Superhero movies seem to be all the rage in Hollywood for the last several decades. Yet, getting them right is quite difficult. There are more bad ones than good ones (Daredevil, anyone?).
Amongst the hero movies that are just average or worse, it could be easy to be discouraged as a fan.
Yet, when a really good superhero movie comes along, it transcends the genre and can be held high amongst the best that cinema can offer. Watch The Dark Knight online and you'll see one that won an Oscar!
And sometimes a superhero movie can buck the trend that a film series gets worse as subsequent chapters come along. Watch Iron Man 3 online and you'll see what we mean.
You want to know how good The Dark Knight is? How about it was the first superhero movie to earn an Oscar in a major category! In fact, Heath Ledger's Joker may be the best superhero villain of all time.
Sam Raimi's second chapter in his Spider-Man trilogy was simply a terrific film, from beginning to end. The character development, the action sequences, the romance... it all adds up to one fantastic flick.
Bryan Singer's return to the franchise he started is a stunner. Who would have thought that going back to the 1960s would produce such a powerful flick? Casing James McAvoy as Professor X and Michael Fassbender as Magneto surely didn't hurt things. And Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique is pure brilliance.
What a way to introduce The Avengers! Captain America: The First Avenger took us back to the 1940s and by the end of it, we were in Times Square in modern times with Nick Fury there to help our "First Avenger" adjust to the future.
What an original idea! A superhero origins story as a found footage film. And it also introduced the world to the star power of Michael B. Jordan and Dane DeHaan, both of whom have moved on to other "super" projects. Jordan is in Fantastic Four and DeHaan is in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Watchmen gets a bad rap. And thank goodness someone thought Zack Snyder did a good job with it and he got to make Man of Steel. But, don't think Watchmen is a truly great superhero movie? Watch it again.
When a filmmaker like Guillermo del Toro is at the helm, anything he makes ought to be great. That is certainly the case with this second chapter in the Hellboy series. And Ron Perlman as Hellboy? Give us more!
Unbreakable seems, at the outset, like it would be a tough sell. But with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson portraying friends who would become foes out of a superhero movie, M. Night. Shyamalan crafted an origins story that could not have been more original. And in the superhero genre, that is rare indeed.
Ben Stiller leads a group of average Joes to patrol the streets of their city, thinking that they're superheroes. Between their unique "powers" and the comedic charm of the cast, Mystery Men is a winner.
Most people liked Man of Steel, we LOVED it. Zack Snyder was the perfect choice to bring Superman into the 21st century and his casting of Henry Cavill as Superman, Russell Crowe as his father and Michael Shannon as General Zod makes this one "super" movie.
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