When 'The Green Hornet' arrives in theaters this Friday, fans will get to see some of the most hardcore superhero action yet to put celluloid: costumed killers, hand-to-hand fighting and a monumental throwdown between the forces of good and evil. There's one thing, however, that will be completely missing: any actual superpowers.
That's because the Green Hornet (played, of course, by Seth Rogen) doesn't have super strength like the Hulk, near-invincibility like Superman or the ability to control the weather like Storm (from 'The X-Men'). Instead, Britt Reid's just an average guy who uses his above-average willpower -- and bankroll -- to turn himself into a costumed avenger. In other words, he's not some space alien or mutant -- he's just like you and me.
Which got us thinking: What other great movie superheroes were just average folks before they donned their tights and headed out on patrol to dispense justice? Here's a look at some of the best examples of characters who didn't need to have superpowers to be a superhero: