It's a commonly held fact that everything tastes better with bacon. Similarly, every movie is improved by adding Kevin Bacon -- the man is a fine actor, and he elevates every project he becomes involved in. So why hasn't he been drafted to appear in a superhero movie before this? I mean, we're glad he's going to be in X-Men: First Class, because we weren't sure if the movie was going to be any good, and now we know that it will at least be better. (We can even kind of picture him as Hellfire Club president Sebastian Shaw, which is who he's rumored to play.) But we wish he'd come in to class up superhero movies before now, because there are plenty of higher-profile ones that could have used a side of delicious Bacon. Here are six degrees we wish Bacon had on his comic-book movie transcript.
The real-world superhero genre has been getting a real workout lately. The teenage wish-fulfillment fantasy Kick-Ass is the most recent and high-profile example, but before that, Defendor and Special followed grown, troubled men in homemade costumes as they pursued a life of crime-fighting. Super walks down a similar road to the latter two, but with Kick-Ass's sense of humor and blood spatter, and the path it takes and the place it ends up are both different enough from the rest to make it worth watching. The mid-notch comedic cast helps, with Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page doing their regular things and Kevin Bacon stealing every scene as the alternately hilarious and scary villain, but the film also surprises the audience with its hallucinatory dream sequences and unadorned brutality, which keep things interesting. Plus, as everyone knows, everything tastes better with Bacon.