Superhero movies have been a hit for decades now, but what is the best superhero movie? There are many different opinions out there on this question.
It is difficult to choose one favorite superhero movie because they all vary in their tone and genre.
Some people prefer serious movies like Batman Begins or Logan while others enjoy more lighthearted films such as Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017).
In order to make a fair comparison of which film should be considered the best, we need criteria that can apply to all superheroes.
One way to do this would be to look at how well each film has done financially and critically over time.
Best Superhero Movies
Without further ado, let’s kick this list off!
Chronicle is a 2012 American found footage science fiction film written and directed by Josh Trank.
The film tells the story of three high school friends who discover something extraordinary when they create a low-cost, homemade time machine.
The movie chronicles the stories of these three friends as they become increasingly infatuated with their discovery: how much power does it have? What will happen if we change things in the past?
Is there an end to this device’s capabilities or are we destined to live out our lives like characters in one long book that never ends?
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army is a 2008 film about a demon who fights to protect Earth from an elf prince’s (Prince Nuada) plan to conquer the world.
The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, and it stars Ron Perlman as Hellboy, Selma Blair as Liz Sherman, Doug Jones as Abe Sapien, John Hurt as Professor Broom, Anna Walton-Powell as Princess Nuala (Nuala), Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning/Wayne Enterprise executive officer Mr. Luskod (Luskod).
BEST SUPERHERO MOVIES
What Are Superhero Movies?
Superhero movies are a relatively new phenomenon. The first one, “Batman” starring Adam West was released in 1966 and since then there have been hundreds of superhero movies made.
Superheroes were often used as metaphors for the everyday man who does what is right in spite of opposition from those around him – the original “everyman.”
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok is the third installment in the Thor movie series.
The film follows the titular character, played by Chris Hemsworth as he fights to save Asgard from its destruction at the hands of Hela, Goddess of Death, and his sister, played by Cate Blanchett.
With help from his friends Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston), Valkyrie (played by Tessa Thompson), and Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo), Thor must find a way to stop Hela before it’s too late.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and it follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as he battles a new threat in the form of an assassin called the Winter Soldier.
After being frozen for seventy years, Steve Rogers wakes up in 2012 and finds himself in a world far different from his own.
In this time period, there are no more secrets—everything is out on the internet for everyone to see.
One person who has been affected by these revelations is S.H.I.E.L.D agent Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson).
Superman 2 (1980)
A sequel to the 1978 film, Superman 2 (1980) was directed by Richard Lester. The film stars Christopher Reeve who reprises his role as Clark Kent/Superman and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor.
In this installment of the franchise, Superman battles a new villain in Nuclear Man played by Mark Pillow.
Black Panther (2018)
Black Panther is a record-breaking box office success, and it’s not hard to see why.
The movie offers an unprecedented look into the culture of Afrofuturism, which has been around for decades but has never before been at the forefront of mainstream media.
In addition to the cultural aspects, Black Panther also features strong female characters that are powerful beyond measure.
These women are shown as leaders in their communities and have all grown up with great responsibility from a young age.
This representation is so important because it shows girls everywhere what they can grow up to be—a queen who rules her own kingdom or someone who changes the world through technology or politics.
Batman Begins (2005)
Batman Begins is a 2005 blockbuster superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan.
It stars Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, the Batman, who takes on his sworn enemy the Joker (played by Heath Ledger), in an effort to save Gotham City from total anarchy.
The movie was released at the height of comic book movies becoming more and more popular throughout Hollywood.
The film was so well received that it went on to win 2 Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing – which are both highly coveted awards for any director or sound engineer working in Hollywood!
It’s been 12 years since Batman began and we’re still not tired of watching him kick butt and take names.
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
The Lego Batman Movie is an animated film about a group of superheroes who are forced to work together despite their differences.
It’s directed by Chris McKay and the screenplay was written by Seth Grahame-Smith, Cormac Wibberley, and Michael McCullers.
The film stars Will Arnett as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Rosario Dawson as Batgirl/Barbara Gordon, Ralph Fiennes as Alfred Pennyworth, Michael Cera as Robin/Dick Grayson.
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Captain America: Civil War (2016) is the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film follows Captain America and Iron Man as they fight over whether superheroes should be regulated by a governing body.
This movie will introduce us to new characters, such as Spider-Man and Black Panther, and we’re also going to see some old favorites like Hawkeye and Ant-Man.
The Avengers (Assemble) (2012)
The Avengers is a superhero film that was released in 2012. The movie features Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye as they all come together to save New York City from Loki’s army of Chitauri warriors who have invaded Earth to take over our planet.
The film begins with Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) informing Tony Stark that his father died because he didn’t know what he was doing when it came down to protecting the world against threats such as these.
He then goes on to say that he needs Tony’s help for this new project which will be called “the Avengers Initiative.” In order for their plan to work, however, they need permission from Dr Banner (aka The Hulk).
Superman (1978) is a movie about the iconic superhero that has been around for decades. The film follows Superman’s journey as he tries to stop his nemesis, Lex Luthor, and his plan to destroy all of humanity with kryptonite bombs.
The film was directed by Richard Donner who did an excellent job creating an interesting storyline and characters that are easy to like.
Even though the movie is over 40 years old it still holds up well today because of its classic storyline and great acting from Christopher Reeve who played Superman/Clark Kent.
Kick-Ass 2010 is a movie about a normal teenage boy who decides to become a superhero after his father gets killed by gangsters. It’s based on the comic book of the same name but has been given an R rating for its violent content
The dialogue and soundtrack are both geared towards an older audience, so it can be tough to get into if you’re not used to this style of humor.
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, and the second installment in the Batman movie series. Directed by Tim Burton, it is a sequel to 1989’s Batman.
The film stars Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Danny DeVito as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, Michelle Pfeiffer as Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Christopher Walken as Max Shreck, and Michael Gough reprising his role from the first film as Alfred Pennyworth.
Wonder Woman (2017)
The new Wonder Woman movie is just out and it’s great. It’s gotten a lot of positive reviews from critics and fans alike, and the messages that it sends are really inspiring.
It tells the story of Diana, Princess of Themyscira, who has been trained to be an unconquerable warrior.
When she meets US fighter pilot Steve Trevor on the island where he was stranded during World War I, they both find themselves in battle with Ares, The God of War.
Avengers: Endgame (2019)
The Avengers: Endgame is one of the most anticipated movies of 2019.
It is the sequel to Infinity War and will be released on April 26th, 2019. The movie has a lot of hype around it due to what happened in Infinity War and because this could be the last movie with some or all of these favorite characters for a while.
The movie Unbreakable is an interesting take on the superhero genre.
It was released in 2000, but it still has a lot of relevance to today’s society.
The protagonist, played by Bruce Willis, is a man who starts having supernatural powers and decides to keep them hidden from everyone else.
There are many references to comic books throughout this film that make it very enjoyable for avid readers of comics as well as casual viewers.
The 2003 film X2 is a superhero movie that follows the story of Wolverine and his team as they try to stop William Stryker’s army from taking over the world.
In this film, we see some characters like Professor Xavier, Mystique, Storm, and Jean Grey who were introduced in previous films.
The sequel takes place after many months have passed since the events of X-Men (2000) so there are new mutants joining their ranks.
Batman is a 1989 American superhero film and the first installment of the Batman franchise. Directed by Tim Burton, the BAFTA-nominated film stars Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman and Jack Nicholson as Joker.
The movie tells the origin story of how Bruce Wayne became Batman, his vigilante crimefighting crusade to save Gotham City from its criminal underworld, while simultaneously struggling with finding out who killed his parents.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
The Avengers: Infinity War is the most expensive movie ever made, and it has been well worth the wait.
The film follows what happens when Thanos (Josh Brolin) decides to collect all of the six infinity stones and wipe out half of all life in the universe with a snap of his fingers.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi and written by Alvin Sargent from a story by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, and Michael Chabon.
The sequel to the 2002 film Spider-Man, it’s the second installment in what would later be called “The Amazing Spider-Man series”.
The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird.
This film was made for all audiences but was originally geared towards children and adults.
The movie tells the story of a family of superheroes who are forced to live in hiding after their home city is destroyed, with the dad taking on a job as an insurance agent while they manage to defeat crime at night.
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
The Guardians of the Galaxy movie is a Marvel Cinematic Universe film based on the comic book series with the same name. It was released in theaters worldwide on August 1, 2014 and has since grossed over $770 million.
The story follows Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) who finds himself as part of an elite group of heroes that have been protecting Earth for centuries from evil aliens.
The new film, Logan (2017), is a superhero movie about an aging Wolverine and his attempts to protect the young girl he has taken in.
After getting word that a mutant child has been detected, Logan sets out on what he believes will be one final journey.
Along the way, Logan must fight off some of the world’s most deadly mutants while also battling with his own immortality.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 American 3D computer-animated superhero film based on Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man.
It was written and directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman from Sony Pictures Animation in partnership with Marvel Entertainment.
The film features the first African American animated incarnation of Spider-Mam as well as Miles Morales, who has long been an alternative version of Spider-Man in comics.
The Dark Knight (2008)
In the summer of 2008, The Dark Knight hit theaters to much fanfare and acclaim. It was a sequel to Batman Begins, which had been released only four years earlier.
Directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman, the film follows Batman’s battle with crime boss Joker (Heath Ledger).
One of the most memorable scenes in this movie is when Joker throws two people out of a window during an office meeting at Gotham City Hall.
Who Is The Best Superhero Actor
Well, that depends on who you ask.
Some people may consider an actor’s popularity, box office earnings, awards won or even their personal preference to be a good indication of who is the best.
The truth is there isn’t just one answer to this question because it all comes down to a matter of opinion and what makes each individual happy.
This post will explore some of the actors from both Marvel and DC movies as well as other popular superheroes from TV shows and comic books in order for readers to make up their own minds about which actor they think deserves this title.
How Far Has The Superhero Genre Come
The superhero genre has come a long way in the past few decades. One of the earliest superheroes is Superman who was introduced in 1938.
For decades, he was the only major comic book hero and his stories were light-hearted and fun with obvious good vs bad themes.
The world has changed significantly since then and so have comics; from serious to satirical, from magical to gritty, there’s now something for everyone.