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John Oliver Slams Superhero Movies, Introduces ‘Johnny Strong’ in ‘Last Week Tonight’ Web Short

Oliver pitched an original character named Johnny Strong to replace the same DC and Marvel superheroes that appear in movie after movie.

"Last Week Tonight"

“Last Week Tonight”


“Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver took Hollywood to task recently for making movie after movie using the same DC and Marvel superheroes, but instead of simply highlighting a problem, he also proposed a creative solution. Oliver pitched a brand new superhero he created as a child called Johnny Strong.

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“By day, he is mild-mannered fifth-grader John Olivier — no relation — but from the time school lets out until dinner he becomes the let’s say unconventionally handsome hero Johnny Strong,” Oliver said, adding that Johnny Strong is a “kickass” superhero who has seen a boob and knows what the “F” word is. “He intrepidly battles villains such as Doc Bedtime, a monster made of blankets that can magically plunge the world into total darkness.”

Oliver even had cartoon images of the the first issue of Johnny Strong’s comic book, “Night Moves.” “The whole Johnny Strong series is chock full of adventures that are begging to be adapted to the silver screen,” Oliver said. “I hope some movie executives are watching this and taking notes.”

To see the entire segment, which also features an evil mutant monster that has been breaking into the Johnny Strong household at night, “probably to steal the awesome rock collections of cool little boys,” check out the video below.

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“Last Week Tonight” returns to HBO on September 25.

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