What are your top 5 "first in the series" superhero movies?


Booty hunter
Aug 14, 2010
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Keep in mind that reboots (TASM/Batman Begins) count, continuations with new casts (Superman Returns/Batman Forever) don't. They have to be definitively the first in a series. Most likely an origin story.

Here's mine
1. Iron Man 9/10

2/3. Captain America: The First Avenger 8/10 / Batman Begins 8/10

4/5. The Amazing Spider-Man 7.5/10 / Thor 7.5/10
1.) Batman Begins
2.) Iron Man
3.) Spider-Man
4.) Superman: The Movie
5.) Captain America: The First Avenger

I was thinking about bringing up The Crow, but, I don't really count that as being in a series when it's really it's own thing, lol.
Batman Begins
Iron Man
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Amazing Spider-Man
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Batman Begins 9/10
Iron Man 9/10
The Amazing Spider-Man 7/10
Thor 6.5/10
Captain America: The First Avenger 6.5/10
1. Iron Man 9.5/10
2. Superman: The Movie 9.25/10
3. Captain America: The First Avenger 9/10
4. Thor 8/10
5. Batman Begins 8/10

TASM would be right behind at #6.
1. Batman Begins - 8.5/10
2. Batman (1989) - 8/10
3. Superman (1978) - 8/10
4. Iron Man - 8/10

These 4 are all in my top 6 superhero movies along with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm and X2: X-Men United.

To round out my top 5 franchise starters, this is where it gets tougher for me. I would probably go with Spider-Man or The Amazing Spider-Man. Both of them are around a 7.5/10 for me and I like them slightly more than Captain America and X-Men.
1. Batman Begins
2. Superman: The Movie
3. Batman (1989)
4. Iron Man
5. Spider-Man
1. Incredible Hulk
2. Batman Begins
3. Iron man
4. Batman
5. X-men
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
2. Blade
3. The Toxic Avenger
4. Batman '89
5. Iron Man
Ooh this is a tough one, but in no particular order:
* Batman Begins
* Iron Man
* X-Men
* Spiderman
* Thor/Captain America (sorry i cheated, i cant decide :oldrazz:)
1. Batman Begins
2. Spider-Man
3. Iron Man
4. Hellboy
5. X-Men
1. Iron Man
2. Batman Begins
3. Spider Man
4. Cap/Thor
5. X-Men
1. Batman Begins
2. Spider-Man
3. Superman: The Movie
4. X-Men
5. Iron Man
1. Superman: The Movie
2. Captain America - The First Avenger
3. Batman Begins
4. Hellboy
5. Iron Man
1. Batman Begins
2. Iron Man
3. The Amazing Spider-Man
4. Captain America
5. Spider-Man
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman Begins
Iron Man
Captain America

I would replace Captain America with The Incredibles if it counted.
Batman Begins.
Superman The Movie.
Iron Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man.
Batman 1989.
Superman the Movie
Batman (89)
The Amazing Spider-man
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman Begins
1. Superman the Movie 9.5/10 - still my favourite movie of all-time no film has the magic this one has to me. Its pretty much the perfect origin story and it set up the rest that followed. Although I think Man of Steel may top it nothing will take away my nostalgic view of this film.
2. Batman Begins 9/10 - again pretty much a perfect origin story and in my opinion the best Batman movie of them all. Bale will forever be my live-action Batman (Keaton's a close second mind).
3. The Amazing Spider-man 8.5/10 - gone was the cheesyness of the Raimi movies and finally the right actor for Peter Parker Spider, who also had great chemistry wih Gwen and finally a Spidey that wise-cracks. It had it all, in terms of tension and action and in my opinion a great villain. Only thing stopping me giving it a 9 was the stuff they cut out and the film was actually better before he became Spider-man.
4. Captain America: The First Avenger 8.5/10 - I'd waited most of my life for a Captain America movie (the 90s movie does not count) and finally I got it. Chris Evans was perfect as Steve Rogers, they couldn't have cast him any better. The Red Skull is one of my favourite comic villains so to see him brought to life was brilliant. I also think this film can be one of the only CBMs that can boast that the end fight between hero and villain actually delivers. Only thing stopping this getting a 9 or higher was next to no nazi's. Still I hold out hope that one day down the line we get a Cap film set in the vein of Saving Private Ryan.
5. Batman '89 - 8/10 - I still love this movie, parts have aged badly yes but Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson are both fantastic in this film, there performances draw me in everytime I watch it. The dark gothic tone of the film along with Elfman's score are legendary. Lastly it still has the greatest I'm Batman moment of any film ever.
Superman: The Movie and Batman '89 are still the standard for me, and prove that you don't need to wait until the sequel to have a true classic. For their historical impact and influence on pretty much ever comic book film, they deserve the top two spots.

As for the other three:

3. Batman Begins
4. Iron Man
5. X-Men and Spider-Man
The Amazing Spider-man
Batman (1989)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

In no Particular order.
Tough. Close calls would be Blade and X-men

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