Best & Worst: Superhero Movies

For every Dark Knight there's a Batman: The Movie...

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    • graverobber666

      Jan 13th 2011, 8:36

      Ummm, Batman: The Movie is SUPPOSED to be hilariously over the top, campy hilariousness! I think someone really missed the point when watching it! Did the line "A sparrow with a machine gun!" Not give you a clue?

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    • Scannain

      Jan 13th 2011, 9:18

      Iron Man is looking a lot like Steel!

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    • Demonac

      Jan 13th 2011, 9:19

      What about The Specials? My favourite superhero movie and it dosen't have any action whatsoever but is about the funniest thing i've ever seen. Way better than Mystery Men

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    • Tastynapalm

      Jan 13th 2011, 9:58

      You bag out Batman (1966) while praising Tim Burton's Batman, that looks remarkably like every other 'gothic' themed movie he's managed to make over the years. While the original Batman was cheesy, was fun and enjoyable for everyone.

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    • Gav83

      Jan 13th 2011, 10:03

      No love for 300 or Sin City??

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    • durden

      Jan 13th 2011, 10:03

      On the upside you guys liked Kick a*s(I really don't get why some critics dislike this) and you manage to appreciate what Zach Snyder tried to do with Watchmen(which,in my opinion,is the coolest superhero movie ever made).Also I'm glad someone appreciates Superman Returns...I mean,isn't it refreshing to see that not every single person in hollywood makes a movie already thinking about its sequels?Singer killed Lex Luthor with no regret whatsoever and offered a moment of drama genius in the piano playing scene,that will be hard to reproduce even by Mr.Nolan. There was a downside,however I can't remember it as this is a long list :D The only one I can think of is Blade Trinity,a movie which a lot of people happen to like.Ryan Reynolds delivers some awesome one liners here and although I admit it does have its flaws(maybe even major ones) it still ranks above average

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    • apbgreen

      Jan 13th 2011, 10:09

      Wholeheartedly agree with Graverobber666. If anything the 1966 Batman is more tonally consistent than Tim Burton's efforts... did the Looney Tunes style bomb not give the reviewer a clue? They'll be telling us that Spinal Tap was a hopeless music documentary next.

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jan 13th 2011, 11:08

      Gav83 they're not superhero movies. Nice to see Darkman getting a mention.. One of the worst superhero movies of all time hasn't got a mention though... Captain America, starring Matt Salinger (truly truly awful).. and what about the Flash movies? I seem to remember them being strangely enjoyable. Other than that I'd agree with the list. Oh and Batman the Movie is fantastic fun

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Jan 13th 2011, 11:56

      So Total Film are constantly refering to Superman Returns and The Incredible Hulk as poor movies, but now suddenly they're great again. And to be fair, I don't think Daredevil and Wolverine deserve to be labelled the worst superhero movies of all time. Yes they were disappointing, mainly to the comic book geekworld, but for Saturday night viewing with a pizza and some beers, they were both perfectly acceptable action movies. And your summing up of Daredevil as rubbish, but then saying that Farrell, Duncan and Garner were all good basically means that you just didn't like Affleck very much. And Batman: The Movie might look campy and rubbish now, but it's 45 yrs old!! In 1966 it was huge and loved by everyone, so again a harsh addition to the worst list.

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    • sagent33

      Jan 13th 2011, 12:20

      while i enjoy totalfilms constant and fun features, i take there opinions with a pinch salt. really dont rate what they think at all.

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    • robotjox

      Jan 13th 2011, 13:19

      I enjoyed Spiderman 3 and Sky High but I can't stand Superman Returns. You have also neglected to mention the awesome X2 in favour of the so-so X-Men. Not really too excited about this years selection of superhero movies though.

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    • timbatman

      Jan 13th 2011, 13:38

      I agree with some of the other comments on here - TF you seem so fickle sometimes! While reading your bit about Sky High being in the 'Worst' category, I for some reason remembered that you didn't give that bad a review! I looked it up and surely enough you gave it 3 stars! And to quote the review: "Sky High is essentially an amusing high school comedy...the pleasure is to be found in the details...Mike Mitchell's film is amiable enough for nippers and parents alike." That doesn't sound too bad at all! Surely any films listed in the 'Worst' category should be 2 stars at worse and should have a mostly bad review? It feels like you had too many 'Best' films here and just grabbed some other flicks out of the air just to make up the numbers!

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Jan 13th 2011, 14:17

      It might seem fickle, but people need to take into account that TF is a collaboration between many writers and reviewers. It's not the same person who writes everything that you read in the magazine and on this web page which results in different views on the same topic. Also, I have never followed the Daredevil comics and am not a fan boy but that film is dire. Based on my understanding of the source material, there was potential for this film to rival X-men and Spiderman to become a worthy superhero franchise but the ffilm we got is a soppy mess and even the mention of its name alongside the likes of Superman, Batman (Burton and Nolan's versions) and X-men makes me cringe.

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    • BobbyTwoTimes

      Jan 13th 2011, 14:50

      So what you're saying Jeffcrackers is that because Total Film has many different reviewers all with different opinions, that we should just not bother paying any attention to their reviews in the first place? Which is basically exactly the same thing most other people on this thread have said already then? Cheers for your input mate!

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    • geomistress

      Jan 13th 2011, 17:25

      300 and Sin City weren't Superhero movies; that's why they are obviously not included (despite being great films). No love for The Rocketeer?

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    • DanRose

      Jan 13th 2011, 17:25

      No Batman Begins or X2? Hmmm. Still found Superman Returns boring and Incredible Hulk wasn't really that good... Watchmen is brilliant considering it was always gonna be tainted with the 'unfilmable comic book' tag... the attention to match likeness of comic to screen is amazing... Flash Gordon? Might be a bit camp these days but you'd sit down and watch it whenever its on tv... and The Crow is technically a super hero... maybe an anti one?! Great film... Other c**p ones... The Rocketeer, The Toxic Avenger, Catwomen and Ghost Writer And finally you missed the worst of the lot. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie... there was a sequel you know!

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    • mingfilm

      Jan 13th 2011, 18:46

      Flash a-ah Savior of the Universe !!

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    • DanRose

      Jan 13th 2011, 19:13

      GORDON'S ALIVE!!!!!

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Jan 13th 2011, 20:51

      Barelytwotimes, the point I was making is that the writer has the same right to voice his opinion as other writers for the magazine who don't like Superman Returns. And also I can't take someone seriously who's just advocated Daredevil.

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    • Growler

      Jan 14th 2011, 11:17

      Got as far as seeing the bashing you gave Daredevil and went no further. Just like your film reviews, this is weak journalism at its worst. Why do I even bother looking at theis website any more?

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 14th 2011, 13:54

      "Spooon!" Thats it all.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jan 14th 2011, 13:54

      "Spooon!" Thats it all.

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    • Alcatrazisland

      Jan 14th 2011, 15:42

      Jeffbiscuits, I whole-heartedly agree that each reviewer is entitled to voice their opinion and that variation is inevitable, but I would suggest that variation of opinion aside the star rating should be consistent. For example The Incredible Hulk here listed as the Best given a rating of 3 stars by it's reviewer who said (and I quote) "Better than Hulk? That's a given" but The Hulk was given a 4 star rating by it's reviewer!! So the reviewer of The incredible Hulk is fully entitled to say it's better that Ang Lee's version, but if he reviews it as such shouldn't it's star rating have to be the higher, or at the very least the same..?? But surely not 1 star lower!!?!?! And as for the X-Men, yes the cast is impressive, but for star-power rather than being the right people for the parts. Plus dropping the Wolverine/Sabertooth back story was a terrible idea in my mind. And let's not forget Jackman's Wolverine being the standout of all the X-Men films as evidenced by his being the choice for the spin-off movie (although the less said about that film the better) let's not forget that Jackman was a last minute replacement for the awefully misscast Dougray Scott !!!

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    • Alcatrazisland

      Jan 14th 2011, 15:42

      Jeffbiscuits, I whole-heartedly agree that each reviewer is entitled to voice their opinion and that variation is inevitable, but I would suggest that variation of opinion aside the star rating should be consistent. For example The Incredible Hulk here listed as the Best given a rating of 3 stars by it's reviewer who said (and I quote) "Better than Hulk? That's a given" but The Hulk was given a 4 star rating by it's reviewer!! So the reviewer of The incredible Hulk is fully entitled to say it's better that Ang Lee's version, but if he reviews it as such shouldn't it's star rating have to be the higher, or at the very least the same..?? But surely not 1 star lower!!?!?! And as for the X-Men, yes the cast is impressive, but for star-power rather than being the right people for the parts. Plus dropping the Wolverine/Sabertooth back story was a terrible idea in my mind. And let's not forget Jackman's Wolverine being the standout of all the X-Men films as evidenced by his being the choice for the spin-off movie (although the less said about that film the better) let's not forget that Jackman was a last minute replacement for the awefully misscast Dougray Scott !!!

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    • Jeffbiscuits

      Jan 14th 2011, 17:31

      I agree that if one writer's views vary from essay to essay, then he should give a reason for changing his opinion, especially when what he writes is published or made available for public consumption of any kind. I didn't look back to check reviews or ratings, just read the feature in the context of it being one person's views(or more than one person's) on a topic for debate. Completely agree about Dougray Scott. He was the more recognisable name at the time but would not have been any kind of fit for the Wolverine role.

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    • eddieryan

      Jan 15th 2011, 1:32

      Can't agree on the 60s Batman or My Super Ex-Girlfriend. I love them both - Batman was suppposed to be campy & over-the-top - that was the point!! Turtles?? Seriously??? They're green & live in the sewer - Enough said. Agree wih you about Superman Returns - shame it seems to have killed Brandon Routh's career before it's properly started. And as for The Hulk.... hated it - Bring back the 70s TV series - that was great!

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    • JohnJDuffy

      Jan 16th 2011, 14:02

      Watchmen is s**t

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    • starwars4life

      Jan 29th 2011, 17:37

      Catwoman really should have been in this as 'worst'. And Superman Returns?! Did we see the same film?

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    • mikebelgrave

      May 18th 2014, 8:06

      What utter c**p, this is the best Batman movie out of them all. Another journalist with no sense of humour.

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