TOP FOURS: Comic Book Movie Dads

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By BenjiWest - 6/1/2014

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Dads. Fathers. Pops. One of the more unsung roles in life. There's an old saying, something along the lines of; being a dad is easy, it takes a real man to be a father. I think that's it, or close enough. Don't quote me. In any regard, it's a saying in which there's an implication that being a good dad is difficult. That's very true, but just try being the father to a superhero though. Many of our favorite superheroes, well, their fathers; they don't last very long. However, they almost always have an indelible and lasting effect into the building of said super hero's character. In honor of Father's Day, this Top Fours article will take a look at the best poppas from comic book movies and the actors who performed admirably. Looking at the more traditional dad(mostly this is quantified to eliminate Uncle Ben. Sorry. Love your rice.), and of course it's all my opinion.
 
 

4)  Odin

Super Son:  Thor
Portrayed by:  Anthony Hopkins
From:  Thor, Thor: The Dark World

When we're first introduced to Thor, he's arrogant, immature, and impulsive. Hardly ready to become a king, a fact his father Odin identifies all to well. He sees that his son requires some humility, and he gives him tough love. Stripped of his power and banished to Earth, Thor would learn and gain the qualities that would make him a great superhero. Great job here by Odin, but alas where he succeeds with Thor, he fails with his other son Loki. Loki grows up with feelings of jealousy, distrust, and abandonment. Loki would become Thor's greatest adversary.

In the films, Anthony Hopkins portrays Odin with certain amount of graceful camp. In the sequel he chews scenes like Hannibal Lecter.
 

3)  Trevor "Broom" Bruttenholm

Super Son:  Hellboy
Portrayed by:  John Hurt
From:  Hellboy

The first slight cheat, as Professor Bruttenholm is not Hellboy's father in a natural sense. In every other regard he is, and a loving father as well. He instills into Hellboy a great purpose and work ethic. At one time, Hellboy might've been the harbinger of destruction, but thanks to Bruttenholm he becomes a workman-like hero; protecting Earth from the things that go "bump in the night." A true testament to Bruttenholm's job, Hellboy is a person of genuine quality; someone it would be cool to hang out with.

In the films, John Hurt gives Bruttenholm a restrained sophistication with a subtle love for his son. Like all fathers he wants the best for his son.
 

2)  Thomas Wayne

Super Son:  Batman
Portrayed by:  Linus Roache
From:  Batman Begins

Everyone knows the ultimate, untimely fate of Bruce Wayne's father. Yet, in the few moments he had with his son, Thomas made such an impression that would inspire and help create one of the greatest superheroes. Thomas was a man who cared for his son tremendously, and expected great things of him. His philanthropic nature, would set an example to Bruce, instilling in him great altruism. The loss of Thomas and Martha, was so great in fact, Bruce devotes his life to preventing it from happening to anyone else as Batman.

Linus Roache's performance is strong, subtle, and quietly impactful. He few scenes demonstrate his compassionate nature, and displayed an important lesson; that of not being afraid to fail. As he says, "Why do we fall? So we can learn how to pick ourselves back up."
 

1)  Jor-El/Jonathon Kent

Super Son:  Superman
Portrayed by:  Russell Crowe/Kevin Costner
From:  Man of Steel

And here we have my second cheat. As I believe Jonathon Kent just as important in the molding of Superman as anyone. Now, the two fathers were incredibly different, yet wanted nothing but the best for their son, also while seeing something greater within said son. Jor-El believed his son would inspire an entire planet of people. Jonathon thought of the same potential, but feared the persecution of his son. Superman would use the two viewpoints, becoming a force for good someone to aspire to and an ultimate protector. Using his incredible powers for all of humanity.

On screen, Russell Crowe portrays an intelligent, hopeful, and tough figure; qualities seen in Superman as well. Kevin Costner gives Jonathon Kent an unheralded level of restraint, fear, and compassion; again qualities seen in Superman.
 

Well there it is, my article in honor of the upcoming Father's Day. I want to thank everyone who read, and feel free to comment on who some of your favorite comic book movie pops. 
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ManWithNoName - 6/1/2014, 5:05 PM
Kevin Costner's Pa Kent would have been perfect if not for the Tornado scene
AlexanderLykins - 6/1/2014, 5:52 PM
No Howard Stark?
GliderMan - 6/1/2014, 5:58 PM
No Howard Stark. Not enough Daddy time to qualify. Honorable mention: Uncle Ben.
superherofan21 - 6/1/2014, 6:53 PM
What about Superman from "Superman Returns"? He was a great dad! He was never around his son, paid no child support, and pretty much abandoned him.
Oh wait.... He's a terrible father!
MrReese - 6/1/2014, 8:17 PM
^ LMAO


JaySin420 - 6/1/2014, 10:16 PM
Well Superman's kid did get super-strength from him, plus Cyclops was his step-dad.

So, not too bad.
Tainted87 - 6/1/2014, 10:23 PM
* Uncle Ben aka Illusive Ben was pretty good for the short bits that he brought TASM down to Earth. I like how he enjoyed poking at Peter and Gwen in the school hallway, kind of as payback for having to deal with his bullshit. Then he gives Peter a sound lecture, right before he bites it.

* ALFRED! Just because he's not his real father, doesn't mean he doesn't care for him like one. In fact, Alfred's been a father to Bruce longer than Thomas, and raised him with loving devotion and endless loyalty. Was he a great father? YES. Did he make a big impact? No, not really.

* Charles Xavier, likewise, is a father to the X-Men. He organizes the school, he brings his students together, and they listen when he speaks. It would be kind of silly if they didn't, of course, considering what he can do with their minds, but you know. They turn to him when they're in trouble.
DredStar - 6/2/2014, 12:01 AM
Yep Kevin Costner horrible dad, but he did the best he could for small town folk.
MightyZeus - 6/2/2014, 1:20 AM
I always felt that Unlce Ben was a father figure towards Peter Parker especially in the Raimi films. The new Peter Parker does not even seem to care about Aunt May or Uncle Ben.

Same goes for Alfred, i always felt he genuinely felt like a Father figure towards Bruce Wayne. Always looking out for him, setting his bones and sewing up his wounds. Alfred was always concerned for Bruce Wayne to not get lost in Batman and would give Bruce advise when he needed it.

I did not mind Kent in Man of Steel, he was genuinely afraid for Clark that someday the world will fear him and cast him out if people found out that he was an alien. Kent was cautious of Clark and wanted the best for him.
breakneckbeck - 6/2/2014, 1:36 AM
Best Dads

1. Uncle Ben (Spider Man (Raimi's version not Martin Sheen))

2. Broom Buttenholm (Hellboy)

3. Odin (Thor)

4. Thomas Wayne (Batman Begins)


Worst Dads

4. Magneto (DOFP)- Doesn't even know his son exists after meeting and hanging out with him for a while, in his defense he was in jail at the time

3. Superman (Returns)- Another Dad that abandoned his kid, only to have the convenient excuse that he "has" to leave the planet and do some useless crap in space

2. The Comedian (Watchmen)- Tries to rape the future mother of his daughter then isn't there for her until she's 18 and hot.

1. David Banner (Hulk 04) Accidentally infects his son with experimental gamma crap, then performs tests on him, then decides he has to die, tries to kill him, fails, kills his mom by mistake, shows up again 30 years later and tries to steal his powers from him/kill him. What a guy...
BoomTubeB - 6/2/2014, 5:03 AM
what about Oliver Queen/Green Arrow - son (Conner Queen)
cipher - 6/2/2014, 8:34 AM
You read my mind, Tainted. I was actually going to add Charles Xavier and good ol' Alf.

Anyway, good article, Benji.

:)
cipher - 6/2/2014, 8:36 AM
That's what I love about Alfred- his endless loyalty. I mean, he didn't agree with Bruce's crusade, and he'd rather have him devote his time and energy to somethin' that won't f*cking kill him someday, but he still does what he can to help him, to guide him. Bruce may see himself as Batman, but Alfred.. Alfred sees the boy who's lost his parents and is still trying to live with that, to make up for it. He tries his best to be the father that he doesn't have anymore.
yossarian - 6/2/2014, 9:24 AM
I'd make a good dad. I'd teach my kid wrong shit until he went to school all cocksure of himself. He'd learn that I taught him the wrong colors and numbers and letters and shit. He'd come home all dejected. Then I'd say, "That's all I can teach you son...don't trust anyone." Then I'd leave and come back on his 24th birthday.
cipher - 6/2/2014, 10:02 AM
Y'know, it's funny.. I'm the spitting image of my mother. Same long dark hair, light eyes, cheekbones, etc.. but everybody who's ever known my father says "you're definitively your father's son. Always with the jokes, and the f*cking charm". And for years, I never saw it. He was always this.. commanding figure. He was gentle, sure.. but always so serious. I always thought we had so little in common. Anyway, I distinctly remember this one talk between my father and I..

This was a few years back after I had moved to New York after leaving the UK, and my girlfriend (who I had just met a few months prior) and I had just moved into a new place together in the city. So, it's Christmas season.. and my parents flew in from back home to see us. This was the first time I'd seen 'em in years, so I thought "Christ, I'm going to need something to drink here". So, fast-forward to late that night.. my mother had already left for the night and gone back to where they're staying in the city, but my father stayed with my girlfriend and I for a few hours longer and we're all just shooting the shit, waiting for the snow to slow down a bit so before he heads out. So, my girlfriend, my father and I are up late just.. talking over some drinks, laughing, and goofing off and the topic of discussion eventually moves to what my brother's been up to lately, and I remember looking at my father, and saying- "well, I just bet he's waiting to puff his chest out and brag my ears off". And my Father, he says, "eh..he's an idealist. He loves ya, you know that". And I go "well, mum always said he was the 'ambitious' one", and he's like "eh.. she's an idealist, too". Then I say "well, what about you?" And he looks at me and says "well, f*ck, I'm an idealist, too, Charlie boy, but somebody's got to have fun for the three of us.. I've had better drinks than this rubbish, though".

I remember just.. cracking up with laughter. And I looked across the room at my girlfriend.. just looked in her eyes and I knew she was thinking the same thing I was- "he sounds like you".
cipher - 6/2/2014, 10:05 AM
yoss- Hahahaha, I'm going to remember that shit for whenever I have a kid.

I don't really have any other plan here, so that'll do.
BenjiWest - 6/2/2014, 10:19 AM
@AlexanderLykins - I've always thought Howard probably wasn't the best of fathers, one of those whose work came first and it was more important.

@tainted87 - for some reason I'd always identify Xavier as a bad father because of the Ultimate X-Men storyline in which he abandoned his son, who went on to become Proteus.

@breakneckbeck - great list, particularly your look at the bad fathers.

@yoss - lol.

@ciph - great story.


And thanks everyone for the read!!!!!! :)
Gusto - 6/2/2014, 10:46 AM
Ha! Charles!
GodzillaKart - 6/2/2014, 11:47 AM
Glenn Ford was amazing as Pa Kent in Superman The Movie. Brando was great as well.
DaneE5R - 6/2/2014, 2:55 PM
Kick-Ass' dad deserves some love, I think.
0bstreperous - 6/2/2014, 5:58 PM
Kevin Costner no just no

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