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The 10 Best Comic Book Movies Of All Time

08 June 2013 | Features, Film Lists | by David Zou

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Reboot after reboot, superhero after superhero; the past decade has seen its fair share of comic book movies. Batman, Superman, Spiderman, The Avengers. I think the masses are getting a little tired of it (I know I am). Regardless, though, the mythology surrounding superheroes is very important to our society, whether we see it or not. The comic books, the movie adaptations, and their superheroes give us something to strive for. They remind us that, although these heroes on the screen aren’t necessarily real, there still are heroes out there, and most importantly: there’s always hope.

These are the top 10 greatest comic book movies ever made. These ten films best captured the moral essence of the comic books they were adapted from – and made it look easy in the process.


10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)


Though the film is more in touch with the animated series that preceded it, its roots are squarely in the original comics. Many may look at the film today and say that it didn’t age well. You have to think though: this is REAL filmmaking. It’s not overlapped with CGI taking control of every damn action sequence in the film to make up for lack of real stunt work and make-up, like today’s films tend to do. There are actors inside of the Turtle costumes, and they do a great job. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a dark adaptation, but proves to be one of the best.


9. Kick-Ass


In an industry cluttered with overgrown hype and lack of idea, Kick-Ass came onto the scene and shattered all expectations. If you watch the coming attractions, you’d go into the film expecting a comedy; and although there are some funny parts, for the most part, Kick-Ass was a pretty dark film. It’s a rare, successful hybrid of two genres that delivers a near-perfect cinematic experience – and stays true to its source.

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  • Fernando Yanmar Narciso

    you should have called it “best forgotten comic book movies”

  • John Taylor

    Actually liked some of them. Batman was not one of them. Never cared for him in the comics. However, I did like the animated series.