10 Great Superhero Movies

Inspired by Cara’s recent posts about her favourite Superhero Movies on Silver Screen Serenade, which you can read here and here, I have decided to talk about my own favourite Superhero movies. I feel like this post might be a little contentious since it features exactly zero Christopher Nolan Batman movies (there is only one Batman and his name is MICHAEL KEATON) and three X-Men movies and two movies about people who don’t actually have any powers (but then neither do Batman or Black Widow) and one about people with powers who aren’t actually heroes… but here goes anyway!

XMen

X-Men (2000)
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen
The heros: Professor X, Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm, Wolverine, etc
The villains: Magneto, Mystique, Toad, Sabertooth
What’s at stake?: All of mutant kind
Power level:  9/10
“Magneto: Does it ever wake you in the middle of the night? The feeling that one day they will pass that foolish law or one just like it, and come for you? And your children?
Prof. Charles Francis Xavier: It does, indeed.
Magneto: What do you do, when you wake up to that?
Prof. Charles Francis Xavier: I feel a great swell of pity for the poor soul who comes to that school… looking for trouble.
Magneto: [halts the game, sighs] Why do you come here, Charles?
Prof. Charles Francis Xavier: Why do you ask questions to which you already know the answer?
Magneto: Ah, yes. Your continuing search for hope.
[motions to the guard to take Xavier away]
Magneto: You know this plastic prison of theirs won’t hold me forever. The war is still coming, Charles. And I intend to fight it, by any means necessary.
Prof. Charles Francis Xavier: And I will always be there, old friend.”

The Crow

The Crow (1994)
Starring: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis
The hero: Eric Draven
The villain: Top Dollar and his band of miscreants
What’s at stake: Eric’s late girlfriend’s honour and the possibility of the city of Detroit going up in flames
Power level: 4/10
“Sarah: [voiceover] People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. Then sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.”

The Avengers

The Avengers (2012)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson
The heroes: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, The Hulk, Black Widow
The villain: Loki
What’s at stake: Planet Earth, obs.
Power level: 10/10
“Loki: The Chitauri are coming. Nothing will change that. What have I to fear?
Tony Stark: The Avengers. That’s what we call ourselves; we’re sort of like a team. “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” type thing.
Loki: Yes, I’ve met them.
Tony Stark: Yeah, takes us a while to get any traction, I’ll give you that one. But let’s do a head count here: your brother the demi-god; a super soldier, a living legend who kind of lives up to the legend; a man with breath-taking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins, and YOU, big fella, you’ve managed to piss off every single one of them.
Loki: That was the plan.
Tony Stark: Not a great plan. When they come, and they WILL, they’ll come for you.
Loki: I have an army.
Tony Stark: We have a Hulk.
Loki: I thought the beast had wandered off…
Tony Stark: You’re missing the point! There’s no throne, there is no version of this where you come out on top. Maybe your army comes and maybe it’s too much for us but it’s all on you. Because if we can’t protect the Earth, you can be damned well sure we’ll avenge it!”

Super

Super (2010)
Starring: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler
The “heroes”: Crimson Bolt, Boltie
The villains: Jacques, the drug dealer and any random criminals
What’s at stake: Crimson Bolt’s wife
Power level: 1/10 (is owning a wrench a super power?)
“Libby: You tell everyone you know! That anytime some stupid fucking bastard wants to commit some gay ass crime that Crimson Bolt and Boltie are gonna be there to crush their little fucking evil heads in!”

Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass (2010)
Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Chloë Grace
The heroes: Kick-Ass, Big Daddy, Hit-Girl
The villains: Red Mist
What’s at stake?:  Saving New York from a devious crime lord
Power level: 2/10
“Dave Lizewski: I always wondered why nobody did it before me. I mean, all those comic books, movies, TV shows. You think that one eccentric loner would’ve made himself a costume. I mean, is everyday life really so exciting? Are schools and offices so thrilling that I’m the only one who fantasized about this? Come on, be honest with yourself. At some point in our lives we all wanna be a superhero.”

First Class

X-Men: First Class (2011)
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
The heroes: Charles Xavier, Erik Lensherr, Mystique, Beast, Banshee
The villains: Sebastian Shaw, Azazel, Emma Frost
What’s at stake?: The start of World War III
Power level: 7/10
“Dr. Moira MacTaggert: You know, one day the government is going to realize that how lucky they were to have Professor X on their side.

Professor Charles Xavier: I suppose I am a real professor, aren’t I? Next thing you know, I’ll be going bald. We’re still on the government side, Moira. We’re still G-Men. Just without the “G”.
Dr. Moira MacTaggert: No. You’re your own team now. It’s better. You’re X-Men.
Professor Charles Xavier: Yes, I like the sound of that.”

Days of Future Past

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman
The heroes: Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Beast, Iceman, Rogue, etc
The villains: Bollivar Trask, lots of robots
What’s at stake: The future of human and mutant kind
The “undecided”: Magneto, Mystique, Quicksilver
Power level: 8/10
“Charles Xavier: When did you last see her?
Erik Lehnsherr: The day I left for Dallas.
Charles Xavier: How was she?
Erik Lehnsherr: Strong. Driven. Loyal.
Charles Xavier: How… how was she?
Erik Lehnsherr: She was… We were… I could see why she meant so much to you. You should be proud of her, Charles. She’s out there, fighting for our cause.
Charles Xavier: Your cause. The girl I raised, she was not capable of killing.
Erik Lehnsherr: You didn’t raise her. You grew up with her. She couldn’t stay a little girl forever, that’s why she left.
Charles Xavier: She left because you got inside her head.
Erik Lehnsherr: That’s not my power.”

Chronicle

Chronicle (2012)
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, Michael B. Jordan
The people with powers: Andrew, Matt and Steve
What’s at stake: Potentially the unnamed city they live in as well as their own lives and that of their families
Power level: 5/10
“Matt Garetty: Andrew! Andrew, look at me! This has to stop right now, okay? This is really, really bad. What happened to you?
Andrew Detmer: Why did you catch him?
Matt Garetty: Listen, just focus okay?
Andrew Detmer: I dropped him! Why did you catch him?
Matt Garetty: Andrew, this is not a game, do you understand? You’re hurting people!
Andrew Detmer: You’re weak, Matt! You’re all weak. I’m stronger than all of this!
Matt Garetty: Andrew, listen to me, okay? Just… I need you listen. Just focus for a second.
Andrew Detmer: Do not tell me what to do!
Matt Garetty: They can’t stop us, it’s not too late for us to go.
Andrew Detmer: It is too late. I’m done! It’s over… god, you treated me like shit! You left me alone!
Matt Garetty: Andrew, you’re not alone up here. I’m here with you! I should’ve been with you all along, but I’m here now. We can stop this right now, you and me. Andrew, we can just fly away, we can get out of here. We can be family! Andrew? Andrew, look at yourself. This isn’t who you are!
Andrew Detmer: Apex predator…
Matt Garetty: What?
Andrew Detmer: I’m an apex predator!”

Blade

Blade (1998)
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson
The hero: Blade
The villain: Deacon Frost and some old ass vampires
What’s at stake: The human race
Power level: 6/10
“Whistler: Frost is trying to trigger a fuckin’ vampire apocalypse. There’s some kind of vampire God he’s trying to resurrect.

Blade: La Magra.
Whistler: You’re the key. He needs your blood. The blood of the day walker. You’re the chosen one.”

Batman Returns

Batman Returns (1992)
Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer
The hero: Batman
The villains: The Penguin, Catwoman
What’s at stake: Gotham City, baby!
Power level: 3/10
“Catwoman: You’re catnip to a girl like me. Handsome, dazed, and to die for.
Batman: Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.
Catwoman: But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it. You’re the second man who killed me this week, but I’ve got seven lives left.
Batman: I tried to save you.
Catwoman: Seems like every woman you try to save ends up dead… or deeply resentful. Maybe you should retire.”

30 Comments

  1. Out of all of them.. Kick-Ass is my least favorite and I haven’t even seen few of them.

    1. abbiosbiston

      A fair few of them are quite off the beaten track and I know Kick-Ass is a bit of a love/hate film.

  2. Nice choices, Abbi! 🙂 I SO need to re-do my top ten. Super & Kick-Ass won’t make my list, though – I think I’m the only one who hates those. But, hey – if The Crow counts that’s my new number one!!! 🙂 And I have a thing for the X-Men films as well.

    1. abbiosbiston

      The Crow totally counts. He has super powers… and a graphic novel! I know Kick-Ass is not one of your favourites but it absolutely cracks me up.

  3. Ive seen them all but The Crow. My top ten would be slightly different. Cant believe no Nolan films made your list. I liked chronicle when i saw it, but it probably deserves a re-watch. Not a fan of Blade at all tho

    1. abbiosbiston

      I don’t like Nolan’s Batman aesthetic at all nor do I like Bale’s Batman. I enjoyed Heath Ledger as The Joker but otherwise I find them really tedious. My love of Blade is probably part nostalgia.

  4. GaryGreg828

    Batman Returns over Batman? I didn’t like Batman Returns b/c it felt like it was all over the place and ran off-track w/ so many different villains; it didn’t seem very focused. I liked Batman a lot and thought Nicholson and Keaton were both great in those roles. The Dark Knight trilogy is my favorite, but I see you didn’t like the aesthetics. Did you see “Watchmen”? I thought that was really good. Oh, how about “V for Vendetta”? One may consider that one a superhero film. I loved that one. I’m generally not really a fan of most superhero films. I may have to check out “Super” sometime b/c I never got around to it. I didn’t think it’d be very good, but if you rank it here I will have to give it a try when I come across it for free. I loved “Chronicle” and thought “Kick Ass” was pretty good, as well.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I think it’s the sheer bonkersness of Batman Returns that appeals to be but I really liked Batman as well. Maybe it should have been a top 20. I know The Dark Knight trilogy has a lot of fans but something about it just did not click for me.

      I have to admit that I never made it to the end of Watchmen because I could not fathom what the hell was going on. It’s one of my husband;s favourites though and we have a copy of it so maybe I need to try again.

      I’ve only seen V for Vendetta once years ago and I can’t really remember anything about it.

      Super is one of those ones that could go either way. It’s really dark and really weird and requires a specific sense of humour. Would love to hear your thoughts on it.

      1. GaryGreg828

        V for Vendetta and Watchmen are both very heavy films, so I can see why it may not appeal to everyone. Dark Knight trilogy, as well. If those films aren’t your cup-of-tea, then you likely won’t like them too much on a second viewing (unless maybe you were distracted when watching it the first time around; that can cause someone to not be a fan of a film). Okay, I will see if I can find “Super” soon. Ellen Page is in, right?

        1. abbiosbiston

          I don’t mind heavy films but I think it might be the combination of “fun” superhero movies with heavy themes that doesn’t work for me.

          Ellen Page is indeed in Super.

          1. GaryGreg828

            She’s one of my favorite actresses; loved her in “Hard Candy”. You saw that one, right? if not, you need to ASAP! 🙂

            1. abbiosbiston

              I did but I found it so disturbing that I didn’t enjoy it much. She was very good though.

  5. I love Shut up Crime! definitely one of the best =)

    1. abbiosbiston

      I’m glad it’s not just me who loved Super!

  6. Love your new blog look Abbi, I meant to say that in my last comment. I esp LOVE your new background!

    As for superhero movies, nice to see two X-Men movies represented here. I haven’t seen Super but not really that interested in it. I’d add Capt America and the first Superman film on my list.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank-you! It needed a whole refresh and I’m really pleased with the results.

      I have to admit that I haven’t seen any Superman movies so I probably need to check them out. If it was a top 20 Winter Soldier would have made it onto the list but I didn’t love the first one. Same with the Thor movies. Super is utterly bonkers but it appealed to my dark sense of humour.

  7. Even though mine would be completsly different (Lots of Nolan, Cap’n America, Iron and Spider-Man), this is a pretty solid list.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thanks, Fernando!

  8. I liked that Chronicle made your top ten, it’s a surprisingly great movie for me. I kept thinking so who’s gonna be the villain only to realize he was right under our nose lol.

    1. abbiosbiston

      I was very impressed with Chronicle. I thought it was a pretty realistic portrayal of what teenage boys would do given super powers.

  9. smilingldsgirl

    A fun eclectic list. Love that you included Chronicle an underrated movie. A few on your list I haven’t seen but most I agree with!

    1. abbiosbiston

      It was always going to be a bit of an off the wall list since it isn’t one of my favourite genres but I am glad there are some we agree on 🙂

      1. smilingldsgirl

        I’m with you. Not my favorite genre either which also made my list kind of different than a typical fan
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  10. Yaaayyy! I’m so glad my lists inspired you! Thank you kindly for the mentions! Well, you already know that a few of these are among my faves. Love that you included Chronicle! I hadn’t thought of that one, but it’s great! I still really need to see Kick-Ass. And Blade. And The Crow. I haven’t heard much about Super, but it seems fun! I’ll have to add that to the list, too. Great job, lady! 😀

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you for having such inspiring lists. Chronicle really stuck with me and I think it deserves to get seen by a lot more people. Super is insane but I love dark humour and this is the blackest kind.

      1. I agree–Chronicle deserves much more attention. Found-footage done right. Also, Dane DeHaan. 😉 Hmm. I will definitely have to track down Super. I am intrigued…

  11. Can I just say that this list is AMAZING?!

    Kick-Ass was brilliant and ridiculously awkward. Blade was just so cheesy but awesome (I actually watched it on Friday again) and Chronicle surprised the hell out of me (even though I primarily watched it for the delightful DeHaan, turned out it had a whole lot to offer). The X-Men movies you have on here? All favourites. I think the only one I don’t get on here is The Avengers (though I am in the extreme minority). However, you can have The Avengers and I will have The Dark Knight trilogy 😉

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you! I am really glad you enjoyed it.

      Chronicle was a real surprise for me. I also mostly watched it for DeHaan but I thought what they did with a small budget was amazing.

      The way you don;t get The Avengers is probably exactly like me not getting The Dark Knight trilogy so totally understandable.

  12. Your denial of The Dark Knight disturbs me. Blade? Really?

    1. abbiosbiston

      I don’t like Nolan’s take on Batman. It’s way too serious. I think superhero movies need to be a little ridiculous. Like Blade.

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