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Champagne, star of the seventh art

Even super heroes drink it...

Superhero movies were an American invention, based on comic book characters usually combining human features with superhuman abilities – god-like beings with an appetite for the extraordinary that naturally extends to Champagne.


Superman, the most famous of them all, is an alien with a taste for earthly delights – as we see in Richard Lester’s Superman 2 (1980) where he declares his love for Lois Lane with flowers and a bottle of Piper-Heidsieck.


Also up there with the best of the best is Batman, the superhero without superpowers whose alter ego billionaire Bruce Wayne uses his wealth to do good thanks to an array of fantastic contraptions and gadgets that make our caped crusader virtually invincible. Batman’s villains don’t stand a chance, as we see in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989) and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008) – Gotham’s avenging angel meanwhile allowing himself a few glasses of Champagne.

Iron Man

Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, doesn’t have any superpowers either, just a whole lot of money inherited from his business tycoon father that he uses to invent high-tech armour that makes him indestructible – hence his moniker. He is also an inveterate playboy who never misses a chance to open a bottle of Champagne, preferably in the company of a pretty woman – Gwyneth Paltrow for instance in Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2 (2010), with Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

The supervillains

There are superheroes who never touch a drop. Because of his age Peter Parker, aka Spider Man, can never be shown drinking. And there are supervillains who automatically reach for the Champagne when they think they’ve killed the superhero. Except they haven’t and he’s out to get them, as “Penguin” for one finds out to his cost in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992). Thinking he’s got rid of Batman, the nefarious “Penguin” (Danny DeVito) celebrates by opening a bottle of Champagne in an attempt to seduce Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) – a mistake that inevitably leads to his own downfall.