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The Blade Trilogy 2 1.04%
The X-Men Trilogy 8 4.17%
Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy 10 5.21%
The Dark Knight Trilogy 147 76.56%
The Iron Man Trilogy 25 13.02%
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Best Superhero Trilogy

Instead of just doing individual film stand-offs or series, I am including all the superhero trilogies.

Of Note: I am only including those that are made with the intent of being (or ending as) a trilogy. So while there is a Superman III and Batman Forever, those films were episodic and followed up by fourth installments meant to be a continuation and not a revisit.

So please vote and rank.

For me:

1. The Dark Knight Trilogy
2. Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy
3. The Iron Man Trilogy
4. The X-Men Trilogy
5. The Blade Trilogy

I know I may get some flack for putting Raimi's so high, but as flawed as SM3 is, it never felt boring or lazy like IM2 and X3 did to me. So, it gets higher because all three films were high-minded, even if only the first two were truly good.

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Old 05-15-2013, 05:15 PM   #2
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The Dark Knight Trilogy is so far above the others that I'm not sure if it is even worth the bother to ask this question. There is only one other superhero film (Spider-Man 2) that even comparable to the quality of ANY of the three Nolan films.

The real battle is for #2 between Iron Man and Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is more consistent, but it never reaches the high of SM2. Right now I would probably go with Iron Man, but mostly because I am such a fan of the character and RDJ's interpretation of it. They are close.


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Old 05-15-2013, 07:34 PM   #3
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The only competition will be TDK's trilogy and Iron Man's trilogy in this poll.

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Old 05-25-2013, 10:16 PM   #4
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The only competition will be TDK's trilogy and Iron Man's trilogy in this poll.
Guess not by looking at the poll, lol.

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Old 01-13-2014, 04:11 AM   #5
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None of these trilogies is perfect 3/3, each of them has a film that
is weaker than the others.

Here's the way I see it.....

1. Dark Knight trilogy: The best overall.
Batman Begins = brought Batman back from oblivion. Not perfect but
a damn good start, and worth its score on RT.

The Dark Knight = best superhero movie ever. Elevates the whole
genre. Simply magic.

The Dark Knight rises = it was the final chapter we needed, but not
the one we deserved. Had some good bits, and was entertaining when you see it the first time, but on subsequent viewings the flaws become more and more apparent. Good film, but doesn't reach the heights of TDK. Still solid performance by Bale, backed up by a slinky Hathaway, an emotional Caine, a stoic Oldman, a confused JGL, and a mumbling Hardy still works. Great cameos by Neeson and Murphy.


2. Spider-Man, not as great as TDK, but still a pretty decent set of films
around one of the most iconic super-heroes.

Spider-Man = wow ! didn't think Spidey would work on the big screen,
yeah it's silly in bits, but boy is it fun, and Dafoe was a great GG.

Spider Man 2 = raised the bar quite a bit for super-hero fight scenes,
who would have thought that Doctor Octopus would actually work in live action.
Although the whole I'm Spider-Man, oh I don't want to be Spider-Man thing was kind of annoying.

Spider Man 3 = if they'd cut out about 30 minutes it would have been perfect, I enjoyed evil Peter Parker, and the way they were faithful to the first time he comprehensively defeats venom (from the comics). A good resolution to the Harry- Peter -MJ trilogy, and like the first film, ends in a funeral. But it works. If they'd just not bothered with the Sandman.....


3. Iron Man: essentially the greatness of the first film makes up for
pretty crappy sequels.
Iron Man = wow ! Personally, I think it rivals TDK as contender for greatest superhero movie (although I'm also keen on MOS). A fantastic film, really enjoyable, well paced, and RDJ's Tony Stark routine is fresh.

Iron Man 2 = yawn. Too long, Rourke was awful as Whiplash, and

Iron Man 3 = hated it. I know that the Mandarin Twist worked for some, and the whole Killian "I'm the Mandarin" thing, and the panic attacks, and the convenient resolution of all the character points in a single montage at the end of the film.
Anyway, not my thing. No disrespect to those that enjoyed it.
RDJ's Tony Stark routine is now old news and kind of irritating.

4. X-Men=

X-Men: yeah, it was okay. McKellen and Stewart were pretty impressive in their roles. Jackman's Wolverine was quite likeable, hadn't got all dark and conflicted. Pretty good overall for first live action X-men outing.

X2 = again, pretty good. Strong cast. The Source material "God loves, Man Kills" was my favourite Xmen story, ever, and IMO the best Xmen graphic novel. Not a complicated or convoluted storyline, just a simple story about hate and fear. I think they could have stayed closer to the
original storyline and ended up with a better film - they kind of tried to do
a bit too much. Personally, I think people overrate Singer's achievements in these films, as he had an amazing cast to work with.

Last Stand= I was in the minority, I actually liked the film. Especially the bit where Jean disintegrates Xavier. All in all, not the best ending, but a pretty good one. Not a bad adaptation of the dark phoenix saga, but
probably could have been done better. (I'm with Kevin Smith on this one,
Brett Ratner was a ****ing genius compared to Bryan Singer, when we compare this film, which was okay but not great, to that awful piece of ****, Superman Returns).

You kind of have to add in X-Men First Class: actually better than the previous films. They rocked that 60's vibe really well.

I think what lets the films down is that a lot of important X-characters only get lip service -particularly Cyclops- strong performances by McKellen and Stewart are really the heart and soul of these movies though. If there was a main character it would have been Wolverine, but he's better when he has a sense of humour (the Wolverine movies were pretty crappy, in large part because he was such a boring lead, as he has takes himself waaayyy too seriously). Wolvie's cameo in First class was better than all his appearances in his own films - I just can't feel sorry for a guy who's biggest problem is that he can't get sick, grows old very slowly, can smoke and drink as much as he likes and heals every injury- boo hoo !)



BTW, not a superhero trilogy, but have to agree that Bourne was pure awesomeness, and it breaks the trilogy curse, as Bourne ultimatum is the best by far, and one of the best action films of all time.

In terms of trilogies, LOTR probably the best IMO, as its the most consistent in terms of quality. The first movie is a great character drama/fantasy/action film that sets up the tension for the whole film, the second film is a bit aimless but exciting and Gollum is fantastic, and the third film is pure payoff on every level, I have no doubt it will stand the test of time, ten years later and its still amazing - I own the extended version and other than the skull avalanche, it's magic.

Something that both Bourne and LOTR had in common was that the final movie was the strongest, which is ideally how we'd all like a trilogy to be (kind of the Matrix trilogy in reverse).

I'm hoping Days of Future past is as good as it has the potential to be.

BTW, great thread !

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The Dark Knight rises = it was the final chapter we needed, but not the one we deserved.

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Old 03-11-2014, 09:06 PM   #7
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Surprised to see Iron Man get so much love in this poll. Avengers was pretty good (though not part of the trilogy) and IM1 was.. okay, but I hated both IM2 & IM3. Terrible movies.

Sam Raimi's Spider-Man will always be my favorite, with Nolan's Batman as a close second.

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I agree they are not the greatest films of the presented field (I would concede that point to Bat Bale), but I've had the most fun with the Iron Man movies, so that series gets my vote.

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Old 05-16-2013, 10:59 AM   #9
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The Dark Knight Trilogy

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Dark Knight > Raimi > irrelevant

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Old 05-16-2013, 01:22 PM   #11
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It has to be the TDK trilogy, every movie was of a high quality, were as unfortunately all of the other trilogies had at least one average-bad-very bad movie. All 3 Batman movies were of a very high standard.

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It's too bad how the last two films of the TDKTrilogy had so much tragedy behind them, though. Wonder how the films would've been perceived without any troubling events being related to them.

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1. The Dark Knight trilogy
2. Spider-Man trilogy
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TDK trilogy by a long shot.

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Is this poll even worth it? Even if you don't care much for Nolan's take on Batman you'd be hard pressed to find another series in the genre that comes close to matching the quality of film making involved with that trilogy.

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Yeah, I don't see how you can't go with TDK trilogy. Its easily the most consistent, even if you aren't much of a fan of the film. Every other superhero trilogy has atleast one entry that struggled with fans and critics. Even 'Rises', which a lot of boardies like to rag on, was better received critically than 'Begins' and has plenty of fans and plenty of people who think it tops TDK. I think a great trilogy is certainly when all three chapters are strong enough to be the favorite. There are plenty of people who like 'Begins' the best, plenty who like 'Rises' the best and the majority like TDK the best. Spiderman is mostly Spiderman 2 with a few for the original, same goes for the X-men series with X1 and X2 and Iron Man is mostly IM1 and IM3. The chances of getting Sm3, Im2, X3 as an answer for best of the series is so low its not even funny. TDK trilogy is consistent, simple as that.

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Yeah, I don't see how you can't go with TDK trilogy. Its easily the most consistent, even if you aren't much of a fan of the film. Every other superhero trilogy has atleast one entry that struggled with fans and critics. Even 'Rises', which a lot of boardies like to rag on, was better received critically than 'Begins' and has plenty of fans and plenty of people who think it tops TDK. I think a great trilogy is certainly when all three chapters are strong enough to be the favorite. There are plenty of people who like 'Begins' the best, plenty who like 'Rises' the best and the majority like TDK the best. Spiderman is mostly Spiderman 2 with a few for the original, same goes for the X-men series with X1 and X2 and Iron Man is mostly IM1 and IM3. The chances of getting Sm3, Im2, X3 as an answer for best of the series is so low its not even funny. TDK trilogy is consistent, simple as that.

Yep, that's the bottom line. I remember back when Wally Pfister was talking about the script before they even filmed anything. He basically said the same thing you did about the consistency of the series where each movie is good enough to have people who prefer it over the other two movies.

TDK trilogy is the only one in the genre to pull this off so far. I think Burton could have pulled it off if he made a third movie, but as we know WB pretty much shoved him out the door. Likewise, I think Singer would have made a good third movie if he didn't jump ship for Superman Returns.

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Yeah, I don't see how you can't go with TDK trilogy. Its easily the most consistent, even if you aren't much of a fan of the film. Every other superhero trilogy has atleast one entry that struggled with fans and critics. Even 'Rises', which a lot of boardies like to rag on, was better received critically than 'Begins' and has plenty of fans and plenty of people who think it tops TDK. I think a great trilogy is certainly when all three chapters are strong enough to be the favorite. There are plenty of people who like 'Begins' the best, plenty who like 'Rises' the best and the majority like TDK the best. Spiderman is mostly Spiderman 2 with a few for the original, same goes for the X-men series with X1 and X2 and Iron Man is mostly IM1 and IM3. The chances of getting Sm3, Im2, X3 as an answer for best of the series is so low its not even funny. TDK trilogy is consistent, simple as that.
Agreed with everything on this post. TDKTrilogy has given us three films in which one could be the favorite over another one. I mean, I love TDKRises the most myself and that really tells a lot of how I view this trilogy...this is the first time in a CB trilogy where I very much enjoy the third installment. Can't say that about the other trilogies(even if I like IM3 more than IM2, it still is no match against the first film).

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1. TDKT
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I didn't see IM3 yet

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TDK (3 great films)
X-Men (2 great films)
Iron Man (1 great film and 1 good film)
Spidey (1 good film and 1 decent film)
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1. Iron Man Trilogy by a hefty margin.(3 out of 3)


2. Superman Trilogy(2 out of 3)
3. X-Men Trilogy(2 out of 3)
4. Spider-Man trilogy(2 out of 3)
5. Blade Trilogy(2 out of 3)
6. Nolan's Batman Trilogy(1 out of 3)

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The Dark Knight Trilogy, no doubt about it. To date it is the only fully successful superhero trilogy where each film is strong.

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I personally would rank them:

Iron Man
Raimi's Spider-Man
The Dark Knight Trilogy
X-Men
Blade

Wasn't a fan of TDKR and I enjoyed Iron Man 3 most of the 3rd installments. While TDK is a triumph, I also personally enjoy SM1 and IM1 more than BB.

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Wasn't encouraged to continue watching Blade 2 when I finally saw it from the start
What I remember of it is bad twists from the times I caught it halfway through

Blade Trinity is still ignored

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As well as Blade: Trinity should be ignored, haha.

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