The Toxic Dinklage Avenger

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

As an actor Peter Dinklage is incredible. And we hear the Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past star have joined Legendary’s reboot of Troma’s The Toxic Avenger. Dinklage is playing Toxie. Actor Macon Blair will write and direct. Troma’s Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz will produce.


According to the press release, the reboot will be a contemporary reimagining, a subvert to the superhero genre a la (Deadpool). I have no idea how you can subvert more than Toxic. Toxic is a dude who gets disfigured after falling into toxic waste and goes on to fight bad guys like a superhero. It is huge on gore, cheesy and campy. We use to watch them as comedies (and boobs). The Toxic Avenger was a staple at every sleepover we had. 


For anyone who doesn’t know the story, here is a synopsis: It is the story of Melvin. The Tromaville Health Club mop boy. He inadvertently and naively trusts the hedonistic, contemptuous, and vain health club members, and accidentally ends up in a vat of toxic waste. The devastating results unleash his alter ego, and the Toxic Avenger is born, to deadly and comical results. The local mop boy is now the local Superhero, the enemy of corruption, thugs bullies, and indifference.


I am actually rather pleased to hear about the reboot. I have been wondering why we haven’t seen a reboot with all the other superhero movies. Even casting Dinklage sounds like a perfect fit for this. If that makes you mad or upset, then you have missed the whole concept of the Toxic movies. Toxic movies are supposed to be stupid. They are supposed to be tongue and cheek. When It came out, it was called an unwatchable, and amateurish exploitation film. Fast forward a few years, and it had a Saturday Morning cartoon, comic, action figures, and a musical.  Maybe that is a good way to explain the Toxic movies. A live-action Saturday morning cartoon. With lots of blood, violence, and naked people. The cult classic Troma flick sports a solid 70% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes. I wonder how uptight that 30% who didn’t like it. Toxic Avenger is just a straight-up enjoyable movie. It doesn’t try to be something it isn’t. And it makes it better.

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