"Shut up, crime!"

So says superhero wannabe the Crimson Bolt, played to dorky perfection by Rainn Wilson in this week's release, 'Super.' The Crimson Bolt, the alter ego of average guy Frank, is born when Frank's wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a shady drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Frank wigs out and releases his aggression on unsuspecting bad guys.

Along with his signature catchphrase ("Shut up, crime!"), the Crimson Bolt also doles out sharp one-liners like 'Don't molest kids!', 'Don't steal!', and 'Don't deal drugs!' Clearly, any criminal who falls into the Crimson Bolt's path is in for the tongue-lashing of a lifetime. During his crime-fighting research, Frank crosses paths with Libby, a precocious young woman (Ellen Page) who insists on becoming his costumed sidekick named Boltie. Together, the two crack down on crime. Sort of.

In honor of The Crimson Bolt's cinematic debut, here's a list of my own top five favorite superhero wannabes.
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