Top Ten Comic Book Movies of All Time
Comic book movies have dominated the box office for much of the last decade, and there is no end in sight. Seemingly each time a new one is released, it is a momentous occasion, and this Friday’s release of Justice League will not be an exception. In anticipation of this film, I have compiled what are, in my opinion, the top ten comic book movies of all time. I only included the movies released after 1999, as that is the year I was born, and I have not seen most of the films released before my time.
10. X-Men: Days of Future Past
The X-Men franchise has become a mess over the years, as the continuity has been completely destroyed, due to poor writing. Days of Future Past serves as a sort of reboot for the franchise, in an effort to reset this horrendous continuity. We received an amazing movie that managed to bring together the classic, early 2000s X-Men that we all know and love with a new, younger cast. The film manages to put together a good, complex plot without making it so complicated that the audience has no idea what is going on.
9. The Avengers
The Avengers is one of the best comic book movies of all time, and also one of the most important. This movie provides the blueprint on how to create an effective cinematic universe, that builds up to a crossover that does not disappoint. It not only served as the end game for phase one of the MCU, but sets up the numerous MCU films that followed.
8. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman provided us with a near-perfect origin story, for one of the most beloved characters in comic book history. This film also served to give hope to the DCEU, which up to this point was struggling to produce good movies. This movie would likely be higher on the list, if not for the disappointing ending of the film. The Aries reveal, and battle that followed, felt like an unnecessary, generic light show.
Deadpool is absolutely hilarious, from start to finish. The dark humor displayed in the film showed everyone that not every superhero movie needs to be a family movie. The success Deadpool had in the box office, despite its R rating, proved to studios that movies like Logan could be made with an R rating. It is safe to say that despite the long wait, fans were not disappointed with the film adaptation the merc with the mouth was given.
6. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
This film is less of a superhero movie and more of a spy movie with a main character that happens to be a superhero. It was also the first Marvel film that deviated from the formulaic writing of a solo MCU film, and it showed in the quality of the film. To this day, The Winter Soldier is one of the very best films in all of the MCU.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy
Much like The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy brought something that the MCU had not yet had. In this case it is a comedy. Every MCU movie to that point had some comedic elements throughout, but they went all in on the humor with Guardians of the Galaxy. This style of comic book movie proved effective as the film was a massive success at the box office.
4. Spider-Man 2
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies are huge fan favorites, and the second film in the trilogy stands out as the best of the bunch. What made this film so great was Alfred Molina’s portrayal of the villain, Doc Oc. Coming off the success of the original Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 gave the fans exactly what they wanted from the sequel.
Logan was an absolutely perfect sendoff for Hugh Jackman’s run as Wolverine. The R rating proved to be exactly what a Wolverine movie needed, as the violent nature of the film helped to encapsulate the grim nature of the dark future this film takes place in. Logan is another movie on this list that doesn’t even really feel like a comic book movie, but more of a western, whose main character happens to have metal claws protruding from his fists. Seeing the death of both Professor X and Wolverine, two characters that have been omnipresent in fans’ lives for over 15 years, was one of the most emotional moments in comic book movie history. While seeing these characters go was sad, we couldn’t have asked for a better last memory of them.
2. Iron Man
Iron Man is far and away the most important movie in the genre’s history. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is something we have never seen in film before, and when it is all said and done, will have changed the medium forever. If it wasn’t for the success of the first Iron Man movie, we may never have seen the MCU come to fruition. For that alone this movie deserves to be on this list, it is the perfect execution of a hero’s origin story that places this film at number two. Before this film, Iron Man was a character that was largely unknown to the general public, but has now become one of the most recognizable.
1.The Dark Knight
The number one spot on this list isn’t even up for debate: it is without a doubt The Dark Knight. Everything about this movie is great, with Heath Ledger’s iconic portrayal of the Joker, standing out the most. On top of the impressive performances by both Ledger and Christian Bale, the outstanding plot makes the movie as great as it is. This film does not have the common problem where the villain’s plan fails to make sense or have holes. The Dark Knight is not only the greatest super hero movie ever, it is one of the best films of the century.