Friday's Top Five: Superhero movies
March 2nd, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Superhero movies

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.
Lois Lane: [laughs] You're gonna end up fighting every elected official in this country!

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

Honorable Mention:

"Flash Gordon" (1980): “Flash, Flash, I love you, but we only have fourteen hours to save the Earth!” – Dale Arden


soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. The Hook

    It's wonderful to see so many of my fellow fan boys strengthening the stereotypes that inevitably surround fans of the superhero movie genre.
    Why can't these posters leave their Mom's basement every once in a while and interact with the real world?

    March 12, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. yo mamma

    Oh my...I just crapped out the largest turd ever...It had to be about two feet long and decorated with pcs of corn n it...I showed it to my bf and he thinks its a world record turd..I trying to find a way to get it out of toliet in one pc so i can freeze it and show it to book of world record peeps...maybe i can sell it on ebay huh?

    March 4, 2012 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. @blogger

    best superhero movie: The Adventures of D!ckman & Throbbin', starring John Holmes and Tom Byron! best line: "this looks like a job for....Double Penetration"!

    March 3, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. guitarharry

    Superman II was better than the first movie. And The Dark Knight was better than Batman Begins. And Thor was better than Captain America. So there.

    March 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sokman

    Rockateer was cool. Sky Captain could have gotten an honorable mention.

    March 3, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. The Observer

    In order:
    1. The Dark Knight – the best of all Comic book movies on the silver screen, Oscar material.
    2. Batman Begins – a wonderful fresh start from the disaster of bat-films of the '90s after Batman (1989)
    3. Iron Man – Downey was great as Tony Stark and so was Trevor Howard who played Rhodey in the first film.
    4. Spider-Man – Tobey captured Peter Parker well on the film, very much like the comics.
    5. Captain America – aside from tiny differences from the comics, it was a great monster hit.
    6. Superman (1978) – Christopher Reeve made his mark as the Man of Steel. All who follow has a high bar to reach.
    7. Flash Gordon (1980) – Sam Jones and Melody Anderson was great in the film and Ornella Muti was super-hot.
    8. X-Men (2000) – Hugh Jackman seems to be born to be Wolverine.
    9. Batman (1989) – Jack Nicholson chewed up the scenery as the Joker but Keaton was so-so as Bruce/Batman.
    10. Blade: Trinity – Jessica Biel, 'nuff said.
    also two underrated '90s movies – The Shadow w/ Alec Baldwin (check it out, I was sad that a sequel was never made). and The Rocketeer w/ Jennifer Connelly and Bill Campbell.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  7. yuck

    Not even a dog would lick your balls @Richard. even if you were to spread the whole jar of peanut butter on them. First off you would have to find them cuz they're so small.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Gallops

    I'm sorry, but how do you leave The Dark Knight off this list, but put X-Men: First Class on it? I could understand possibly not wanting to list Batman twice, but you have to put TDK on this list for it to be remotely accurate.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • yosh

      Batman Begins much better than Dark Knight, same with Spiderman being better than 2

      March 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Serpentk1ng

    Superman doesn't have to lick his own balls. He can get women to lick them for him.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ?

    No Blankman?

    @RF,
    I'm sure the man of steel is flexible enough to give himself a good tongue-lashing.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Richard Fore

    I'll bet Superman can't lick his own balls. I can.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |

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