This year, as has been the case in the last few years, there were (way too?) many comic book movies. Some were good. Some were bad. Rather than going in depth, I am going to count them down from worst to best. Keep in mind that just because I thought one was worse than another doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy every popcorn-chomping minute, because I did. There wasn’t a movie on this list that I would have rather not seen at all. Some I might have enjoyed getting an extra discount off the matinee price, but that’s neither here nor there.
Without further ado… Number 5…
5. Green Lantern – I like Ryan Reynolds. I like comic book movies. This was easily my least favorite of them all (even though I still liked it some.) There were plot holes. You have to suspend disbelief and there is a pretty lock-tight system in place because the character’s powers rely on his own mind and creativity. In this case, using the word creativity is probably not my wisest choice.
4. The Green Hornet – Seth Rogen isn’t a natural comic book hero and he was funny, campy and this movie didn’t take itself too seriously. Jay Chou as Kato was really funny as well. I can’t even remember any of the plot points of this movie anymore, but I remember it fondly. Seems just about right.
3. Thor – Speaking of not taking yourself too seriously, this movie didn’t either. A lot of fun and the supporting cast of Natalie Portman, Anthony Hopkins and Stellan Skarsgård (the professor from Good Will Hunting) did a lot for this flick. Amongst the comic book movies I saw this year Thor was the one that best balanced fun and re-watchability. It didn’t take itself as seriously as the top two, but I could totally see myself watching it multiple times on cable.
2. Captain America – Chris Evans is always surprisingly good in things not named The Fantastic Four. Hugo Weaving as the villain? Oh yeah. You don’t see comic book movies getting 78% on Rotten Tomatoes very often. Not that that is the be-all, end-all for movies either, but it is an indicator of quality more often than not. It is an origin story and a period piece which helps satisfy a lot of the need to push down your realistic sensibilities about dudes with superpowers.
1. X-Men First Class – First class was the class of the comic book movies. James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender did a great job introducing us to the start of the X-Men universe. The movie was chock full of great tension, action and pushing and pulling between good and evil. Like any good X-Men story the lines were blurred throughout with great dramatic effect. Add in the sex appeal of January Jones and X-Men delivered the most impressive comic book movie experience of the year for my money.
Of course this post could seem exceptionally silly this time next year as we prepare for The Avengers, the return of the latest Batman franchise, another Spiderman reboot, another Superman reboot, Ironman 3, and maybe another Wolverine movie.
Regardless, what did I miss? What order would you put them in?