The Best and Worst Comic Book Films

For younger generations, it might sound weird that comic films weren't always popular. It took a long time and a lot failed attempts to get not only the formula down, but for audiences to be up to the idea of capes and masks. "Superman" and "Batman" managed to pave the way in the 1980's, but only for a little. The big break came with "Blade" and "X-Men". These films showcased a more realistic take on the fantasy/sci-fi elements comic books had.

From then on the floodgates were open and everybody wanted a crack at the new market. Newer technology and special effects also helped in making these films a reality. Ultimately, it was the imagination of directors, the risk taking on behalf of studio heads and in screenwriters abilities to make these mythic and larger than life characters feel vulnerable, courageous and most importantly human in our eyes. 

the best comic book films

  1. The Dark Knight (2008) by Christopher Nolan trailer review

  2. Sin City (2005) by Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller trailer

  3. Akira (1988) by Katsuhiro Otomo trailer

  4. Oldboy (2003) by Chan-wook Park trailer

  5. The Avengers (2012) by Josh Whedon trailer review

  6. Batman Begins (2005) by Christopher Nolan trailer review

  7. Blue is the Warmest Color (2013) by Abdellatif Kechiche trailer review

  8. A History of Violence (2005) by David Cronenbeg trailer

  9. Spider-Man 2 (2004) by Sam Raimi trailer

  10. Dick Tracy (1990) by Warren Beaty trailer

honorable mentions in alphabetical order:

the worst comic book films

  1. Howard the Duck (1986) by Willard Huyck trailer

  2. Catwoman (2004) by Pitof trailer

  3. Superman IV: Quest for Peace (1987) by Sidney J. Furie trailer review

  4. Captain America (1990) by Albert Pyun trailer

  5. Josie and the Pussycats (2001) by Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan trailer

  6. Fantastic Four (1994) by Oley Sassone trailer

  7. Son of Mask (2005) by John Guterman trailer

  8. Virus (1999) by John Bruno trailer

  9. The Spirit (2008) by Frank Miller trailer review

  10. Batman and Robin (1997) by Joel Schumacher trailer

P.S. As always this an ever-evolving list. I haven't seen all the comic book films out there and there are many more I still wish to see. So even if some are not on the list, that doesn't mean they won't be later or that they don't deserve to be.

updated as of September 27, 2014

list by Paul Katsaros

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