Speakers Corner: The LF Forum > Top 10 best superhero movies... of all time

So, come on, we always see everyone elses list. what about yours? What are the Top 10 best Superhero flicks of all time?

July 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

let me get the parameters right here - are we just talking super heroes, or comic/graphic novel movies too? I want to know if I can include 'The Crow' in my list...

July 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

sorry, I guess I should have been a lot more specific. I think comic-book based movies count... by which I mean things which were a comic book *first* and a film second.

July 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

Ok, let me hit you off with a quick 5 first of all, cos I know they'll be some I'll forget in my 10 so want to be sure:

TOP 5:
Batman (Burton/Keaton/Nicholson)
The Crow (Brandon Lee's original obviously)
Sin City
The Dark Knight
Iron Man (which I've only seen once!!)

July 16, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

Iron man was good and I liked Dark Knight. Why do you like The Crow Ims?

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinger

I can give you the five worst

1) The Spirit
2) Fantastic Four
3) Fantastic Four and some tits about the Silver Surfer
4) 300
5) Catwoman

Not to mention Dick Tracey, Daredevil, Spider Man 3, X-Men 3, Wolverine Origins, Phantom, the first Hulk film and Batman & Robin.


That's a fairly good list of bad super hero movies. But don't forget the Superman movies too.

July 26, 2010 | Registered CommenterI M S

now hang on. don't dis the superman movies. Only one of them was bad. the first 2 are great, the third was funny in its day. supergirl had the best wireflying sequences ever seen in a film up to that point (but that's all it rally had) and the most recent one only suffered from a crap lois lane and being too long.

July 27, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

I agree about your points on the recent Superman movie, but you forgot about the fact it was rubbish as well.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterImThe1

Hang on the Christopher Reeve Superman films were awesome, ok Superman 4 (the one with Nuclear man) was terrible although i still love it as it was the only one of that series i got to see at the Cinema.

The last Superman film was very well Cast - Routh and Spacey were great - ok I didn't like the woman who played Louis and the script was a bit turgid but i had high hopes for the follow up..... and then it got axed and we're back in another reboot territory!

But like Bond will always be Roger Moore to me, Superman will always be the late great Christopher Reeve, Batman will always be Michael Keaton (although i don't mind Bale though).

August 1, 2010 | Registered CommenterDan Collacott

I don't know if I'd describe the Brian Singer Superman movie as 'rubbish', but it certainly fell short of the mark. I think there were two key problems with it:

- Superman didn't really have a good villain to go toe-to-toe with. Lex Luthor is great evil mastermind, but the film would have been a zillion times better if, instead of zapping his powers with K and having him done over by some thugs, Lex had built a giant robot, or created some super-powered fiend to take him out with. Then we could have seen a proper super-powered punch up. that was what the film was really missing I think.

- Poor casting for Lois Lane (I don't think I know anyone who liked Kate Bosworth in the role)

On the plus side, the sequence where he stops the plane in the baseball stadium is awesome

August 2, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

i reckon just remake superman 2, with todays special effects you could have a blinding punch up and Zod is such a supervillain."KNEEL BEFORE ZOD" need i say more

August 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterninjaposty

Superman Returns looked absolutely amazing. I really didn’t mind Lois – Kate Bosworth. The film was lacking though. It was trying to hard to be homage to the Richard Donner film instead of changing the pace. It looked ‘epic’, but didn’t have an ‘epic’ storyline. I find it unbelievable with the amount of Superman storylines that the studio couldn’t have written a better script. The studio should have at least gone into development with a sequel. I mean it was a Bryan Singer film – the man that somehow made an X-Men film. A little faith perhaps, but on the flipside you do kind of expect a Superman film (with the amount of money they put into it) to be better than average (which it was).
It’s a tricky one – Warner Bros is a decent studio (not like Fox). But Singer is a decent director and he deserved a little bit more respect on that project - his vision wasn't bad.

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDel

Alright following the rules..Comics into films...

Here’s a few, in no particular order…

X2: X-men United

I grew up on X-Men. There were so many directions they could have taken this after the first film, but they made all the right decisions.

Blade 2

There was something different about this sequel maybe because of the Guillermo del Toro factor. It’s not remotely deep or emotional but it kept my adrenaline pumping. An inventive action film - no doubt.

The Road to Perdition

This is probably one of the most underrated (‘Gangster’) movies of recent times. It’s an absolutely beautiful film. I watched the film first then later found out it was a graphic novel (don’t bother). RIP Paul Newman. (btw I thought of this yesterday now it’s in today’s Shortlist…great!)

Sin City

I read ‘That Yellow Bastard’ and I was blown away – I thought I have to buy the rights to this film and then Robert Rodriguez did…anyway…Mickey Rourke as Marv steals the show.

Batman Begins

What does a studio do after Batman & Robin…besides it being a really great film I was impressed by the finale – did anyone see that coming?

The Dark Knight

Question… ‘Why so serious?’

Batman Returns

I just found Burton’s interpretation fascinating as kid – ‘Catwoman’, ‘Penguin’ and Christopher Walken make quite a formidable team of villains all playfully toying with one another. How else are you going to top Nicholson’s ‘Joker’.


Just because no top ten should be without it… How much money did Brando get? Bet he laughed all the way to the bank…

The Flash

They need to make a big budget Hollywood movie out of this. It was a TV series, but they sold the pilot in the UK on VHS which I have somewhere so I can call it a film right? (Whatever)… I haven’t seen it in years, but I’ve seen it into the double digits and I have fond memories of it (even though it’s probably most definitely aged very badly).


It’s very different from the comics but it’s an iconic animated feature film. It doesn’t gel in places and a lot of the story has disappeared but the essential themes are still in the same place. The animation is nothing-less than superb. Why hasn’t this been made into a live action film.

I was going to put in ‘Constantine’, but I can feel the hate brewing so…

The Punisher (All three of them), Ghost Rider (OMG), Spiderman 3 (Sam what happened?)

August 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDel


I'm glad you mentioned Blade 2. I think its seriously underated as a comic-book superhero movie!

Haven't seen the Ghost rider movie, but I do find myself asking.... why? why Ghost Rider and why Nicholas cage?

If we are talking comics to films I think both Watchmen & 300 are brilliant translations of the graphic novels. Kick Ass... not so sure. Its a good film, but veers from the comic dramatically, to the point where the fundamental point of the story is lost.


August 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterDenis-Jose Francois

It looks as though Scott Pilgrim vs the World could be an awesome comic to film adaptation, though not strictly a super hero movie

August 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDan Collacott

Just have to say to Del, yes why Nichlos Cage. I really don't like his acting at all...

August 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinger