Doctor Strange, also known as the last comic book movie of 2016, was released this weekend and was yet another success from Marvel. As 2016 comes to a close, we can begin to analyze the year and look back at its greatness and its flaws. In 2015, we were super excited to see all the different superhero movies be released and it was a huge debate on which one would be the best. Would Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice top Captain America: Civil War or vice versa, or will there be a surprise with a movie such as Suicide Squad? Let's take away the focus from the stressful presidential election and realize the results are finally in and we can finally determine the comic book movie winner — and loser — of 2016!
7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The Shadows
- Release Date: June 2
- Director: Dave Green
- Cast: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Amell
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 38%
- Budget: $135 million
- Box Office Worldwide Total: $245.6 million
Starting off this list is a movie that is sometimes not even associated with the rest of 2016's comic book movies. Partially because it's not under the DC or Marvel brands, but also because it didn't do so well. While the movie was a bit better than the first installment in the franchise, it still fell flat with audiences and critics alike. The movie had an expensive budget and it barely made up for it, only making $245 million worldwide.
While the movie did have some great homages to the comics, decent action sequences, and a few shining performances (Stephen Amell as Casey Jones), those few things are not sufficient enough to call Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows a "good" movie as it features poor writing and acting, the stereotypical Michael Bay explosions, and low entertainment value. Fortunately, the studio has realized these films are not what TMNT fans are looking for and that it's time to take a break from our favorite turtles and re-evaluate the situation. They have stated though that the Turtles will return to the big screen, just not in a while.
6. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
- Release Date: March 25
- Director: Zachk Snyder
- Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 27%
- Budget: $250 million
- Box Office Worldwide Total: $873.3 million
While I actually quite enjoyed the Ultimate Edition of this movie, there is no denying that this is the biggest superhero flop of the year excluding Out of the Shadows. Right from its announcement, this movie was the most anticipated superhero movie for many comic book fans. This would not only mark the first time we would see DC's two most iconic heroes share the screen together but we were going to see them brawl it out. In the end, we received one of the most controversial movies in cinematic history.
While some people appreciated what Zachk Snyder brought to the table, most people agreed that this movie was an incoherent mess with some good moments sprinkled in. I will admit that I did like the Ultimate Edition of this movie and it really cleaned up some of the editing and pacing issues the theatrical version had. If this list was only ranked on my personal opinion, it would be ranked a bit higher. However, my opinion of this movie cannot overpower the harsh critical and audience reactions, the underachieving box office performance, and that Batman v Superman had so much potential to be one of the best blockbusters of all time but ended up disappointing.
5. X-Men: Apocalypse
- Release Date: May 27
- Director: Bryan Singer
- Cast: James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Isaac, Sophie Turner
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48%
- Budget: $178 million
- Box Office Worldwide Total: $543.9 million
Personally, I thought X-Men: Apocalypse was an entertaining movie. However, this movie did underperform and there is no denying it. The movie didn't even hit 50 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as many critics accused the blockbuster for flaunting generic issues with current comic book movies as it was overloaded with action and had another disappointing villain with misleading intentions and a lackluster appearance.
On the other hand, the movie had some fantastic performances from McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and especially Michael Fassbender, whose acting stole every scene he was placed in. The movie had some really cool comic book moments and some funny jokes. In the end, X-Men: Apocalypse ended up being another generic comic book movie that is looked at as a middling chapter of the X-Men franchise.
4. Suicide Squad
- Release Date: August 5
- Director: David Ayer
- Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 26%
- Budget: $175 million
- Box Office Worldwide Total: $745.5 million
It is painful for me to rank Suicide Squad this high on the list because personally, I think it's worse than both X-Men: Apocalypse and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. However, Suicide Squad managed to bring in almost $750 million worldwide despite a negative word of mouth from critics as the movie scored 26% on Rotten Tomatoes and was said to have a "muddled plot, thinly written characters, and choppy directing."
Similar to Out of the Shadows, the outstanding performances and the amazing comic book moments cannot overshadow its flaws and a result, it is a flawed movie. Perhaps if Warner Bros. stuck with their gut and didn't hand the movie over to the people who put together the trailers to edit the movie, we could have seen a much better movie as some of the deleted scenes sound awesome. Another reason why Suicide Squad deservedly sits at number four on this list is because of the feedback it had from a lot of comic book fans, declaring that this was an excellent comic book movie.
3. Doctor Strange
- Release Date: November 6
- Director: Scott Derrickson
- Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkleson
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
- Budget: $165 million
- Box Office Worldwide Total: $325 million (after first weekend)
Doctor Strange just released and overall has a positive reaction from both fans and critics alike. The movie scored 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes as it called "a thoroughly entertaining superhero origin story in the bargain." While its reign over the box office is not complete yet, it is safe to assume that Doctor Strange will perform very well at the box office and make over $700 million, at least.
Fans and general movie-goers praised Marvel's newest blockbuster for not just its impressive acting, storyline, and writing but its trippy visuals. Doctor Strange dives deep into the realm of multiple dimensions and it was mind-blowing to see in IMAX-3D. In summary, Marvel has released yet another huge success.
- Release Date: February 12
- Director: Tim Miller
- Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccaarin, T.J. Miller, Ed Skrein
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 84%
- Budget: $58 million
- Box Office Worldwide Total: $782.6 million
While I may have enjoyed Doctor Strange a little more than Deadpool, this raunchy superhero movie was a much bigger success considering what it was going against. Reynolds redeemed himself as Deadpool from his previous version of the character and it was one of the funniest movies this year. Deadpool had some epic action, hilarious and crude humor, and made fanboys' dreams come true.
With only a $58 million budget, this movie managed to gross over $775 million at the worldwide box office, making more than every film on this list besides Dawn of Justice, which had a budget $200 million more than Deadpool. Fox totally nailed the marketing for this movie and as a result, everyone went out to see the merc with a mouth's debut and they instantly fell in love.
1. Captain America: Civil War
- Release Date: May 6
- Director: Joe & Anthony Russo
- Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman
- Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 90%
- Budget: $250 million
- Box Office Worldwide Total: $1.153 billion
As anticipated, Captain America: Civil War has won 2016 for comic book movies. Personally, it is my favorite comic book movie of all time and I would define it as a "perfect" blockbuster. The plot and premise of the movie is amazing, every single character had a perfect amount of screen time and development, and the action blew me away.
Opinion aside, this movie made a ton of money at the box office and financially, it performed the best. On another level, fans fell in love with the movie in every aspect along with critics, who granted this amazing Marvel movie a 90 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Captain America: Civil War did everything right and deservedly so, it is titled the best superhero movie of 2016 and the most successful.
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