GoCompare has released some figures that have left fans of superhero films in something akin to a state of shock. Numbers don't tell the whole story, but it looks like the family friendly Guardians of the Galaxy installment from Marvel set the bloodiest record in cinematic history. Racking up an incredible 83,871 on-screen deaths in 2014.
But it gets worse. The second on this not-so prestigious list is Dracula Untold, which came in miles behind at 5,687 on-screen deaths. The huge toll in Chris Pratt's flick is in large part to 80,000 Nova Corps pilots going down in flames during one of the key battle scenes.
But to be 78,184 from your nearest compatriot on that body count is astonishing.
Hollywood's Deadliest List Throws Up Some Familiar Names
The wacky adventures in GotG might have been a massive surprise, yet the rest of the list on the deadliest movies of all time does have a sense of the familiarity about it. The Lord of the Rings popped up on the list twice. Fitting among other big epic battle pictures such as Braveheart and 300: Rise of an Empire making up the rest. Don't count Marvel out, however, as it does sneak in again with The Avengers.
Complete list in order of on-screen deaths:
1. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) – 83,871
2. Dracula Untold (2014) – 5,687
3. The Sum of All Fears (2002) – 2,922
4. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) - 2,798
5. 300: Rise of An Empire (2014) – 2,234
6. Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) – 1,741
7. The Matrix Revolutions (2003) – 1,647
8. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) – 1,417
9. Braveheart (1995) – 1,297
10. The Avengers (2012) – 1,019
GotG Director Comes Out In Support of Man of Steel
This was not the only Guardians of the Galaxy news making headlines this week. The film's director James Gunn came out in support of the much maligned 2013 reboot Man of Steel. Flickering Myth reports that the man behind the camera is still swimming against the tide of public opinion with rivals DC by endorsing the critical flop.
Going on Twitter for a live Q&A with fans, Gunn responded to a tweet that said the director either lied about not seeing Man of Steel or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or had misrepresented certain criticisms about those films.
"I've seen and enjoyed MoS (Man of Steel)," replied Gunn. "I just read the articles about the criticisms."
Good to see Gunn er, sticking to his guns.