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Somehow, I have magically become a creator on Moviepilot. I don't know exactly what happened, but apparently I have the power to make posts now, and that's actually quite cool. I like writing about things that interest me so I decided to start posting. Now, let's start right in.

In the world of comic book adaptations, there's lots of good and lots of bad, but sometimes it's hard to decide which way we should judge certain movies. certain films such as Catwoman and Batman and Robin are on everyone's bad list, and some, like The Dark Knight, and X-men: Days of Future Past are beloved by most. I sometimes disagree with these decisions.

#5. Watchmen

Watchmen is more than just a ridiculously underrated film, it also happens to be one of my favorites of all time. Zack Snyder has an amazing visual style that makes me love almost every single one of his movies. People were annoyed that Watchmen, very often called the greatest graphic novel of all time, was adapted into a movie. Some said, because of the changes to the costumes, that it wasn't enough like the book, which is bull because others said it was over-reliant to the source material. I personally think it was just right. It captured pretty much everything great about the book, then put it on the screen with great special effects, action, and music. The all-star cast was brilliant in recreating these iconic characters. I was especially into Billy Crudup's haunting monotone voice as Dr. Manhattan. I think they picked the perfect director and cast for this superhero phenomenon.

#4. Daredevil

I will say, this is a flawed movie in many ways, but there was so much good about it that people failed to notice. It has a dark, gothic feel to it that we always say we want from superhero movies. In my opinion, Bullseye's costume was actually quite cool. The trench coat and bullseye on his forehead was really intimidating and evil-looking. Kingpin was very well cast, too. Michael Clarke Duncan played the powerful crime lord like a boss. Elektra could have been recreated a little better, but at least it was better than in her solo movie, though I'm not sure Frank Miller would enjoy either of those adaptations. Sure there were a lot of silly moments where a character might jump 50 feet, but we gotta suspend disbelief sometimes, don't we?

#3. Superman Returns

Superman hasn't really ever been in a complete cinematic triumph, despite starring in countless movies. I even disliked the first two, with Christopher Reeve, for being laughably cheesy and lazily written. People hate on Superman Returns the most, but it happens to be my favorite of all of his movie adaptations. The casting was spot on, with Brandon Routh and Kevin Spacey looking exactly like Christopher Reeve and Gene Hackman. Bryan Singer really caught the feeling of the originals, and brought it into modern day, but this time, the script didn't seem like it was written by a 5 year old who thought earth's spin affected time. It may have been a little boring, but sometimes that's what we need. Action would have taken away from the atmosphere this movie creates. It's not an action fim, it's a romance and adventure, and maybe that's just not what people were expecting.

#2. Dredd

You could say that after being called underrated for so long, that it's no longer underrated, but it still didn't score well at the box office or get much critic appreciation, so here it is at #2 on my list. The creators of this movie got so much right about the character, and perfectly adapted the world that was so strong in the comics. Dredd's mysterious background was kept a secret and made us very intrigued. They never showed his face, either, which was perfect. The action and slo-mo was seriously bad-ass, and it didn't hold back, which is something I really enjoy about rated R movies. I see no reason why this film should be disliked in any way.

#1. The Punisher (2004)

I'm not exactly sure what is was that turned people off to this epic revenge flick. Thomas Jane portrayed Frank Castle perfectly, as a depressed widower, who is out to kill those responsible for the death of his wife and son. I loved seeing his neighbors trying to befriend him, and realizing that it's just gonna cause more trouble. It was just heartbreaking to see a man so destroyed that he isn't even a man anymore. He's just a killing machine who shows no mercy. John Travolta was quite a good villain, who you could tell was really shocked when his entire criminal empire was taken down by one man.

I had a lot of trouble deciding what to put on this list. I considered adding Man of Steel, and Batman: Forever, but I chose these five.


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