightheartedness that old-school superheroes didn’t have. Movies such as Batman, Deadpool and Guardians of the Galaxy are the reason that I’ve become a bigger fan of Marvel and DC.

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