This movie is the most realistic imagining of superheroes ever. I literally mean it when I say that. V for Vendetta due to being an extremely close second in terms of realism, and Hancock do to being the same medium and milieu will be used as scales to compare realism. The origin of the super powers:
- Hancock: Never really explained.
- V For Vendetta: A "criminal" subject to cruel human experimentation that ended up giving enhancements somehow.
- Unbreakable: By analogy from Elijah's genetic mutation that makes him weak, David has a genetic mutation that makes him strong and very resilient.
- Hancock: Flying Brick to the fullest, physics-breaking extent.
- V For Vendetta: Believable Peak-human potential.
- Unbreakable: Super/peak-human strength, ability to survive anything but drowning pretty much, and somewhat ambiguously sensing evil in others. While "sensing evil" might seem unrealistic, it really depends on how you see the world [see this scale http://www.kheper.net/topics/scifi/magic.html to see what I mean.]
- Hancock: He can't fight crime well yet has super powers.
- V For Vendetta: Following a nuclear war, the UK is being run by an oppressive far-right government that can only be countered by a certain anarchist with a plan.
- Unbreakable: Elijah is trying to find a super-powered hero as an analogy to his crippling disability, and thus because a super-powered person is also the hero, the disabled person must be the villain by analogy. Using that, Elijah arranges accidents to find this super person, eventually finding David.
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