Superhero movies have been rising in popularity for over ten years, beginning with “Spider-Man” in 2002, and continuing this year with Batman vs. Superman, Avengers 2, Ant-Man, and more. We’re counting the top five superhero movies; films no fan can miss.
Before the series became mind-bendingly difficult to follow (much like the comics!) this movie busted down the doors on Superhero movies that could be both serious and goofy. It earned almost three hundred million dollars worldwide, and started a film series that has yet to reach its end.
#4: Superman: The Movie
Perhaps the most famous superhero movies, and one of the first. Out in 1978, this movie showed us the classic Kal-El origin: a doomed Krypton, a rocket for a child, and a kind Kansas family. Clark Kent has to find his destiny, find Lex Luthor, and save the world. It was an instant hit when it came out, and has become a classic superman movie.
#3: Batman (1989)
At a time when “reboot” meant nothing outside of computers, the 1989 Batman was one of the first times a character had been re-imagined. Featuring the dynamite performances of Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as Batman/Bruce Wayne, as well as the classic Tim Burton gothic architecture of Gotham, this movie told people that superhero movies didn’t have to be unrealistic.
#2: The Avengers
Marvel’s The Avengers take beloved characters, previously established, and threw them into a movie together, creating one of the most action-packed and hilarious movies in recent years. Marvel’s big names come together to fight Loki, and succeed due to tight writing, great acting, and spot-on directing.
#1: The Dark Knight
Released in 2008, The Dark Knight immediately shot to the top of the box office. It became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time, and featured perhaps one of the most shocking villains to ever hit the screen, Heath Ledger as the Joker. Showing us a Gotham free of hammy villains telling us to chill out, or smoke-and-mirrors storytelling that kept us from believing the action, this movie is frequently haired as the best superhero movie ever.
(Note: We haven’t included Guardians of the Galaxy in this list, even though we recognize its greatness, because one: We aren’t sure whether or not it counts as a superhero movie and two: Nobody has yet decided where it falls against these movies)
Did we miss any movies? Do you disagree? Let us know!