Comic Book Heroes 2000-2009 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 105

A Chronology of Comic Book Hero Movie Posters 2000-2009.

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X-Men (2000)
X-Men (2000)

X-Men (2000) Directed by Bryan Singer. 104mins.

Hugh Jackman - Logan / Wolverine
Patrick Stewart - Professor Charles Xavier
Ian McKellen - Eric Lensherr / Magneto
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
James Marsden - Scott Summers / Cyclops
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe / Storm
Anna Paquin - Marie / Rogue
Rebecca Romijn - Mystique
Tyler Mane - Sabretooth
Ray Park - Toad
Bruce Davison - Senator Kelly

The X-Men were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, they first appeared in the Marvel Comic X-Men #1 in 1963.

Dougray Scott was cast as Wolverine but he was still busy filming Mission Impossible II and so unknown Australian actor Hugh Jackman was cast instead.

Nominated for 10 Saturn Awards winning 6 including Best SF Movie, Best Director and Best Actor (Hugh Jackman).

Cost $75m - Box Office $296.3m

Tagline - Trust a few. Fear the rest.

IMDB rating 7.4

Unbreakable (2000)
Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable (2000) Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. 106mins.

Bruce Willis - David Dunn
Samuel L. Jackson - Elijah Price

Also starring Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard and Eamonn Walker.

A superhero origin story.

Bruce Willis discovers he has super powers while Samuel L. Jackson was born with a rare disease which makes his bones very easy to break. Jackson tells Willis that their destinies are intertwined.

The film was based on the first third of the original script by Shyamalan. Fans of the film were hoping for a sequel which never materialised.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Action Film.

Cost $75m - Box Office $248.1m

Tagline - Are You Ready For The Truth?

IMDB rating 7.2

Blade II (2002)
Blade II (2002)

Blade II (2002) Directed by Guillermo del Toro. 117mins.

Wesley Snipes - Eric Brooks / Blade
Kris Kristofferson - Abraham Whistler
Ron Perlman - Reinhardt
Luke Goss - Jared Nomak

Also starring Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Thomas Kretschmann, Donnie Yen and Karel Roden.

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

Green blood was used for the reapers to lessen the gore and avoid an X rating.

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

Cost $55m - Box Office $155m

Tagline - Faster. Sharper. Deadlier.

IMDB rating 6.6

Men in Black II (2002)
Men in Black II (2002)

Men in Black II (2002) Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. 88mins.

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

Also starring Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, Tony Shalhoub and Patrick Warburton.

Based on characters from the comic book 'The Men in Black' created by writer Lowell Cunningham and artist Sandy Curruthers, first published in 1990 by Aircel Comics.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Science Fiction Film.

Razzie Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actress (Lara Flynn Boyle)

Cost $140m - Box Office $441.8m

Tagline - Same Planet. New Scum.

IMDB rating 5.9

Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man (2002) Directed by Sam Raimi. 121mins.

Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe - Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
Kirsten Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
James Franco - Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson - Ben Parker
Rosemary Harris - May Parker
J.K. Simmons - J. Jonah Jameson

Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, his first appearance was in Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962.

James Cameron was interested in directing a Spider-Man film in the early 90's.

Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the role of Spider-Man.

Spider-Man was the first movie to gross over $100m in it's opening weekend.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.

Cost $140m - Box Office $821.7m

IMDB rating 7.3

Peter Parker: Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse.
Who am I? I'm Spider-man.

Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man (2002)
Daredevil (2003)
Daredevil (2003)

Daredevil (2003) Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. 103mins (133mins)

Ben Affleck - Matt Murdock / Daredevil
Jennifer Garner - Elektra Natchios
Colin Farrell - Bullseye
Michael Clarke Duncan - Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin

Also starring Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano, Scott Terra and David Keith.

Daredevil was created by Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, he made his first appearance in Marvel Comics Daredevil #1 in 1964.

Vin Diesel was considered for the role of Bullseye.

Razzie nomination for Worst Actor (Ben Affleck).

Cost $78m - Box Office $179.1m

Tagline - He is the man without fear

IMDB rating 5.4

Hulk (2003)
Hulk (2003)

Hulk (2003) Directed by Ang Lee. 138mins.

Eric Bana - Bruce Banner
Jennifer Connelly - Betty Ross
Sam Elliott - Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross

Also starring Josh Lucas, Paul Kersey and Nick Nolte as Dr. David Banner

The Hulk was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and made his first appearance in Marvel Comics The Incredible Hulk #1 in 1962.

Lou Ferrigno was the original TV series Hulk, he has a cameo in the movie as a security guard alongside Hulk creator Stan Lee.

Edward Norton turned down the role of Bruce Banner.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards including Best SF Film and Best Special Effects.

Cost $137m - Box Office $245.3m

Tagline - Unleash the fury!

IMDB rating 5.7

X-Men 2 (2003)
X-Men 2 (2003)
X-Men 2 (2003) Japanese poster
X-Men 2 (2003) Japanese poster

X-Men 2 (2003) aka X2. Directed by Bryan Singer. 133mins.

Patrick Stewart - Professor Charles Xavier
Ian McKellen - Eric Lensherr / Magneto
Hugh Jackman - Logan / Wolverine
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe / Storm
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
James Marsden - Scott Summers / Cyclops
Anna Paquin - Marie / Rogue
Rebecca Romijn - Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Brian Cox - William Stryker
Alan Cumming - Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Aaron Stanford - John Allerdyce / Pyro
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby Drake / Iceman
Kelly Hu - Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike

It took 10 hours in the make up chair to turn Alan Cumming into Nightcrawler for the scene where he's found in the church.

Nominated for 8 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best SF Film.

Cost $110m - Box Office $407.7m

Tagline - The time has come for those who are different to stand united

IMDB rating 7.6

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) Directed by Stephen Norrington. 110mins.

Sean Connery - Allan Quatermain
Naseeruddin Shah - Captain Nemo
Peta Wilson - Mina Harker
Tony Curran - Rodney Skinner
Stuart Townsend - Dorian Gray
Shane West - Tom Sawyer
Jason Flemyng - Dr. Henry Jekyll
Richard Roxburgh - M

Based on the comic book series by writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill which ran for 6 issues in 1999.

A problem plagued productiion and Sean Connery's last movie appearance.

Monica Bellucci was considered for the role of Mina Harker.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards including Best Fantasy Film.

Cost $78m - Box Office $179.2m

Tagline - A Rogue. A Scientist. A Spy. A Hunter. A Vampire. A Beast. An Immortal

IMDB rating 5.6

Hellboy (2004)
Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy (2004) Directed by Guillermo del Toro. 122mins (132mins)

Ron Perlman - Hellboy

Also starring John Hurt, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Karel Roden, Jeffrey Tambor and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

Hellboy was created by Mike Mignola, the movie is loosely based on the story 'Hellboy: Seed of Destruction' published in 4 issues in 1994.

It took 4 hours each morning for the make up men to turn Ron Perlman into Hellboy.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best Make Up.

Cost $66m - Box Office $99.3m

Tagline - From the Dark Side to Our Side

IMDB rating 6.8

The Punisher (2004)
The Punisher (2004)

The Punisher (2004) Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. 124mins (140mins)

Thomas Jane - Frank Castle / The Punisher
John Travolta - Howard Saint

Also starring Roy Scheider, Will Patton, Rebecca Romijn, Laura Harring, Ben Foster and Samantha Mathis.

The Punisher was created by Gerry Conway and first appeared in Marvel comics The Amazing Spider-Man #129, published in 1974.

A reboot. Dolph Lundgren played The Punisher in 1989.

Vin Diesel was on the short list to play the role.

Cost $33m - Box Office $54.7m

Tagline - The punishment has begun.

IMDB rating 6.3

Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 (2004) Directed by Sam Raimi. 127mins (135mins)

Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
James Franco - Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina - Dr. Otto Octavius / Dr. Octopus
Donna Murphy - Rosalie Octavius
Rosemary Harris - May Parker
J.K. Simmons - J. Jonah Jameson

Along with The Dark Knight one of the best reviewed superhero movies of the millenium.

Robert De Niro and Ed Harris were considered for the role of Dr. Octopus.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Visual Effects.

Cost $200m - Box Office $783.7m

Tagline - Sacrifice. Destiny. Choice.

IMDB rating 7.4

Blade Trinity (2004)
Blade Trinity (2004)

Blade Trinity (2004) Directed by David S. Goyer. 113mins (122mins)

Wesley Snipes - Eric Brooks / Blade
Kris Kristofferson - Abraham Whistler
Dominic Purcell - Drake / Dracula
Jessica Biel - Abigail Whistler
Ryan Reynolds - Hannibal King
Parker Posey - Danica Talos

Colin Farrell turned down the role of Hannibal King.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film.

Cost $65m - Box Office $129m

Tagline - He's fought the forces of darkness alone...until now.

IMDB rating 5.8

Catwoman (2004) French poster
Catwoman (2004) French poster

Catwoman (2004) Directed by Pitof. 104mins.

Halle Berry - Patience Phillips / Catwoman
Benjamin Bratt - Tom Lone
Sharon Stone - Laurel Hedare

Also starring Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy, Alex Borstein and Michael Massee.

Catwoman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, she first appeared (as Selina Kyle) in DC Comics Batman #1 in 1940.

Ashley Judd was considered for the lead role.

Nominated for 7 Razzie Awards winning 4 - Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Actress (Halle Berry).

Cost $100m - Box Office $82.1m

Tagline - Halle Berry is Catwoman.

IMDB rating 3.2

Elektra (2005)
Elektra (2005)
Elektra (2005)
Elektra (2005)

Elektra (2005) Directed by Rob Bowman. 97mins (100mins)

Jennifer Garner - Elektra Natchios

Also starring Goran Visnjic, Kirsten Prout, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Natassia Malthe and Terence Stamp.

Elektra was created by Frank Miller, she first appeared in Marvel Comics Daredevil #168 in 1981.

Ben Affleck filmed a cameo as Daredevil which was ultimately cut from the film.

Cost $43m - Box Office $56.6m

Tagline - Born to fight. Trained to kill.

IMDB rating 4.8

Constantine (2005)
Constantine (2005)

Constantine (2005) Directed by Francis Lawrence. 121mins.

Keanu Reeves - John Constantine
Rachel Weisz - Angela Dodson

Also starring Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker, Tilda Swinton as Gabriel and Peter Stormare as Lucifer.

John Constantine was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano and first appeared in DC Comics 'The Saga of the Swamp Thing' in 1985. In 1988 Constantine starred in his own comic book which was titled 'Hellblazer'.

The film was originally titled Hellblazer but it was changed because of its similarity to another franchise title, Hellboy.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film.

Cost $100m - Box Office $230.8m

Tagline - Hell wants him. Heaven won't take him. Earth needs him.

IMDB rating 6.8

Sin City (2005)
Sin City (2005)
Sin City (2005)
Sin City (2005)

Sin City (2005) Directed by Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller. 124mins (147mins)

Bruce Willis as Det. John Hartigan
Jessica Alba as Nancy Callahan
Clive Owen as Dwight McCarthy
Rosario Dawson as Gail
Benicio del Toro as Jack Rafferty
Mickey Rourke as Marv

Also starring Devon Aoki, Powers Boothe, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Nick Stahl and Elijah Wood.

Sin City is a highly acclaimed graphic novel created by Frank Miller and serialized in 13 parts by Dark Horse Comics from 1991-1992.

The graphic novel was used as a storyboard for the film.

Michael Douglas and Christopher Walken were offered roles in the film.

Set in Basin City, a fictional American town.

Nominated for 5 Saturn Awards winning 3 - Best Action Film, Best Supporting Actor (Mickey Rourke) and Best DVD Release.

Cost $40m - Box Office $158.7m

Tagline - Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything.

IMDB rating 8.2

Man-Thing (2005)
Man-Thing (2005)

Man-Thing (2005) Directed by Brett Leonard. 105mins.

Starring Matthew Le Nevez, Rachael Taylor, Jack Thompson, Alex O'Loughlin, Steve Bastoni, Robert Mammone and Conan Stevens as Man-Thing.

Man-Thing was created by writers Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and artist Gray Morrow, it first appeared in Marvel Comics 'Savage Tales #1 in 1971.

Premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel before its direct to DVD release.

Tagline - When Nature Fights Back!

IMDB rating 4.1

Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins (2005) Directed by Christopher Nolan. 140mins.

Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Michael Caine - Alfred Pennyworth
Liam Neeson - Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes - Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman - Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Rutger Hauer - William Earle
Tom Wilkinson - Carmine Falcone
Ken Watanabe - Ra's Al Ghul

Batman was created by Bob Kane and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.

Christian Bale tested for the role wearing Val Kilmer's Batman mask from Batman Forever.

Future 'Man of Steel' Henry Cavill auditioned for the role of Batman along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Billy Crudup.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Nominated for 9 Saturn Awards winning 3 - Best Fantasy Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Christian Bale).

Cost $150m - Box Office $374.2m

IMDB rating 8.3

Fantastic Four (2005)
Fantastic Four (2005)

Fantastic Four (2005) Directed by Tim Story. 106mins (125mins)

Ioan Gruffudd - Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic
Jessica Alba - Sue Storm / Invisible Woman
Chris Evans - Johnny Storm / Human Torch
Michael Chiklis - Ben Grimm / The Thing
Julian McMahon - Victor von Doom / Dr. Doom
Kerry Washington - Alicia Masters

The Fantastic Four were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in Marvel Comics 'The Fantastic Four #1' in 1961.

George Clooney was considered for the role of Mr. Fantastic and Tim Robbins for the role of Dr. Doom.

Saturn Award nomination for Best SF Film.

Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress (Jessica Alba).

Cost $100m - Box Office $330.5m

Tagline - Prepare for the fantastic.

IMDB rating 5.7

V for Vendetta (2005)
V for Vendetta (2005)

V for Vendetta (2005) Directed by James McTeigue. 132mins.

Natalie Portman - Evey Hammond
Hugo Weaving - V

Also starring Stephen Rea, Stephen Fry, John Hurt, Tim Pigott-Smith and Rupert Graves.

Excellent adaptation of the comic book series by writer Alan Moore and artist David Lloyd, published by DC Comics Vertigo imprint, 1982 to 1985

Bryce Dallas Howard and Scarlett Johansson were considered for the role of Evey.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best Actress (Natlie Portman).

Cost $54m - Box Office $132.5m

IMDB rating 8.2

Remember, remember the 5th of November,
the gun powder treason and plot.
I know of no reason why the gun powder treason
should ever be forgot.

300 (2006)
300 (2006)

300 (2006) Directed by Zack Snyder. 117mins.

Gerard Butler - King Leonidas
Lena Headey - Queen Gorgo

Also starring Dominic West, David Wenham, Vincent Regan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Wisdom and Rodrigo Santoro.as Xerxes.

Faithful adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel, first published in 1998 by Dark Horse Comics.

Based on real events - The Battle of Thermopylae - in ancient Greece 480BC

The entire film was shot on sound stages in front of green screen.

There are over 1300 visual effects shots in 300.

Nominated for 10 Saturn Awards including Best Actor (Gerard Butler) and Best Special Effects, winning 2 - Best Action Film and Best Director (Zack Snyder).

Cost $65m - Box Office $456m

Tagline - Prepare for glory!

IMDB rating 7.7

300 (2006)
300 (2006)
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman Returns (2006)

Superman Returns (2006) Directed by Bryan Singer. 154mins.

Brandon Routh - Clark Kent / Superman
Kate Bosworth - Lois Lane
Kevin Spacey - Lex Luthor
James Marsden - Richard White
Parker Posey - Kitty Kowalski
Frank Langella - Perry White
Sam Huntington - Jimmy Olsen
Eva Marie Saint - Martha Kent

An updated retread of Superman the Movie (1978) with some of the same dialogue and the return of John Williams soaring main theme. Outtakes of Marlon Brando as Jor-El from the first movie were incorporated into the movie.

McG and Brett Ratner were considered to direct.

Claire Danes and Elisha Cuthbert were up for the role of Lois Lane.

Shia LaBeouf was on the shortlist for Jimmy Olsen.

Oscar nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Nominated for 10 Saturn Awards winning 5 including Best Fantasy Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Brandon Routh).

Cost $209m - Box Office $391m

IMDB rating 6.3

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Japanese poster
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Japanese poster
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) Directed by Brett Ratner. 104mins.

Hugh Jackman - Logan / Wolverine
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe / Storm
Ian McKellen - Eric Lehnsherr / Magneto
Patrick Stewart - Charles Xavier / Professor X
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey / Phoenix
Anna Paquin - Marie / Rogue
Kelsey Grammer - Hank McCoy / Beast
James Marsden - Scott Summers / Cyclops
Rebecca Romijn - Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby Drake / Iceman
Aaron Stanford - John Allerdyce / Pyro
Vinnie Jones - Cain Marko / Juggernaut
Ellen Page - Kitty Pryde / Shadowcat
Daniel Cudmore - Peter Rasputin / Colossus
Ben Foster - Warren Worthington III / Angel

Alex Proyas, Joss Whedon and Zack Snyder were considered for directing.

Nominated for 6 Saturn Awards including Best SF Film and Best Special Effects, winning 1 - Best Supporting Actress (Famke Janssen).

Cost $210m - Box Office $459.3m

Tagline - Whose side will you be on?.

IMDB rating 6.8

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006) Directed by Ivan Reitman. 95mins.

Uma Thurman - Jenny Johnson / G-Girl
Luke Wilson - Matt Saunders

Also starring Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson, Eddie Izzard and Stelio Savante.

Cost $30m - Box Office $61m

Tagline - He broke her heart. She broke his... everything.

IMDB rating 5.2

Ghost Rider (2007) French poster
Ghost Rider (2007) French poster

Ghost Rider (2007) Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. 114mins (123mins)

Nicolas Cage - Johnny Blaze / Ghost Rider
Eva Mendes - Roxanne Simpson
Peter Fonda - Mephistopheles
Wes Bentley - Blackheart
Sam Elliott - Carter Slade

Also starring Matt Long. Raquel Alessi, Brett Cullen and Donal Logue.

Ghost Rider was created by writers Gary Friedrich & Roy Thomas and artist Mike Ploog, he first appeared in 'Marvel Spotlight #5' in 1972.

Nicolas Cage is a huge fan of comic books and has a Ghost Rider tattoo, which had to be covered up during filming.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film.

Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actor (Nicolas Cage).

Cost $110m - Box Office $228.7m

Tagline - His Curse Will Become His Power

IMDB rating 5.2

Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)

Spider-Man 3 (2007) Directed by Sam Raimi. 139mins.

Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
James Franco - Harry Osborn / New Goblin
Thomas Haden Church - Flint Marko / Sandman
Topher Grace - Eddie Brock / Venom
Bryce Dallas Howard - Gwen Stacy

Also starring Rosemary Harris, J.K. Simmons. Elizabeth Banks and James Cromwell.

Scarlett Johansson was considered for Gwen Stacy.

BAFTA nomination for Best Visual Effects.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards - Best Fantasy Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (James Franco) and Best Special Effects.

Cost $258m - Box Office $890.8m

Tagline - The battle within.

IMDB rating 6.3

Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) Directed by Tim Story. 92mins.

Ioan Gruffudd - Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic
Jessica Alba - Susan Storm / Invisible Woman
Chris Evans - Johnny Storm / Human Torch
Michael Chiklis - Ben Grimm / The Thing
Julian McMahon - Victor Von Doom / Dr. Doom

Also starring Kerry Washington, Andre Braugher, Beau Garrett, Doug Jones as The Silver Surfer and Laurence Fishburne as The Silver Surfer (voice)

At one point Nick Fury was to appear in the film but the script was revised and a new character was written in - General Hager, played by Andre Braugher.

Saturn Award nomination for Best SF Film.

Razzie Award nominations for Worst Actress (Jessica Alba) and Worst Screen Couple (Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd).

Cost $130m - Box Office $289m

Tagline - Rise.

IMDB rating 5.6

30 Days of Night (2007)
30 Days of Night (2007)

30 Days of Night (2007) Directed by David Slade. 113mins.

Josh Hartnett - Eben Oleson
Melissa George - Stella Oleson
Danny Huston - Marlow

Also starring Ben Foster, Mark Boone Jr, Mark Rendall and Amber Sainsbury.

30 Days of Night was created by writer Steve Niles and first published as a 3-part mini-series in 2002 by IDW Publishing.

Vampires descend on the small town of Barrow, Alaska, where the sun sets for 30 days.

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

Cost $30m - Box Office $75.5m

Tagline - They're coming!

IMDB rating 6.6

Hancock (2008)
Hancock (2008)

Hancock (2008) Directed by Peter Berg. 92mins (102mins)

Will Smith - John Hancock
Charlize Theron - Mary Embrey
Jason Bateman - Ray Embrey

Also starring Jae Head, Eddie Marsan, Thomas Lennon and Johnny Galecki.

Will Smith plays a bored and reckless superhero who causes much damage to the city when he is out saving people.

Dave Chappelle was considered for the lead role.

Nominated for 3 Saturn Awards - Best Fantasy Film, Best Actor (Will Smith) and Best Supporting Actress (Charlize Theron).

Cost $150m - Box Office $624.3m

Tagline - There are heroes. There are superheroes. And then there's... Hancock.

IMDB rating 6.5

The Incredible Hulk (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)

The Incredible Hulk (2008) Directed by Louis Leterrier. 112mins.

Edward Norton - Bruce Banner / Hulk
Liv Tyler - Betty Ross
Tim Roth - Emil Blonsky / Abomination
William Hurt - Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross

Also starring Tim Blake Nelson, Ty Burrell and Christina Cabot.

Edward Norton rewrote chunks of the script but was denied a writing credit.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Science Fiction Film.

Cost $150m - Box Office $263.4m

Tagline - On June 13, get ready to unleash the beast.

IMDB rating 6.9

Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man (2008)

Iron Man (2008) Directed by Jon Favreau. 126mins.

Robert Downey Jr. - Tony Stark / Iron Man
Terrence Howard - Lt. Col. James Rhodes
Jeff Bridges - Obadiah Stane
Gwyneth Paltrow - Pepper Potts

Also starring Leslie Bibb, Shaun Toub, Faran Tahir, Paul Bettany as Jarvis (voice), Jon Favreau as Hogan and Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson.

Iron Man was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby and made his first appearance in Marvel Comics 'Tales of Suspense #39' in 1963.

At one point Tom Cruise was interested in producing Iron Man and playing the lead.

Rachel McAdams was considered for Pepper Potts.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects.

Nominated for 8 Saturn Awards winning 3 - Best SF Film, Best Director and Best Actor (Robert Downey Jr)

Cost $140m - Box Office $585.1m

Tagline - Get ready for a different breed of heavy metal hero.

IMDB rating 7.9

Christine Everheart: You've been called the Da Vinci of our time. What do you say to that?
Tony Stark: Absolutely ridiculous. I don't paint.
Christine Everheart: And what do you say to your other nickname, the Merchant of Death?
Tony Stark: That's not bad.

Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man (2008)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) Directed Guillermo del Toro. 120mins.

Ron Perlman - Hellboy
Selma Blair - Liz Sherman
Doug Jones - Abe Sapien
Luke Goss - Prince Nuada

Also starring Anna Walton, Jeffrey Tambor, John Alexander, James Dodd and Seth MacFarlane as Johann (voice).

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane based the voice of Johann on Jeremy Irons in Die Hard With a Vengeance.

Oscar nomination for Best Make Up.

Nominated for 3 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best Horror Film.

Cost $85m - Box Office $160.3m

Tagline - Saving the world is a hell of a job

IMDB rating 7.1

The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)

The Dark Knight (2008) Directed by Christopher Nolan. 152mins.

Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Heath Ledger - The Joker
Aaron Eckhart - Harvey Dent / Two-Face
Michael Caine - Alfred Pennyworth
Maggie Gyllenhaal - Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman - James Gordon
Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
Eric Roberts - Sal Maroni

Tragically Heath Ledger died of an accidental drug overdose in January 2008, not long after filming his scenes for Dark Knight, he was 28.

The Dark Knight was a massive success grossing over a billion dollars worldwide.

Despite being one of the best reviewed films of the year Dark Knight failed to pick up a Best Picture Oscar nomination which is thought to be one of the reasons the Academy increased the Best Picture nominations from 5 to 10 (or 9) in subsequent years.

Nominated for 8 Oscars winning 2 - Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger) and Best Sound Editing.

Nominated for 9 BAFTA Awards winning 1 - Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger)

Nominated for 12 Saturn Awards winning 5 including Best Action Film and Best Supporting Actor (Heath Ledger)

Cost $185m - Box Office $1,004,558,444

Tagline 1 - Why So Serious?

Tagline 2 - Welcome to a World Without Rules.

IMDB rating 9.0

Joker: You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.

Wanted (2008)
Wanted (2008)

Wanted (2008) Directed by Timur Bekmambetov. 110mins.

James McAvoy - Wesley Gibson
Morgan Freeman - Sloan
Angelina Jolie - Fox

Also starring Terence Stamp, Thomas Kretschmann, Common, Kristen Hager, Chris Pratt and David O'Hara.

The comic book Wanted was created by writer Mark Millar and artist J.G. Jones, it was first published a six part series in 2003 by Top Cow Productions.

Halle Berry was considered for the role of Fox.

Oscar nominations for Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

Cost $75m - Box Office $341.4m

Tagline - Choose Your Destiny.

IMDB rating 6.7

Punisher: War Zone (2008)
Punisher: War Zone (2008)

Punisher: War Zone (2008) Directed by Lexi Alexander. 103mins.

Ray Stevenson - Frank Castle / The Punisher
Dominic West - Billy Russoti / Jigsaw

Also starring Doug Hutchison, Colin Salmon, Wayne Knight and Julie Benz.

3rd reboot of The Punisher, played by Dolph Lundgren and Thomas Jane in previous films.

The Punisher kills 81 people in the movie, in various nasty ways.

Cost $35m - $10.1m

Tagline - Vengeance has a name.

IMDB rating 6.0

The Spirit (2008)
The Spirit (2008)
The Spirit (2008)
The Spirit (2008)

The Spirit (2008) Directed by Frank Miller. 103mins.

Gabriel Macht - Denny Colt / The Spirit
Samuel L. Jackson - The Octopus
Scarlett Johansson - Silken Floss
Eva Mendes - Sand Saref
Jaime King - Lorelei
Dan Lauria - Commissioner Dolan

The Spirit was created by Will Eisner and first appeared in newspaper strips in 1940.

Most of the film was shot in front of green screen using the same digital background technology that was used in Sin City.

The film was given a thumbs down by critics and failed to ignite at the box office.

Director Frank Miller is the celebrated comic book writer of 300, Sin City and The Dark Knight Returns.

Cost $60m - Box Office $39m

Tagline - My city screams. She is my lover. And I am her spirit.

IMDB rating 4.8

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) Directed by Gavin Hood. 107mins.

Hugh Jackman - Logan / Wolverine
Liev Schreiber - Victor Creed / Sabretooth
Danny Huston - William Stryker
Lynn Collins - Kayla Silverfox
Ryan Reynolds - Wade Wilson / Deadpool
Taylor Kitsch - Remy LeBeau / Gambit

Also starring Kevin Durand, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Henney and Will.i.am.

X-men hero Wolverine was created by writer Len Wein and artist John Romita Sr, the character's first appearance was in the very last panel of The Incredible Hulk #180 in 1974. Wolverine joined the X-Men in 'Giant-Size X-Men #1' in 1975.

There was plans for a spin off movie starring Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool, but the movie never materialised. The character would have had to be rebooted after what happens to him in this movie.

Saturn Award nomination for Best SF Film.

Cost $150m - Box Office $373m

IMDB rating 6.7

Watchmen (2009)
Watchmen (2009)

Watchmen (2009) Directed by Zack Snyder. 162mins. 186mins. 215mins.

Malin Akerman - Laurie Jupiter / Silk Spectre II
Billy Crudup - Jon Osterman / Dr. Manhattan
Matthew Goode - Adrian Veidt / Ozymandias
Jackie Earle Haley - Walter Kovacs / Rorschach
Jeffrey Dean Morgan - Edward Blake / The Comedian
Patrick Wilson - Daniel Dreiberg / Nite Owl

Also starring Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie and Carla Gugino as Sally Jupiter / Silk Spectre.

Spectacular movie adaptation of the 'Citizen Kane' of graphic novels, created by writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons, first published by DC Comics as a 12 issue mini-series in 1986-87.

Tim Burton was interested in directing Watchmen at one time, with Johnny Depp (naturally) in one of the roles.

Nominated for 8 Saturn Awards winning 3 - Best Fantasy Film, Best Costume and Best DVD Special Edition (The Ultimate Cut).

Cost $130m - Box Office $185.2m

Tagline - Who watches the Watchmen?

IMDB rating 7.6

Rorschach: This city's afraid of me... I've seen its true face.

Watchmen (2009)
Watchmen (2009)

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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

Thanks for commenting Mhatter99, much appreciated.

One more to go.


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UnnamedHarald 3 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

I didn't realize there were so many movies based on comics-- but I knew it had become a big business. Without a doubt, my favorite is "V For Vendetta"; it really touches a nerve with a lot of people as can be judged by the constant appearance of the Guy Fawkes mask in real life. I keep falling asleep trying to watch Iron Man-- too much nothing between the action. Another great series, Steve.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks David, appreciate the comment. I loved V for Vendetta, the mask has become a symbol for demonstrators worldwide. Amazon.com sells thousands of those masks each year.

Top rated film on the page is The Dark Knight, lowest rated is Catwoman.


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Geekdom 3 years ago

I am loving this series of movie hubs. It is sad how I have seen all of them and owned most at one point in time. (I am currently weeding out my physical belongings books, movies, etc and switching to digital.)


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Switching to digital eh? Hmmm saves space, more convenient perhaps, but I've always been a collector, I love collecting, books, films, music. I like having the stuff there to touch and hold. I'm a bit of a hoarder too, I rarely throw anything away. I still have my old video tapes up in the loft. I'll never use them again which is kinda sad. I guess I'm a very nostalgic sort of person. :)

Thanks for commenting Geekdom, always appreciated.


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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

It seems that Hollywood didn't left any comic book story unadapted for the big screen once they realized their potential for box office success. Many of them are also great movies. Hulk, X-Men, V for Vendetta. Watchmen, Nolan's Batman, Hellboy are among my favorites.

The sequels though, in more cases, are more problematic. The only goal seems to be a reinvestment in the success of the first film, that makes sure that people will watch it no matter what.

Nice hubs on comic book heroes, Steve.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks Elias, appreciate the comment. The moviegoing public haven't had their fill of superheroes yet, Iron Man 3 is breaking box office records, it's already approaching $800m after just 2 weeks of release. It's already the most successful of the three. Will the Man of Steel be as successful as the Man of Iron? We shall see.

Btw my favourite comic book hero as a kid was the Silver Surfer, I hope one day they make a film worthy of that character.


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Cogerson 3 years ago from Virginia

Superheros and comic book heroes are everywhere in theaters this year...currently Iron Man is the box office king, Wolverine, Thor and Sin City 2 are coming later this year.....it seems all the new movies are either comic book movies, sequels or vampire movies.

That being said I have seen and enjoyed most of the movies in this hub....granted I have not seen Elecktra, Man Thing or Blade:Trinity but the rest I have covered.

Wow I never realized Ryan Reynolds have been in so many comic book movies....Blade:Trinity, Wolverine 6 and The Green Lantern...and he has R.I.P.D. coming out soon...which looks like Men in Black 4.

Voted up and interesting.


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Steve Lensman 3 years ago from London, England Author

I saw the trailer to RIPD recently, it does look like a Men in Black rip off, but with ghouls instead of aliens. With the exception of Man-Thing I've seen all the films on this page, and own most of them on DVD.

Thanks for commenting Bruce.

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