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People who added this item 3425 Average listal rating (2124 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.4


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"Christopher Nolan does the impossible. When no one thought it would ever be possible to create a superhero film that's better than The Dark Knight, Nolan dishes up The Dark Knight Rises. Which is actually better, and therefore the best film in what's definitively the greatest trilogy in the history of cinema. It's a more than worthy conclusion to Nolan's Batman films and it is exactly the conclusion that we dared to hope for. I pity the fool who attempt to reboot or continue these films. Because there is hardly anything that can compare to what Nolan managed to do over these three films. After Joel Schumacher's terrible films, Nolan did indeed resurrect this hero and have now raised the bar for superhero films. The Avengers tried to set a new standard earlier this year. In my opinion, it didn't come anywhere close, but if it did, then surely The Dark Knight Rises have exploded those again. This is the ultimate superhero film.

Nolan is easily one of the most ambitious filmmakers living today and The Dark Knight Rises might just be his most ambitious film so far, at least it is the largest. While being larger doesn't necessarily always mean it's better, that's easily the case here. It's slightly better than The Dark Knight because it is much larger. The spectacle in The Dark Knight Rises is tremendous, gorgeously filmed with amazing special effects (and not overusing CGI). Nolan shows us yet again a very different, but exciting way of showing action. The way he edits the convoluted story by showing different action in different scenes at the same time, and how he still manages to keep the action and suspense trough the entire running time is spectacular. The Dark Knight Rises doesn't just work as a brilliant comic book film, or as an excellent way to conclude a trilogy, it's a brilliant action film as well. I've seen several people complaining that Nolan doesn't manage to direct action very well, but I do think that's just ridiculous. Surely, he doesn't exactly produce the most glorified action sequences, but that's simply because he doesn't need that in his films. He directs action and fight scenes that feels and looks real. There is a fight scene in this film between Batman and Bane. Where Bane breaks Batman's back. It's just wonderful. This is a scene that is almost just simple boxing, but still it is easily one of the greatest fight scenes in cinema. Just because it feels real. It feels like they are actually beating each other!"
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People who added this item 7410 Average listal rating (4903 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 9


With Heath Ledger's amazing portrayal as Batman's arch nemesis, The Joker, at the core, The Dark Knight is an incredibly rich and entertaining crime saga. The Dark Knight is not only one of the greatest comic book films of all time, it's among the greatest films ever created. It's an prime example of how you can create a thoughtful, deep, multi-layered action spectacle that outshines crime epics such as Heat, even if the hero is dressed up as a bat.

The action is spectacular, the visuals are jaw-dropping, the performances are equally excellent. The Joker doesn't just end up being a damn good villain in a Batman film, but he ends up being one of the most memorable characters to boast the screen ever. He's a villain that's just as terrifying as he is sadistic. Jack Nicholson may have played his part for laughs, Ledger brings menace to the role. And to be able to witness him going up against the Caped Crusader is film magic.
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People who added this item 7072 Average listal rating (4734 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Batman Begins (2005)


Not only did this film save the reputation of Batman, but it showed us that it's possible to create a truly dark and gritty superhero film if the right material is present. Gone are all the campy and silly stuff, and instead Nolan brought in some very much welcome realism, darkness and smartness. This combined with a stellar cast and terrific action, and you've got yourself a film that's as entertaining as it is emotionally captivating.

This is also how you reboot a character. Batman Begins is an excellent origins film. It stays mostly true to comics, but takes necessary liberties to create a full rich experience that draws out the true essence of Batman. That's an achievement worth celebrating.
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People who added this item 4987 Average listal rating (3306 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Batman (1989)


It's actually a bit unfair to compare it to Christopher Nolan's masterful trilogy. Mainly because those films are on a whole other level, but also because they are made in two completely different decades. Tim Burton's version of Batman ain't as pitch black as Nolan's films, but it is still pretty dark compared to other superhero films. And like I've mentioned previously, I prefer dark superhero films. Particularly the anti-hero aspect of Batman. Burton does with great skill manage to create a believable world, but he does never truly abandon the fun side of the comic books. Which are mostly thanks to his creation of Gotham City, but also due to one particular character.

Jack Nicholson is wonderful as The Joker. While I do prefer Heath Ledger's more menacing and terrifying portrayal of Batman's arch nemesis, there is no denying that Nicholson's crackling lunatic is wonderful as well. Michael Keaton is a great Batman, but it is truly The Joker that makes this film as wonderful as it is. I never stops laughing at any of his twisted gags.
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People who added this item 4287 Average listal rating (2830 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7


Like Tim Burton's first film about the Caped Crusader, it does feature some really great, dark, Burton-ish visuals. He is indeed a master at creating a dark, brooding and somewhat macabre atmosphere.

He is also a master at putting together a weird cast and making them fit perfectly. Danny DeVito as the Penguin is an example of a perfectly cast character. That he actually was nominated for a Razzie is just outrageous and shows how ridiculous those awards are. Michelle Pfeiffer is very sexy as Catwoman (all though, I do think Anne Hathaway is much sexier.)
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People who added this item 3372 Average listal rating (2270 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
Watchmen (2009)


Watchmen is a film that I totally despised the first time I saw, but ended up liking it a lot more the second time. I might like even more if I see it again. Which I plan to do eventually. It's a quite different superhero film, with some rather interesting ideas. Directed by Zack Snyder, it does feature some excellent visuals.

It does also have an interesting mix of characters. The insanely hot(in this film) Malin Akerman in a tight suit, for once. But seriously, Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach is in my eyes one of the coolest comic book characters I've witnessed on film. I would watch a franchise with him as the main character.
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People who added this item 572 Average listal rating (409 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.6
Wonder Woman (2017)

One of the most appreciated things with Wonder Woman is that it truly understands the importance of emotion and character development. This is a film that takes its time in letting us in on the characters. Letting us know and care for them. This gives the film an emotional core that causes the action spectacle and CGI nonsense to have some weight and soul. It's exciting to see Gal Gadot fully transform into Wonder Woman, because we have spent a huge portion of the film getting to know her character.

I do in fact think that the action scenes are the worst part of this film. They are bit too relying on that Zack Snyder-type of slow-motion and it does eventually get a bit too much. The final confrontation is also slightly disappointing as it turns into just one big mess.
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This film is a mess. If it's a good or bad mess is entirely up to you. It's going to be an extremely divisive film, but one can not change the fact that this film is a mess. It's a film that throws so much at you that it ends up being a slightly disjointed experience. There are ingredients and material here enough for almost four or five films alone. So it's very choppy and thus the main event of the film doesn't get as much attention as you would probably hope for and expect, despite it being the main plot of the film.

I did like this film. I did enjoy the various parts of it. I really loved all of the scenes with Batman/Bruce Wayne. Ben Affleck really nailed that role and his interactions with Jeremy Irons as Alfred are wonderful. There's a scene in which Batman goes up against of armed hostiles that is arguably the best Batman action we've ever seen on the screen. Superman is also handled well, and there's a lot of emotional gravitas around him. Much of it doesn't necessarily get the attention it deserves, but it's still fascinating. Wonder Woman looks cool. She's not that much in it, but at least she looks cool. I even liked Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He worked well for what the film wanted him to do.

The one thing we really want from this film is to see Batman go up against Superman, and once that fight finally happen, it's indeed glorious. Even if you don't like the rest of the film, it's worth the ticket of admission simply for that fight. Zack Snyder continues to struggle a lot when it comes to crafting a fully complete narrative that perfectly mixes action with emotions and character development, but there's no point in denying that he's a master when it comes to creating a visual spectacle. For all of its faults, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a very entertaining fireworks show. It's loud and overblown, but it is pretty damned spectacular and entertaining.

It's slightly disappointing that the film itself is not as good as I dared to hope for, but to say that I didn't have a really good time watching it would be to lie and deny myself of the pleasure it was watching these two go up against each other. The film spends some time setting up for the Justice League film. I'm excited for it, but maybe there's time to find a director or writer that can piece together the story a little better.
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People who added this item 2933 Average listal rating (1896 ratings) 5.9 IMDB Rating 6.1


I haven't seen this film in many years, so it might drop further down on this list when I see it again, which I plan to do sometimes this years. I remember seeing it without knowing a lot about, so I didn't have any expectations when seeing it. It's enough to say that I remember enjoying it a lot.

But, I've matures since then, so who knows. I might find it bad now, like so many does.
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People who added this item 1637 Average listal rating (1048 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.1
Man of Steel (2013)


Man of Steel didn't live up to my expectations. Not because it was humourless. I don't need every superhero film to be a fuckings comedy, so I was cool with that. But because the first half of the film is really struggling. It constant change in time feels awkward, as it doesn't really explore anything of how Superman ends up as being Superman. It's mainly just big action set-pieces with forced, obvious poetic dialogue that tries to find the beauty in humanity. It doesn't work as very few of the things we see gets enough time to sink in. Making Superman feel like a generic superhero.

But with that said, I was entertained. The last half is one big, entertaining action scene. Zack Snyder is a true master when it comes to creating spectacular visuals and Man of Steel is no exception in that department. But Mr. Snyder needs to learn that there's more to films than visuals.
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People who added this item 1157 Average listal rating (754 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.8
Superman II (1980)


Superman II is slightly better than Superman because it has already gotten the basics and introduction of Superman out of the way. Leaving this film open for full hero vs. villain focus. It's a decently entertaining film.

Naturally, it feels a bit outdated and it's at times incredibly cheesy and corny. But I guess that's a part of the charm. Still, it can't help but feel a bit slow at times, and it's occasionally rather annoying. Lex Luthor has to take the fault for that.
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Justice League does have enough cool and fun moments sprinkled out through its two hour long run time for it to be an entertaining film, but overall, Justice League is a disappointing entry in the DCEU.

It's strength lies in the characters. The chemistry between them works, and despite some of them not being as developed as they should have been, the characters work. Particularly Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have some great moments, while Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa offers some comedic relief. Actors like Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and J.K. Simmons are more or less wasted though.

Justice League is however brought down by ugly visuals and awful CGI. It does actually look unfinished at times. There's also occasionally some sort of tonal crash, this most likely due to parts of the film being reshot following Zack Snyder's departure and Joss Whedon finishing the film. While Whedon's influence shines through in some of the better scenes, it also makes the film tonally inconsistent. It goes from somewhat dark to goofy in a finger snap.

The plot is ridiculously simple and forgettable, with Steppenwolf being a contender for one of the worst villains in superhero history. The action is something taken straight out of a video game and everything is quite simply a mess. Yet, it's enjoyable for what it is. But it should be better.
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People who added this item 789 Average listal rating (563 ratings) 5.4 IMDB Rating 6.2
Suicide Squad (2016)

Suicide Squad is truly a mess. It's a film that's an obvious result of studio meddling and a change of focus and direction. Suicide Squad is presented in such a way that very little of it makes much sense. There are scenes that are clearly meant to be displayed in another way than what they ended up as, and there are plenty story beats that either go nowhere or serves no purpose. The most obvious offender to that is Jared Leto's Joker. His performance is fine, but his character feels edited out and what remains feels disconnected from the rest of the film.

But that being said, Suicide Squad is still a lot of fun and while too many of the characters feels slightly under developed, most of them get to have their moment. Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot are the stand outs. Harley provides the energetic, crazy and humorous feel to the film, while Deadshot offers the emotion. I'll end by saying that Suicide Squad is entertaining, but it's a very wasted opportunity.
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People who added this item 1782 Average listal rating (1163 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.3
Superman (1978)


Extremely outdated. That shouldn't really bother me too much, but when you take into action that there are other, earlier films that still looks today, I'm very bothered by how cheap this film looks today. It's at times entertaining, but that's thanks to a very over-the-top performance from Gene Hackman and that Christopher Reeve match the role of Superman.

But it takes quite some time for Superman to really get started. It's unbelievably slow to begin with. A true patience tester, and that's not something you can do in a superhero film. It needs to grab us from the start, and Superman fails to do that. That, and the ending is awful.
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People who added this item 1368 Average listal rating (874 ratings) 5.3 IMDB Rating 5.6
Green Lantern (2011)


Hal Jordan aka. Green Lantern is actually quite cool. The comic book character, that is. Not Ryan Reynolds. So it was a shame that this film just didn't manage to be good. It's just a decently entertaining film with some good special effects (not the CGI mask).

The films spends most of its time establishing the hero and the universe, but unfortunately, everything is so thinly plotted and generic. This is something we've seen a countless number of times before. Reboot the entire thing.
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People who added this item 569 Average listal rating (369 ratings) 4.6 IMDB Rating 4.7
Jonah Hex (2010)


I had some decent expectations for Jonah Hex, but it just didn't live up to them. And judging by the hatred it has received, I doubt it met anyone's expectations. Unless they were bad. Because Jonah Hex just ain't an impressive film.

I do believe that a huge problem lies in its length. It's way too short, resulting in a very rushed pace, in which the film favours action set pieces instead of characterization. The film features some cool scenes, but when you don't care about the characters involved in those scenes, everything is rather meaningless. Thankfully, Megan Fox is nice to look at.
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People who added this item 27 Average listal rating (14 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 5.9


This is something you should only seek out if you're a die hard Superman fan or something in those veins. It's of course very old, and rather silly. But that's probably just how superheroes were back in the days. So, it's silliness is forgiveable.

But this is a film that's not even remotely interesting. But it did make me wonder of how the other, really old superhero films or TV Series are like.
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People who added this item 3765 Average listal rating (2490 ratings) 5.2 IMDB Rating 5.4


We want to forget that Joel Schumacher ever touched Batman, but sadly, he has scared us for the rest of our lives. Everything that could possibly go wrong did almost go wrong with Batman Forever. It's an awful film. The campy, colourful tone of it is disturbing and does not suit Batman at all.

Including Robin was a huge mistake, I just can't stand that character. Particularly not the way he's portrayed here. And I'm puzzled by the casting of Jim Carrey as The Riddler and Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face. That has to be one of the oddest duos ever.
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People who added this item 685 Average listal rating (456 ratings) 4.9 IMDB Rating 4.9
Superman III (1983)


The film that marked the temporarily downfall for Superman, and the one film who turned him into a big joke. Superman III is a terrible film in so many ways, it almost makes the equally bad Batman Forever look good. But alas, it doesn't.

I'm not really familiar with Superman villains, and I do understand that at that time, and with the budget they were on, someone like Doomsday was out of the question. But what they ended up with is beyond ridiculous. Which is the best word to use to summarize up this film: ridiculous.
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People who added this item 3481 Average listal rating (2333 ratings) 4.3 IMDB Rating 3.7


Batman & Robin is so bad that it's almost good. Almost. Because all the dreadfulness in it outweighs the rather enjoyable Arnold Schwarzenegger ice puns. Seriously, what's up with the villain casting in Schumacher's Batman films? Arnold Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze. It's unexplainable.

Now, this is just as bad as it can get. Everything is just a mess. The tone is all wrong, the action is dull, he acting is weak, nipples on the Batsuits and Bane is just an overgrown thug. And Batgirl? It's like Robin wasn't enough to fuck things up. Blargh.
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The only good thing that can be said about Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is that we're never going to get a worse Superman film. No matter how bad future Superman films are, at least we can say that it wasn't as bad as Superman IV. I find that to be very comforting.

While Superman III was a piece of shit, Superman IV is a bigger, stinker and more vomit-inducing piece of shit. It's corny, cheesy and dumb as hell. The special effects are cheaper than what you can see in old commercials and Nuclear Man has to be the world's most sorry excuse for a villain. Lame, utterly lame.
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People who added this item 1695 Average listal rating (1148 ratings) 3.7 IMDB Rating 3.3
Catwoman (2004)


I saw Catwoman once a couple of years ago. I hated it. Period.
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