Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Top 5 Best Comic Book (Super Hero) Movies

Lot's of super hero comics have graced the silver screen, and more are on the horizon.  Organizing them into the top five is a tough chore, and I've probably left out your favorites--but here's my take:

5: Watchmen (2009) - I never read this as a comic/graphic novel, but I feel like I should.  The movie was visually appealing (forgetting the unclad Doctor Manhattan), but the premise is what gets this into the top 5.  Something is awesome about alternate time lines and realistic superheroes being held responsible for their foibles.

4: X-Men (2000) - The original X-Men movie was really good--we forget because every installment since then has sucked (here's hoping for something decent from X-Men: First Class).  Hugh Jackman is great as Wolverine, Halle Barry is good (and sexy) as Storm, and Patrick Stewart is amazing (as usual) as is Sir Ian McKellen (Dr. Xavier and Magneto, respectively).  This was just a well-done superhero movie--just enough action to go with a good plot and well-written story line.

3: Batman (1989) - Back when Tim Burton could do no wrong, he directed this "dark knight" version of Batman.  I can remember kids getting the bat symbol shaved into their heads and people dressing in batman costumes lining up hours in advance to see the premiere (the only other thing that similarly motivated people those days was Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back).  Jack Nicholson as the Joker was primed to go down as the best Batman villain of all time (until a guy named Heath Ledger made Nicholson's Batman look like a bad guy on Scooby-Doo).  This movie was fantastic for the time, and it resurrected superhero movies from the malaise brought on by too much Superman and TMNT.

2: Hellboy (2004) - Ron Perlman is just perfect as Hellboy.  The visual effects in this movie were good, but the story is great--Nazi's use black magic to bring Satan spawn to our world to help their cause; baby demon grows into an adult anti-hero champion of good--it's predictable, but you don't care.  Hellboy is a fun movie, a good action movie, a really interesting story line, and a really well-acted film (for the genre).

1: The Dark Knight (2008) - I wanted to dislike this movie.  It was way too popular among way too many people--how could it be good?  The I saw it, and curses, foiled again!  This movie is amazing.  Heath Ledger was simply fantastic--one of the best villains ever.   I could have done without the last 40 minutes of what was already a long movie, but so what.  Every scene the Joker was in had me on the edge of my seat, and that makes up for too much Two-Face.  

Yeah, I left off the original 1966 version of Batman for two reasons--first, there's already too much Batman on the list.  Second, this is a best movie list.  The 1966 Batman is only a good movie because of how campy it is.  And boy, was it campy!  For anyone who remembers it, two words--shark repellant.  F'ing shark repellant!  At least it didn't take itself too seriously ("Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb.").

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  1. Dave - You should read the Watchmen. Even better than the movie. Although the movie follows the comic much closer than I would expected, something is missing that I can't quite put my finger on.

    X-Men first class was much better than the other 3 X-men movies. I didn't really care for the first X-men movie. I would have X-Men united on the list instead (the second one)

    V for Vendetta needs to be on the list.

  2. I thought the first "Iron Man" was great. Perfect combination of action and humor.

    Was underwhelmed by the Raimi Spider-Mans. Really liked Michael Keaton's Batman, though. Defied a lot of people's expectations.

    -Jim in LA

  3. Someone u don't need to knowNovember 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    god, batman 1966 was HILARIOUS! the part that just KILLS my mom and i is when he is trying to get rid of that bomb! XD

  4. Yeah, definitely my favorite part!