The more inundated cinema becomes with superhero movies, the more we are seeing the less squeaky-clean elements of comic book heroes making it to the screen. Even a well-loved character like Iron Man was once an arms dealer and Batman’s more self-destructive qualities were played up in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Yet these characters might as well be kid-friendly cartoon characters compared to the fully-fledged anti-heroes of the genre.
By anti-heroes, we mean those characters of the proper morally-grey kind. We’re not counting troubled heroes like Wolverine or characters with dark pasts like Black Widow as anti-heroes, as their values are now firmly on the side of good. Even though Wolverine does a get a bit claw-happy from time to time.
In this article, we’ll take a look at those characters who are complex souls, too bad to be good guys but too good to be bad guys. Those whose crime-fighting strays into the criminal or who only play on the side of the heroes for their own means.
Read on for our list of the 10 best anti-heroes from comic book movies and as always, feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section and let us know if we missed anyone.