The Best Comic-Based Films of all Time

Here's a rundown of what I consider to be the greatest comic book to film adaptations ever produced.
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The Dark Knight (2008)
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When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice. (152 mins.)
“ Christopher Nolan's fantastic sequel to Batman Begins transcends the super hero genre in terms of quality, and presents us with a gripping drama that serves as the most definitive version of the character ever depicted on film. ” - Grimcicle
Thor (2011)
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The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (115 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ With Thor, the filmmakers successfully introduced mythology into the "real" world in a completely believable manner. It also goes without saying that, never have we seen a more likeable protagonist in a comic book film. I'll take flak for saying this, but-- in terms of sheer entertainment value, Thor is simply one of the greatest action/adventure films ever made. ” - Grimcicle
Iron Man 2 (2010)
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With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy. (124 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ An unpopular choice, but let me explain; I would say Iron Man 2 is dead-equal with its predecessor in terms of quality. But I've never been terribly fond of origin stories. I find that, for the most part, a super hero franchise really takes off in the second installment, when the hero has already been established as a character. So this is just a matter of personal preference for me. It is worth mentioning however that Don Cheadle completely steals the show as Rhodey. ” - Grimcicle
Iron Man (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
After being held captive in an Afghan cave, a billionaire engineer creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight evil. (126 mins.)
Director: Jon Favreau
“ The film that kickstarted the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and convinced the world that Robert Downey Jr. can be superhuman, even without cocaine. Iron Man, along with The Dark Knight, have served as benchmarks for how super heroes should be depicted on screen. A benchmark that, sadly, few films have met or surpassed. One small nitpick: the lack of Don Cheadle in this film is somewhat detrimental to it, in hindsight. ” - Grimcicle
Batman Begins (2005)
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After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it. (140 mins.)
“ Remember what I said about origin stories? It still applies, but Batman Begins is still an exceptional film that introduced us to THE Batman. ” - Grimcicle
X2 (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces. (134 mins.)
Director: Bryan Singer
“ X-Men burst on the scene at the beginning of the 2000's and validated the presence of superheroes on film. Three years later, its sequel was released and was an improvement in nearly every conceivable manner. This film was the first time I actually felt a degree of empathy for Wolverine. ” - Grimcicle
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006 Video)
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Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth. (115 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
“ There was a great deal of hubub surrounding the production of Superman II. I won't go into it (you can find everything you need to know on Wikipedia), but ultimately fan outcry led to a redited version of Superman II being released to home video in 2006. While suffering from some continuity errors, due to after-the-fact editing and footage from two directors, Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut is still the most absolute depiction of Superman. ” - Grimcicle
300 (2006)
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King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. (117 mins.)
Director: Zack Snyder
“ Remember in 2007, when you would hear -- just about everywhere -- people quoting "Spartans! Tonight we dine in Hell!" or "Madness? This is Sparta!"? The film was a cultural phenomenon. Stylish directing, a charismatic lead, and an engaging plot made 300 one of the most entertaining comic book films released at the time. ” - Grimcicle
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
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Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius. (127 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
“ I think perhaps the only real flaw with this film is its two leads; Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. I was never sold on either actor in their respective roles, but thankfully the rest of these films were perfectly-cast. ” - Grimcicle
Kick-Ass (2010)
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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a superhero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. (117 mins.)
Director: Matthew Vaughn
“ While wildly (and thankfully) divergent from its source material, Kick-Ass gives us a hilarious -- not to mention mean-spirited -- look at just what would happen if an ordinary person decided to become a costumed crime fighter. ” - Grimcicle