We are in the middle of a short hiatus for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which is a matter of great sadness. But John Oliver, newsman for the internet age, recognised the void his absence has left in the lives of so many, and shared a new video on his YouTube channel on Monday. “I’m here on the Internet to do the most Internet thing imaginable, and that is complain about superhero movies,” he declares in the video. And then, he goes on to pitch the most ridiculous superhero movie you’ll never see.
Oliver has always been a hilarious satirist, and his take on the current boom (some might say, decline) of superhero films is a uniquely John Oliver-esque rant, complete with yelling, visual gags and a typical sense of lunacy.
Watch the video here
Without wasting any time, he takes digs at the year’s biggest superhero films Deadpool (Mean Spider-Man), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Sadman vs. Super-Sadman) and Suicide Squad (The Insane Clown Posse Takes Manhattan).
Notice how even John Oliver couldn’t find anything interesting to say about X-Men: Apocalypse (yes, it came out only a couple of months ago).
But he has a solution that can solve all our problems: He offers Hollywood a superhero he created back when he was in 5th grade. Johnny Strong, a mild-mannered kid named John Olivier (no relation) by day and ‘unconventionally handsome kick-ass hero with a bad attitude’ who has ‘seen a b@@b and knows what the F word is’ by night.
Clearly, this is John Oliver dissing Hollywood in the most heavy handed way possible. It’s true that we’ve arrived at a make-or-break time for these films. They seem to be making enough money (Deadpool made $780 million, BvS did $870 million and Suicide Squad is currently at $636 million), and Marvel and DC have slates lined up till 2020, so it is unlikely things will slow down anytime soon.
John Oliver is no stranger to being the talk of the internet: Several of his videos have gone viral in the past, most famously his piece on Donald Trump and another that kicked off his long-running hatred of FIFA.
Oliver has successfully taken on Jon Stewart’s mantle (may he return soon), and his topical commentary sometimes becomes as invaluable as the real news.
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