The Avengers hit the silver screen this year with fantastic success. Billed as "The Earth's Mightiest Heroes"; Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye join forces to save the world from Loki and an evil alien menace. While four of these superheroes have had their own movies and are easily recognizable to even non-comic book fans, there were many other superheroes too stupid to be Avengers and that did not fare so well in making the Avenger's tryout. This is actually amazing, because the Avengers will take almost anyone as a team member. Since 1963, there have been 188 different characters in the comic series. How could you NOT be in the Avengers if you have a super power? Well, these are the heroes that are so absurd that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) didn't have on speed dial to save the earth in times of trouble. After seeing them, you'll know why...
In 1989, DC Comics released Batman on the fiftieth anniversary of the characters creation. The movie starred Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader with Jack Nicholson as his enemy, The Joker. After a series of less-than-quality sequels, DC rebooted the series in 2005 with a blockbuster smash. In its wake, they followed this up with sequels of Batman, rebooted (and will soon reboot again) Superman (2006), and finally the Green Lantern (2011). They also made Constantine (2005), but it was so bad, I don't like to count it. In the meantime, DC's arch-enemy, Marvel Comics, has dominated the silver screen with movies of X-Men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Daredevil, Elektra, Wolverine, and the Punisher. What's going on DC? You're owned by Time Warner and Disney! Get on the ball and give us some quality superhero movies to choose from your list. What superheroes movies would you like to see come out from DC? Here are five DC Comics really needs to keep up with Marvel when it comes to movies. Here are 5 DC Superhero Movies that need to be made. Batman's great - but try these! Read more...
There are movies that people promise to make - and should film - but get stuck in development Hell because of production problems or over disagreements with movie studios. This isn't to say these movies will never be released, it is just going to take them a long time to hit the silver screen. Case in point, Spider-Man was finally released in 2002. There had been talk about Spider-Man being made into a big budget film since the 1980s. Charlie Sheen had once been even a choice to play Peter Parker. Obviously, it only took 20 years to get that film made. Here are five films that are still stuck in Movie Purgatory. Read more...
When I first heard they were going to be doing Iron Man the big screen, I was worried. Iron Man, while mainstream with the comic-fan geekdom, isn't exactly a household name. However, they did a better than a great job with the movie. I liked the way they were able to get the Iron Man version one armor into the movie and Robert Downey Jr. played a fantastic Tony Stark. Is it me, or does everyone else believe he just played himself with more money and brains?
Batman Begins (2005): I loved the 1989 Batman series and I thought 'how can they do better than Keaton/Nicholson?' but this movie proves that Christian Bale IS Batman. It's dark, it's brooding, it's gothic...it is what Batman should be. Christopher Nolan captured the modern Dark Knight and exceeded my expectations. Having him fight the Scarecrow and Ra's Al Ghul didn't lose any points, either.
The Watchmen (2009): I might catch some flack from this choice, but I don't care. This is one of the greatest comics in the 30+ years that I've been reading the genre and I was happy to see it come to the big screen. It was eerie to see the pages come alive under Zack Snyder's direction and I was happy he didn't lose the story by condensing a 12 comic series into a movie. For me, the opening credits were a credit to his directing capability.
The 300 (2006): Another Zack Snyder film, this movie is not a a superhero film, but something loosely based off the battle of Thermopylae. Fantastically portrayed, this is a great film that I'll watch over and over again.
Sin City (2005): Dirty, gritty and dark. Forget the 'Wrestler', Mickey Roarke portrays a great role in this movie as Marv. Bruce Willis has a great part, too. It reminds me of a Quentin Tarantino film in the way I left the film feeling the need to take a shower. I wouldn't suggest taking your kids to see this one, but it is really good.
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Yup. There's no X-Men, Spiderman, Wolverine, or Superman to be found on the list. I didn't put the Dark Knight on here, either. I think these films were much better than any of those...what do you think?