Top 5 Superhero Movies
It seems the future of film-making is rooted in larger than life comic book heroes. Large budgets are often only given to filmmakers with a slam dunk bankable project. The superhero film appears to be the safest bet to make money with an already built-in fanbase. You not only get the casual fan, but you get the avid comic readers as well. Here is a list of five superhero films that I would consider my favorite. Disclaimer, I have individual biases. So, as badly as Spiderman probably deserves a spot on this list somewhere, I just couldn't spin it. (See what I did there?)
The Dark Knight
This is the pinnacle of great superhero films. It goes beyond the comic lore and is a brilliant piece of film-making from perhaps the greatest of his generation. Christopher Nolan reaching his creative peak in the superhero realm speaks volumes about the potential of these films. All things considered, from acting to staging, this is the blueprint for superhero movies, and it has a lot to do with the huge boom we see today.
Here is another easy one; a lot of people don't have a lot of good things to say about X-Men Origins: Wolverine. I would say one shining spot is the brief appearance of Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool/Wade Wilson. Granted, a lot was left to be desired of the scripting; you could see Reynolds was a fit for the character. Years later, executives agreed, and he started in the most original superhero movie in years. A tongue in cheek genre-bending film that uses over the top humor and breaking the fourth wall to present an entirely unique experience. Let's hope Deadpool doesn't fall into the sequel trap that has damaged so many other of our heroes.
Wow, talk about making a movie feel important. After several successful Marvel films, we get all of our favorite heroes joining for a good old-fashioned good versus evil melee. It's just a fun flick, and it doesn't try to be dark for the sake of trend. It's a fun movie, and it gets great performances from a huge list of Hollywood greats. This could've been too scattered and too big to be any good, but Joss Whedon was the perfect man to direct. This is why we all love going out to the movies.
I can feel some eyes rolling, but this is a series inclusion. The film is smart; it presents an interesting take on the genre, and what studio has a better track record of films than Pixar? We will forget about Cars, and just say they have done all fantastic films. The voice actors are perfect, and a take on superheroes everyday lives is done in a very cool way. Until The Avengers, it may have been the greatest hero ensemble film of all time.
Here is my wildcard; the Crow is a film I enjoyed and thought wouldn't hold up on reviewing so many years later. Surprisingly, it held up well and wasn't dated any more than most films with the passing of time. I want to include this one because I believe it was highly influential. Dark, brooding, and looking more like Se7en than Superman, it showed the vast appeal of different types of heroes.