With a plethora of superhero influenced films making their debut every year, we ranked the 10 best hero movies of all time.
It’s the age of the comic book movie. As a child, collecting comic books was my favorite hobby, and now it’s a trillion-dollar industry. During Marvel’s financial crisis in the 90s, the company licensed off its character’s movie rights to different studios. Sony scooped up Spider-Man, while Fox grabbed the X-Men. In fact, the only characters whose movies rights stayed at Marvel, were the Avengers. Heroes like Thor and Iron Man were considered too obscure to make silver-screen money. Fast forward to 2017. Marvel Studios is in command of the box-office with Disney pulling the strings, while Warner Bros. and DC are frantically trying to catch up and establish a movie universe of their own.
To compare, Marvel has released 17 movies in their cinematic universe, while DC has only delivered 5. Wonder Woman, which was released earlier this year, has been heralded as the shining light in the DC cinematic universe. Gal Gabot, who originally caught my attention in the Fast & Furious franchise, plays the Amazonian princess warrior, alongside a wide-eyed Chris Pine. Wonder Woman is making her third appearance in movie theaters across the country with Justice League, which opens this weekend. Starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Justice League hopes to capture the worldwide audience in the same way that TheAvengers did. While contemplating the implications of Justice League, ranking comic book movies became relevant to me. Personally, there will always be a love for Batman Returns, Blade, and Heath Ledger’s Joker. The X-Men also dominated my list, an obvious bias because the X-Universe isn’t really constructed very well. Soon, my list mutated into something more, as social media polls were thrown into the equation. With only two simple rules to follow, comic book fans and movie lovers chimed in, and gave us their lists. The rules were as followed:
- Only one movie in a trilogy can be selected. For example, both Iron Man 1 and Iron Man 2 cannot be on the list. Only one.
- One hero cannot make more than two appearances on the list solo. We get it, everyone loves Batman, but this isn’t a list of the best Batman movies.
After carefully gauging responses, a list began to take shape. It went from the top 25 comic movies, to the top 15, and finally trimmed down to a top 10. It was difficult to cut some movies, while others made sense to dismiss. There are even a few titles that wouldn’t grace my top 20, but overwhelming fan support placed them firmly in this top 10.
So, without further ado, here are the 10 best superhero movies of all time...Let us know what you think, and which ones are your favorite.