Having The Avengers Assemble and The Dark Knight Rises out in the next coming weeks and months I have decided to do my top six favourite comic book films. Only one entry per franchise will be used, so I hope you enjoy the list.
Director Matthew Vaughn takes Mark Miller and John Romita Jr comic book in Kick-ass. This follows Dave Lizewski (Aaron Johnson) who becomes Kick-Ass who wants to fight crime, one problem for him is he can’t fight. After a chance meeting with Big Daddy (Nicolas Cage who is brilliant) and foul mouth Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who do know how to fight they team up to take out Frank D’Amico (Mark Strong). This film caused tones of controversies with the language of Hit Girl as she is only 11 but in all honest this makes her character stand out even more. Hugely enjoyable film well worthy of all the praise it got.
5. 30 Days of Night
Director David Slade (Yes the one who went onto Twilight) takes Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith Comic. The story is set in a small Alaskan town, which gets plunged into darkness for 30 days. Sheriff Eben Oleson (Josh Hartnett) and his ex wife Stella (Melissa George) are left to lead a group of survivors, after the town comes under attack from vampires lead by Marlow (Danny Huston). Very dark, very bloody, but mostly very enjoyable. Just don’t bother wasting time watching the sequel.
4. Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Director Edgar Wright takes on Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Graphic Novel. In this we follow Scott Pilgrim’s (Michael Cera) who has to take on Ramona Flowers’ (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil ex’s. Filled with a full range of different villains and a rock music background you get a very special piece of film that is very enjoyable for all viewers.
3. X-Men First Class
Director Matthew Vaughn reboots the X0men series from the very beginning showing how Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magento (Michael Fassbender) characters are created. Spending the film working together to help other mutants come to terms with their differences. We meet a young Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) who do appear in the original. Along with a brilliant villain in Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) who steals every scene he is in we have a new generation superhero film that takes everything to the next level.
2. Batman Begins/ Dark Knight
Director Christopher Nolan reboots the Batman series after the disaster of Batman and Robin. Under the mask now is Christian Bale who has as Bruce Wayne has spent his whole life training to take down the criminals of Gotham City. Between the two films he takes on four villains who take everything to the next level. First up we have Dr. Jonathan Crane or Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy) who works for Ra Al Ghul (Liam Neeson) who tries to take down Gotham City. After stopping these two, Batman has to take on the Joker (Oscar winning performance from Heath Ledger) who lives for chaos and Harvey Dent who becomes Two Face (Aaron Eckhart). These two films are much darker than any of the other batman films and are both two of the best ever made.
Director Zack Snyder takes on Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore’s Graphic novel Watchmen. This follows a very different story to your traditional comic book story. Starting with the murder of one of the heroes The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) we follow Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) who is investigating what happened. Filled with flash backs to the young heroes and present day with the heroes children all grown up. From the opening sequences you know this will be a very special film and it delivers with its very dark bleak outlook on what could have happened in the 1980’s.
Honourable mentions have to go to
- X-Men first 3 before the reboot.
- Television Show The Walking Dead