Nearly every superhero movie in existence was followed by a sequel. Not every sequel was what we wanted, or even what we needed, but we got it anyway. Some of them made us whimper into the palms of our hands, while others made us rejoice in or out of the theater. Here I've listed 5 superhero sequels (in no particular order) that didn't disappoint. Let's get started.
5. Batman Returns (1992)
Michael Keaton returned after three years without the cowl to reprise his role as the Batman. In this classic, we returned to the dark streets of Gotham City and were introduced to two infamous villains from Batman's rogues gallery: Catwoman and the Penguin. Danny DeVito's performance as the Penguin perfectly matched the dark tone of the film, and honestly frightened me as a child. Michelle Pfeiffer's portrayal as Catwoman was without fault, and has yet to be trumped by any other actress.
Other than the flawless casting, the movie did a wonderful job of following the events from Batman (1989) by not only keeping the tone, but by also keeping the momentum. In my opinion, Batman Returns is one of the best superhero movies to have ever been made, even trumping its predecessor.
4. Superman II (1980)
In one of my favorite sequels to a superhero movie, the adventure continues as Zod and his goons return just as Superman attempts to live a normal life as Clark Kent. The romance, the adventure, and the action from the first movie successfully continued in this second installment in one of the greatest superhero franchises of all time.
3. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 is definitely one of my favorite superhero movies. Why? Because it didn't disappoint! The drama was tripled in this sequel as a new villain was born, Harry's hatred for Spider-Man grew, and Peter's powers began to fade thanks to his self-doubt. Our hero really gets dragged through the mud in this movie, making his triumph all the greater. Spider-Man 2 was an outstanding addition to the greatest Spider-Man franchise in existence.
2. The Dark Knight (2008)
I love origin stories, but this sequel stands tall over its predecessor Batman Begins. This film did more than satisfy us, it gave us what we were waiting for: the arrival of The Joker. In this film, Batman has been able to keep the city steady with the help of Jim Gordon and Harvey Dent, until the Joker turns Gotham on it's head. Batman then finds himself balancing on the thin line that separates a hero from a vigilante. Nearly everything about this movie was a success, including Heath Ledger's chilling and utterly convincing portrayal of the Joker. This sequel did not disappoint.
1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
This was one heck of a sequel that involved supporting characters we were already introduced to, and one character that we were waiting to see: the Falcon. In this film Cap attempts to adjust to modern life in the nation's capital until an attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. puts the entire world in danger. Rogers doesn't know who to trust, so he joins forces with Black Widow and the Falcon before facing an unlikely enemy. Everything about this move was a success from its storyline, to the all out action that kept us entertained throughout the entire film.