Before we get yelled out, allow me to explain.
It wasn’t until the 1990s when people started to take the superhero genre seriously. We saw comical movies like Superman 1 & 2, Batman Returns (1992) and Batman Forever (1995). Then we saw the unintentionally hilarious Batman and Robin (1997). But it wasn’t until the year 2000 when we finally saw a serious superhero movie: X-Men (2000).
But aren’t we missing one? Aren’t we missing the Matrix (1999)?
Now you might be saying — what the hell? The Matrix isn’t a superhero movie. I’m here to debate that not only is the Matrix (1999) a serious superhero movie, but it paved the way for X-Men (2000) and Spider-Man (2002).
But here’s the facts:
- The Matrix (1999) is essentially Neo’s Origin Story: think about it. Thomas Anderson lives an ordinary life until he meets Trinity and Morpheus, where he discovers his hidden superhero potential. Does this remind you of anyone? Peter Parker and Bruce Banner were just average joe’s until they met their life changing moment.
- Neo has a love interest – Trinity. I could probably make a persuasive argument that Trinity is a little more interesting than your average love-interest who needs saving (I’m talking to you Mary Jane Watson from Spider-Man 1-3). I would have liked to know more about Trinity (especially the fact that she’s supposedly an infamous hacker in the Matrix — but it’s only mentioned once).
- Not only does Neo reach his superhero potential, but he learns to bend the rules of the Matrix. When you think about it, it’s like how Superman can fly or Spider-Man’s spidey-sense. Both superheroes are capable of bending the rules of reality. Normal people can’t do this. That’s what makes Neo special and places him in the same league as Superman or Spider-Man.
- Agent Smith (played by Hugo Weaving) is a great villain. A great villain is often defined by their ability to physically and mentally challenge the hero. When you consider the motivations of Agent Smith, it resembles the stereotypical comic book villain. He always wears the same trademark costume and he aspires to destroy the last vestige of humanity in Zion.
What do you think? Approve or disapprove, let me know. If you think Neo can beat Superman in a fight — comment.
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