A little while back, The Big Bang Theory ruined everyone’s view of Raiders of the Lost Ark when Amy Farrah Fowler tells Sheldon Cooper that Indiana Jones doesn’t matter in the movie. People’s minds were blown because she was correct. If you look at water in a brook, you know that it always finds the path of least resistance. If you put a rock in the way, the water goes around it or over it. It is as if the rock has no real determination in the outcome of the water’s progression. The same holds true for the heroes in these fan favorite movies. If they hadn’t been in the movie, would the final result have been much different? Is their existence that important? Let me know what you think…
I spent the last week at the 2009 Origins Game Fair (June 24-28, 2009) in Columbus, Ohio, where I got the opportunity to interview game designers, organizers, and fans about the games and movies they love to play and watch. One of the topics we polled at Origins was the top Comic Book Movies of All Time. Origins goers had their favorites on this, picking over 38 comic book movies overall. See which of your fan favorites made the list.
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?