Name your top 5 superhero or comic movies. I’m basing my list on Wikipedia’s list but feel free to think of any you can think of, including animated or foreign if you got some. Here are mine:
The Avengers. Some great dialog, some good action, and a good enough story make this a standard for superhero movies. The alien invaders at the end are a little thinly developed, but I can live with that as that’s kind of the point – they’re just an army Loki is using to win. This movie shows that you can have a superhero movie with a team of heroes in it (as if X-Men didn’t do that already).
Captain America. Time will tell if this remains one of my favorites, but I totally bought the earnestness of the story. There are some great actors and character moments with everyone in the movie. I think it bogs down a bit with the CGI showdown between Hydra and Cap with his allies, but there is some good action to be had here.
Superman. The effects are a little dated, but this movie is the reason that I ran around my neighborhood for two years in a Superman T-Shirt and a towel around my neck. Seeing Reeve as Superman and hearing that score makes me believe that a man can fly (see what I did there?).
The Incredibles. A better Fantastic Four movie that any Fantastic Four movies to date. Great voicework by all of the cast and some great interactions between a family of super powered people. The middle part on the island goes a little long, but that’s a minor criticism.
Hellboy. I hadn’t seen this comic before the movie, but I really dug the characters and story here. Ron Perlman is Hellboy and he’s got some great stuff with Selma Blair, who I think is a great and underappreciated actress.
X-Men, X-Men United, X-Men First Class. All are very good and First Class is close to being in my top 5.
The Mask. I liked this movie much better than the comic it came from. Jim Carrey is great as a manic, insane “hero” and Cameron Diaz is sssssmoooookin’ (get it?).
Watchmen. Would be in my top 5 but for all of that blue wang. But seriously though, a great movie and though there’s been criticism of it straying from the source material, it worked well enough for me.
Batman (1966). Come on, this movie is the best. The scene with Batman trying to ditch a bomb on an overcrowded wharf is worth its weight in Batarangs.