Top 11 favorite Comic book Movies Picture

11= 300 (2007): Starting off this list is Zack Snyder's first glorious entry in comicbook movies "300", based on Frank Miller's graphic novel.
I'm a HUGE fan of the source material and I believe this is an excellent adaptation of it... Well, for the most part. For the goods, I want to say that the casting is really solid with some over the top (yet so damn memorable) acting, but I especially love the setting, this ultrastylized world where epic battles with goosebumps-inducing speeches take place. The visuals complement the dialogue perfectly and do nothing but enforcing the raging emotions the characters are going through. The reason why it's number 11 is because I don't like how they deleted Ephialtes' screentime and character development in favour of the politic subplot about Queen Gorgo arguing with Theron, which was boring and not even featured in the graphic novel. That really keeps "300" from having a flawless plot and being an excellent comicbook movie much closer to the number 1 spot.

10= Dredd (2012): Holy fucking shit, this movie came out of nowhere and blew everyone away. This movie is how a more grounded reboot of a comicbook character SHOULD be (fuck you, Nolan) and most importantly how Judge Dredd is supposed to be (fuck you, Stallone). Despite having only a chin on display, Karl Urban is a magnetic presence as the titular character and the movie has a great supporting cast as well as great production values, direction, and a badass musical score. Just like the source material, the movie is brutal as hell, with gorgeous slow motion action sequences and it doesn't compromise its dark undertones and its visual nods to Paul Verhoeven's films.
And not only those, the dystopian environment of Mega City 1 is so terrifying yet fascinating in a unnatural way, the makers themselves have said how they were inspired by the dirty, overcrowded, industrial Los Angeles of "Blade Runner" and the starkly designed but out of control society of "A Clockwork Orange".
"Dredd" is an action movie masterpiece, and the movie dives into the theme of prejudice with the character of Judge Anderson, showing that it's an action movie with not only a good taste, but with a brain and a heart. This is just a great comicbook film, if you haven't seen it yet, give it a watch. It's a BLAST.

9= Guardians of the Galaxy (2014): And speaking of movies that unexpectedly blew everyone's mind, let's talk about this one. There's an argument going around between people who want to decide which MARVEL movie is the best one, this or 2012's "The Avengers". I won't force people into liking or disliking a movie, but in terms of objective quality, "Guardians of the Galaxy" is the stronger movie. Let's be honest, "The Avengers" isn't a perfect movie, it can't stand up on its own feet unless you've seen all the other Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and Captain America films that build up to it. Don't get me wrong, it's a great superhero movie teamup, but people even insist that "The Avengers is about something!" ...Okay, whatever, I'm not saying "Guardians of the Galaxy" has mindblowing themes in it, but that doesn't stop the characters from being utterly compelling with alot of backstory and emotions beneath the colourful surface. But it's also fun, incredibly well made and entertaining.
To me this movie represents the best and pure Science Fiction filmmaking, all the characters, actors, the director and the writers have converged together to make this masterpiece of blockbuster entertainment, and it was even an act of courage from the studio since it was based on a such unpopular comicbook series. "Guardians of the Galaxy" IS without a doubt the best MARVEL movie ever made.

8= Tie between Spider-Man (2002) and Spider-Man 2 (2004): I have to be honest, there's alot of nostalgic bias for me to love the original 2002 movie, enough for making me forgive some of the CGI looking dated, some dull romantic dialogue and Tobey Maguire not really feeling like the ideal Spider-Man casting choice. But in the glorious 2004 sequel they managed to make the dialogues better, the special effects very good, and made Tobey's Peter Parker more likeable for the serious shit he had to go through in the plot, and surprisingly enough even Mary Jane managed to develop into a solid female lead... All of which was fucked up beyond repair in episode 3...
With that aside, Sam Raimi's first two Spider-Man movies have a great cartoony feel, the production design is eye appealing, the action is great, the music is great and Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin is a great evil superhero movie villain while Alfred Molina's Dr. Octavious is a great tragic villain.
They might not be objectively flawless, but the first two Spider-Man films still showcase what the hero is about and are very compelling comicbook action films, and these will always be kind of childhood favorites too. Nothing much else to say except I love these films and everything they have to offer.

7= Sin City (2005): Just like "300", this is also based on Frank Miller's comicbooks, and just like that film, this one is also CGI heavy for the ultrastylized setting. But what makes this movie better, first and foremost, is that it's as close to perfectly identical to the source material as it could, it didn't cut stuff up to replace it with new, boring stuff.
This movie is one hell of an unique noir movie, the three stories it deals with are cleverly tied with one an other and despite being mostly rendered in black and white to feel like the original comics, the film keeps its incredible mix of colours, makeup, lighting, shadows and costumes.
And as violent and brutal as it is, the stories it deals with are very dark and adult, mixing high flying action with the psychological drama that the "Sin City" series was known for. The stories didn't always have happy endings, and the good guys weren't always morally correct people. They're actually ordinary, even relateable people, and then their lives got destroyed by tragic events, now that's not to say it doesn't have some real baddies: characters like Kevin, the Roark family, Jackie Boy and Manute are very threatening because they're their own characters, and yet somehow they also embody all various monsters of society such as serial killers, rapists, mob enforcers and corrupted religious, politicians and cops, and that just makes those who are brave enough to fight against them, even if they're flawed themselves, seem like the hope for a place that seems hopeless like Basin City.
Overall "Sin City" is surreal, intense, epic, thought provoking, and all for the purpose of serving the great master himself, Frank Miller.

6= They Live (1988): Now this is probably an unexpected pick for this list, but believe it or not, this was based on a STRIP which was based on Ray Nelson's short story… so that does technically make "They Live" a comicbook movie!
And what a strange story it is, about a guy named Nada (which means "nothing" in spanish... But on a side note, it also means "hope" in serbian, I kid you not) who casually ends up discovering and fighting against undercover alien businessmen who are expanding their hidden orwellian empire. Even though the logic and the concepts of this movie are quite preposterous, what makes it all work is John Carpenter's direction, the entertaining action setpieces, good writing and its good (albeit over the top) sense humor, which also has a not-too-subtle yet memorable satire of all the consumerism that was going on in the '80s, aside from having it in a very original alien invasion plot.
"They Live" is a very odd movie in the end of the day, and it's all because of its over the top comicbook source material... AND I FUCKING LOVE IT.

5= Persepolis (2007): Based on Marjane Satrapi's two-part biographical graphic novel, the film tells about her youth, how Marjane grew up in a family of left-wing intellectuals who suffered first under the Shah’s dictatorship and then, as the triumphant Islamic revolutionaries turn on their secular allies, under the rule of the mullahs. Against the forces of intolerance and superstition, Marjane, following her grandmother’s example, takes an impetuous stand as a champion of enlightenment. Though she is self-confident and sometimes a little self-righteous, Ms. Satrapi doesn't wrap herself in heroism. The political dimensions of her story are as clear and bold as her graphic style, but "Persepolis" traffics more in feelings than in slogans, and dwells most persuasively on the uncertainty and ambivalence of adolescence. When her parents send her to Austria for her safety, the alienation she experiences there is a sad counterpart to the anxiety of Tehran. She loses herself for a while in punk rock and other alternative pleasures, but finds little to sustain her in the easy nihilism of European alternative culture. And it is in Vienna that the full pathos of her situation becomes clear, a dilemma that is hardly hers alone: either she can be more or less free and give up her home, or she can return home to her loved ones at the cost of her freedom and individuality.
Now, this is the ONLY animated comicbook movie I decided to include in my list, because if I were to add more, then I'd include "The Dark Knight Returns", the classic "Asterix" cartoons and even Animes, since most of them are cinematic adaptations of mangas.
I choose "Persepolis" because while it's frequently somber, it is also whimsical and daring, a perfect expression of the imagination's resistance to the literal-minded and the power-mad, who insist that the world can be seen only in black and white. It's a movie that dives you into the mind and point of view of a person who lived in two different worlds, and it's an experience I highly recommend.

4= Dick Tracy (1990): No CGI. At all. Every single thing you see in this film is an amazing practical effect. The backdrops, the matte paintings, the makeup to make the actors look like live action comicbook characters. As much as everyone including myself praises the technical aspect of this movie, I can't deny the fact that it is true that character-wise this movie is quite simplistic and far from deep.
But... What's the matter if I love a movie with very little character development or depth? The original "King Kong" had very flat human characters, Carl Denham is the only one who had a presence, all the others are dull, one dimensional and stay as such by the end of the movie... So if most critics and cinephiles are allowed to love "King Kong" despite its undeveloped characters, why can't I love this film?
Also, am I the only one who thinks the archetypes were all done on purpose and they somehow work for the film's context? It's all intended to be a loveletter to classic filmmaking full of those timeless characters, and I think it does indeed a good job at recalling those '40s serials, in all their simple and innocent action-spirited tones. And even if the characters are two dimensional, that doesn't mean they have to be unlikeable, in my opinion. It may not be the most character driven film, but it's still an interesting experience.
I just can't help it. It's so likeable, so well directed, so well done, so technically stunning, so good-hearted... For me "Dick Tracy" simply rocks.

3= Batman Returns (1992): Now this one is gonna be KIND OF hard to explain why I love it. Don't get me wrong, I highly respect its predecessor from 1989 for having changed the superhero genre in movies, but that movie was very clear and easy to understand, but this movie... Now this is a quite different story. Unlike the predecessor, this one actually had the balls to push the boundaries and I love it also because in my opinion it made the Penguin and Catwoman more interesting characters, in this film they're more than one just being a short, bird-themed guy or an femme fatale outlaw in a catsuit that loves to toy with Batman's emotions. They actually have depth and a sympathetic backstory, and both Danny DeVito and Michelle Pfeiffer did an awesome job. And what about Michael Keaton's Batman? In this movie he is a darker and a more tortured figure who's loosing his humanity for obsessing over Batman ever since Vicki Vale left him, and then he meets the Penguin, who's like the side of him who views himself as a monster, Catwoman, who's the side of him who wants to be a vigilante, and Max Shreck, who's the businessman Bruce doesn't want to be like.
Some people complained that "This movie is too dark!" ...Okay, I don't want to sound pompous, but... ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?!? THIS IS BATMAN!! THE DARKNESS IS IN THE VERY PREMISE! It's about a vigilante with a tragic past dealing with bizarre bad guys who also turn out to be people who had a tragic and dark past, it's a franchise full of uncompromising characters! DeVito's Penguin and Pfeiffer's Catwoman perfectly incorporate that aspect of the Batman mythos, and aside from that, what's wrong if a movie makes you feel sad a bit for its dark atmosphere? In my opinion, THAT is the sign of a great film, making you feel and combine all sorts of emotions to give you a new and bizarre feeling. And the fact the movie is so emotional because of the atmosphere and the visuals alone, just shows how powerful it is, in fact, this movie is so visual, you could almost turn the volume off and you'd still be able to kind of understand what is going on by just looking at the characters' actions and the visuals, there's so much creativity just exploding everywhere, it's a rollercoaster ride. And unlike the 1989 movie, which had '80s music and tech, I feel like this movie aged alot better. The action setpieces have drastically improved, just like the visual design, Danny Elfman's music, and it's all held together by a great screenplay by Sam Hamm and Daniel Waters.
I think this film is very underappreciated, for being so daring to touch the darkest aspects of Batman's franchise and for being so well made and filled with so much talent and creativity, "Batman Returns" has the honour of being my favorite live action Batman movie.

2= Hellboy (2004): This film was actually a hit when it came out. But since then, nobody ever talks about it or acknowledges it. And to be honest, it's a darn good flick, if not an underrated gem of a comicbook movie. Mostly because it does right alot of things that could be complained about in other superhero movies and it has a very solid story that allows time for character explaination instead of wasting time on a convoluded plot, which is a pretty easy pitfall for a paranormal-themed movie, not to mention that it does a terrific job in adapting the source material.
I loved so many of the concepts, like how Hellboy, despite the fact he's supposed to be a destructive demoniacal force, is a good guy and fights evil because he's been raised by a good man, or how they gave him a love interest that has things in common with him and a good chemistry, and the overall arch almost every supporting character has.
It's a very remarkable film, not only for the surprisingly good writing, but also for the visual effects: they used animatronics enriching them with computer effects, but only when it's neccessary, this movie is an example of CGI used in the right way.
And the acting... The casting... Ron Pearlman IS fucking Hellboy. He made the character come to life, I don't see Ron Pearlman with makeup, I see Hellboy alive in front of the camera, that's how amazing his performance was. And I love the use of colours and lighting, giving a very unique and great atmosphere, those cool steampunk devices and the tributes to H. P. Lovecraft's creatures.
If there's a single negative I have, is that forced love triangle between Hellboy, Liz and Myers, it really added nothing to the plot. But if THAT'S the only negative in this entire movie, then you know you're in for some amazing stuff. Overall, I think "Hellboy" is a very slick and well constructed comicbook movie. It's intense, stylish, adventurous, and dripping into that brooding gloom that makes Hellboy awesome.

1= Watchmen (2009): Zack Snyder managed to make a movie that is a terrifficaly well-balanced compromise between accessibility and fedelty to its golden source material by the great Alan Moore.
This movie really makes me consider the idea that superheroes are the Greek Mythology of modern times for how well thought out and structurated it is. It's a dark and twisted tale peopled with complex characters whose motivations are not obvious even to themselves. Each is flawed in different ways, allowing us to inhabit different ethical perspectives, intellectually at least, and witness their consequences. Everything from Rorshach's refusal to compromise which makes him a doomed fugitive, to the Comedian's euphoric acceptance of the American Dream's failure, to Dr. Manhattan's doubts on humanity, to the ultimate compromise envisioned by Ozymandias, who can dispassionately evaluate scenarios where millions of lives are sacrificed, calls into question our most cherished beliefs.
Despite the heaviness of the themes and topics it touches upon, the movie handles and talks about them in an interesting and compelling way, this is some of the best dialogue I've ever head from any kind of storytelling medium.
But despite being all clear, you can still interpretate, you can think for yourself and decide who, in your opinion, has the best reasons and who doesn't, feel sorry for a character or despise it, it's also all up to you.
The acting is essentially good and despite the unusuality of the characters the actors have to play, they manage to pull off some genuine and believeable behaviors and way of doing, all of which just complements the many questions on humanity, vigilantism and other themes the film has. I especially loved Jeffrey Dean Morgan's emotional performance as The Comedian and Billy Crudup's Dr. Manhattan, who in my opinion feels alot more human and mystic than his comicbook counterpart was, everytime the movie focuses on his inner monologues, I feel like I'm being dragged into another state with him, and I have to admit that when he gives that speech about what a miracle is, my eyes always get a bit watery.
And aside from the great themes and acting, the movie is visually amazing, and I won't complain about how they toned it down the colours from the graphic novel, honestly the colour scheme is actually pretty TRIPPY, I'm glad Manhattan goes on a realistic, orange Mars rather than a pink Mars, for example. And even with the absence of trippy colours, the movie is still perfectly filmed, each shot is basically identical to the graphic novel's panels, and the soundtrack composed of many pop songs from various time periods really gives an unique feel to the movie, it really highlights the whole idea that the story is set in an alternate reality.
"Watchmen" is definitely the best comicbook movie ever made in my opinion. Not only it entertains the brain as well the eyes, but it's perfectly balanced with the source material; there are a few things that I think they improved from the graphic novel, but they also left some things to the graphic novel so that you could look up to it, and everything is still so damn solid, it's not like in "300" where the plot was alittle damaged because of the changes. Bottomline, it's a great movie on its own that I love, it's a very respectful adaptation that makes me want to look and appreciate the graphic novel, it's just my all time favorite comicbook movie. I love it.

Honourable mentions:
The Mask (1994), Oldboy (2003), Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010), A history of violence (2005), Batman (1989), The Crow (1994)
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