Since 2016 is the year with the most comicbook movies coming out I thought to compile a list of my favorite comic book films of all time.
Again, it’s not which film is technically the best, but which ones I personally prefer over others and which I think hold up the best. There is a difference between being the best and being someone’s favorite.
That being said I want to start my list by mentioning how tough it was for me not to put Captain America: Civil War onto that list. It was Civil War or Watchmen and ultimately it came down to which one was the more ambitious. The fact that Zach Snyder took an arguably unfilmable story property and made a watchable movie out of it, made the difference. Sorry, Cap!
V FOR VENDETTA
Why I love it: Either you love it, or you hate it. Zach Snyder (who gets a lot of shit these days) has doe something that many people thought off being impossible. He adapted The best selling graphic novel to the big screen. But not only that. This movie actually feels like it got ripped out straight from the page with the cinematography and style mimicking the panels of the page. It may not be your most straight forward movie, but the most accurate to its source material for sure.
Why I love it: If there was one property that I would have thought it’s unfilmable, not because of the complex plot, but because filmmakers wouldn’t have the balls to tackle it properly, then it would be Deadpool. Luckily, after one miserable attempt (X-Men: Origins) Ryan Reynolds found the right people to surround himself with, I order to bring maybe the craziest and most out there superhero film ever made. And the best thing: it’s 100% accurate to the source material.
Why I love it: Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before X-Men and before 300, there was a little Marvel movie called Blade which did something that’s was unimaginable for a long time since then. It brought us an R-Rated superhero (or shall I say antihero?) property to the big screen, with major success! Wesley Snipes fits the role like a glove and excites with his stunt and martial arts choreography. Also, this movie has my favorite opening scene in cinema history.
Why I love it: Marvel Studio’s first outing in the MCU is the most rounded and most complete example of a great superhero film. Taking a B character (at best) from the comics and making him one the most recognizable characters in Hollywood deserves all the praise you can give it. It brought Robert Downey Jr. Back from the dead (so to speak).
Why I love it: Nolan’s first outing in the Batman franchise is also his biggest accomplishment. He has not only created the best adaptation of a superhero origin story, but also grounded it in reality and proven that comic-book properties can not only be silly action flicks, but great dramas as well. This may be the most influential movie on that list, simply because it revolutionized the genre like no other. Its importance can not be overstated.
Why I love it: If you thought Brian Singer couldn’t do a better X-Men film after his already great X-Men and X-2: United, he delivers one of the best comic book films ever made. The recipe seems so simple. Make a good movie first and let’s worry about the superhero stuff later. Similar to Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies, Days Of Future Past is a good Science-Fiction film first, and a good comicbook superhero movie afterwards.
Why I love it: Hailed by moviegoers at first, now considered flawed. Not for me! This film is a misunderstood masterpiece because it’s focus is not on Batman, but the people of Gotham and how the Batman inspires good in all of us. With this film Christopher Nolan has come full circle and concludes the best Film trilogy since The Lord Of The Rings.
3. MEN IN BLACK
Why I love it: Everybody has watched it – everybody loves it. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones team up in a different sort of buddy cop film. An extremely entertaining and highly imaginative adaptation of a comic-book that most people may not know even existed.
Why I love it: The definition of a great movie that got got miss marketed and failed at the box office. After one failed attempt in the early 90’s the property finally got properly adapted to the big screen. The gritty, dark, and highly violent tone make this movie a cult classic that most likely will never see a sequel. What a shame!
Why I love it: Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece and the best comicbook film ever made is not only a good superhero flick, but a great crime thriller in the vein of genre classics like Heat and The French Connection. It’s already a classic and that’s not only de to the standout performance by Heath Ledger as the Joker.