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10 Comic Book Movies That Put The Sexy Back In Cinema

10 Comic Book Movies That Put The Sexy Back In Cinema:

When it comes to sexy cinema, it’s rare that anyone without a superhero fetish would turn to comic book movies as a first choice — or even a second, third or fourth option. With a focus on fighting and saving the day instead of more enjoyable forms of action, most comic book movies would struggle to be called sexy. But here are ten movies that break that unspoken rule, whether intentionally or through the very presence of particular actors. (We’re looking at you, Jennifer Connelly. I mean, we’re not staring or anything, but still.)

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BARBARELLA
Show me a comic book fan who says that they’ve never harbored a crush on Jane Fonda as 1960s intergalactic space goddess Barbarella and I’ll show you a liar. It’s not just the iconic opening striptease that’s earned her a place in everyone’s personal comic book heroine hall of fame (Although, obviously, that helps); Fonda’s performance — and wardrobe — throughout the entire movie is effortlessly sexy, even before she discovers the Orgasmatron.

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300
Ignore, for a second, the appearance of Game of Thrones’ Lena Headley as the beautiful Queen Gorgo. This movie’s prime selling point in terms of sex appeal is undoubtedly the beefcake on display, from Gerard Butler to a young Michael Fassbender. Zack Snyder’s stylized visuals takes full advantage of their oiled physiques, shamelessly and gloriously.

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Jennifer Connelly in The Rocketeer

THE ROCKETEER
Bringing Betty — Dave Stevens’ loving recreation of 1950s pin-up model Bettie Page — to cinematic life might have seemed an impossible task when this movie was originally announced, but Jennifer Connelly made it look effortless as soon as she appeared on-screen as the reimagined “Jenny.” What heterosexual man or homosexual woman could resist?

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The roots of this movie’s sexiness can be explained in just two words: “Helen Mirren.” Sure, you could add three more in the form of “Mary-Louise Parker,” whose lovelorn Sarah Ross was the heart of the movie (and arguably two more in the form of “John Malkovich,” depending on your personal fetishes), but let’s be honest: when it comes to stone-cold sex appeal, there is very little in the world that can compare with Dame Helen.

THE MASK
Sure, this might be remembered now as the movie that turned Jim Carrey into a superstar, but anyone who’s actually seen Chuck Russell’s 1994 adaptation will tell you that it’s all about Cameron Diaz making her big-screen debut as Tina Carlyle. When Carrey turned into a wolf to show his appreciation, he spoke for millions of jealous moviegoers.

TANK GIRL
It’s true; Rachel Talalay’s adaptation of the anarchic British comic strip by Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett and Alan Martin is nowhere near as outrageous, fun or sexy as the source material, but that doesn’t mean it lacks its own appeal, whether it’s Malcolm McDowell as a ridiculous villain, Ice-T as a talking kangaroo or, more importantly, Lori Petty and Naomi Watts as Tank Girl and Jet Girl, respectively. Add in a Courtney Love-curated soundtrack and you’ve got a 1990s oddity worth revisiting.

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MODESTY BLAISE
Similar to Tank Girl, the 1966 Modesty Blaise movie lacks the charm and wit of the original comic strip, but replaces it with something else entirely: the none-more-sexy lures of Monica Vitti and Terrence Stamp in their prime, rising above the screenplay through sheer attractiveness alone. If you’re tempted to just turn the sound down and gaze on the two in wonder, there are worse ways to spend a couple of hours.

BATMAN RETURNS
On the face of it, the second Batman movie should be firmly in the “not sexy at all” category, what with Danny DeVito grossing it up as the sewer-dwelling Penguin and Michael Keaton pouting his way through his sophomore outing as Bruce Wayne. But then Michelle Pfeiffer’s off-kilter Selina Kyle comes into the frame — a damaged parody of the femme fatale stereotype dressed in latex and bondage gear and everything changes. Men and women of a certain age will confirm it: This was a very important film in their emotional development for a number of reasons.

SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD
The idea that anything starring Michael Cera could be described as “sexy” might seem like a cruel joke, but given the presence of Mark Webber, Mae Whitman, Brandon Routh, Bree Larson, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and a none-more-louche Kieran Culkin — not to mention a killer soundtrack and some of the best visuals ever seen in a comic book movie, courtesy of director Edgar Wright — Scott Pilgrim manages to make Canadian slackerdom and super fighting look like the sexist thing imaginable. What’s the deal?

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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR
Adapted from French graphic novel Le bleu set use couleur chaude, the Palme d'Or-winning coming of age movie manages to be understatedly erotic as it follows the burgeoning romance between its two leads, Adele and Emma. Intimate, awkward and exciting, the movie captures the flush of young love (or perhaps just young attraction) and turns out to be at once nostalgic, exciting about the future and, yes, more than a little bit sexy.

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