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Old 11-22-2015, 06:09 AM   #1
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Default A challenge: Rank the Wikipedia List of American Superhero Films that you have seen

Apologies if this has already been done, but I searched the forum and found nothing for this:

Here's a challenge for all. From the Wikipedia List of American Superhero Films that you have seen, rank them top-to-bottom from 'most enjoyed' to 'least enjoyed'.

Your ranked list can be what you assert to "objectively" be a best-to-worst order. But it's probably more accurate to think of it as the order of films you enjoyed most for your own personal, subjective, idiosyncratic reasons. (Personal reasons can include the belief that a film is objectively great of course.)

I know for myself there are some movies that I really like a lot that have serious flaws... and several that are despised and mercilessly bashed by critics and fans alike... but I happen to like them for my own reasons, warts and all. And by the same token, there are some films that a lot of fans love that I just didn't get into as much.

Anyway, here is my list. I bolded the ones that I realize are probably out of step with most other fans, but again I have my own personal rationale for the order:

(And by the way, I think a fun way to think of this is as a kind of individual fingerprint that reflects your unique CBM fan 'identity'. For all practical purposes likely no one else you'll ever run into is going to have the same ranking order as you. If you have seen, let's say, 40 or more superhero films, I'm going to guess that the odds that you'll ever interact with someone who has exactly the same ranking is infinitesimal--probably virtually nil. (If anyone who has skills in calculating probability theory formulas can weigh in on that, please do!) Anyway, it's a kind of unique blueprint or signature, your CBM fan "DNA," if you will.)

1. Guardians of the Galaxy
2. Man of Steel
3. The Avengers
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
5. Captain America: The First Avenger
6. Iron Man
7. X-Men: First Class
8. Watchmen
9. Hellboy
10. The Dark Knight Rises
11. Thor
12. The Wolverine
13. Ant-Man
14. Daredevil
15. Avengers: Age of Ultron
16. X2: X-Men United
17. Spider-Man
18. Iron Man 2
19. Thor: The Dark World
20. X-Men
21. Kick-ass
22. X-Men: Days of Future Past
23. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
24. Batman Begins
25. The Dark Knight
26. Superman (1978)
27. Fantastic Four (2015)
28. The Amazing Spider-Man
29. Dredd
30. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
31. X-Men: The Last Stand
32. Iron Man 3
33. The Fantastic Four (2005)
34. Spider-Man 2
35. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
36. Spider-Man 3
37. Kick-ass 2
38. V for Vendetta
39. Superman Returns
40. Batman (1989)
41. Green Lantern
42. The Incredible Hulk
43. Constantine
44. The Phantom
45. The Crow
46. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
47. Blade
48. Mystery Men
49. The Punisher (2004)
50. Hulk
51. Judge Dredd
52. Elektra
53. Batman Forever
54. Batman Returns
55. Superman II
56. Superman III
57. Catwoman
58. Hancock
59. Unbreakable
60. Darkman
61. The Shadow
62. Superman and the Mole Men
63. Batman (1966)
64. Batman and Robin
65. Superman IV
66. Howard the Duck
67. Spawn


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Old 11-22-2015, 06:19 AM   #2
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Should I, Frankenstein be included in the Wikipedia list? It has a comic book, i.e., it is a CBM. Frankenstein may not really be considered a "superhero," though, I suppose... Similarly, 300 and Sin City are based on graphic novels, but are not superhero films.

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Old 11-22-2015, 08:02 AM   #3
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Btw, sharing such a list among my own RL fellow CBM nerd friends became an opportunity for us to bust each others chops about the 'guilty pleasure' films we all have. My friends think I'm nuts for my comparative ranking of Daredevil and TDK or Blade, for example. But that's the pot calling the kettle black because the same friends have among their top most favorite films CBM films Howard the Duck and Dick Tracy! (The latter not a superhero movie, but still. Really?) Just saying that our respective rankings highlights how idiosyncratic tastes can be--and how incomprehensible they can appear to be to others sometimes.


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Old 11-22-2015, 03:42 PM   #4
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1. Batman Begins
2. Man of Steel
3. The Avengers
4. Guardians of the Galaxy
5. Batman Returns
6. Iron Man
7. Captain America: TWS
8. Kick-Ass
9. V for Vendetta
10. TMNT II
11. Batman
12. Captain America: TFA
13. TMNT (1990)
14. The Punisher (2004)
15. The Dark Knight
16. The Amazing Spider-Man
17. Ant-Man
18. The Avengers: AoU
19. Spider-Man
20. Spider-Man 2
21. Iron Man 2
22. Thor II: The Dark World
23. The Amazing Spider-Man 2
24. Superman II
25. Thor
26. The Incredible Hulk
27. Jumper
28. Superman
29. Batman Forever
30. The Dark Knight Rises
31. Spawn
32. The Mask
33. Iron Man 3
34. Spider-Man 3
35. Batman & Robin
36. The Wolverine
37. X2: X-Men United
38. The Legend of Zorro
39. The Rocketeer
40. Fantastic Four
41. Daredevil
42. Kick-Ass 2
43. X-Men First Class
44. X-Men
45. X-Men DoFP
46. Hancock
47. Watchmen
48. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
49. TMNT (2014)
50. Blade
51. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
52. X-Men: The Last Stand
53. Green Lantern
54. The Crow
55. Hellboy
56. Blade II
57. Judge Dredd
58. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
59. The Meteor Man
60. TMNT III
61. Batman (1966)
62. Howard the Duck
63. Push
64. My Super Ex-Girlfriend
65. Super
66. Superman Returns
67. Hellboy II The Golden Army
68. Unbreakable
69. Darkman
70. Superman IV
71. Superman III
72. Wanted
73. Steel
74. Hulk
75. Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
76. The Toxic Avenger
77. Mystery Men
78. The Punisher (1989)
79. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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Old 11-23-2015, 01:15 PM   #5
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I'm always impressed with the degree of variation for the combinations that I see for the top ten for example. Expect no two of these to be exactly alike.


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Old 11-23-2015, 08:26 PM   #6
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This is how much I enjoy the films now btw, not on first watch, where Avengers and Iron Man would be right at the top.

Dark Knight
Batman Begins
Dark Knight Rises
Spider-Man 2
X-Men ---- That first act is just perfection
Spider-Man
Chronicle
Unbreakable
Mystery Men ---- Mr. Furious, Shoveler, Blue Raja!? Love it
Man of Steel
Watchmen
Thor ---- The main musical theme is a big reason methinks. Can't believe they haven't used it again.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ---- Pointless squandered subplots and silliness galore, but I enjoy it from moment to moment
The Amazing Spider-Man
Spider-Man 3 ---- Same reason as TASM2. Love Raimi's tone.
Hellboy
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: The Last Stand ---- After the initial (years of) anger of certain characters being squandered, I find it to be fairly enjoyable
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Ant-Man
Iron Man 2 ---- I enjoy Justin Hammer
Iron Man
X2
X-Men: Days of Future Past
X-Men: First Class
The Avengers ---- I just find Whedon's dialogue so grating here. Looks like a tv show too.
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iron Man 3 ---- I didn't buy anything......except the Mandarin stuff funnily enough. Kingsley was hilarious.
Thor: The Dark World
The Wolverine
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Fantastic Four
Kick-Ass ---- Hit-Girl's facial expression just annoys me to no end. Sorry...
Dredd
Daredevil
Hulk
Incredible Hulk
Green Lantern
X-Men Origins Wolverine

There's a bunch of movies that I just don't remember too, so I'll leave them off the list. They didn't make much of an impression on me though (Blade movies, the old Superman/Batman movies, Constantine, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen)


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Old 11-24-2015, 07:56 AM   #7
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@FeedOnATreeFrog, I'll have to check out Chronicle! I'd never heard of it till you posted this.

I still wonder if Trank actually did complete a decent version of FF but for some bizarre reason it got butchered by the studio in post-production. There are what appear to be important scenes from the trailers missing from the film, and it looks like a different hand editing it once they cross over inter-dimensionally. I actually really enjoyed all but the strangely mangled ending to FF. Even that for me did not absolutely ruin the experience of the entire film, but it left me disconcerted for sure.

FWIW I enjoyed Mystery Men also, I think it is a really fun satire.

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Old 11-24-2015, 08:01 AM   #8
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Chronicle is a pretty good movie, definitely worth checking out.

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Old 11-24-2015, 08:33 PM   #9
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Batman (1989)
Chronicle
X-Men
The Wolverine
Batman Begins
Unbreakable
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The First Avenger
Iron Man 2
X-Men: The Last Stand
Blade
Big Hero 6
The Incredibles
X2: X-Men United
Kick-Ass
Iron Man
X-Men: First Class
The Amazing Spider-Man
Watchmen
Batman Returns
The Dark Knight
Superman II
Blade II
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Man of Steel
Iron Man 3
The Dark Knight Rises
The Mask of Zorro
Batman Forever
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
The Shadow
Blade: Trinity
The Rocketeer
Push
The Mask
Fantastic Four
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Superman III
The Crow
Batman: Gotham Knight
Mystery Men
Batman (1966)
Daredevil
The Avengers
Spider-Man
Spider-Man 3
Spider-Man 2
Superman Returns
Constantine
Judge Dredd
Batman & Robin
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Superman IV
Spawn
Superman
The Phantom
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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