After watching Captain America: The First Avenger, my second thought1 after walking out of the movie was “Where does this rank amongst comic book movies?” Later that evening, I was inspired to try and rank all the superhero movies I’d seen. That task proved to be too daunting (mostly because I check quibbling with the order) but I didn’t want the idea to go to waste so here are my top 10.
To make it easier on myself, I’m only including movies based on comic books about superheroes (eliminating Road To Perdition, Unbreakable2 and The Incredibles).
I’m not going to bother trying to list them in order of best to least best but I will say that Wall-E, The Dark Knight and The Wrestler were my three favorite movies of the year (in that order).
In alphabetical order:
- The Dark Knight
- Definitely, Maybe
- Forgetting Sarah Marshall
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army
- Iron Man
- Rachel Getting Married
- Revolutionary Road
- Role Models
- Slumdog Millionaire
- Tropic Thunder
- The Wrestler
And the summer of good comic book movies continues.
This must have been a cross between director Guillermo Del Toro clearing his mental sketch pad from Pan’s Labyrinth and warming up for The Hobbit. The imagination in Hellboy II makes the first movie look like a straight to video affair. The collection of creatures throughout the whole movie – especially the scene in the Troll Market – was probably the greatest collection of random creatures since the Cantina in Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.
Ron Perlman is more comfortable as Hellboy this time and Selma Blair as Liz Sherman didn’t bother me so much this time (I still think she can’t act). The evolution of their relationship with each other and the outside world really carries this movie. Seth McFarlane as the voice of Johann Kraus almost stole the movie though.