The Iron Man Trilogy: its just a very fun trilogy where we Tony going through an ark and still keeping a light tone, not afraid of giving it a happy ending. And they nailed it with Robert Downey Jr as Tony they couldn't have chosen anyone better.
An immensely enjoyable dieselpunk romp, cemented by screwball-bickering performances from Jude Law and the lovely Gwyneth Paltrow and borrowing key set pieces from the Fleischer Superman cartoon "The Mechanical Monsters." The story is light and fun, and filled with true admiration, not snickering cynicism, for the "Golden Era."
2. The Rocketeer
Nearly everything I said for Sky Captain applies here, except that The Rocketeer both emphasizes the superhero theme more and does the theming even better. There is humor and joy here, with some fun characters and a great plot. The climax is exciting and adventurous--Errol Flynn's Robin Hood transported to the skies. First-rate.
The best superhero film of them all. Perhaps there is tonal whiplash between Acts I, II, and II (a criticism I also have with the two acts of Jaws), but fine acting and careful editing help to assuage this fact. Christopher Reeve is Superman for me, and the picture boasts fine comic performances from the whole supporting cast. (I'd like to highlight Gene Hackman, of course.) The flying scene is truly one of the most romantic scenes in the history of the movies. Pure adventure, pure fun, and (again) pure, unbridled joy. ............................................... TheFar Side of Paradise:
Iron Man, Spider-Man 2, Batman ('89), Batman Returns, Batman Begins, Superman Returns, Captain America ('11). ............................................... Fringe Benefits:
(Films which may have to do with superheroes but are not exactly "superhero films" in the accepted meaning of the term.)
Unbreakable, The Mask of Zorro, The Lone Ranger ............................................ Less Than Meets the Eye
(Films that, for better or worse, I do not like as much as the critics did)
The Dark Knight, Iron Man 2, Thor, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man 2, The Dark Knight Rises, Man of Steel.
Mainly for nostalgia factor, this movie made me a Spidey fan and it is one of the biggest parts of my history with films. One of my all-time favourites.
2. The Dark Knight (2008)
This is perhaps the most well-made superhero movie objectively, therefore it works just as well as any other type of film (ie Drama, Crime).
3. The Avengers (2012)
The definitive superhero movie that had the ambition to create this huge crossover and manage to pull it off very, very well. It's the reason why we have all these CBM's these days that try to be big, to compete with this film.