Y’know, I’ve never really considered Tetsuo: the Iron Man to be a superhero movie but move the fuck over The Incredibles, everything drops down so Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is off the list.
Well, yeah. If Tetsuo counts, it’s in!!
Does Ichi The Killer count? He tries…
Ichi the Killer could also be considered a classic zombie movie: he only does what he does because he was mesmerized to fight ‘bullies’. Takashi Miike plays fast and loose with genre that I include Zebraman only because it’s the one where they talk about the genre itself with a clear intent toward that theme.
Ichi thinks himself to be a superhero so it does count. He reminds me of Moon Roach in Cerebus.
Ichi the Killer is a romantic comedy about a chance encounter between the perfect sadist (who seems like a massochist) and the perfect massochist (seems like a sadist).
1.) The Avengers
2.) The Dark Knight
3.) The Incredibles
5.) Captain America: The First Avenger
6.) Batman Begins
7.) The Rocketeer
8.) Iron Man
is better than any movie listed in this thread!
Dude if you’re going to post a parody at least go for Italian Spiderman. It is pure, unadulterated genius.
harder than I thought…there are more duds than winners in this catergory
The Dark Knight
Incredible Hulk (08)
Iron Man 2
X-Men: First Class
The Green Hornet
Fantasict Four Rise of the Silver Surfer
Batman & Robin
Some categorization issues here – you could make an argument for comic properties like Dick Tracy or the Men in Black technically being superhero movies, and I’ve seen them counted before as such, but I don’t think their protagonists can be called superheroes. Scott Pilgrim and V for Vendetta are probably cutting a little too close, so I’ll leave those off too. However, there’s still a pretty wide range of movies to choose from.
Top Ten, no order:
The Dark Knight
Jazzahola wrote: “Can I count The Iron Giant?”
Yeah, I was going to ask the same thing. Not really big into the superhero movies, but TIG would be near the top of my list
The Iron Giant reminds me more of E.T. than any superhero.
Might as well count “Totoro” if you’re counting The Iron Giant …
1. The Dark Knight
2. Batman (1989)
3. Batman Returns
4. The Avengers
6. Batman Begins
8. Iron Man
9. Iron Man 2
10. Captain America: The First Avenger
Honorable Mentions – Mainly because I didn’t know if they counted.
1. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
5. The Incredibles
First off, I love ET and My Neighbor Totoro, both probably more than The Iron Giant.
Anyways, I can certainly see a personality resemblance between The Iron Giant and ET and Totoro, especially TIG and ET.
But TIG seems to fit much more closely into that superhero quality of “my job is to save the humans”. With ET, he helps to bring the family back together, but for the most part, he doesn’t actively attempt to help out the humans. All he wants to do is go home. He is stuck on Earth, and tries to make the best of it, but at all times his primary goal is to get out of there. Now its been a while since I’ve seen Totoro, but in it, he/they seem largely to just exist in the nature world, and seem to view helping the girl as a novelty more than a responsibility, and at the end of the day, I got the feeling that they just sort of went back to their normal lives of sleeping, eating, and waiting for cat buses, without too much thought about humans. But with TIG, he seems designed to be some sort of anti-weapon weapon, whose purpose is to make the Earth a better place for humans. There is a big difference between helping a family come back together or helping a little girl find her lost sister, and preventing an entire town of people from being bombed by blasting off and exploding into a missile.
Well not to spoil but in TIG, there is a line that invokes the superhero genre along with the action. But I still think it is more of a revisiting of sci-fi in the 50s with the Cold War paranoia.
Lol Santino, you believe The Avengers was ok but have Bryan Singer’s X2 on your list. Perhaps you should dig deeper into your point. Not that I believe ranking anything is subject to point, your definition of mediocrity kind of erupted in itself.