Comic Book Heroes 1936-1999 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 104

A Chronology of Comic Book Hero Movie Posters 1936-1999.

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Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936)

Flash Gordon (1936) Directed by Frederick Stephani. 245mins

Buster Crabbe - Flash Gordon
Jean Rogers - Dale Arden
Charles Middleton - Ming the Merciless
Priscilla Lawson - Princess Aura
Frank Shannon - Dr. Alexis Zarkov

A serial in 13 Chapters.

Based on the comic strip created by Alex Raymond, first published in 1934.

Sequels - Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938) and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940).

IMDB rating 7.2

The Phantom (1943)
The Phantom (1943)


The Phantom (1943) Directed by B. Reeves Eason. 299mins.

Tom Tyler - Godfrey Prescott / The Phantom
Jeanne Bates - Diana Palmer

Also starring Anthony Caruso, Ernie Adams, John Bagni and Early Cantrell.

A serial in 15 Chapters.

The Phantom was created by Lee Falk and first published as a newspaper strip in 1936.

Jeanne Bates was misnamed Barbara Bates on the poster.

Tagline - He strikes like lightning! He fights like a madman! He flies through space 1000 miles a minutes in this 1000 thrills-a-minute SERIAL!

IMDB rating 6.9

Batman (1943)
Batman (1943)


Batman (1943) Directed by Lambert Hillyer. 260mins.

Lewis Wilson - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Douglas Croft - Dick Grayson / Robin
J. Carrol Naish - Dr. Tito Daka / Prince Daka
Shirley Patterson - Linda Page

A serial in 15 Chapters.

Based on characters created by Bob Kane, first appearing in Detective Comics #27 (1939).

IMDB rating 6.6

Superman (1948)
Superman (1948)



Superman (1948) Directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet & Thomas Carr. 244mins.

Kirk Alyn - Clark Kent / Superman
Noel Neill - Lois Lane
Tommy Bond - Jimmy Olsen
Carol Forman - Spider Lady

A serial in 15 Chapters.

Based on characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, first appearing in Action Comics #1 (1938).

IMDB rating 7.0

Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Superman and the Mole Men (1951)

Superman and the Mole Men (1951) Directed by Lee Sholem. 58mins.

George Reeves - Clark Kent / Superman
Phyllis Coates - Lois Lane

Also starring Jeff Corey, Walter Reed, J. Farrell MacDonald and Stanley Andrews.

The first Superman movie.

George Reeves was found dead in his home in Los Angeles on June 16, 1959, apparently a suicide he was lying in bed with a gunshot wound to his head. Reeves had been suffering from depression, frustrated at being typecast as Superman and not able to get other work.

IMDB rating 5.8

Prince Valiant (1954)
Prince Valiant (1954)


Prince Valiant (1954) Directed by Henry Hathaway. 100mins.

James Mason - Sir Brack
Janet Leigh - Princess Aleta
Robert Wagner - Prince Valiant

Also starring Debra Paget, Sterling Hayden, Victor McLaglen, Donald Crisp and Brian Aherne as King Arthur.

Based on the comic strip created by Hal Foster, first published in 1937.

IMDB rating 6.2

Batman (1966)
Batman (1966)
Batman (1966) Belgian poster
Batman (1966) Belgian poster

Batman (1966) Directed by Leslie H. Martinson. 105mins.

Adam West - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Burt Ward - Dick Grayson / Robin
Lee Meriwether - The Catwoman
Cesar Romero - The Joker
Burgess Meredith - The Penguin
Frank Gorshin - The Riddler
Alan Napier - Alfred Pennyworth
Neil Hamilton - Commissioner Gordon

The first Batman movie.

Based on the hit TV series which ran from 1966 to 1968 with a total of 120 episodes.

Tagline - For the first time on the motion picture screen in color!

IMDB rating 6.4

Modesty Blaise (1966) poster art by Bob Peak
Modesty Blaise (1966) poster art by Bob Peak


Modesty Blaise (1966) Directed by Joseph Losey. 119mins.

Monica Vitti - Modesty Blaise
Terence Stamp - Willie Garvin
Dirk Bogarde - Gabriel

Also starring Harry Andrews, Michael Craig and Clive Revill

Based on the comic strip created by Peter O'Donnell, first published in 1963.

IMDB rating 5.0

Barbarella (1968) poster art by Boris Vallejo
Barbarella (1968) poster art by Boris Vallejo
Barbarella (1968)
Barbarella (1968)

Barbarella (1968) Directed by Roger Vadim. 98mins.

Jane Fonda - Barbarella
John Phillip Law - Pygar
Anita Pallenberg - The Great Tyrant
Milo O'Shea - Durand-Durand

Also starring David Hemmings, Ugo Tognazzi, Marcel Marceau and Claude Dauphin

French-Italian sci-fi set in the year 40,000 and based on the French comic book created by Jean-Claude Forest, first published in 1962.

Barbarella's mission is to find renegade scientist Durand-Durand, 80's pop group Duran Duran took their name from that character.

Cost $9m

Tagline - See Barbarella do her thing!

IMDB rating 5.8

The Great Tyrant: Guards! To the Mathmos with this winged fruitcake.

Danger: Diabolik (1968)
Danger: Diabolik (1968)

Danger: Diabolik (1968) Directed by Mario Bava. 105mins.

John Phillip Law - Diabolik

Also starring Marisa Mell, Michel Piccoli, Adolfo Celi, Claudio Gora and Terry-Thomas.

Italian-French action movie based on the comic book by Angela and Luciana Giussani, first published in 1962.

Tagline - Out for all he can take, seduce, or get away with...

IMDB rating 6.4

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) Directed by Michael Anderson. 100mins.

Ron Ely - Doc Savage

Also starring Paul Gleason, William Lucking, Michael Miller, Eldon Quick, Darrell Zwerling, Paul Wexler and Pamela Hensley.

Based on characters created by Lester Dent, first appearing in pulp magazines in 1933.

Ron Ely was popular as Tarzan on TV in the 1960s.

Tagline - His body a physical phenomenon. His mind a mental marvel. His fight to right all wrongs. His name enough to strike terror into the hearts of the most hardened criminals!

IMDB rating 5.1

Superman the Movie (1978) poster art by Bob Peak
Superman the Movie (1978) poster art by Bob Peak

Superman the Movie (1978) Directed by Richard Donner. 143mins (151mins)

Marlon Brando - Jor-El
Gene Hackman - Lex Luthor
Christopher Reeve - Clark Kent / Superman
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane
Ned Beatty - Otis
Valerie Perrine - Eve Teschmacher

Also starring Jackie Cooper, Glenn Ford, Phyllis Thaxter, Trevor Howard and Susannah York.

One of the most expensive movies ever made and originally planned as a 3 hour epic ending with Superman battling the three Kryptonian supervillains over Metropolis. The decision was made to revise the screenplay and release it as two 2-hour movies.

Nominated for 4 Oscars winning 1 - Best Visual Effects.

Followed by 3 sequels, a remake and a reboot.

Cost $55m - Box Office $300m

Tagline - You'll believe a man can fly.

IMDB rating 7.3

Lex Luthor: It's kryptonite, Superman. Little souvenir from the old hometown. I spared no expense to make you feel right at home.

Flash Gordon (1980) Japanese poster
Flash Gordon (1980) Japanese poster

Flash Gordon (1980) Directed by Mike Hodges. 111mins.

Sam Jones - Flash Gordon
Melody Anderson - Dale Arden
Max von Sydow - Emperor Ming
Topol - Dr. Hans Zarkov
Ornella Muti - Princess Aura
Timothy Dalton - Prince Barin
Brian Blessed - Prince Vultan
Peter Wyngarde - Klytus

George Lucas was once interested in making a Flash Gordon movie but he couldn't afford to buy the rights from previous owners King Features, so he decided to write his own SF saga.

After the mega success of Star Wars (1977) and Close Encounters (1977) sci-fi was big box office, Italian producer Dino De Laurentiis snapped up the rights to Flash Gordon and in August 1979 started production on the first big movie version of the comic strip.

Due to it's campy tone and colorful visuals Flash Gordon was not a major success, but more than 30 years later it has more fans now than it ever had back then.

Tagline - Pathetic Earthlings... Who can save you now?

Cost $20m - Box Office $27.1m (US)

IMDB rating 6.3

Dale Arden: Flash I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!

Superman II (1980)
Superman II (1980)

Superman II (1980) Directed by Richard Lester. 127mins (116mins)

Christopher Reeve - Clark Kent / Superman
Margot Kidder - Lois Lane
Gene Hackman - Lex Luthor
Terence Stamp - General Zod
Sarah Douglas - Ursa
Jack O'Halloran - Non
Ned Beatty - Otis
Valerie Perrine - Eve Teschmacher
Jackie Cooper - Perry White
Marc McClure - Jimmy Olsen
Susannah York - Lara

Original director Richard Donner was given the boot by the producers and replaced with Richard Lester. Donner had already filmed a chunk of the film which was later used to produce a re-edited version of the film dubbed "The Richard Donner Cut" and released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Cost $54m - Box Office $108.1m (US)

IMDB rating 6.7

Superman: General, would you care to step outside?

General Zod: Come to me, son of Jor-El, KNEEL before Zod!

Swamp Thing (1982)
Swamp Thing (1982)

Swamp Thing (1982) Directed by Wes Craven. 91mins.

Louis Jourdan - Dr. Anton Arcane
Adrienne Barbeau - Alice Cable

Also starring Ray Wise, David Hess, Nicholas Worth and Don Knight.

Based on the DC Comics character created by writer Len Wein and artist Berni Wrightson. first appearance in 1971.

Tagline - Science transformed him into a monster. Love changed him even more!

Saturn award nomination for Best Horror film.

Cost $3m

IMDB rating 5.3

Superman III (1983) French poster
Superman III (1983) French poster

Superman III (1983) Directed by Richard Lester. 125mins.

Christopher Reeve - Clark Kent / Superman
Richard Pryor - Gus Gorman
Robert Vaughn - Ross Webster

Also starring Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Annette O'Toole, Annie Ross, Pamela Stephenson and Margot Kidder.

The one where Superman turns bad thanks to computer genius Richard Pryor's failed attempt at creating green Kryptonite.

Cost $39m - Box Office $70.6m

IMDB rating 4.9

Ross Webster: I asked you to kill Superman, and you're telling me you couldn't do that one, simple thing?

Supergirl (1984)
Supergirl (1984)

Supergirl (1984) Directed by Jeannot Szwarc. 124mins (138mins)

Faye Dunaway - Selena
Helen Slater - Kara / Linda Lee / Supergirl
Peter O'Toole - Zaltar

Also starring Brenda Vaccaro, Hart Bochner, Peter Cook, Mia Farrow and Simon Ward

Supergirl first appeared in DC comics in 1959 and was created by writer Otto Binder and artist Curt Swan.

Cost $35m - Box Office $14.2m (US)

Saturn Award nomination for Best Actress (Helen Slater)

Razzie Award nominations for Worst Actress (Faye Dunaway) and Worst Actor (Peter O'Toole)

Tagline - Her first great adventure.

IMDB rating 4.2

Sheena (1984)
Sheena (1984)
Sheena (1984)
Sheena (1984)

Sheena (1984) Directed by John Guillermin. 117mins.

Tanya Roberts - Sheena
Ted Wass - Vic Casey

Also starring Donovan Scott, Elizabeth of Toro, France Zobda, Trevor Thomas and Clifton Jones.

Sheena, Queen of the Jungle first appeared in comic book form in 1937 and was created by Will Eisner and S.M. Iger.

Filmed entirely in Kenya, Africa.

Nominated for 5 Razzie awards including Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Actress (Tanya Roberts).

Cost $25m - Box Office $5.7m

Tagline - She'll fight like a tigress to save the land she loves...

IMDB rating 4.4

Howard the Duck (1986)
Howard the Duck (1986)

Howard the Duck (1986) Directed by Willard Huyck. 110mins.

Starring Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Tim Robbins, Ed Gale, Chip Zien and Paul Guilfoyle.

Comedy fantasy produced by George Lucas.

Howard the Duck made his first Marvel comics appearance in 1973 and was created by Steve Gerber and Val Mayerik.

Nominated for 8 Razzie awards winning 4 including Worst Picture. Worst Screenplay and Worst New Star.

Cost $37m - Box Office $38m

Tagline - A new breed of hero.

IMDB rating 4.3

Superman IV The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman IV The Quest for Peace (1987)

Superman IV The Quest for Peace (1987) Directed by Sidney J. Furie. 90mins.

Christopher Reeve - Clark Kent / Superman
Gene Hackman - Lex Luthor

Also starring Mariel Hemingway, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper, Marc McClure, Sam Wanamaker, Jon Cryer and Mark Pillow as Nuclear Man.

Christopher Reeve's last appearance as Superman.

Tragedy struck in 1995 when Reeve was thrown off his horse and was paralyzed from the neck down after falling on his head. In 2004 he died of a heart attack after being given an antibiotic for an infection. He was 52.

Nominated for 2 Razzie Awards - Worst Supporting Actress (Mariel Hemingway) and Worst Visual Effects.

Cost $17m - Box Office $16m (US)

IMDB rating 3.6

Brenda Starr (1989)
Brenda Starr (1989)

Brenda Starr (1989) Directed by Robert Ellis Miller. 93mins.

Brooke Shields - Brenda Starr
Timothy Dalton - Basil St. John

Also starring Diana Scarwid, Tony Peck, Jeffrey Tambor, Charles Durning and Eddie Albert.

The comic strip "Brenda Starr, Reporter" first appeared in the Chicago Tribune in 1940 and was created by Dale Messick.

Cost $16m

IMDB rating 4.4

Batman (1989)
Batman (1989)

Batman (1989) Directed by Tim Burton. 126mins.

Michael Keaton - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Jack Nicholson - Jack Napier / Joker
Kim Basinger - Vicki Vale

Also starring Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, Jerry Hall and Jack Palance.

Batman fans were up in arms at the casting of comedian Michael Keaton as Batman, but all was forgiven when the film turned out really well and became a massive success. The biggest film of the year in America and it came in at no.2 worldwide, beaten by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Oscar Winner for Best Art Direction.

Cost $35m - Box Office $411m

IMDB rating 7.6

Joker: "Winged freak terrorizes" Wait till they get a load of me!

The Punisher (1989)
The Punisher (1989)

The Punisher (1989) Directed by Mark Goldblatt. 89mins.

Dolph Lundgren - Frank Castle

Also starring Louis Gossett Jr, Jeroen Krabbé, Kim Miyori, Bryan Marshall, Nancy Everhard and Barry Otto.

The Punisher's first appearance was in Marvel comics The Amazing Spider-Man #129, published in 1974.

Filmed in Australia.

Cost $9m

The Punisher was rebooted in 2004 starring Thomas Jane as Frank Castle, and again in 2008 with Ray Stevenson as the vigilante anti-hero.

Tagline - If society won't punish the guilty, he will.

IMDB rating 5.4

Darkman (1990) poster art by John Alvin
Darkman (1990) poster art by John Alvin

Darkman (1990) Directed by Sam Raimi. 96mins.

Liam Neeson - Peyton Westlake / Darkman
Frances McDormand - Julie Hastings

Also starring Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Nelson Mashita and Ted Raimi.

Darkman is unusual in that he is a comic book hero appearing in movies before he appeared in the comics. Adapted by Marvel comics after the film was released.

Sam Raimi wanted to direct a film about The Shadow, but couldn't obtain the rights, so he created Darkman.

Cost $16m - Box Office $48.8m

Tagline - Now, Crime Has a New Enemy, And Justice Has a New Face!

IMDB rating 6.4

Dick Tracy (1990)
Dick Tracy (1990)

Dick Tracy (1990) Directed by Warren Beatty. 105mins.

Warren Beatty - Dick Tracy
Al Pacino - Big Boy Caprice
Madonna - Breathless Mahoney
Glenne Headly - Tess Trueheart
Charlie Korsmo - The Kid
Dustin Hoffman - Mumbles
William Forsythe - Flattop

Based on the newspaper comic strip created by Chester Gould, published in 1931.

Kathleen Turner and Michelle Pfeiffer were considered for the role of Breathless Mahoney which eventually went to Madonna.

Most of the look of the characters were faithful to the comic strip, but Pacino created his own look for Big Boy Caprice, who was originally meant to be fat.

Nominated for 7 Oscars winning 3 - Best Make Up, Best Art Direction and Best Song ("Sooner or Later")

Cost $46m - Box Office $162.7m

Tagline - I'm on my way.

IMDB rating 6.0

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) Directed by Steve Barron. 93mins.

Judith Hoag - April O'Neil
Elias Koteas - Casey Jones
Brian Tochi - Leonardo (voice)
Robbie Rist - Michaelangelo (voice)
Corey Feldman - Donatello (voice)
Josh Pais - Raphael (voice)
Kevin Clash - Splinter (voice)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in a comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984, they were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

The turtles were named after famous artists in the Italian Renaissance - Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo Bounarotti, Donatello Bardi and Raffaello Sanzio commonly known as Raphael.

Cost $13.5m - Box Office $202m

Tagline - Lean, Green and on the Screen.

IMDB rating 6.5

The Rocketeer (1991)
The Rocketeer (1991)
The Rocketeer (1991)
The Rocketeer (1991)

The Rocketeer (1991) Directed by Joe Johnston. 108mins.

Billy Campbell - Cliff Secord
Jennifer Connelly - Jenny Blake
Alan Arkin - Peevy
Timothy Dalton - Neville Sinclair
Paul Sorvino - Eddie Valentine
Terry O'Quinn - Howard Hughes

The Rocketeer is a comic book character created by Dave Stevens, he first appeared in Pacific Comics in 1982.

Johnny Depp was considered for the lead role.

Kelly Preston and Diane Lane were on the shortlist for the Jennifer Connelly role.

Nominated for a Hugo Award - Best Dramatic Presentation.

Cost $42m - Box Office $62m

Tagline - Three years before the United States declares war, Cliff Secord leads America's first battle against the Nazis.

IMDB rating 6.3

Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Returns (1992)

Batman Returns (1992) Directed by Tim Burton. 126mins.

Michael Keaton - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Danny DeVito - Oswald Cobblepot / Penguin
Michelle Pfeiffer - Selina Kyle / Catwoman
Christopher Walken - Max Shreck

Also starring Michael Gough, Michael Murphy, Andrew Bryniarski and Pat Hingle.

Annette Bening was first choice to play Catwoman and than she got pregnant.

Oscar nominations for Best Make Up and Best Visual Effects.

Cost $80m - Box Office $266m

IMDB rating 7.0

Max Shreck: Selina Kyle, you're fired! And Bruce Wayne, why are you dressed up like Batman?

Selina Kyle: Because he is Batman, you moron!

The Crow (1994)
The Crow (1994)

The Crow (1994) Directed by Alex Proyas. 102mins.

Brandon Lee - Eric Draven

Also starring Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Bai Ling, David Patrick Kelly and Tony Todd.

The Crow is a comic book created by James O' Barr and first published by Caliber Comics in 1989.

In March 1993 Bruce Lee's son Brandon was killed during filming by an accidental gunshot wound, somehow a real bullet instead of blanks found its way into one of the handguns used in the film. Michael Massee was the unlucky actor who pulled the trigger, the bullet hit Lee's stomach and lodged into his spine, there was massive blood loss. Brandon died in hospital 12 hours later. He was 28.

The film was completed a year later using body doubles and optical effects, it was a worldwide success.

Cost $23m - Box Office $144.6m

Tagline - Believe in Angels

IMDB rating 7.6

(followed by 3 sequels and a TV series)

The Shadow (1994)
The Shadow (1994)

The Shadow (1994) Directed by Russell Mulcahy. 108mins.

Alec Baldwin - Lamont Cranston / The Shadow
John Lone - Shiwan Khan
Penelope Ann Miller - Margo Lane

Also starring Peter Boyle, Ian McKellen and Tim Curry.

The Shadow first appeared in the pulp magazines in 1930, followed by a comic strip in 1931 and a popular radio drama in 1937. He was created by American author Walter Gibson, who wrote over 300 Shadow stories in his career.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards including Best Actress (Penelope Ann Miller) and Best Music (Jerry Goldsmith)

Cost $40m - Box Office $48m

Tagline - Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

IMDB rating 5.7

The Mask (1994)
The Mask (1994)

The Mask (1994) Directed by Chuck Russell. 101mins.

Jim Carrey - Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask
Cameron Diaz - Tina Carlyle

Also starring Richard Jeni, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene and Amy Yasbeck.

Based on the Dark Horse comic book series created by writer John Arcudi and artist Doug Mahnke, first published in 1989.

Cameron Diaz movie debut.

Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Cost $23m - Box Office $351.5m

Tagline - From Zero to Hero.

IMDB rating 6.7

(followed by a sequel and animated series)

Tank Girl (1995)
Tank Girl (1995)

Tank Girl (1995) Directed by Rachel Talalay. 104mins.

Lori Petty - Rebecca / Tank Girl

Also starring Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Don Harvey, Jeff Kober and Malcolm McDowell.

Tank Girl first appeared in a British comic created by writer Alan Martin and artist Jamie Hewlett and first published in 1988.

Set in the year 2033, the Earth is suffering a water drought after a comet struck the planet 11 years earlier.

Cost $25m - Box Office $4m (US)

Tagline - In 2033, justice rides a tank and wears lip gloss

IMDB rating 4.8

Batman Forever (1995)
Batman Forever (1995)
Btaman Forever (1995)
Btaman Forever (1995)

Batman Forever (1995) Directed by Joel Schumacher. 121mins.

Val Kilmer - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Tommy Lee Jones - Harvey Dent / Two-Face
Jim Carrey - Edward Nygma / Riddler
Nicole Kidman - Dr. Chase Meridian
Chris O'Donnell - Dick Grayson / Robin

Also starring Michael Gough, Pat Hingle and Drew Barrymore.

Daniel Day-Lewis was considered for the role of Batman.

Rene Russo was considered for Dr. Chase Meridian.

Nominated for 3 Oscars - Best Cinematography, Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing.

Cost $100m - Box Office $336m

IMDB rating 5.4

Riddler: Riddle me this, riddle me that, who's afraid of the big, black bat?

Judge Dredd (1995)
Judge Dredd (1995)

Judge Dredd (1995) Directed by Danny Cannon. 96mins.

Sylvester Stallone - Judge Joseph Dredd

Also starring Armand Assante, Rob Schneider, Jürgen Prochnow, Max von Sydow, Diane Lane, Joan Chen and Balthazar Getty.

Judge Dredd first appeared in the British comic book '2000 AD' in 1977 and Dredd's strip is still running in the comic today. Dredd also stars in his own comic book, Judge Dredd Megazine.

Fans of the comic were upset that Dredd removes his helmet in the movie, something he never does in the comics. But if you're paying Stallone millions of dollars to star in the movie you want to see his face.

In the storyline Judge Dredd is set up for murder and is stripped of his uniform, so it would have looked a little odd if he was still wearing his helmet whilst in a t-shirt for the rest of the movie.

Cost $90m - Box Office $113.5m

Tagline - In the Future... One man is Judge, Jury and Executioner.

IMDB rating 5.2

(A reboot - Dredd - was released in 2012 and starred Karl Urban.)

The Phantom (1996)
The Phantom (1996)

The Phantom (1996) Directed by Simon Wincer. 100mins.

Billy Zane - Kit Walker / The Phantom
Treat Williams - Xander Drax
Kristy Swanson - Diana Palmer
Catherine Zeta-Jones - Sala

Also starring James Remar, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Casey Siemaszko and Patrick McGoohan.

Bruce Campbell was considered for the lead role and Joe Dante was originally set to direct.

Sequels were planned but had to be abandoned after the film fizzled at the box office.

Cost $45m - Box Office $17.3m (US)

Tagline - Slam Evil!

IMDB rating 4.8

Barb Wire (1996)
Barb Wire (1996)

Barb Wire (1996) Directed by David Hogan. 100mins.

Pamela Anderson as Barbara "Barb Wire" Kopetski

Also starring Temuera Morrison, Victoria Rowell, Jack Noseworthy, Xander Berkeley, Udo Kier and Steve Railsback.

The comic book Barb Wire was created by Chris Warner and first published by Dark Horse Comics in 1994.

Nominated for 6 Razzies winning 1 - Worst New Star (Pamela Anderson).

Box Office $3.8m (US)

Tagline - No laws. No limits. No turning back.

IMDB rating 3.1

Spawn (1997)
Spawn (1997)

Spawn (1997) Directed by Mark Dippe. 98mins.

Michael Jai White - Al Simmons / Spawn
John Leguizamo - Clown / Violator
Martin Sheen - Jason Wynn

Also starring Theresa Randle, Nicol Williamson, D.B. Sweeney and Melinda Clarke.

Spawn was created by Todd McFarlane and the comic book was published by Image Comics in 1992.

Richard Harris declined the role of Cogliostro, which was taken by Nicol Williamson.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Make Up.

Cost $40m - Box Office $88m

Tagline - Born in darkness. Sworn to justice.

IMDB rating 5.1

Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman & Robin (1997) Directed by Joel Schumacher. 125mins.

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Victor Fries / Mr. Freeze
George Clooney - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Chris O'Donnell - Dick Grayson / Robin
Uma Thurman - Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy
Alicia Silverstone - Barbara Wilson / Batgirl

Also starring Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, John Glover, Elle Macpherson and Jeep Swenson as Bane.

The film that almost wiped out the franchise.

Patrick Stewart and Anthony Hopkins were considered for the role of Mr. Freeze.

Nominated for 11 Razzie Awards including Worst Movie, Worst Director, Worst Screen Couple (Clooney & O' Donnell), Worst Supporting Actor (Schwarzenegger) and Worst Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman), winning 1 - Worst Supporting Actress (Alicia Silverstone).

Cost $125m - Box Office $238m

IMDB rating 3.6

Mr. Freeze: You're not sending me to the cooler! Tonight, hell freezes over!

Men in Black (1997)
Men in Black (1997)

Men in Black (1997) Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. 98mins.

Tommy Lee Jones - Kevin Brown / Agent K
Will Smith - James Edwards / Agent J

Also starring Linda Fiorentino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Rip Torn and Tony Shalhoub.

'The Men in Black' comic book was first published in 1990 by Aircel Comics and was written by Lowell Cunningham, Sandy Curruthers provided the artwork.

The movie was produced by Steven Spielberg, music by Danny Elfman.

Clint Eastwood turned down the role of Agent K.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Make Up.

Cost $90m - Box Office $589.3m

Followed by Men In Black II (2002) and Men in Black III (2012).

Tagline - Protecting the Earth from the Scum of the Universe.

IMDB rating 7.2

Blade (1998)
Blade (1998)

Blade (1998) Directed by Stephen Norrington. 120mins.

Wesley Snipes - Eric Brooks / Blade
Kris Kristofferson - Abraham Whistler
Stephen Dorff - Deacon Frost

Also starring N'Bushe Wright, Donal Logue, Udo Kier, Arly Jover and Traci Lords.

Blade was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan and made his first appearance in Marvel Comics' The Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973.

The success of Blade in 1998 helped kickstart a successful series of big screen Marvel superhero movies which have included X-Men, Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers.

David Fincher was set to direct Blade at one point but backed out.

Stan Lee's cameo was cut from the film.

Nominated for 2 Saturn Awards - Best Horror Film and Best Make Up.

Cost $45m - Box Office $131m

Tagline - The power of an immortal. The soul of a human. The heart of a hero.

IMDB rating 7.0

Mystery Men (1999)
Mystery Men (1999)

Mystery Men (1999) Directed by Kinka Usher. 121mins.

Ben Stiller - Mr. Furious
Hank Azaria - The Blue Raja
William H. Macy - Shoveler
Janeane Garofalo - The Bowler
Kel Mitchell - Invisible Boy
Paul Reubens - Spleen
Wes Studi - Sphinx
Greg Kinnear - Captain Amazing
Geoffrey Rush - Casanova Frankenstein
Eddie Izzard - Tony P

Mystery Men first appeared in Flaming Carrot Comics in 1988, and published by Dark Horse Comics.

Danny DeVito was to direct the film originally.

Cost $68m - Box Office $33.4m

Saturn Award nomination for Best Costumes.

Tagline - They're not your average superheroes.

IMDB rating 5.9

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Geekdom 3 years ago

Great selection of Comic Book movies. I am glad Mystery Men made it in.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for commenting Geekdom, much appreciated. I enjoyed Mystery Men and it's been a while since I last watched it. I have it on DVD.

I'm hoping to publish p.2 and p.3 of this series by saturday. There were just too many comic book movies to squeeze on to one page, or even two.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

So true. Especially sine the 2000 X-Men proved there was a huge market outside of comic book readers.


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for this.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Geekdom, Mhatter99, thanks for commenting, always appreciated amigos.

I was surprised at how many comic book hero movies there were out there, I was only planning a single hub on the topic.


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Interesting collection of posters. I actually have watched three of the worst ones in the last month....Barb Wire(3.1 IMDB rating), Doc Savage(5.3) and Howard the Duck(4.3).

It is amazing how quickly the hub went from 1936 to Jack's Batman. The success of Batman seems to have opened the doors for all the superheroes rooming around theaters today. Granted Superman 1 and 2 were huge hits but I guess Clark Kent did not leave the door open wide enough.

Voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Hi Bruce, thanks for commenting on my comic book hero poster hub volume one, much appreciated. :)

I still have not seen Barb Wire, I just couldn't bring myself to rent it when it first came out. But I confess to watching and enjoying Tank Girl, no idea why. I bought the video.

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