Still, we’re asking, what the heck makes for a great comic book movie. Here’s another list of our top 15 comic book movies.
15. Iron Man (2008)
One thing that makes this film so epic is the character development. Here we have one of the wealthiest men in the world gets knocked down from his pedestal and rises up to become a man in a mechanical suit that kicks all kinds of tail.
Best Moment: Tony Stark is testing out his suits flying capabilities when he is pursued by fighter jets. He uses his suits capabilities and his quick wit to outwit the fighter jets.
14. Superman Returns (2006)
Despite the negative reviews, Superman Returns is honestly a decent film. Lex has never been so threatening, some great action sequences, and some of the best use of Superman’s abilities. Roth does a great job as Clark Kent/Superman and his return to earth to discover that he has a son is a great plot point as well as the return of Lex Luthor.
Best Moment: Lois and a cabin full of passengers plummet to the earth in a malfunctioning airliner and Superman goes in to save them. Not only does the scene look great but the score is beautifully crafted as well as an intensity never seen in previous Superman films.
13. Batman Begins (2005)
Christopher Nolan reinvents the Batman franchise with this reboot. This is how the Dark Knight should be represented in modern times. A compelling story about growth and revenge that is dark. Terrific performances, terrific score, and great action makes this film one of the best reboots and first installments in a superhero film.
Best Moment: Batman has Rachel in his Batmobile dubbed “The Tumbler” and is being pursued by the police. A very intense sequence that is fast paced, combined with the vehicle’s capabilities and a terrific score by Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard.
12. Spider-Man (2002)
One of the superhero films that launched the boom of superhero film genre. Tobey Maguire brings a great performance as Peter Parker, but the standout performance is Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn. Not only does the film tell a great story but the characters are great. Though not over-the-top the action sequences are pretty good.
Best Moment: The ending sequence of the film where Peter Parker has fully embraced his calling as Spider-Man and he is swinging through the city.
11. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
What happens when five of the biggest criminals in the universe band together? We get the Guardians of the Galaxy. Although they have been on the Marvel scene for some time, their debut on the big screen was their true introduction to the world. Great performances, great action, and great humor makes this film an entertaining film to watch.
Best Moment: In the climax of the film, where the epic battle has reached its conclusion and Ronan is preparing to use the Stone to destroy Xandar, Quill grabs the freed Stone after Drax and Rocket destroy the warhammer, and with the help of Gamora, Drax, and Rocket they use it to destroy Ronan.
10. Kick-Ass (2010)
This film is the prime example of why costumed vigilantes aren’t in the real world. Kick-Ass is a great film and does have some great action sequences but what stands out the most is the dark humor. Also, this is Chloe Grace Moretz’s standout performance to the world, a trash talking ten-year-old called Hit-Girl.
Best Moment: Kick-Ass and Big Daddy are about to be executed but a spectacular rescue by Hit Girl ensues. Not only does the sequence start off as a first person shooter but the violence mixed with the great soundtrack makes this sequence very intense.
9. Superman II (1980)
Sequel to the highly successful Superman: The Movie, the plot follows Clark Kent/Superman who must deal with three criminal Kryptonians who seek revenge against the Last Son of Krypton. This is another one of those superhero films that changed how we see superheroes as well as supervillains. Though the effects don’t hold up to today’s standards the film itself is still an enjoyable watch for the characters and the performances. Terence Stamp’s performances as General Zod is legendary and definitely set the bar for supervillains. Sarah Douglas is completely hot as Ursa.
Best Moment: The grand battle between Superman and General Zod, Non, and Ursa in Metropolis. Though not as intense as the Man of Steel battles, the fight is still pretty entertaining.
8. Watchmen (2009)
The story follows masked crime fighters in a world on the verge of nuclear war. It’s a very serious film, telling a very compelling story. The characters are cool, they have depth, motivation, they have their moments. The fight sequences are brutal and realistic and highly entertaining.
7. The Losers (2010)
Although not about superheroes nor following an original storyline, the film does a good job of being entertaining. The characters and their interactions keep things engaging. There is a bit of humor and some good action sequences but the characters are the highlight of the film. The film follows a black ops team who seeks revenge after they are thought dead after being betrayed by the mysterious figure known as “Max”.
Best Moment: Cpt. Jake Jensen is cornered by building three security guards after his cover is blown while infiltrating Max’s base of operations. He then places his hands as if they’re guns and seemingly telekinetically shoots two of the guards. But stationed in a building across the street behind him is Alvarez who providing sniper support.
6. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Although not as dark as the first film, Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a badass film. Not only does it feature great action but hits several emotional points among the characters. Prince Nuada was definitely a total badass, especially with his magical lance. There is a magical element to the film that is appealing.
Best Moment: Hellboy challenges Prince Nuada to a duel to determine the fate of humanity. What we get is a fast paced fight sequence with the two princes giving everything they got for their beliefs. The one thing that the fight does show is that the two characters have their strengths, Hellboy’s strength vs Nuada’s speed.
5. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is literally the only comic book movie that has implemented the whole animation style with live action to give a very entertaining experience. It is a disservice that this film didn’t become a mega block buster. Scott Pilgrim is a true adaptation of the source material. Great action, great humor, great characters, and visuals that are amazing.
Best Moment: It’s very hard to decide because of how many great moments the film has but we’ll give it to the final battle between Scott Pilgrim, Knives Chau, and Ramona Flowers against Gideon Gordon Graves.
4. X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Logan is sent into the past to try and stop an assassination which will doom mutant-kind in the future. Great performances by the cast as well as a pretty compelling story make this film a great classic. Also, there is how the implements elements from the original X-Men trilogy with that of the prequels.
Best Moment: The younger Charles Xavier goes into Logan’s mind, to the future, and speaks with his future self about the upcoming events.
3. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
What happens when crime and corruption have become so bad that a city must be knocked down a notch, but the “cleaners” have been taken out? Bane. The film focuses on Batman’s efforts along side Catwoman and others on stopping the badass Bane from picking up where Ra’s al Ghul left off. The film delivers on so many levels but the one thing that stands out is the fact that Batman gets his tail handed to him.
Best Moment: Batman goes to confront Bane in his lair and what we get is a pretty brutal fight that leaves Batman crippled. It is sad seeing the Dark Knight getting tossed around and beat on, but hey…Tom Hardy looks pretty beast.
2. Suicide Squad (2016)
Amander Waller brings together the world’s greatest villains; Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, and El Diablo, to save the world. For anyone who thinks that supervillains can’t be as entertaining as superheroes has another thing coming. Not only does this film tell a pretty entertaining story but it is has great action sequences as well as great humor. But the one aspect that stands out are the characters. The characters have depth, they’re actually interesting, they do develop.
Best Moment: During one of the action sequences, the group are attacked by Enchantress’ minions. Deadshot goes on the offensive taking out the large group of minions with unbelievable precision. Not only is Will Smith a badass in this sequence but it takes the lone gunner trope to a whole new level.
1. The Avengers (2012
What do we get when we bring Marvel’s best superheroes together to save the world? Marvel’s Avengers. This is without a doubt the best superhero assemble film. Not only are the performances great but all the characters actually matter. The superheroes have their issues and there are quarrels between the characters but they grow as a team and as characters. There is a lot of great dialogue, there is a lot of great action, and there is a lot of great humor.
Best Moment: While Iron Man and Captain America are transporting Loki, Thor captures his brother only to be confronted by Iron Man. There is a badass battle between the two which not only symbolizes a man against a god, but science against magic.
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