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MOVIE POLL: What is your favorite on-screen depiction of a superhero origin story?

05.02.2012

What is your favorite on-screen depiction of a superhero origin story?

Batman
Batman Begins
Captain America
The Crow
Green Lantern
Hellboy
Iron Man
Spider-Man
Superman: The Movie
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X-Men: First Class
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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9:34AM on 05/03/2012

Batman Begins

That scene in the batcave where Wayne atfirst got overwhelmed by all the bats but then slowly standsup with his eyes close & hands widen to feel and relish their presence, is to this day give me chills. No other superhero origin can beat that.
That scene in the batcave where Wayne atfirst got overwhelmed by all the bats but then slowly standsup with his eyes close & hands widen to feel and relish their presence, is to this day give me chills. No other superhero origin can beat that.
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3:22AM on 05/03/2012
Batman beating Batman Begins? I'm shocked. (I voted for Begins... I love the original Batman too, but I gotta give the edge to Begins).
Batman beating Batman Begins? I'm shocked. (I voted for Begins... I love the original Batman too, but I gotta give the edge to Begins).
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6:17AM on 05/03/2012
Yeah me too. For some reason its starting to be the cool thing to hate on Nolan lately. Movie fans are like farts they dont have minds of their own and just blow whichever way the breeze takes em.
Yeah me too. For some reason its starting to be the cool thing to hate on Nolan lately. Movie fans are like farts they dont have minds of their own and just blow whichever way the breeze takes em.
2:18AM on 05/03/2012
Sigh it was hard for me but I chose Spider-Man & the first 2 films were solid comic films & i still say this new reboot or so-called untold story can kiss my ass.
Sigh it was hard for me but I chose Spider-Man & the first 2 films were solid comic films & i still say this new reboot or so-called untold story can kiss my ass.
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1:58AM on 05/03/2012
Anyone voting Superman: The Movie is stuck in the land of sentiment. God Bless Christopher Reeve but that cheesefest does NOT hold up well at all.

Iron Man is the best followed by Spider-Man to be sure.
Anyone voting Superman: The Movie is stuck in the land of sentiment. God Bless Christopher Reeve but that cheesefest does NOT hold up well at all.

Iron Man is the best followed by Spider-Man to be sure.
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1:45AM on 05/03/2012
It's Donner's Superman. Considering that it has been the blueprint for superhero movies since it came out in 1978, it has 34 years on all the other contenders mentioned.
It's Donner's Superman. Considering that it has been the blueprint for superhero movies since it came out in 1978, it has 34 years on all the other contenders mentioned.
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10:06PM on 05/02/2012

Captain America

It's the best superhero I have seen to date (seeing "The Avengers" tomorrow).
It's the best superhero I have seen to date (seeing "The Avengers" tomorrow).
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7:54PM on 05/02/2012
Unbreakable
Unbreakable
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2:20AM on 05/03/2012
agreed, i love this movie
agreed, i love this movie
6:29PM on 05/02/2012
Batman Begins. I'm a big fan of Burton's Batman, but it didn't explore the origins of Wayne too much. Bruce Wayne is a great character, and Nolan gave him his due in Begins. My only worry w/ Dark Knight Rises is that Batman will get lost behind more screen time for Bane, Catwoman, and whoever JGL is playing. But I'm sure it'll be a great movie none the less.
Batman Begins. I'm a big fan of Burton's Batman, but it didn't explore the origins of Wayne too much. Bruce Wayne is a great character, and Nolan gave him his due in Begins. My only worry w/ Dark Knight Rises is that Batman will get lost behind more screen time for Bane, Catwoman, and whoever JGL is playing. But I'm sure it'll be a great movie none the less.
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3:35AM on 05/03/2012
I felt the same way about TDK. I missed how Batman-centric Begins was when I watched TDK...but obviously TDK is a masterpiece.
I felt the same way about TDK. I missed how Batman-centric Begins was when I watched TDK...but obviously TDK is a masterpiece.
4:16PM on 05/02/2012
What about Dare Devil, Eletctra, Punisher, The Phantom, The Shadow and The Rocketeer? :P

It's okay, I'll do it myself:
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What about Dare Devil, Eletctra, Punisher, The Phantom, The Shadow and The Rocketeer? :P

It's okay, I'll do it myself:
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7:34PM on 05/02/2012
Electra and The Phantom were no real origin stories.
But I have to tell you, I love The Shadow. One of my favourite superhero films.
Electra and The Phantom were no real origin stories.
But I have to tell you, I love The Shadow. One of my favourite superhero films.
4:12PM on 05/02/2012

Blade, Burton Batman, Hellboy, Iron Man

Batman's mythology does all the heavy lifting in Begins, which was stylized but ultimately pretty tedious... It's only real contribution is the lead-in to The Dark Knight.

Batman's mythology does all the heavy lifting in Begins, which was stylized but ultimately pretty tedious... It's only real contribution is the lead-in to The Dark Knight.

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4:03PM on 05/02/2012
I feel bad for Spider-Man. It's not getting enough love here. Everyone loved Spidey untill part 3. After that, people somehow forgot how well-made the first two movies were.
I feel bad for Spider-Man. It's not getting enough love here. Everyone loved Spidey untill part 3. After that, people somehow forgot how well-made the first two movies were.
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3:12PM on 05/02/2012

Unbreakable

I personally loved Unbreakable. Strong setup for what could have been an excellent superhero saga. Instead, we got Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water... The Happening... The Last Airbender...
I personally loved Unbreakable. Strong setup for what could have been an excellent superhero saga. Instead, we got Signs, The Village, Lady in the Water... The Happening... The Last Airbender...
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2:23AM on 05/03/2012
Istill enjoy M Noights movies up to signs even with the lackluster ending, but then after The Village his movies are just so egomaniacal, but i do have a soft spot for Last Airbender, ya i said it bitches.
Istill enjoy M Noights movies up to signs even with the lackluster ending, but then after The Village his movies are just so egomaniacal, but i do have a soft spot for Last Airbender, ya i said it bitches.
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2:39PM on 05/02/2012
DEFINITELY can see why Batman begins is taking this, but i voted for superman. The first superhero movie ever made, and it was done very well, and done without any learning curve from previous super hero movie films. Todays superhero films have the luxury of learning from others mistakes, and taking what worked in this film, and applying it to their own.
DEFINITELY can see why Batman begins is taking this, but i voted for superman. The first superhero movie ever made, and it was done very well, and done without any learning curve from previous super hero movie films. Todays superhero films have the luxury of learning from others mistakes, and taking what worked in this film, and applying it to their own.
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4:49PM on 05/02/2012
You must be talking about the 1951 Superman movie, or else your post shows you don't know much.
You must be talking about the 1951 Superman movie, or else your post shows you don't know much.
5:51PM on 05/02/2012
i never do this but its the second time i've seen this on this same article...its "definitely" not "defiantly." im hoping this was just a bad case of auto correct or something, but in today's sad world, you never know!
i never do this but its the second time i've seen this on this same article...its "definitely" not "defiantly." im hoping this was just a bad case of auto correct or something, but in today's sad world, you never know!
8:01PM on 05/02/2012
sorry Bane, i have autocorrect on my macbook. Incorrect grammar, and spelling bothers me as well.

@Antoine.. no i was referring too Richard Donner's 1978. I still stand by my comment, in regards to it being the first superhero movie made I'm not putting 1920's Zorro in this class, or Nor a ventures of superman in 58, or golden bat in 66. I feel what Donner did, was extremely well done and sets itself apart from relier films that didn't raise the bar at much of a level. Secondly, never
sorry Bane, i have autocorrect on my macbook. Incorrect grammar, and spelling bothers me as well.

@Antoine.. no i was referring too Richard Donner's 1978. I still stand by my comment, in regards to it being the first superhero movie made I'm not putting 1920's Zorro in this class, or Nor a ventures of superman in 58, or golden bat in 66. I feel what Donner did, was extremely well done and sets itself apart from relier films that didn't raise the bar at much of a level. Secondly, never really understood why people have to be rude in their replies. Can simply ask if i knew of other movies prior too, or direct me in saying "hey you should check out..".
2:21PM on 05/02/2012
Iron Man was better but I voted for Superman just out of pure nostalgia, that film always brings me back to my childhood.
Iron Man was better but I voted for Superman just out of pure nostalgia, that film always brings me back to my childhood.
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2:08PM on 05/02/2012

Superman

End of discussion. This is not opinion, it's a fact. Jack.
End of discussion. This is not opinion, it's a fact. Jack.
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1:55PM on 05/02/2012
Can we consider BATMAN an origin story? It had some flashbacks but the STORY wasn't about his origin like Batman Begins.
Can we consider BATMAN an origin story? It had some flashbacks but the STORY wasn't about his origin like Batman Begins.
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1:53PM on 05/02/2012

The Punisher

should be on there. I picked Captain America though.
should be on there. I picked Captain America though.
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1:12PM on 05/02/2012
Batman Begins for me with 2nd being a tie between Iron Man & Superman.
Batman Begins for me with 2nd being a tie between Iron Man & Superman.
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12:11PM on 05/02/2012
Who voted for Green Lantern?
Who voted for Green Lantern?
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1:14PM on 05/02/2012
Green Lantern was better than Wolverine. That one getting any votes surprises me.
Green Lantern was better than Wolverine. That one getting any votes surprises me.
2:36PM on 05/02/2012
definitely agree with you there snoop, (only that it was better than wolverine. Wolverine's origins barely touched on anything except a 5min back story when he was a child followed by a 5 min montage of him through wars)
definitely agree with you there snoop, (only that it was better than wolverine. Wolverine's origins barely touched on anything except a 5min back story when he was a child followed by a 5 min montage of him through wars)
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10:10AM on 05/02/2012
Even though he's not my favorite comic book character overall, best onscreen depiction of the origin story belongs to Iron Man. The power meter finally breaks 100%, sparks fly, the lights go out, and all you hear is the whirring of the suit as Tony steps forward into the dark. Don't tell me that didn't send a shiver of excitement through you the first time you watched that.
Even though he's not my favorite comic book character overall, best onscreen depiction of the origin story belongs to Iron Man. The power meter finally breaks 100%, sparks fly, the lights go out, and all you hear is the whirring of the suit as Tony steps forward into the dark. Don't tell me that didn't send a shiver of excitement through you the first time you watched that.
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10:01AM on 05/02/2012
Unbreakable. Hands-down.
Unbreakable. Hands-down.
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9:42AM on 05/02/2012
Unbreakable!!!
Unbreakable!!!
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9:37AM on 05/02/2012
Flash Gordon...no seriously.
Flash Gordon...no seriously.
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9:35AM on 05/02/2012

WATCHMEN

Especially the part about Dr. Manhattan!
Especially the part about Dr. Manhattan!
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9:20AM on 05/02/2012
Mind your surroundings!
Mind your surroundings!
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9:13AM on 05/02/2012
Superman the movie will always have a magical spot in movie history.. the first time I saw Clark Kent showing the S symbol.. wow...

But Iron Man is still the best origin movie so far. How can you go wrong with Downey Jr. and Jeff Bridges as a villain?
Superman the movie will always have a magical spot in movie history.. the first time I saw Clark Kent showing the S symbol.. wow...

But Iron Man is still the best origin movie so far. How can you go wrong with Downey Jr. and Jeff Bridges as a villain?
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8:35AM on 05/02/2012
For me it was between batman begins and iron man, closely followed by superman. Iron man was great but BB had more substance and was equally as good, if not more, than the 2nd half of the movie.
For me it was between batman begins and iron man, closely followed by superman. Iron man was great but BB had more substance and was equally as good, if not more, than the 2nd half of the movie.
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7:46AM on 05/02/2012
I had to go with Batman Begins, as the previous poster mentioned the fact Nolan took an hour to delve through the transformation from Wayne to Batman is unmatched by any other super hero origin story.
I had to go with Batman Begins, as the previous poster mentioned the fact Nolan took an hour to delve through the transformation from Wayne to Batman is unmatched by any other super hero origin story.
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9:43AM on 05/02/2012
It takes a whole movie for David Dunn to realize hes a superhero. Just saying :).
It takes a whole movie for David Dunn to realize hes a superhero. Just saying :).
7:35AM on 05/02/2012
I had to go with Hellboy. That opening scene was perfectly done, succinct and very cool. Batman will win but that took a whole hour to nail down and its a very difficult comparison.
I had to go with Hellboy. That opening scene was perfectly done, succinct and very cool. Batman will win but that took a whole hour to nail down and its a very difficult comparison.
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7:20AM on 05/02/2012
call me old fashioned, and i'm giving away my age here, but i was 8 years old when i first saw Superman: The Movie and that was the perfect age...but I'll understand if Batman Begins takes it.
call me old fashioned, and i'm giving away my age here, but i was 8 years old when i first saw Superman: The Movie and that was the perfect age...but I'll understand if Batman Begins takes it.
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