Re: Vote for your favorite CBM!
#1. The Dark Knight:
- A career best performance by Ledger which redefined a comic character in such a way as it has become THE bar to which all comic book villains (and characters in general) still strive to achieve the level of.
- The brilliantly structured, rock solid script that allowed for some fantastic moments, supporting performances, and the most ambitious ending to a film of the CBM genre and beyond.
#2. Batman Begins:
- Brilliant introduction to Bruce/Batman, one of the most layered, rich, textured origin films I've ever witnessed, allowing for fantastic character development. It perfected the origin story formula that many films in and out of the CBM genre have tried to emulate, making it one of the top 5 most influential films of the 21st century.
- Brilliant supporting cast, including a complex villain in Ras al Ghul.
#3. The Dark Knight Rises
- Great performances all around, arguably Bale's best out of the trilogy, as well as fantastic performances from Anne Hathaway who gave a Tour de Force, and Hardy who uses minimalism to portray true menace behind the mask.
- Absolutely brilliant action IMAX sequences
- Numerous tributes to classic Batman comics spread throughout
#4. X2: X-Men United
- Some of the best action sequences ever shown in CBM's, from Wolverine's onslaught to Nightcrawler's White House breach.
- Great script that allowed for some great character moments and interactions.
#5. Sin City
- One of the most original looking films I've ever seen, with a unique, memorable color scheme, but one that allows for memorable characters and doesn't go too far to become total style over substance.
- Memorable characters, along with the unrelenting OTT violent scenes
#6. Hellboy 2
- Gorgeous, Del Toro style scenery that never overshadows the plot or characters
- Great action sequences.
#7. Scott Pilgrim
- Like Sin City, One of the most original looking films I've ever seen, integrating OTT comic elements and video game elements flawlessly to benefit the story.
- Great ensemble of unique characters.
#8. Superman 2 (Donner Cut)
- Great performances by the cast, particularly Reeves and Stamp.
- A smart script that allowed for great character interaction and twists.
#9. X-Men: First Class
- Excellent performance by Michael Fassbender
- Great action scenes and character interactions
- Great casting and performances by Jackman and Stewart
- Good script to introduce audiences to the world that these unique characters occupy.
"We'll never see Day-Lewis and Kubrick, we'll never see Kurosawa and Eastwood, but we have officially seen Bale and Nolan, a cinematic dream pairing come to life!"