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The 10 Greatest Comic Book Movies - According To Me
Movies and TV shows made after comic books have been around for decades but in the last decade or so they’ve taken center stage and the genre has been taken to another level. Not to mention the world of comics has been opened to millions of new fans.
Here’s a list I’ve compiled of the top live-action comic book movies as of April 2011:
1. The Dark Knight – I didn’t want to have both the Batman films of the list so I had to make a choice between the two. Batman Begins managed to bring back a franchise killed by atrocious acts of heresy such as Batman Forever and Batman and Robin. That feat alone should make Batman Begins worthy of this list but, while Batman Begins was an amazing movie, Christopher Nolan managed to one up it with The Dark Knight. These films not only appeal to mass audiences but they reach the ones that matter, the fans, by staying true to the batman comics of the past couple decades.
2. Kick Ass is a slightly
different take on the superhero / comic book movie genre.
Comic-book-nerd turn superhero, albeit not a very good one he does
manage to gain a mass following on youtube. The aspiring teenage
hero crosses paths with real superheroes and pisses off a crime
syndicate and that’s about the time shit hits the fan.
3. 300, based on the real
battle of Thermopylae of 480 BC, showed the resilience of 300
Spartans and their allies from neighboring Greek city-state
defending their homeland from an invading Persian army led by king
Xerxes. Though the film isn’t 100% historically accurate it was the
epitome of bad-ass which more than makes up for it.
4. The Watchmen tells the
tale of the second generation of masked crime fighters in an
alternate past where America won The Vietnam War and superheroes
aren’t only in comic books. The action of the film takes place
after the superhero sensation has died down and the remaining
heroes have retired, gone commercial, or are deemed vigilantes. The
death of a fellow former hero brings them back together for a last
hurrah against injustice. A great movie, true to the comics until
the final twist which was retwisted for the big screen and, in my
opinion, turned out even better than the books. But that’s for you
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. The
World brings comics, video games, and music together to make a
truly groundbreaking movie. The critics didn’t have anything
good to say about this one. In fact, not many people did, but
there’s one good thing that a lot of people are saying. “This is
the future of films” – I hope that’s true because I really enjoyed
6. Sin City is the story of a few blokes and some gorgeous babes in Las Vegas, right? Corrupt cops, pedophiles, a dog-boy..this movie’s got everything the real Vegas has minus gambling.
7. The first Iron Man movie
released in 2008 made the rich alcoholic cripple with a robotic
suit cool. The film took the story from The Cold War to the
war in Afghanistan and did a fine job in doing so. A few minor
changes to the original comic story didn’t put a damper on my
enjoyment of this film.
8. V for Vendetta is a superb film which takes place is a dystopian future Great Britain under rule of a totalitarian government. V is a revolutionary who uses the story of “Guy Fawkes”, one of 13 conspirators in a failed assassination plot, to fight oppression and satisfy a personal vendetta.
V reenacts the original scheme of Guy Fawkes and his fellow
conspirators with the assistance of a very bald Natalie
9. The Mask is a fun film carried by Jim Carey’s classic slapstick comedy. Allegedly the story line strayed from that of the comic book a bit, but who actually read it?
10. The Punisher (2004) wasn’t exactly hailed by audiences or critics and sure John Travolta hasn’t played a good villain since “Face Off” but I think the movie was underrated. A lot of the action was straight from the comics and the comics are good.
Here are a few honorable mentions:
Hellboy – I heard some great things about this movie but I haven’t seen it. I never read the comic either.
Defendor – not based on a comic book but plays out like it was. Another different approach to the masked crime fighter.
Hulk (2003 - A terrible story that strayed horribly from the comics but worth watching for the splendid cinematography alone.
Here are a few shameful mentions:
Batman Forever – no explanation necessary
Batman and Robin– no explanation necessary
The league of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Not a bad comic but even Sean Connery couldn’t save the film from the horrors of the guys who rewrote and directed it.
2011 has already brought a few comic book movies but nothing great. There's still hope for new and exciting comic book movies that will, I hope, change this line up.
What do you think about this list? Where am I wrong? How long will this list stand?