Top Ten: Superhero Movies

Posted on December 4, 2011


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2011 is guaranteed to offer a slew of movies that will make up for the abysmal summer movie season last year. The notable part of these upcoming summer films is that they are dominated by superhero flicks.  Superhero movies have become a summer blockbuster staple, so here is a top 10 list of the best superheroes that have translated well to the silver screen or will become excellent additions to the hero movie tradition in the future.

10. Superman

Despite being one of the most well known heroes, Superman’s film presence was much bigger back in the ’70s. The Richard Donner version is the best portrayal of the “Man of Steel.” The movie captures the essence of Clark Kent while establishing the late Christopher Reeve’s status as an excellent actor. Hopefully, Zack Snyder’s upcoming version of Clark Kent’s heroic adventures will make up for Superman Returns.

9. Green Lantern

Green Lantern is a space cop who can uses a green energy-producing, power ring to manipulate the physical world and fight evil. If you’re confused, don’t worry. The movie will fill you in. Green Lantern is one of the best heroes, because he is one of the few who still can be considered an audacious adventurer, which is why I think Ryan Reynolds is the perfect actor to portray this archetype.

8. Hawkeye

Hawkeye is one of the numerous Marvel heroes that will be present in the upcoming superhero lineup, alongside Thor and The Avengers. Hawkeye is an archer who has uncanny accuracy and can make any shot with his lethal bow and arrow. Hawkeye, slated to be played by Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), should be able to set himself up as the next big Marvel hero since Renner has the acting prowess to do it.

7. Daredevil

A blind man with enhanced senses fights crime in the Hell’s Kitchen section of New York City while living his life as a lawyer. The theatrical version of the movie was awful, but the uncut version brought out all the reasons why DD is a compelling hero. The remake should help make the public realize that Daredevil is another great marvel hero.

6. Captain America

Captain America’s big screen premiere will solidify another hero on the silver screen. The leads include some stellar actors, the special effects look good and the trailer was a surprise. The film should make CA a house-hold name.

5. Thor

Thor will officially kick off the summer movie season. Thor is an arrogant Asgardian warrior who is banished from his homeland and sent to Earth to live among the humans, becoming the planet’s strongest protector. Thor may even translate well enough to have Spider-man-type success on the big screen.

4. Hulk

Ang Lee’s version of Hulk was terribly cartoonish and had horrific acting. Louis Leterrier’s version was the most faithful, paving the way for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to expand. The reason why Hulk translated so well was because Edward Norton’s portrayal included the large-scale fight scenes while also playing up all the aspects that make Hulk popular: fugitive status, a sense of loneliness, anger-management issues, etc.

3. Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. is one of the best actors in the industry now, which is why the big screen version of Iron Man was so successful. RDJ was able to utilize his uncanny acting prowess to bring all of Tony Stark’s notable quirks (arrogance, change of heart, alcoholism) to the film, while his charisma makes his performance that much better.

2. Spider-man

Marvel’s most legendary hero has one of the best big screen translations in film to date. Peter Parker’s struggle with great power and responsibility made excellent entertainment. The third installment of the web-head’s big screen adventure was pretty weak, but the first two provided some of the best storytelling in a superhero film.

1. Batman

Is there really any surprise this is number one? Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins made the new precedent of establishing superheroes worlds as semi-realistic. His version of Batman took everything that was great in the comic and envisioned it as something that could really happen. After the experience of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, it would be hard to argue against Batman being best big-screen superhero.

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