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The BEST Comic Book Movies Ever Made

POSTED ON: 2013-07-31 19:06:23 - POSTED BY: themoviejudge

Superman

Superman

Superman is one of my all time favourite comic book movies. For it's time it was wonderful, seeing a man fly on screen for the first time must of been an incredible task for that era. Having said that, Christopher Reeve puts on an amazing performance, balancing 'Superman' and his secret identity 'Clark Kent' perfectly. In my opinion, for now, Christopher Reeve will undoubtedly be the one man I think of when I think of Kal-El. Not the dude from Smallville, but Christopher fuckin' Reeve baby. Perhaps Henry Cavill can do justice to the Superman legacy, I have high hopes for that one.

Hulk (2003)

Hulk

Ang Lee's vision of Hulk was quite revolutionary, no one had attempted to humanise a comic book character in such a way (ironically considering he's far from human). It wasn't until near the final act of the movie we saw a glimpse of The Hulk, the CGI buffoon was wonderful and elegant as he leaped through the air. I loved Ang Lee's take on the Hulk, not a lot of people agree with my opinion, however, they're all fucking idiots.

Iron Man

Iron Man

I think the reason Iron Man didn't come sooner as a movie was that it needed an incredible amount of CGI, the costume, the flying, the rockets and lasers and all that good shit. It took a while, but it was worth the wait. Iron Man for me was a pioneer as a comic book movie, they got the action just right. They got the story just right. They got the perfect guy for the part. Whenever I see Robert Downey Jr. I just see Tony Stark. I can't un see that. It just is.

Batman Begins

Batman Begins

It was the beginning of something amazing, such a different vision from the original Batman Tim Burton movies. They made a Batman that would survive in todays world, they made him gritty and realistic, he was human. There was nothing fancy about him, he was just a fucking bad ass. Sure, he had the gadgets and the fancy toys but he was falible, he couldn't fly through the air, he would rather swoop. Nolan made him the Batman in a realistic world. He set up the best movie franchise ever made. Without a doubt.

Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass

A lot of my friends warned me about Kick-Ass. They told me if it was anywhere near as good as the comics then it would be fucking amazing. Which it was. It had an amazing cast, most of which were quite unknown at the time, the only real major players were Nicholas Cage and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The rest were under my radar. However, the whole cast was amazing, this is without a doubt one of my favourite comic book movies of all time. It's real as shit. It's gruesome as fuck and makes you understand why no one has dressed up like a superhero in real life... because you'd get your face shot off.

X-Men

X-Men

Nearly 13 years ago. Wow I feel old as shit right now. X-Men was so good. Bryan Singer started an amazing franchise with one of the most popular comic book series of all time. It has all the major players you'd expect from an X-Men movie, centered mostly around Wolverine, however. X-Men is a whole load of fun, it is a great start to the franchise and it's one of those movies I'd watch again if I was skipping the TV channels and it so happened to be on. Well done Singer.

Spider-Man

Spider-Man

As a kid I think everyone can relate to Peter Parker in some way. A nerd loser type who never really excels socially... however, he has at least one thing going for him, he's smart as FUCK. Oh, and that other thing....getting bitten by a radioactive spider that gives him super human strength, the ability to scale buildings and fire web shooters out of his hands (granted, this is only in the movie). To see Spider-Man web swing through the city scape for the first time is an amazing scene. Raimi is so fortunate to have been able to have that opportunity to create that.

Watchmen

Watchmen

Probably regarded as the best graphic novel of all time, whoever was going to conceive Alan Moore's masterpiece certainly had their work cut out for them, granted the intricacies of doing such a behemoth would be nerve racking for the best of directors, however, Zack Snyder was the man for the job. Which he did brilliantly. I was blown away by the movie, visually it was stunning, story wise everything seemed to flow together nicely. It just worked. I know a lot of people were angry with the final cut, but I for one was incredibly happy.

300

300

400 protein shakes later and Gerard Butler was the man to become the mighty King Leonidas, everything about 300 was great. The visuals were stunning, the soundtrack was amazing and it was just an incredibly bad ass story. 300 is the movie that put Zack Snyder and Gerard Butler on the map. It's a fine masterpiece, mostly all filmed on green screen and CGI to make your mouth water. How could anyone not ever like this movie?

Sin City

Sin City

Stylistically Sin City is probably the nicest adaptation to the big screen I've ever seen. perfectly taken from the comic and put onto the big screen the black and white visuals are stunning. Robert Rodriguez, who I wasn't the biggest fan of before Sin City, created an amazing world where I almost felt like I was watching a comic book. With a huge cast of celebrities Rodriguez manages to get the very best out of everyone of them, especially Micky Rourke, who used Sin City to make his comeback into the big time Hollywood movies.

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Edgar Wright is probably one of the coolest nicest directors working in the industry today. His take on Scott Pilgrim was very adventurous, his casting choice for Michael Cera seemed perfect. I also loved how he managed to make the movie play out like a video game. Every little scene had a nod to the gamers, I liked everything about Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. The dialogue, the cast, it was all fantastic.

The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

I think whatever Nolan saw in Heath Ledger was something no one else had ever seen before. The complete faith in him to manifest into something dark and pure evil, satanical and maniacal was everything Ledger managed to become. His isolation to everyone in lead up to the role, I'm sure he could even see himself becoming The Joker. You can tell his heart and soul went into the performance and it paid off, it was breathtaking. He carried the movie. He was perfectly cast. The Dark Knight is without a doubt my favourite comic book movie ever made. Take a bow, Nolan.

The Avengers

The Avengers

I have a lot of love for whatever Joss Whedon does, whether it's creating the kick ass Buffy the Vampire Slayer or creating the cult hit Firefly, I knew if he was penning and directing The Avengers it would be a triumph, and that it was. The story was epic, the characters all seemed to gel perfectly, each one of them having their own chance to shine. Some of the coolest and amazing action scenes I've ever seen.

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

How could you ever top off The Dark Knight? It was perfect. I never expected or even thought Nolan to attempt the success of it's predecessors I only expected him to complete his story the way he wanted and intended it to. That he did. He created another amazing movie to cap off his Batman saga. For me, Rises is slightly behind The Dark Knight in my overall favourites. Tom Hardy created an amazing performance as Bane, he truly felt like the greatest physical force The Batman had ever felt.

Notable mentions:

  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Superman 2
  • Spider-Man 2
  • X-Men: First Class
  • Spawn
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