Complete list of American comic book movies, as far as I'm aware: Spider-Man Spider-Man 2 Batman (Fox, 1960s) Batman (WB, 1980s) Batman Returns Batman Forever Batman and Robin Batman: Mask of the Phantasam Batman: Sub Zero Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Superman Superman II Superman III Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Supergirl Steel Hulk Daredevil X-Men X2: Mutants United Men In Black Men In Black II The Mask The Crow The Crow 2: City of Angels The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Judge Dredd Barb Wire Tank Girl Dick Tracy The Punisher (80's, Dolph Lundgren) The Punisher (2004, Thomas Jane) Captain America Fantastic Four (early nineties, shelved) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Blade Blade 2 Blade: Trinity Spawn Catwoman Hellboy The League of Extraordinary Gentleman The Rocketeer Flash Gordon The Shadow Time Cop Popeye Dennis the Menace Dennis the Menace 2 Richie Rich Annie Casper Casper 2 Casper 3 From Hell Mystery Men The Phantom Howard the Duck Josie and the Pussycats Sheena Virus Brenda Starr Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland Ghost World The Road to Perdition Bullet Proof Monk Buck Rogers and the 25th Century Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.E.I.L.D (David Hasselhof, made for TV) Gen X (made for TV, 90's) Gen 13 (Animated, shelved) Swamp Thing Swamp Thing 2 Dragonball Alien VS Predator Sin City Batman Begins Fantastic Four Elektra Superman Returns X-Men 3 Man-Thing V for Vendetta Yet another shitty direct to video Crow sequel Son of the Mask Then there's the news on what is soon to come: *Thor and The Flash are being written by David Goyer, who gets to write super hero movies in the same way that Paul Anderson gets to direct video game movies (poorly). *Spider-Man 3 is almost done shooting, and will have fucking 4 villains *Luke Cage is now officially stuck in development hell *Watchmen is being re written, and will be directed by Zack Snider (or however his name's spelled) *Wolverine may come out as soon as next year, Fox continues to force people to work faster and shittier *The Fantastic Four sequel will be about Galactus, and Silver Surfer will be introduced, Fox is once again pushing for the movie to be out in an insanely short time *Sin City will begin shooting around December, and that's a MAYBE *Batman Begins sequel will have the Joker... played by... Heath... Leger... why, God? *Hellboy 2 is at Paramount now, instead of Columbia *Iron Man will be written and directed by Jon Favereau, and be out in 2008 *Ghost Rider will be out in February, and I thought the trailer was pretty slick. I will see it. *Hulk 2 will come from Paramount under Marvel's distrobution deal, and the lead actor may change *The new TMNT movie will be out next year, rated PG, and stick closer to the actual original comics. It will be entirely CGI, made by a company from Thailand called Imagi, and directed by animation veteran Kevin Munroe *Magneto will have Ian McKellan reprise his roll as his younger self, aided by computer technology. *Newly mentioned comic adaptations coming soon, adding to my previous list of "comming soon" are Wonder Woman, Frank Miller's 300, and Ant Man, among others, I'm sure. And that's just scratching the surface on super hero movie news. So... on to the point. WHAT... and WHY... are your top 10 Super Hero movies? 10. Batman (60s) You know you love it. Come on. Everyone loves the old Batman show, what with it's stark realism, and Shark-Repellant Bat-Spray. It's basically a big episode of the TV show... and that's great because perfection is hard to top. 9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Not as good as I remember it, but for what it did... trying to please both the cartoon and comic fans, I think it was pretty successful. I can still watch it and enjoy it, and while it's got some pretty horrible scenes, it also has some damn brilliant ones. The suits were great, the story was mostly taken from the comics, the action was well done, and the gags were, by and most, funny. This is why this was the highest grossing of the films. The other two went full-on cartoon, and it hurt their bottom lines. 8. Blade Actually better than I remember it. The direction was beautiful, and when Blade just cuts fucking LOOSE at the end, it seriously gets my blood pumping. That fight between Blade and all of those armed guards is so one sided it's embarrassing, and it makes me want to get up and do karate kicks like when I was a kid watching Power Rangers. This, along with Spawn, started the whole revolution. It has great kick ass action, and the techno-noir film style is just beautiful. This one had the most depth (not that... that means a lot, or anything...), the best music, and some awesome comic book style scenes. 7. Hellboy So rare does a movie balance CGI and practical effects so perfectly. This is a neo Ray Harryhausen movie if its anything, and Ron Pearlman as Hellboy is such perfect casting. He's always been one of my favorite under used actors. On top of all that, I also believe that this movie was the perfect way to transcribe a comic into a movie. Guilermo worked with Mike Mignola, and worked out what would be changed and how in order to keep the integrity of the story. Instead of trying to direct the entire thing like the comic (and failing half the time... I'm lookin' at you, Sin City), it chose some great iconic panels, and did them perfect in a way that didn't interrupt the flow of the movie. This is the perfect example of how to adapt a comic book. 6. Punisher Hasn't aged well. The more I watch it, the more the flaws show up, but I still enjoy it enough that I pop it in the DVD player every now and then. What was done wrong was very, very wrong, and what was right is very, very, VERY right. I can also see why a lot of comic fans hate this one. The Punisher was a bit watered down. They tried to make him sympathetic. They messed with the history. Some of the acting was bad. Some of the music was off. There was no blood during the family killing spree. The Hot Topic punisher skull origin was unecissary. So on and so forth. But the movie did succeed in having one of the best fight scenes ever in a movie (Frank versus the Russian), it homaged action films of the past and avoided the matrix style of action scenes used for pretty much everything nowadays. It's like an old action film. And I think that the benefits outweigh the crappy parts (which is something you have to consider in ALL of th Marvel films. Spidey, X men, Blade, are all great marvel films, but have many, many problems). 5. Hulk I know a lot of comic fans hated this film, and I can completely see why. It takes a LOT of libreties with the character, and if someone did that to a Transformers movie, I'd probably blow a gasket (oh wait...). I don't care much for the Hulk, though, so I just look at it as what the film maker intended... a classic Universal monster movie merged with a greek tragedy.You gotta admit though, they got the look down perfect. He was very complexly built, and there are a lot of scenes where it looks absolutely amazing. Nick Nolte turns in an awesome performance, Sam Neil is great, the fight scenes were raw and brutal (and unlike any other superhero film), and the editing... damn, the way they cut this film was AMAZING. A. FRIGGIN. MAZING. Mesmerizing. The score by Danny Elfman is one of the best and most original he's ever done. And again, more than a superhero movie, this was a revival of the old Universal monster movies (something Van Hellsing failed at completely, and the Mummy movies almost accomplish). If you ignore the comic history, and some of the acting, this is one awesome experience. I will say, however, that the people who played the younger versions of Sam Neil and Nick Nolte were... atrocious at best. 4. Daredevil Director's Cut This movie should have made it to theaters. The script was much fuller, the action was great and brutal (though I would argue that it was NOT R rated), the actors largely worked well in their riles (with the exception of Jenifer Garner... ehg). As with all Marvel films, this movie has it's share of problems, but I again, think that the good outweighs the bad. I don't care what anyone says, Michael Clarke Duncan is the only person who could have played Kingpin. John Favereau was awesome as Foggy. Colin Farrel did a great job as Bullseye. And Ben Affleck is not as bad as people said he was. Name me someone who would have been better for any of these parts. Hasn't aged well, though, mostly because of the damned music. The music, sweet lord. Aggro Nu Metal, what could be more irritating (emo or country could, actually). Aside from that though, I truely appreciate the director's willingness to look at things from the eyes of a 14 year old and not try to make things make too much sense. One of Batman Begins' problems, I think, is that it tried so hard to make Batman realistic that it just made the more ridiculous elements of Batman as a character stand out. With Daredevil, MSJ said "fuck it, this is ridiculous, let's make it fun." Like a comic book. 3. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Man... you would never expect something so violent. The hilarious thing is that WB wanted this show to be more for kids, and they thought that the futuristic setting would give BS&P less headaches since the weapons would be futuristic. Little did they know... I mean, damn. This took balls. 2. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Damn. This was so, so good. They should have advertised this better, and advertised it for adults, dammit. This film is made for adults, because I sure as hell hated it when I was a kid. There's more dialog than action, and the adult themes are handled very, very well, almost like an old crime film from the forties. The animation has some great moments, and Batman gets lucky in a kids cartoon. This should have taken the place of the horrible live action films (and yes, I'm counting the Burton movies). I find it funny, however, that my top two favorite comic book movies are also the least violent. 1. Superman Returns I thought about it, and thought about it, and thought about it. I think that Superman Returns really is the best. Any Superhero movie that can lack action the way this one did, and still keep you interested in everything that's happening... I mean, I generally don't care about Superman. I haven't bought a Superman comic since the days of Superman's death and return. This is a tough character to work with, and I think this movie just knocked it out of the park. I understand the need to see Superman punch something, and that seems to be where a lot of the disappointment about this movie comes from. But look at it this way... Superman doesn't need to punch anyone. You can look at any superhero and underneath it, you can find some facist elements. Superheros basically go around in a costume so they take no public responsibility for their actions, and beat the hell out of people. You can distrust something like that. You can distrust a police officer. You can distrust the President, or the army, so they made him into something that anyone can get behind: A fire fighter. What the filmakers really got is that Superman is a great character because he's good, pure and simple. How do you make that interesting? You take a character with so much power that he doesn't need to take shit from anyone, and put him in a situation where he can't punch his way out. He could take Lois if he wanted. He could destroy Lois' fiance` witht he flick of a finger. He could (*SPOILER*) take his son if he wanted.(*SPOILER*) But he does the right thing. In the face of death, he went back to stop Luthor. And even though he could have killed Luthor in 2 seconds, someone who deserves it more than most, he doesn't, because that's not what he does. So, that's how I sees it. Close but not quite: Men in Black, The Rocketeer, Road to Perdition, Blade 2, Spider-Man 1-3, Fantastic Four (the new one), Batman: Sub Zero, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, The Crow, X-Men 1&2, Dick Tracy, Superman, Superman 2, and Mystery Men (not much like the comics, but damn funny nonetheless). Dishonorable mentions: Son of the Mask, Elektra, Man-Thing, every Crow sequel, Superman 3&4, 80s Punisher, Alien vs. Predator (yeah, I know that seperately the movies came before the comics, but the fight first happened in comics if you ignore the Alien skull in Predator 2), Nick Fury, Swamp Thing 2, Judge Dredd, Tank Girl, Steel (worst movie I've seen... EVER).