Saturday, July 21, 2012

Top 10 Favorite Superhero Movies

10. The Dark Knight Rises
The final installment of Christopher Nolan's epic trilogy is a whole lot of movie. Points deducted for breaking the cardinal rule: Batman only works by night, unless of course you're Adam West.

9. X-Men 2
This is easily the best of the X-Men series thus far, with X-Men First Class nipping at its heels. However, X2's amazing Nightcrawler opening sequence edges this one to the top of the X-Men heap.

8. The Avengers
Some may question this as one of the top 10, but I'm sorry, it was just good fun. Easily the best ensemble comic movie made to date. The Hulk scenes alone get this one soundly into my top 10.

7. Superman
Everything about the inception of Christopher Reeve's Superman, from the John Williams score to Marlon Brando as Jor-El, is as classic as they come.

6. Iron Man
Marvel's version of Bruce Wayne/Batman is Tony Stark/Iron Man and we all know that Robert Downey Jr. effortlessly nails it in style and humor.

5. Batman Begins
Once you realize exactly what Christopher Nolan has done with the Batman story line—pushing it into a much more realistic realm—this trilogy quickly becomes the best superhero franchise of all time. 

4. Unbreakable
Speaking of realistic superheroes, M. Knight's follow up to The Sixth Sense resides in my mind as his best and is deserving of far more credit and perhaps even sequels.

3. The Incredibles
Not only is The Incredibles one my top 10 favorite superhero flicks, it's one of my top 10 of all time and arguably Pixar's best. It has all the action and emotion of any live action feature—if not more. 

2. Batman
Tim Burton's Batman will still go down in history as the quintessential Caped-Crusader flick. Some of my most memorable movie-going moments happened in the theater on its opening night. Not to mention, it still has the best Batmobile design ever.

1. The Dark Knight
For a tried and true Batfanatic, The Dark Knight has it all, including the perfect degrees of action, intrigue and villainy. 
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