Urban antiheroes like Deadpool owe a debt to Travis Bickle in Martin Scorsese
's critically-acclaimed "Taxi Driver."
Humphrey Bogart and Clint Eastwood
's heroes didn't always wear white hats, but Robert DeNiro
's Bickle was something else. He distrusts authority, fights corruption by his own moral code, has something knocked loose in his head, and is prone to committing vulgar displays of violence. Antiheroes in the superhero genre like Deadpool, The Punisher, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Rorschach have followed in Bickle's footsteps, and even heroes like Iron Man and Christopher Nolan
's Batman have gotten darker. With a $28M domestic gross ($115M today), a Palme d'Or and a Best Picture nomination, "Taxi Driver" proved to Hollywood that there's money to be made in movies that deal in shades of grey.