I know I posted my list of the 25 Greatest Comic Book Movies last year, but with so many comic movies having been released since then, I feel the time has come to revise said list. In fact, I may make this a running thing. Every year post my list with revisions made for movies released since. Maybe. We’ll see how it goes. With this being a revision, instead of just posting the list with the poster of the film, I’ve decided to give brief descriptions and explain any changes to where a movie ranked.
25. Ant-Man (2015)
We’ll kick things off with a newcomer to the list, Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man. An extremely fun film that was equal parts superhero blockbuster and heist flick. Paul Rudd gives a funny, endearing performance as the titular character, and holds up very well in the action sequences. Something I wasn’t sure he could do.
24. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
The movie that has fallen the farthest on this list. While I initially raved about this movie, once considering it a top 5 comic flick, but the more time passes, the more flaws I see. Andrew Garfield gives a very good performance as everyone’s favorite Wall-Crawler, and Emma Stone was fantastic as Gwen Stacy, but the story falls a little flat. The movie also continued the trend of fumbling Spider-Man’s origin.
23. The Crow (1994)
An R-rate comic movie before R-rated comic movies were cool. Dark, gritty, and violent, the film is a fitting adaptation of James O’Barr’s comic series. Brandon Lee’s tragic death on set, and production’s movie-making magic that allowed them to finish the film afterward, helped the movie to achieve the major cult classic status it has today.
22. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
A wonderful mash-up of elements from the original comic book and the popular cartoon series. For me, as far as visual media goes, this is the definitive version of the Turtles. Funny and engaging, highly quotable, with action sequences, and a dark, somewhat grainy cinematography that pays tribute to the art style of the comic. It’s not perfect, but it’s sure close.
21. Superman (1978)
The film that put comic book movies and Christopher Reeves on the map. For my money, the be-all and end-all of Superman portrayals. Sure, Reeves didn’t have the physique Kal-El sports in the comics, but he brought a realness and dry humor to the role that helped endear the character to the movie-going public. While most of you know, I’m not a fan of the character of Superman, but a good movie is a good movie. And this folks, is a very good one.
That’s it for the first installment. Come back next time for the next 5 on the list. I’m going to try to hammer these out quickly. Hope to see you back here soon.