THIS IS AN OPINION* PIECE
*But my opinion is the right opinion
This is a countdown.
Keep in mind this is a list of the best SUPERHERO movies, not the best COMIC BOOK movies. Also, these are full on silver screen movies, no straight to DVD or TV release. Sorry Batman: Under the Red Hood and The Dark Knight Returns (which are both awesome) fans.
Let's begin in 3-2-1...
14) Spiderman 2
One of the rare occurrences where the second film is better than the first. Doc Oc is hands down the best villain in the movie series (both of them). I recently re-watched Spiderman 1 and was actually disappointed with The Green Goblin's performance, it's too overt and exaggerated, but it's still better than The Amazing Spiderman, though.
13) Iron Man
Unfortunately the series crumbles from here. 2 and 3 are the worst things to happen since well... Batman and Robin.
It's incredibly hard to make a superhero movie with so many superheroes. But some how Bryan Singer made it work... twice.*
*Probably for a third time, we'll see when [X-Men: Days Of Future Past](movie:203942) comes out.
11) Batman Begins
Come on, a completely new take on the superhero genre and the world's greatest superhero/detective? How could this not be on the list. (I actually forgot to include this because I was more focused on remembering movies that weren't Batman, so... yeah.)
10) The Incredibles
Again, it's hard to make these movies work, and by "these movies" I mean movies that don't have one central hero. (You could say that Mr. Incredible is the main hero but it's not called Mr. Incredible, it's called The IncredibleS, see the "s"? That means plural, dummy*)
*Just kidding you must be incredibly smart for reading this post.
9) X-Men: First Class
Matthew Vaughn really capitalized on this movie. Especially after the sh*t show that is X-Men: The Last Stand.
8) X2: X-Men United
Nightcrawler is so unbelievable cool. The opening scene in this movie is considered one of the best comic book movie moments.
Again, this is one of those rare occurrences where the sequel is better.
7) Batman Returns
One of those rare occurrences where the sequel doesn't completely f*ck up the series. I'm a huge fan of Burton's gothic, creepy style, and it worked like a charm with his Batman franchise.
It's a sad day to see a director try to copy someone else's style coughSchumachercough
6) The Dark Knight Rises
If you hear someone ever say that they were disappointed by this movie, it's because they're comparing it to The Dark Knight, which would've been nearly impossible to top off. As a fan of Batman, it concluded the series really well I thought; Bruce retired, making way for a Batman "beyond" or a Nightwing or whom ever!
The fight scene where Bane breaks Bruces back is unforgettable. "You think darkness is your ally?"
5) Man of Steel
I know I'll be criticized for this choice. But, again, this is my opinion*
*And my opinion is right.
Sure it has it's flaws, but what movie doesn't? If you're mad about my choice here, you'll be PISSED about what movie I left out.
4) Batman (1989)
This is the one that gave the Batman name, and the superhero genre a second look. Also, it had the best supporting** female role.
*This isn't a quote from this batman film, sorry for the confusion.
**Or is it lead female role? Whatever.
Wait now that I think about it, Michelle Pfeiffer DID look pretty good in that latex.
Who rocked* the Catwoman latex best: Michelle Pfeiffer, Halle Berry, or Anne Hathaway?
*Doesn't mean best catwoman, just who LOOKED the best.
Aside from The Incredibles, this is the only original superhero movie on this list. I love this movie (duh), but what's awesome about it is it's M. Night Shamalfhghfg* direction and story telling. It's about discovering who you are. The "twist" is a bit obvious but I really enjoyed it.
*In a previous article I learned how to spell his name but now I just really don't care
Another choice that I'm painfully aware will piss some people off.
I'm a fan of both the graphic novel and the movie. This whole story is on a different level, though. No other superhero is THIS idealogical. Its political and moral ideals conflict with each other and creates a stunning story, all from a whodunit.
Rorschach was amazingly casted, I put him up there with Heath Ledger in best performances in a superhero movie (why isn't that an Oscar yet?). Dr. Manhattan is the most powerful comic book hero ever, which is a bragging point I like to make when a DC vs. Marvel fight* breaks out but is almost completely irrelevant, it's just really kewl.
*I'm talking straight up fist fights... on the streets...**
**PS I don't actually participate in such conversations in public. "Why?" you ask? Because, I don't participate in any conversations in public.
And now for the best superhero movie of ALL TIME
1) The Dark Knight
Bet you didn't see this one coming... jeez you kids need to catch up.
In all seriousness though, this movie is f*cking awesome. Almost flawless. And of course who can forget Heath's performance! He steals the movie. The interrogation scene is easily the best comic book movie scene ever. It's so intense. I love that the villain wins in his own way, kind of like in Watchmen but in a different way (spoiler alert: it's hard to say if Ozymandias is even a villain). I don't need to say much more about it.
"But John*, why isn't The Avengers on this list?"
*John Doe is my pseudonym
Well, cliché fanboy, like I've stated before, its incredibly hard to make a movie like that, it's only worked for X-Men and The Incredibles. Also, if you've read any of my other posts, I never hesitate to mention it's overrated as f*ck. With The Avengers, it's just all action and no story.
"But what about that part where we find out that the government is trying to make weapons?! That's not always in superhero movies!"
No. But it's also the most banal cliché ever used. Oh my gosh the government is trying to use advanced technology to make weapons, wow didn't see that coming.
But that's just my opinion* on that movie.
*And my opinion is right...