Batman & Friends

According to my pal Jemele Hill, The Dark Knight is going to knock me off my feet (I’m seeing it tomorrow). I hope so, and I’ll certainly offer my take here. But while we wait for that inevitably exciting post, here’s my Top 5 All-Time Superhero Flicks: (I’d love to hear your take, dear readers …)

1. Superman: The Movie—Critics tend to say Superman II was better—and they’re on crack. Superman is the perfect superhero flick; engaging from beginning to end. This is my favorite scene, but there are a million of ’em. Chris Reeve (I call him Chris, not Christopher, because doing so makes me sound in the know) was the perfect man for the role, and Gene Hackman is Lex Luthor.

2. Batman Begins—Very, very dark, as a Batman movie should be. I don’t love Christian Bale as Batman, because I think he’s soooo dark the character lacks charisma (any charisma). But, as with Superman, the dedication to the true essence of the title character is wonderful.

3. Batman—I remember when Michael Keaton was cast as Batman, and everyone sort of shrugged. Well, I still consider him the perfect actor for the part. Much was made of Jack Nicholson’s Joker portrayal, which was certainly good. But Keaton proved perfect.

“Who are you!?”

“I’m Batman.”

4. Spider-Man: Another one where everyone praised the sequel—and everyone was wrong. I’d say the best single scene from a superhero movie is Peter Parker (Toby Maguire) trying to figure out how to shoot his web. Brilliant—and the wrestling scene is a close second.

5. Superman II: Not as good as the first, but still high quality. “Kneel before Zod!” has a place in my heart. Sadly, Superman III sucked, and Superman IV, well, sucked sucked.

2 thoughts on “Batman & Friends”

  1. I think of Super Man II as #1, but not both, mainly because that’s been the trend with many superhero movies. For example, not that you’ve seen it, but The Dark Knight should surpass Batman Begins much the way Spiderman 2 was much better than Spiderman 1. The original Batman wasn’t as good as the latest Batman. As a matter of fact, Superman 1 doesn’t crack my top 5 (but definitely my top 10) so in its place, and at #5, I offer X-Men 2.

    So my list:

    1. Superman 2
    2. The Dark Knight
    3. Spider Man 2
    4. Batman
    5. X-Men 2

  2. “Everybody….CHILL!” – Victor Freeze

    Yeah that guy’s a governor now. In the United States. Mr. Freeze, leader of California. Hallelujah.

    The Dark Knight will dominate your world, good sir. It’s an unbelievably well-executed movie. Here’s my list…

    1. The Dark Knight – See hyperbole above.

    2. Batman Begins – The restart after the Joel Schumacherlypse was almost as great a save as Richter’s stop on Bure’s penalty shot in the ’94 Stanley Cup Finals. Almost.

    3. X-Men 2 – Nightcrawler bamf’s out of the Blackbird THREE MILES ABOVE THE EARTH. Yes, please.

    4. Batman – Lest we forget that Billy Dee Williams was the original Harvey Dent.

    5. Spider-Man – Too bad by the third movie they had Peter Parker dressing up like the lost member of Dashboard Confessional. Let’s get this thing back on track. I’m looking at you, Hollywood.

    Also of note:
    – Superman (Of course)
    – Superman 2
    – Iron Man (Downey Jr. was perfect as Stark)
    – Spider-Man 2
    – The Nick Fury TV Movie with David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury Where You’re Flipping Through the Channels and Go “Why is Hasselhoff Wearing an Eye Patch OH MY GOD HE’S NICK FURY”.

    I’m pretty sure that’s the actual title.

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