Superhero movies are in vogue currently. They guarantee the big studios some easy money while entertain the viewers most times. The Marvel vs DC movie-war surely took shape sometime back, but you just cannot overlook the Nolan trilogy or the Spidey trilogy made by Sam Raimi. Superhero films have been made with much fanfare most times, and many of them have been critically acclaimed too!
It is always difficult for every one of us to actually put up a list featuring your favourite superhero-based films. I have tried to put up a list with my top-10, and am very much open to debates and comments! So here it goes:
10. Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Guillermo del Toro is a stellar craftsman, and he did not disappoint with his two-part adaptation of the comic book superhero. Not exactly a popular character worldwide, the lead character was played brilliantly by veteran actor Ron Perlman. Del Toro seemed happy to see through this film with some good humor and brilliant action pieces, not to forget the great visuals!
9. Batman Begins (2005)
Batman is one of the most popular superheroes and after a spate of poor movies on this famous character, Warner Bros thought of bringing on board one of the most promising film-makers of that era. And boy the decision paid off! Brooding and dark, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes of our generation, and probably generations to come. Christian Bale was an ace, not to forget Sir Michael Caine as an able Alfred!
8. Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man kicked off the Marvel Universe in blockbuster style, without a doubt! Director Jon Favreau weaves magic in a film which was enjoyed by even those who don’t care about comic book adaptations! Robert Downey Jr. played an important part in making this smart, high impact superhero movie a classic.
7. Marvel’s The Avengers (2012)
The hype was insane but the movie pulled it off! One of the biggest films delivered on emotions, action and entertainment! A stellar star cast made sure that it was a spectacle in the grandest sense of the word! However, for me, the star of the film was the HULK!
6. Deadpool (2016)
MCU jumped into R-rated territory with a bang! This movie was crass, funny, profane, with loads of violence/sex and everything adult! Deadpool subverted the superhero film formula with wild finesse leading to wholesome fun and obviously, a lot of cash! Thank God Ryan Reynolds took up this risqué subject and did full justice to it!
5. Wonder Woman (2017)
It is easy to say that Gal Gadot single-handedly saved the sinking DCU ship with this stunner! Gadot’s charismatic performance lifts the movie in spectacular fashion, not to forget an earnest performance by Chris Pine. Obviously the main credit goes to the captain of the ship Patty Jenkins, who is deservedly being offered the biggest paycheck possible to direct the sequel! Bring it on!
4. X-Men: First Class (2011)
The main X-men trilogy ended on a bad note, but the fresh follow-up was supremely directed by Matthew Vaughn! A strong script well supported by powerful performances helped X-Men: First Class in making a welcome return to form for the franchise! The best part – the lethal combination of Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy; two of the best actors around!
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Probably the smartest superhero film of all time, this was a pleasant surprise! Arguably the best Marvel movie of all time, Winter Soldier was an old-style conspiracy thriller made extra-scary by some able computer graphics! Suspenseful, action packed and visually stunning, this movie is worth multiple viewings!
2. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
This is that rare superhero movie which connected more on the emotions rather than just giving you popcorn entertainment! A sequel which not only improved on the superb first part, but also showed the power of ace casting! Tobey Maguire steals the show but Kirsten Dunst makes you fall in love with her! And the surprise part, the barbaric turn by Alfred Molina as a superb villain! Funny, dark and emotional this movie will stay with us for years to come.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
I don’t think many will be surprised by the best superhero movie in my list. A movie which was not just about a superhero bashing a villain, it was more than that. Dark, complex and supremely acted; it is a masterpiece of epic proportions! While you are in awe about the craftsmanship by Christopher Nolan, you will never forget that guy who epitomised the bad guy. Heath Ledger pulls off a masterstroke! Smart and stylish, this crime caper is surely there on everyone’s “repeat viewing” list.