July 08, 2012

Ten Best Comicbook Films of All-Time

Courtesy of -- who else? -- Newsarama. The new Amazing Spider-Man incredibly makes their list at #5. I haven't yet seen it so as to make an informed judgment.

Yours truly did up his own list over a year ago, but it was limited to Marvel-based films only. And while I've certainly seen a ton of comics films outside of Marvel properties, there's probably enough I haven't seen to disqualify me from making informed judgments. Case in point: Newsarama's #10 is Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Uh, who? See what I mean? However, that's actually the only one on their list I never heard of. But there are myriad other films based on comicbooks I had no inclination to see and/or never even knew they were based on comics.

But y'know what? The hell with it. Let's do it. It's a tough call, but based on what I have seen, here are (because NO ONE demanded it) Hube's Best Comicbook-Based Movies:

#10. Batman Begins. The beginning of the spectacular Chris Nolan Dark Knight series. (Newsarama's #10: Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.)

#9. The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger is beyond sensational as the Joker. (Newsarama's #9: Batman from 1989.)

#8. Superman II. I find it very hard to fathom how this superior sequel didn't make Newsarama's list, but Superman: The Movie did. Terence Stamp's General Zod: 'Nuff said. (Newsarama's #8: X-Men 2.)

#7. Spider-Man. The movie ALL comics fan waited for, and it was well worth it. (Newsarama's #7: 300.)

#6. Blade. Marvel takes a chance on an R-rated film and it pays off not only in cash but in quality. Wesley Snipes is beyond bad-ass as the vampire hunter. (Newsarama's #6: Superman: The Movie.)

#5. 300. Based on Frank Miller's terrific work, Gerard Butler and his CG-enhanced physique Spartan minions defy the odds and Xerxes. (Newsarama's #5: The Amazing Spider-Man.)

#4. Spider-Man 2. Another superior sequel, Tobey Maguire's Spidey takes on Alfred Molina's Doc Ock. (Newsarama's #4: The Dark Knight.)

#3. The Avengers. See here. (Newsarama's #3: Iron Man.)

#2. Iron Man. Jon Favreau's masterpiece featuring my fave hero more than earns the runner-up spot. (Newsarama's #2: Batman Begins.)

#1. X-Men 2. The most awesome sequel and comicbook film ever, it features Xavier's good guys teaming up with Magneto's bad guys to stop an evil mutant-hating homo sapien. (Newsarama's #4: The Avengers.)


Posted by Hube at July 8, 2012 08:21 PM | TrackBack

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I put Superman above its sequel because there were stupid campy scenes thrown into what were tense action scenes. Think of the Kryptonian villians blowing over a phone booth while the guy inside it keeps talking wondering why he can't hear the person on the other end. Even when the movie first came out when I was just a kid, I thought those scenes were foolish and out of place.

Plus the first one just had more character development and less stupid made-up Kryptonian powers. (Seriously, finger beams? Saran wrap from the Superman logo? Teleportation and cloning oneself in what was termed a childhood game?) I'm getting annoyed just thinking about it.

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at July 8, 2012 09:55 PM

Paul: You gotta go with the Donner cut!

Posted by: Hube at July 9, 2012 08:36 AM

Hube, your list is better than Newsarama's, but I will have to think of my own also. Right now I'd probably say Avengers is #1 for me. Thor would probably also make my top ten, and I would bump Blade.

What's amazing is that we're even talking about this, since I never thought anything could unseat Spider-Man 2 and X-Men 2 at the top of my list.

And Paul, Hube is right about Donner's cut of Superman II. Much less goofy.

Posted by: Ryan S. at July 9, 2012 09:01 AM

No love for The Rocketeer? It perfectly captures the comic book, Jennifer Connelly never looked better, a great James Horner score, and great Joe Johnston direction :)

Posted by: Mike at July 9, 2012 12:29 PM

Mike: Wasn't aware that was even based on a comic. Liked the movie; doubt it'd make the top ten, though.

Posted by: Hube at July 9, 2012 12:41 PM

I've seen (and own) the Donner Cut. It's definitely less goofy and much superior but it still has some of the same problems. For example, the Phantom Zone villains still levitate the shotgun they take from the deputy. And due to need to remove as much Lester footage as necessary, there are a few plotholes left, but overall much better but still inferior to the first.

Bit I think we can agree: Gene Hackman is just awesome as Luthor and some of his best lines are available in the Donner cut but not the "official" version.

Posted by: Paul Smith Jr at July 9, 2012 10:51 PM

I've been planning on doing a list of my own favorite superhero films for quite some time, as a "sequel" post to my earlier one about the worst superhero films I've seen.

And I prefer the Donner cut as well; in fact, I own it.

Posted by: Carl at July 10, 2012 01:21 AM