This has been the summer of some very huge blockbusters, many of which were films with comic book origins. Who would have imagined that in 2008 we would see an Iron Man, Hulk and Batman movie all in the same summer.
Here, I break down for you what I think are the top 5 greatest comic book movie adaptations. Iâ€™m sure that some of you might argue that the Superman (1978) should have been on the list or that X2 should have made the cut. This is just one manâ€™s opinions.
1) The Dark Knight (2008)
If you didnâ€™t like this movie then you have to either be blind, deaf or both blind and deaf. The Dark Knight is now the movie that all other comic book movies will be compared to. Christopher Nolan was a brilliant choice for director, and the best choice to progress from the previously campier incarnations in the Batman franchise. But letâ€™s not kid ourselves here, Heath Ledger stole the show and churned out the best performance. He was the Joker that we have been waiting for. Forget Jack Nicholson, Jackâ€™s Joker has got nothing on Heathâ€™s Joker.
2) Iron Man (2008)
If not for The Dark Knight, Iron Man would have gone down as the best summer 2008 movie. It was everything a comic book movie should be, action packed and filled with smart humor. Robert Downey Jr. portrayed billionaire arms dealer and playboy, Tony Stark, to the tee. Having fought his own demons in real life, Downey was a sure bet for the role. He brought a level of authenticity to the character that I donâ€™t think audiences have seen before in a comic book film.
3) Sin City (2005)
Directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez, Sin City not only broke tradition by having duel directors but by being the first comic book movie (or simply movie for that matter) in recent memory to be shown [mostly] in black and white. Casting was another strong point for Sin City, Bruce Willis as Hartigan made complete sense and having Mickey Rourke as Marv was equivalent to the comic character stepping right out of the pages of the comic book. Much like 300, Sin City stuck to its comic book origins and looked and felt like the graphic novel it was based on.
4) 300 (2006)
More so than any other comic book film, 300 has to be considered the one that stayed most true to its comic origins. Iâ€™d say using the actual graphic novel as the storyboards worked out just fine. By filming entirely in green screen, the filmmakers were able to create sceneries that were epic and grandeouos in scale. Extra kudos to the cast for killing themselves in order to achieve the 300 look and feel.
5) Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 is in my opinion the best out of the three films in the Spider-Man franchise. Sam Raimi mixed in the right amount of humor to compliment the web-slinging action. The scene where Peter sings-a-long to Singing In The Rain was such a scene stealer. Doc Ock made for a fantastic villain, and one that the audience could actually sort of feel for. I did not really care for Willem Dafoe but Alfred Molina made for the perfect Otto Octavious.Â
How does your top 5 looks?