Superheroes in spite of himself: Spider-Man, Batman… the geek references of Philippe’s film…

Released in theaters on February 2, Superheroes despite himself multiplies the references to pop culture. Focus on the most striking easter-eggs of Philippe Lacheau’s comedy.

After Nicky Larson, Philippe Lacheau and his gang tackle Superheroes in spite of himself, a new wacky comedy of which he has the secret!

The film follows the character of Cédric, an apprentice actor in trouble. He finally lands his first role in a superhero movie. One evening, when he borrows the filming car, he is the victim of an accident which causes him to lose his memory.

When he wakes up, dressed in his vigilante costume and surrounded by the film’s props, he is convinced that he has become the character of the film with a perilous mission to accomplish. But is not a hero and even less a superhero who wants… And even less Cédric.

If the feature film obviously bears the paw of the band to Fifi, it will not fail to titillate the minds of fans of Marvel and DC. Indeed, just as he did in Nicky Larson, Philippe Lacheau distilled some references to superheroic pop culture in his film. A brief overview of the most striking easter-eggs.

BATMAN

Superheroes in spite of himself: spider-man, batman... The geek references of philippe's film...
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It will have escaped no one, the costume of Badman, the hero camped Philippe Lacheau, is inspired by that of Batman, the famous Dark Knight DC. However, as the director points out, “I don’t wear a cape.”

JOKER

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The big villain of the film, it’s him! Georges Corraface slips into the costume of the Clown, bad guy from the feature film Badman, sworn enemy of the superhero camped by Cédric (Philippe Lacheau). This character is modeled on the Joker, the iconic villain of the DC universe.

In the film, Corraface is made up like the Clown Prince of Crime, referring to Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Joaquin Phoenix, the 3 most significant incarnations of the Joker. However, by its burlesque side, it can also evoke the bad guy camped by César Romero in the Batman of the 60s.

SPIDERMAN

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We all remember the legendary kiss scene between Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Hanging upside down, Spider-Man and MJ shared an intimate moment in the pouring rain.

Philippe Lacheau parodied this sequence in Super-heroes in spite of himself… in his own way. The outcome will not be quite the same as in Spider-Man, Badman’s costume ending up cracking, causing the hero to fall, unwittingly revealing his intimacy to Laure (Alice Dufour). A schoolboy gag worthy of Fifi’s gang.

SUPERMAN

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Tarek Boudali, who plays Adam, wears characteristic glasses reminiscent of a major character in the DC universe: Clark Kent alias Superman.

NEW GODS

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During a sequence, Cédric (Philippe Lacheau) is reading a comic book magazine with New Gods on the cover. These are characters created by Jack Kirby for DC Comics in February 1971.

The story of New Gods is set billions of years ago, when a catastrophe split the planet Urgrund into two twin planets: New Genesis, a lush land ruled by the benevolent Highfather, and Apokolips, a Hell-like planet .

The latter is led by the tyrannical Darkseid. For years, the two Kings wage endless wars. Their conflicts will eventually reverberate on Earth.

On the cover of Cédric’s magazine, you can also spot the inscription Sun Devils. This is a series of science fiction comics published by DC Comics in 12 issues between July 1984 and June 1985. Writers Gerry Conway, Roy Thomas and artist Dan Jurgens created this comic.

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