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The comic book/superhero movies

My first list! Such excite. Anyway, I was bored the other day and decided to re-watch my some comic book movies, and thus began the inspiration to write a list, as of September 2014. Also, I'm excluding any movies not released on the big screen, i.e. those animated movies from DC and Marvel which are brilliant with so few changes from the comics they're adapted from, I should be calling that list 'The comic books directly adapted into animated movies'.

(hopefully, there are many movies in the near future which quickly gain a spot on this list)

List items

  • Chances are, this is number one is your list as well. I have watched this way too many times and it doesn't get old. Gutsy moves at the time by Nolan, i.e. Rachel's mid-movie death and the casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker, only highlights the brilliance of this movie (hopefully, the same can be said for casting of the Superman v. Batman movie).


  • Sigh, Nostalgia. This movie came out when I was pretty young, and as a result, was my first superhero movie. The similarities with the Fantastic Four can easily be seen, yet its success on the big screen easily surpasses its inspiration's live-action adaptations. The storyline is well put together and the developments of Mr. Incredible's character linked incredibly well (get it?) with the story.


  • The comic book was amazing, you could even say revolutionary, but the film, both literally and metaphorically, brought it to life. The casting is excellent, as Hugo Weaving and John Hurt absolutely dominate the scenes they appear in. And although, Natalie Portman was a little older than I was expecting, she brings enough innocence to the character Evey to make it work. However, they didn't develop some of the characters as much I would like, but in the limited time frame of a feature film, I think they did enough.


  • This may be a controversial pick at number 4, and even before this movie came out, I have to admit I had my doubts due to the extensive cast and the fact that the movie would repeatedly jump between timelines. This not quite as big as the Hail Mary Marvel Studios threw with The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, it would either be amazing or it'd be more horrible than X-3 and X-Men Origins combined, but thankfully it was the former. Yes, there were several plot holes, some of which might be resolved with the rumored director's/final cut of the film (addressing the connection between Rogue's and the sentinels' ability to absorb other abilities), but in the end the successful juggling of the past and present (or the present and future, depending on your logic) along with all the cameos allowed DoFP to bolt up my favourite comic book movie list.

    PS Was I the only one who thought Blink was amazing? Also, I cannot wait for X-Men: Apocalypse, 2016 cannot come quick enough.


  • This was easily the best comic book movie in the early 2000s. It contains my favourite opening scene ever, and that includes non-comic book movies. Yep, the one with Nightcrawler in it, it's a shame he wasn't in a another fight scene. Anyway, other highlights in this film: Brian Cox as William Stryker, Wolverine vs Lady Deathstrike, Magneto as a good(ish) guy and the Phoenix foreshadow at the end (even though if it led to X-Men 3).


  • Amazing, easily the best Marvel Studios film to date. But I don't think that will change in the near future, with every other Marvel film too heavily linked to the Avengers that the plot/story of the film is sacrificed to fit into the MCU, whilst GotG has much more freedom to tell their story (barring the Thanos bit, which felt every bit as forced as Nick Fury's invovlement in Iron Man 2). Guardians of the Galaxy is easily one of my favourite films of the year, with its brilliant soundtrack, its diverse characters, surprisingly believable plot and the unexpected comedy elements.


  • Ra's Al Ghul, Carmine Falcone and Scarecrow. Such an unlikely combination to reboot the Batman universe with, even more unlikely, it succeeded. The cast was absolutely brilliant, I could not speak more highly of Cillian Murphy's portrayal of Scarecrow, who added a fresh outlook on the character, and Katie Holmes's as Rachel Dawes, who gave Bruce Wayne (and the audience) a different perspective of Gotham. However, Nolan played it safe and chose to give this film a few small twists, here and there, rather than a massive twist like he did in the sequel to this movie (Rachel's death), and is the main reason why this isn't higher up on the list.


  • The first pre-2000 movie to make it on the list. Many will disagree with this choice and either completely disregard the Burton/Schumacher films as good movies or they consider the first movie (Batman 1989) as better. However, I feel that this movie tops the 1989 one because:

    -There's more Bruce Wayne in this film, not as much as the Dark Knight trilogy, but more than Batman (1989).

    -Selina Kyle is much more interesting as a character than Vicki Vale

    -Gotham's corruptness is shown in Returns, through Max Shreck, who arguably is the main villain of this film, and excels in the role despite being an original character.

    -The final scene with Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle and Max Shreck is brilliant and tugs at the heartstrings.


  • No surprises who the villain of this movie was, little did we know that there would be more than the Winter Soldier we had been told. What followed, after the Toby Jones's cameo revealed that HYDRA was inside SHIELD, was unexpected to say the least. With implications to Agents of SHIELD and the future of the MCU still to come, this was a massive game changer Marvel Studios threw at us. The dialogue between Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson seemed very natural and the political thriller-like nature of the film was a spectacle to watch. The ending of Bucky saving Cap seemed like a good step to take, for his redemption, as well as the post-credit scene. But the mid-credit scene. OMG. Elizabeth Olsen definitely has the look of Scarlet Witch. However, the inclusions of Falcon and Agent 13 felt forced, and the fake-no-wait-it-turns-out-they-aren't-dead act is as overused by Marvel as explosions are in Michael Bay films (this is actually the most accurate comparison). But still, its a great film and will be essential storyline in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


  • The Incredible Hulk might, technically, be the first MCU film but this is the one most people remember as the first. It's surprising that the train wrecks named Iron Man 2 and Iron Man 3 were so horrible, looking back at the first film. The casting was absolutely perfect, with Tony Stark and Pepper Potts stealing every scene they were in. The final two scenes in the film, absolutely left audiences around the world dumbstruck, with Tony Stark revealing he is Iron Man as well as Nick Fury revealing his plans for the future of Iron Man.