Superhero Movie is a spoof comedy film that mocks superhero films, mainly the first Spider-Man, following in the footsteps of the Scary Movie series of comedies, with which the movie's poster shares a notable resemblance. It mainly parodies the first Spider-Man in the way that Airplane! parodied Zero Hour!. The film also contains some homages to Airplane! and The Naked Gun such as how the actor, Robert Hays, who played Ted Stryker in Airplane!, plays Rick Riker's father in Superhero Movie.
Super is as super does: Finally, the guys behind the outrageously silly Scary Movie franchise have used their own 'special powers' to spoof superhero movies. After being bitten by a genetically altered dragonfly, high school loser Rick Riker develops superhuman abilities like incredible strength and armored skin. Rick decides to use his new powers for good and becomes a costumed crime fighter known as The Dragonfly. However, standing in the way of his destiny is the villainous Lou Landers. After an experiment gone wrong, Lou develops the power to steal a person's life force and in a dastardly quest for immortality becomes the supervillain, The Hourglass. With unimaginable strength, unbelievable speed and deeply uncomfortable tights, will the Dragonfly be able to stop the sands of The Hourglass and save the world? More importantly, will we stop laughing long enough to notice?