Top 10 Comic Book Films

“Avengers: Infinity War” is going to be a juggernaut at the box office this weekend.  Comic book movies are clearly here to stay.  Some call the genre our modern day Greek Mythology.  Others claim it to be nothing more than kid’s stuff.  No matter which side of the argument you fall, there are good and bad stories told.  When they are bad, it’s painful to watch.  When they are good, it can inspire like any good drama.  Here are my top 10 Comic Book Movies ever made.
10. Batman Begins (2005)

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After years of up-and-down films for the caped-crusader, director Christopher Nolan found a way to ignite the Batman franchise again.  Christian Bale was the perfect choice to lead a new franchise, even if his deep voiced “I’m Batman” stuff is kinda cheesy.  Showing the origin story of Bruce Wayne is done to perfection.  The decision to not show Batman in full costume until over an hour into the film was a brilliant stroke to grow tension for the audience.  This is how you introduce a classic character to a new generation of filmgoers.
Suck Factor: 1 out of 7
9. A History of Violence (2005)

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Most do not realize that this intense thriller, directed by David Cronenberg, is actually based on a graphic novel.  Viggo Mortensen (Aragon from “The Lord of the Rings” fame) plays the owner of a local diner in a small town.  He is the typical working class, middle-american man.  Complete with a wife and kids.  Suddenly, the mafia comes after him, claiming he was once part of their syndicate.  Extreme violence and shocking twists ensue.  A rare cinematic experience where you have no idea what will happen next, “A History of Violence” will have you thinking about it long after the credits roll.
Suck Factor: 1 out of 7
8. Spider-Man (2002)

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Director Sam Raimi was the perfect choice to bring the classic character Spider-Man into the realm of summer blockbuster.  Tobey Maguire plays Peter Parker aka Spider-Man.  A deer-in-headlights nerd who is suddenly given superpowers after being bitten by a mutated spider.  His shock and confusion is real, and the film develops this at a natural pace.  Of course there is a villain (Willem DaFoe as the Green Goblin).  Ultimately, this is a story of a boy in love with a girl.  That makes it human.  Obviously Spider-Man will defeat his foe.  Can Peter Parker catch the girl of his dreams in his web?  That is the question that truly brings the audience in.
Suck Factor: 1 out of 7
7. Sin City (2005)
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What a crazy movie “Sin City” is.  Director Robert Rodriguez teamed up with Frank Miller (who wrote the graphic novels), to create a shot for shot remake of the comics Miller crafted years earlier.  Three different stories are told and intertwined together as the explosive nature that is “Sin City” unfolds.  At the time, 2005, this film was groundbreaking.  A collection of great actors lined up to work on this project.  If you have not seen it, get ready for a mind-blowing experience.
Suck Factor: 1 out of 7
6. Blade (1998)

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To all the film students out there, if you want to understand how to introduce a character, watch the opening Blood-Bath scene of “Blade”.  Admittedly a flawed film overall, “Blade” is an old school blast of comic book violence.  Characters are punched and suddenly die.  Heroes are beaten to a pulp and survive.  But who cares!  Wesley Snipes is perfectly cast as the titular character.  A half-human, half-vampire who hunts the evil underworld of bloodsuckers who’s goal is to rule over the human race.  When it comes to slick action movies that help you turn your brain off, look no further.
Suck Factor: 1 out of 7
5. Deadpool (2016)
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After the failure of his portrayal of “Green Lantern”, Ryan Reynolds went balls deep with his depiction of a comic book character he loved.  His gamble was well worth it.  “Deadpool” became a huge hit, and rightfully so.  It totes that fine line between laughing at the silliness of the comic book genre while giving into its tropes at the same time.  This film is exciting and will have you on the edge of your seat.  At the same time, you will be laughing at the jokes about masturbation, anal sex, and Middle-Eastern cab drivers.  “Deadpool” does not give a damn, which is so refreshing.
Suck Factor: 1 out of 7
4. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
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An unexpected hit, “Guardians of the Galaxy” was the first time that Marvel embraced its silly nature.  A rag-tag group comprised of a tree creature, an angry raccoon, a dispositioned guy with strange tattoo’s, an angry green woman, and an idiotic white dude, come together to save the universe.  Comic book movies should be fun.  “Guardians” is a great way to be enthralled by a cosmic adventure while laughing along the way.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy Sunday.
Suck Factor: 1 out of 7
3. Spider-Man 2 (2004)

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The original set the foundation.  “Spider-Man 2” made the character human.  Peter Parker’s love affair for Mary Jane is brought to the forefront here, as he tries to balance the duel life that comes with being a superhero.  Add on Alfred Molina‘s crazed Dr. Octopus and Peter Parker has too much to deal with.  One can only juggle so much.  Amazing action scenes on the side of a building or around a train are just the tip of the iceberg.  “Spider-Man 2” is a rare example of a comic book story being more human than your typical drama.
Suck Factor: 0 out of 7
2. The Dark Knight (2008)

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Christopher Nolan created a realistic origin story with “Batman Begins”.  He followed it up with something that can only be described as genius.  Batman meets his classic foe The Joker.  This iteration of The Joker is a complete maniac, played by the late Heath Ledger.  The key to a great comic book film does not come from the action scenes.  Those are a dime a dozen.  It comes from the characters.  Batman interrogating The Joker is the best moment.  Do you save the woman you love, or the man that will save Gotham?  “The Dark Knight” is not afraid of these hard questions.  Add in masterfully shot action scenes, in particular the opening bank heist, you have the recipe for perfection.
Suck Factor: 0 out of 7
1. Superman: The Movie (1978)
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The DC and Marvel Cinematic Universe’s would not exist without the original “Superman”.  For the first time, director Richard Donner proved that comic books could be big business at the box office.  Never has a comic book movie understood its character better than this.  Christopher Reeve plays Clark Kent/Superman, a god from the world of Krypton who fights for truth, justice, and the American way.  Gene Hackman‘s portrayal of Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor is devious, yet Hackman has fun with the role.  Younger viewers will find moments cheesy or stupid.  Don’t worry, 40 years from now 15 year olds will laugh at the “Avengers” movies too.  A classic portrayal of our most iconic superhero, “Superman” proves that the original is still the best.
Suck Factor: 0 out of 7
Written by Byrd
The SUCK FACTOR, how it works. We have flipped the rating system upside down. If a film is classic, it gets a 0. Meaning that movie has 0 SUCKS. If a film is complete trash you must avoid at all costs, it gets a 7, meaning this movie really SUCKS!

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