March 2nd, 2012
12:01 PM ET
With Super Tuesday right around the corner, we could talk about memorable movie presidents or political thrillers.
Except I could use a break from politics, as I'm sure you could too, at this point.
So let’s discuss a somewhat related, if not slightly far-fetched, topic like superheroes. If you’re not willing to accept that the two are connected, let’s just agree that it’s a more fun use of the word "super."
The world of comics and its film adaptations almost always focus on political disillusionment. In these crime-ridden societies, elected officials are often powerless to combat social and moral decay. The only hope comes from vigilantes armed with super powers, super gadgets, or super tight spandex.
If only it were possible to add our favorite superheroes to the ballot. Well, now’s yours chance: Here’s a list of the best superhero movies ever made. Who would win your vote?
1. "Superman" (1978):
Superman: I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way.
2. "Batman Begins" (2005): “Gotham's time has come. Like Constantinople or Rome before it, the city has become a breeding ground for suffering and injustice.” – Ra’s al Ghul
3. "Spider-Man" (2002): “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility.” – Uncle Ben (who also has great tips on cooking rice).
4. "Iron Man" (2008): “To Peace.” – Tony Stark [toasting after giving a weapon's demonstration]
5. "X-Men: First Class" (2011): “This society won't accept us. We form our own. The humans have played their hand, now we get ready to play ours. Who's with me?” – Magneto
"Flash Gordon" (1980): “Flash, Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!” – Dale Arden
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