Personally, l am more of an original ‘comic book fan’ of the Superhero’s the world has to offer, but of course that is perhaps old fashioned – now all the favourites can be seen on the big screen.
As a kid, l used to read from a large selection of comics and back then enjoyed the likes of “Superman, Batman and Spiderman, The Hulk and Thor”, they were my core of Superhero’s – but also, l was really only a 1970’s fan of these characters and whilst l have enjoyed some of the movies as an adult – they are not a genre l am overly excited about. Suze on the other hand is a huge Superhero fan and loves mostly the heroes from the likes of Marvel and has gone to watch films at the big screen with her grandchildren in the past as well as her friends – like minded Superhero fans.
A superhero film, superhero movie or superhero motion picture is a film that is focused on the actions of one or more superheroes: individuals who usually possess extraordinary – generally superhuman – abilities relative to a normal person and are dedicated to protecting the public. These films typically feature action, adventure, fantasy or science fiction elements, with the first film of a particular character often including a focus on the origin of their special powers and their first confrontation with their most famous supervillain or archenemy.
Most superhero films are based on superhero comics. By contrast, several films such as the RoboCop series, The Meteor Man, the Unbreakable film series, The Incredibles, Hancock and They Call Me Jeeg are original for the screen, while The Green Hornet is based primarily on the original radio series and its 1960s television adaptation, both Underdog and The Powerpuff Girls are based on animated television series, and Japanese tokusatsu and anime superhero films are based on manga and television shows.
Beginning in the 2000s, the superhero film has become a dominant form worldwide. The most notable and successful superhero films since the year 2000 are 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Pixar’s The Incredibles series, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, the films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe starting with Iron Man and the films set in the DC Extended Universe starting with Man of Steel. This commercial dominance has largely been accompanied by positive critical notice for many of these films, which includes Academy Award recognition. Superhero films have been commercially successful in a wide variety of genres such as action, horror, fantasy, comedy etc
Here are my personal Top 15 Superhero ‘Movies’ – now let me know below not just if you are a fan but of who and also for a bit of extra fun …. what’s your ‘Superhero Special ‘Bloopergag’ Power?’
Then, let me know YOUR Top 10, 12 or 15 favourite films and let’s see if we can make a giant Theme Times list for the next episode!
1 – Batman – 1989
Batman, a masked vigilante from Gotham City, fights against evil to keep its citizens safe. He must battle Jack Napier, who turns into the Joker and threatens to take over Gotham City.
2 – Batman Returns – 1992
When Max, an entrepreneur, and criminal Penguin team up to wreak havoc in Gotham City, Batman decides to stop them. Catwoman’s alter ego, Selina Kyle, seeks revenge on Max for trying to kill her.
3 – Batman Forever – 1995
Batman must stop Two-Face who seeks revenge from him after a courtroom accident leaves him disfigured on one side and The Riddler who has a nefarious plan of his own.
4 – Batman Forever – 1997
Batman and Robin try to prevent the evil pair of Mr Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing the town. While doing so, they also try hard to continue their partnership.
5 – Spider-Man – 2002
Peter Parker, a shy high school student, is often bullied by his fellow classmates. However, his life changes when he is bitten by a genetically altered spider and gains superpowers.
6 – Spider-Man – 2004
Peter Parker is dissatisfied with life when he loses his job, the love of his life, Mary Jane, and his powers. Amid all the chaos, he must fight Doctor Octopus who threatens to destroy New York City.
7 – Spider-Man 3 – 2007
Peter Parker becomes one with a symbiotic alien that bolsters his Spider-Man avatar and affects his psyche. He also has to deal with Sandman and maintain a fragmented relationship with Mary Jane.
8 – Suicide Squad – 2016
An intelligence officer assembles a team of imprisoned super-villains to execute dangerous black ops missions. Meanwhile, the homicidal Joker launches a diabolical agenda of his own.
9 – Guardians of the Galaxy – 2014
Peter escapes from the planet Morag with a valuable orb that Ronan the Accuser wants. He eventually forms a group with unwilling heroes to stop Ronan.
10 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – 2017
After a successful mission, Quill and his team of galactic defenders meet Ego, a man claiming to be Quill’s father. However, they soon learn some disturbing truths about Ego.
11 – Superman – 1978
Scientist Jor-El rockets his infant son, Kal-El, to safety on Earth. Kal is raised as Clark Kent and develops unusual abilities and powers to become Superman who fights for truth and justice.
12 – Superman – 1980
Superman decides to give up his superpowers for the sake of his true love, Lois Lane. At the same time, three criminals from his home planet of Krypton land on Earth and try to conquer the world.
13 – The Incredibles – 2004
Forced to adopt a civilian identity and stuck in a white-collar job, Mr Incredible itches to get back into action. When he is lured into a trap by the evil Syndrome, his family contrives to save him.
14 – The Mask – 1994
Stanley, an easy-going bank employee, turns into an eccentric green-skinned being who can bend reality after wearing a wooden mask that is inhabited by Loki who is a Norse god.
15 – Blade – 1998
Blade, who is part-vampire and part-mortal, becomes a vampire hunter to protect human beings. He prevents vampires from taking control over the human race.
So there we go folks – my Top 15 Superhero line up – what would yours look like? My Superhero Special Bloopergag would of course be Supreme Accidental Clumsiness!
Let me know below, your favourite Superhero lineups and your Bloopergag Special Power!