In honor of The Avengers, which just had the biggest opening weekend of all time, I thought it would be appropriate to list and discuss the best films that have come out of this popular genre. Of course I’m sure the success this weekend will incite even more development at studios of superhero movies (as if there weren’t enough already) but I wonder where people place The Avengers in regards to other superhero films. For me, it was an ok movie but doesn’t break the top ten.
1. The Dark Knight
3. Batman Returns
4. X-Men First Class
7. Iron Man
9. Batman Begins
10. Superman II
All of the Fleischer Superman shorts!
Are there even 5 “superhero” films that count as real movies? You have Batman Begins, The Dark Knight…. maybe Watchmen if you give Zack Snyder the time of day (I don’t), beyond that…. ?
No, I don’t give Zack Snyder the time of day. lol
Ten Best Superhero Movies
1) Superman: The Movie
2) The Dark Knight
3) The Avengers
4) Spider-Man 2
5) Superman II
6) Captain America: The First Avenger
7) Batman Begins
9) X-Men: First Class
Honorary mention before they start to suck:
11) Batman Returns
12) Iron Man
13) Batman (’89)
1. Mother, Jugs and Speed
2. Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears
3. Red Riding Trilogy
4. Dr. Strangelove, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
5. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
6. One Frightened Night
7. Black Moon
8. Morvern Callar
9. The Young Girls of Rochefort
10. The Smell of Burning Ants
In all seriousness…
I miss the old MUBI.
There are plenty of Bresson threads. Loosen your tie.
There is way too much DC in this thread.
Ha! Only five comments in before the predictablity card rears it’s head?! I’m impressed.
Hey Joe – We were talking about this stuff on old Mubi too.
The past never existed. All that exists is today.
I would say:
1. Batman (maybe because it was one of the first superhero movies I’ve seen)
2. The Avengers (I liked all the comedy, but my bf thought there were too many one liners, but he doesn’t have a mubi account haha)
3. The Dark Knight
4. X Men: First Class
5. Iron Man
6. Spider Man 2
7. Batman Begins
“When he died he would not end. The world would end.”
Honestly, Brad, I’d prefer a Bertolucci thread. Bresson is too austere.
Although I must admit, I’ve only heard good things about The Avengers from all the people who’ve seen it, whether comic book nerds, indie kids, or major critics like J. Hoberman. I’ll be catching it sometime this month with my priest.
Bijoux, don’t let the horribleness of that recent Superpooper movie keep you from checking out the first two Christopher Reeve ones (stay away from 3 and 4 like poison though.)
@Joe – LOL!
Brad: I do want to watch the originals. The HAVE to be better than the newer one.
Off the top of my head:
1. The Dark Knight
2. Iron Man
4. Batman Begins
5. Spider-Man 2
6. The Avengers
7. X-Men: First Class
9. Captain America
10. Batman Returns
A root canal is better than the newer one.
^I have a feeling the new Superman will suck too.
no Howard the Duck fans?
1) The Dark Knight
2) Batman Begins
3) X-Men: First Class
4) Unbreakable (no one’s mentioned this yet?)
5) The Incredibles (or this one…)
6) Blade II (or this one?)
8) Iron Man
9) Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (OR THIS ONE?!)
10) The Avengers
I forgot The Incredibles, Brentos. I’ll add that as my number 9.
the original supermans are soo fun!!
I keep waiting for this awful genre to die but the worse it gets, the more powerful it grows.
I thought this was funny:
Really Ari. You don’t like ANY of them? Does that extend to fantasy in general?
OK folks. Don’t hate. But I just thought wtf, let’s just do em all.
Obviously there are titles I’m missing, I’m sure a few of these may be not quite qualifiable.
In ascending order…
The Dark Knight
Iron Man 2
X2: X-Men United
X-Men: First Class
Superman: The Movie
The Incredible Hulk
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Green Hornet
Captain America: The First Avenger
Batman & Robin
In before the comments about fascism come.
Does My Super Ex Girlfriend count?? It wouldn’t make my list but still… I like your style, Miasma.
Good call with Unbreakable!
1. The Incredibles. This is my favorite super hero film. Not only does it have a solid story (which isn’t a mess like a lof of the others), but the action set pieces are terrific. I especially love the way the characters use their powers as a team to get out of tough situations or defeat the villains. This is probably a nerdy thing on my part, but there you go.
2. Dark Knight I begrudgingly have this film here, because I really think it’s a mess. However, I really did enjoy the film, especially Ledger’s Joker and the chase sequence in the film.
3. Spider-Man. Not great per se, but the casting was terrific, and I thought Raimi captured the spirit of the comic books, while doing a good job of weaving different storylines into the film. (The action wasn’t very good, though.) Also, count me in as a fan of the natural web shooters.
4. X-Men: First Class Reading the X-Men comics, I never really cared for Prof. X or Magneto, but they’re the most interesting characters in the films (especially when played by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan). Here the story isn’t a mess, too. Kevin Bacon as Sebastian Shaw is a terrible bit of casting, though.
5. Superman II. I haven’t seen this film since it came out, but I really liked. The story of Superman losing his powers, getting them back to fight the three villains and the way he defeats them, all made for a satisfying film.
6. Spider-Man 2. There were some good action set-pieces, but I thought there were flaws in the storyline. (The way Spiderman gives up his power and gets it back…or was that the third film?) I didn’t care for Alfred Molina as Doc Oct, too.
7. Iron Man and Iron Man 2. Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark makes the movies for me. Also, I think the Iron Man suit is one of the best uses of cgi in film. (Jeff Bridges was a lame villain, imo. I liked Mickey Rourke as the villain, but I didn’t like the fact that Whiplash ended up looking like Iron Man at the end…that’s only one of the problems I had.)
8. The Incredible Hulk. I liked Ed Norton as Bruce Banner. Liv Tyler was solid, too. Decent fight sequence at the end.
9. Thor and Captain America. Mildly entertaining, and at least not utterly terrible.
10. Batman (Tim Burton). Nice set design. Action and story are meh.
I feel like I’m missing some movies outside of the DC and Marvel universe. Anyone?
I think I’m the only person who really didn’t like Captain America.