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Apr. 29, 2013by: Chris Bumbray

The Ten Spot: Favorite Superhero Movies

With IRON MAN 3 due to open in thousands of movie theaters all over North America by the end of the week (my review will be up around Thursday), we here at JoBlo.com figured it would be a great time to look back at some of the best superhero movies (my faves, at least), a genre which has come to dominate the summer tent-pole movie season. As this is a "Ten Spot", and not a twenty or thirty spot, some favorites have no doubt been left off the list, but I tried to make this as broad a list as possible, with a few of the entries pre-dating the post SPIDER-MAN comic-book movie explosion of 2002. The fact that I had such a hard time boiling my list down to ten just goes to show how good the genre has become, with pretty much all the films on this list being both commercial, and critical successes. Clearly, the superhero movie isn't going anywhere.
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12:02AM on 04/30/2013

Batman top 10 and others

Shouldn't this be called Batman top 10? I'm mean I love batman and am a huge fan but what about other deserving movies?
Shouldn't this be called Batman top 10? I'm mean I love batman and am a huge fan but what about other deserving movies?
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11:37PM on 04/29/2013
I like it. A little bit of nostalgia, and a little bit of pure awesome. I think the Blade movies need to be mentioned somewhere, if not for the goodness that they were, but for the mere fact that they ushered in the rebirth of the comicbook movie. In my little world, Blade is the reason we got X-Men, X-Men is the reason we got Spider-Man, Spider-Man is the reason we got Iron Man, and Iron Man is the reason we got Avengers. Nolan's trilogy is brilliant, the only trilogy of comicbook movies that
I like it. A little bit of nostalgia, and a little bit of pure awesome. I think the Blade movies need to be mentioned somewhere, if not for the goodness that they were, but for the mere fact that they ushered in the rebirth of the comicbook movie. In my little world, Blade is the reason we got X-Men, X-Men is the reason we got Spider-Man, Spider-Man is the reason we got Iron Man, and Iron Man is the reason we got Avengers. Nolan's trilogy is brilliant, the only trilogy of comicbook movies that works from start to finish, but Marvel's stuff outstrips it all. I seriously hope that Iron Man 3 breaks Marvel's crappy third chapter curse, cause I'm tired of being dissapointed by the close out of the trilogies.
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11:37PM on 04/29/2013
I like it. A little bit of nostalgia, and a little bit of pure awesome. I think the Blade movies need to be mentioned somewhere, if not for the goodness that they were, but for the mere fact that they ushered in the rebirth of the comicbook movie. In my little world, Blade is the reason we got X-Men, X-Men is the reason we got Spider-Man, Spider-Man is the reason we got Iron Man, and Iron Man is the reason we got Avengers. Nolan's trilogy is brilliant, the only trilogy of comicbook movies that
I like it. A little bit of nostalgia, and a little bit of pure awesome. I think the Blade movies need to be mentioned somewhere, if not for the goodness that they were, but for the mere fact that they ushered in the rebirth of the comicbook movie. In my little world, Blade is the reason we got X-Men, X-Men is the reason we got Spider-Man, Spider-Man is the reason we got Iron Man, and Iron Man is the reason we got Avengers. Nolan's trilogy is brilliant, the only trilogy of comicbook movies that works from start to finish, but Marvel's stuff outstrips it all. I seriously hope that Iron Man 3 breaks Marvel's crappy third chapter curse, cause I'm tired of being dissapointed by the close out of the trilogies.
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3:13PM on 04/29/2013
No 'Unbreakable'?
tsk tsk
No 'Unbreakable'?
tsk tsk
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3:43PM on 04/29/2013
Forgot about that one. Nice call. Way better than half the films mentioned.
Forgot about that one. Nice call. Way better than half the films mentioned.
2:59PM on 04/29/2013

Now THAT'S a fucked up list.

Hellboy 2? Credibility erased instantly.
Hellboy 2? Credibility erased instantly.
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2:01PM on 04/29/2013
No X-Men First Class? No Watchmen? No Spider-Man 2? Iron Man? I'd take any of these over the overrated Dark Knight Rises.
No X-Men First Class? No Watchmen? No Spider-Man 2? Iron Man? I'd take any of these over the overrated Dark Knight Rises.
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1:30PM on 04/29/2013
The Incredibles isn't as good as TDKR? Alright then. Not a single Spider-man film but Hellboy 2? Okay.
The Incredibles isn't as good as TDKR? Alright then. Not a single Spider-man film but Hellboy 2? Okay.
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1:12PM on 04/29/2013

should be top 25

too many superhero movies to do top 10. but even if you have to do just 10, bumbray doesn't get to do the list. give it to jimmy o or Jason adams. let bumbray do the top 10 period piece movies.
too many superhero movies to do top 10. but even if you have to do just 10, bumbray doesn't get to do the list. give it to jimmy o or Jason adams. let bumbray do the top 10 period piece movies.
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12:27PM on 04/29/2013

Nice

I love the Nolan trilogy, but even I agree that all three shouldn't have been listed. To each their own.

Since some have posted their top 10 . . . I'll do the same . . . but in no particular order.

The Crow
The Dark Knight
The Watchmen
V for Vendetta
X2: X-men Unite
Spiderman 2
The Avengers
Blade
Batman Begins
(I'm sure Man of Steel will fill the last spot)

As far as staying true to the comics and all the technical jargon about films, I'm sure there are other movies that
I love the Nolan trilogy, but even I agree that all three shouldn't have been listed. To each their own.

Since some have posted their top 10 . . . I'll do the same . . . but in no particular order.

The Crow
The Dark Knight
The Watchmen
V for Vendetta
X2: X-men Unite
Spiderman 2
The Avengers
Blade
Batman Begins
(I'm sure Man of Steel will fill the last spot)

As far as staying true to the comics and all the technical jargon about films, I'm sure there are other movies that probably rank higher. My list stems from the movies that I frequently watch. Again, top ten lists are all subjective.
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12:25PM on 04/29/2013
You are entitles to your personal opinions, but I did not care for this list. I did not care for it one bit I tell, you.

1. The Dark Knight
2. The Avengers
3. Spider-Man 2
4. Ironman
5. Batman Begins
6. The Crow
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Watchmen
9. X2: X-Men United
10. Hellboy: The Golden Army

Honorable Mention: X-Men First Class (or Blade II)


I respect the old Christopher Reeves Superman and Superman II, and I understand that the Burton Batman films have their fans but I
You are entitles to your personal opinions, but I did not care for this list. I did not care for it one bit I tell, you.

1. The Dark Knight
2. The Avengers
3. Spider-Man 2
4. Ironman
5. Batman Begins
6. The Crow
7. The Dark Knight Rises
8. Watchmen
9. X2: X-Men United
10. Hellboy: The Golden Army

Honorable Mention: X-Men First Class (or Blade II)


I respect the old Christopher Reeves Superman and Superman II, and I understand that the Burton Batman films have their fans but I just don't feel that they can honestly compete with the best of the newer crop of superhero films in terms of objective quality.
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12:24PM on 04/29/2013

Double Post

Yep, there are some pretty noticeable omissions on this one.
Yep, there are some pretty noticeable omissions on this one.
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12:19PM on 04/29/2013

Nice . . . but . . .

I liked Superman II better :-)
I liked Superman II better :-)
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12:17PM on 04/29/2013
Wolverine was pretty damned good. Liev Schrieber was menacing in it.
Wolverine was pretty damned good. Liev Schrieber was menacing in it.
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12:25PM on 04/29/2013
I think you might be in the minority in that one, Iron_Chinchilla. If you sincerely enjoyed that one, then more power to you, and if that was an attempt at sarcasm then I'm sorry I didn't pick up on it.
I think you might be in the minority in that one, Iron_Chinchilla. If you sincerely enjoyed that one, then more power to you, and if that was an attempt at sarcasm then I'm sorry I didn't pick up on it.
12:10PM on 04/29/2013
Iron Man was so much better than Iron Man 3. Cpt America and Thor were both better than TDKR. I would have worked Blade 2 somewhere on my list, and Unbreakable.
Iron Man was so much better than Iron Man 3. Cpt America and Thor were both better than TDKR. I would have worked Blade 2 somewhere on my list, and Unbreakable.
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12:10PM on 04/29/2013

Nice . . . but . . .

I liked Superman II better :-)
I liked Superman II better :-)
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10:00AM on 04/29/2013

que?

why even read the list when the top 10-11 choices are listed on the tags below?

And why mention other films on this thing? It's an opinion based top 10 list. It'd be like criticizing someone because their favorite movie is different than yours.
why even read the list when the top 10-11 choices are listed on the tags below?

And why mention other films on this thing? It's an opinion based top 10 list. It'd be like criticizing someone because their favorite movie is different than yours.
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9:55AM on 04/29/2013

Movies I would have included

Blade - as far as superhero movie's go that has to be the coolest character introduction in the night club scene. I love the way they combined horror and action together.

Spider-man 2 - Sam Raimi had a unique vision for the original Spider-man and in this sequel he perfected it. I remember long before Spider-man was released, all we had Batman 89, Blade and X-Men and people thought there's no way they can make the spider-man films look good in the red and blue outfit. How would they pull off
Blade - as far as superhero movie's go that has to be the coolest character introduction in the night club scene. I love the way they combined horror and action together.

Spider-man 2 - Sam Raimi had a unique vision for the original Spider-man and in this sequel he perfected it. I remember long before Spider-man was released, all we had Batman 89, Blade and X-Men and people thought there's no way they can make the spider-man films look good in the red and blue outfit. How would they pull off the web slinging? The other reason I say Spider-man 2 should be in the list is because it's the first and one of the only superhero fight scenes where they really tailor the fight scene specific to the characters powers and make it as cinematic as possible. Spider-man versus Doc Ock - tell me you weren't blown away by that when you first saw it?

I would also have included Iron Man and the Crow.

Batman Begins and The Dark Knight Rises IMHO are so overrated. I can understand why The Dark Knight is in this list though because Heath Ledger pretty much carried that movie.

Nice to see Superman but I prefer Superman 2.
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7:07AM on 04/29/2013

Good grief, A.Kavanagh.

Bipolarism and piss-poor grammar aside, couldn't you have put all your comments in one post? Wouldn't have to downvote them each separately that way.
Bipolarism and piss-poor grammar aside, couldn't you have put all your comments in one post? Wouldn't have to downvote them each separately that way.
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6:23AM on 04/29/2013

Too much Nolan-love for my taste...

"Batman begins" was good, "the Dark Knight" was great (at times) but "Dark Knight returns" was a mess and should be at the very bottom of that list (if even)! And BTW were are "Blade", "Watchmen" and "Superman 2"???
"Batman begins" was good, "the Dark Knight" was great (at times) but "Dark Knight returns" was a mess and should be at the very bottom of that list (if even)! And BTW were are "Blade", "Watchmen" and "Superman 2"???
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5:52AM on 04/29/2013

good list

Glad the Nolan tril was included, would have had begins above TDK tho.
Also the crow should have been there, pretty good list tho.

Glad the crappy spider-man films got left out and glad it isn't a marvel fest.
Glad the Nolan tril was included, would have had begins above TDK tho.
Also the crow should have been there, pretty good list tho.

Glad the crappy spider-man films got left out and glad it isn't a marvel fest.
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5:44AM on 04/29/2013

best joker he have had.

This and begins are the live action films for batman fans.
Rises too.
This and begins are the live action films for batman fans.
Rises too.
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5:43AM on 04/29/2013

best joker he have had.

This and begins are the live action films for batman fans.
Rises too.
This and begins are the live action films for batman fans.
Rises too.
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5:39AM on 04/29/2013

no way

Is this better than the first.
This is the only website that gives this film such praise.
Every other review gives it average scores, because its a very average film.
Is this better than the first.
This is the only website that gives this film such praise.
Every other review gives it average scores, because its a very average film.
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5:35AM on 04/29/2013

for christ sake

If iron man one isn't one this list you have to be joking.

On what planet is 3 better than 1? Its isn't even better than 2.
If iron man one isn't one this list you have to be joking.

On what planet is 3 better than 1? Its isn't even better than 2.
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5:34AM on 04/29/2013

for christ sake

If iron man one isn't one this list you have to be joking.

On what planet is 3 better than 1? Its isn't even better than 2.
If iron man one isn't one this list you have to be joking.

On what planet is 3 better than 1? Its isn't even better than 2.
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4:51AM on 04/29/2013
Naah. With time this movie will become known as the stinky black sheep mess of an otherwise great trilogy. (As a guilty pleasure) I would actually prefer watching x-men: the last stand.
Naah. With time this movie will become known as the stinky black sheep mess of an otherwise great trilogy. (As a guilty pleasure) I would actually prefer watching x-men: the last stand.
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