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Top Ten Superhero Movies

May 15th, 2012

I’ve seen a bunch of these lists on the heels of the success of the Avengers movie.  Forbes has their top twenty (which dips into some bad ones in my opinion).  io9 has their top ten comic book movies, which is unfortunately not restricted to superheroes (comparisons are apples and oranges too often).  IGN has a list.  So does a lot other places.  They all need updating and rethinking, in my opinion.

I used to be a fan of the old Superman movies (the first and second anyway), but they’re full of inexplicable dumb stuff, and spawned super stupid sequels.  I mean, the time travel thing at the end of the first, without consequences, was a cop out.  The bizarre special powers at the end of Superman 2 like the giant plastic “S” chest emblem.  WTF?

Something similar with the Tim Burton Batman movies, for me, although more of a case of now seeing a Burton movie than a Batman movie, and failure to stand up to the Nolan version.

And the fact is the special effects are better today.  The financial successes have led to more money and talent making superhero movies than ever before.  So I give you:

 

1. Perhaps a little flavor of the month, but let’s put Avengers at the top and start there.

2. The Dark Knight.

3. Watchmen.

4. Spider-man 2.

5. X-Men 2.

6. X-Men: First Class.

7. Spider-man.

8. Iron Man.

9. Kick-Ass.

10. Hellboy.

 

I hope I will have to revise my list after the summer is over and we have new Batman and Spiderman movies.

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