A challenge: Rank the Wikipedia List of American Superhero Films that you have seen

Discussion in 'Misc. Comics Films' started by rogbngp, Nov 22, 2015.

  1. rogbngp

    rogbngp DCEU supporter

    Nov 8, 2015
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    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
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2016
  2. rogbngp

    rogbngp DCEU supporter

    Nov 8, 2015
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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.
  3. rogbngp

    rogbngp DCEU supporter

    Nov 8, 2015
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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.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2015
  4. Steyin

    Steyin Bidding you ADIEU!

    Nov 12, 2006
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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
  5. rogbngp

    rogbngp DCEU supporter

    Nov 8, 2015
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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.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2015
  6. FeedOnATreeFrog

    FeedOnATreeFrog (A Metal Gear reference)

    Sep 17, 2012
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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
    Mystery Men ---- Mr. Furious, Shoveler, Blue Raja!? Love it
    Man of Steel
    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.
    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
    Iron Man 2 ---- I enjoy Justin Hammer
    Iron Man
    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...
    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)
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015
  7. rogbngp

    rogbngp DCEU supporter

    Nov 8, 2015
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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.

    Last edited: Nov 24, 2015
  8. Flint Marko

    Flint Marko Bring me Thanos

    Oct 10, 2006
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    Chronicle is a pretty good movie, definitely worth checking out.
  9. Fincher

    Fincher Too far gone

    Jul 3, 2014
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    Batman (1989)
    The Wolverine
    Batman Begins
    Captain America: The Winter Soldier
    Captain America: The First Avenger
    Iron Man 2
    X-Men: The Last Stand
    Big Hero 6
    The Incredibles
    X2: X-Men United
    Iron Man
    X-Men: First Class
    The Amazing Spider-Man
    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
    The Mask
    Fantastic Four
    X-Men Origins: Wolverine
    Superman III
    The Crow
    Batman: Gotham Knight
    Mystery Men
    Batman (1966)
    The Avengers
    Spider-Man 3
    Spider-Man 2
    Superman Returns
    Judge Dredd
    Batman & Robin
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
    Superman IV
    The Phantom
    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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