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.
The super powers themselves:
The establishment of the conflict of the story:
- 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.
As you can see, Unbreakable
is a much more realistic story than even V for Vendetta because of the way the super powers are introduced and the establishment of the conflict of the story. V for Vendetta tips the Sliding Scale Of Realistic Versus Fantastic
by establishment of a completely different milieu than the current societal situation going on now, and Hancock
tips Mohs Scale Of Sci Fi Hardness
with his explicitly physics-breaking powers. Thus, Unbreakable
is the most realistic primarily because of how it sets everything up and presents it, yet still remains in the Super Hero
genre by virtue of having a super-powered person who fights crime.