Nowadays Superhero Movies have become an icon in the popular culture. All the comic book freaks wants to see their favorite superhero in the live action films, fighting against the evil and saving the day. A long time ago, there were many few proposals of adapting a comic book superhero into a live action films, but still those projects which were green-lit, somehow became successful. The clear example of these facts is Superman: The Movie which was released in 1978 when there were less technology facilities but still this movie became one of the greatest superhero movies of all time and Marlon Brando’s portrayal of the title character became a legend. Then after almost 11 years Tim Burton tried his hands to adapt the superhero’s character in his film and he chose Batman which was portrayed by Michael Keaton and it also became one the greatest superhero movies of all time. Then gradually the trend was set and then we saw a number of Superhero Movies in 90s and then from 2000 to onwards, we saw Spider-Man, X-Men, Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Hellboy, Blade, Thor, Green Lantern and many other comic books heroes in the big screen. So the purpose of sharing all these information with you guys is to figure out the top ten greatest Superhero Movies of all time which were successful both critically and commercially. After searching the internet I have finally prepared the list. Let’s Check out.
10. Thor (2011)
Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures attempted to add all the superheroes in the live action films and after the success of Iron-Man and Spder-Man, they then decided to develop Thor film with Kenneth Branagh as the director and Chris Hemsworth as the lead actor who portrayed Thor. This movie unveils the origin of Thor and his life and how he happens to arrive to the Earth and his relationship with his father Odin portrayed by Anthony Hopkins and Brother Loki portrayed by Tom Hiddleston and finally his love interest Jane Foster portrayed by Natalie Portman. Thor was met with great critical acclaim and successfully managed to score the 77% approval ratings and 100% approval ratings from the audience. It grossed over $435 million in the box office thus solidifying its status as one of the greatest Superhero Movies of all time.
9. Blade (1998)
Wesley Snipes portrayed this Character of Blade and Stephen Norrington directed the movie. Although being a moderately successful in box office with the gross of $131 million against the budget of $45 million, this movie is regarded as one of the best Superhero movies and it was well received by the critics and the audience.
8. Batman (1989)
Tim Burton delivered one of the greatest Superhero films of all time with Michael Keaton as Batman and Kim Bassinger as Vicky Vale. The film was a huge hit both critically and commercially and another very interesting fact about this movie is that Jack Nicholsan portrayed the character of Joker and he showed his classic acting skills. This film grossed more than $410 million world wide and had a 71% approval ratings from the critics and 90% approval ratings from the audience.
7. Spider-Man (2002)
Spider-Man which marked the first time that Spider-Man made his debut in the live action film and this was done by Sam Raimi who directed this movie and delivered one of the greatest hits. Tobey Maguire was chosen to portray the role of Spider-Man and Kirsten Dunst won the role of Mary Jane Watson with Green Goblin portrayed by Willem Dafoe being the main villain of the film. This movie met with great critical applause and received 89% approval ratings from the critics and according to the audience the Spider-Man has won their hearts completely. Spider-Man also became the commercial hit and grossed over $820 million world wide.
6. Superman: The Movie (1978)
Superman: The Movie which was released in 1978 is known as the pinnacle of mainstream cinema as this film became one of the greatest movies of all time and also the greatest Superhero movies in the history. Marlon Brando portrayed the character of Superman and Richard Donner served as the director and the Legacy of this film is still alive today. It grossed more $300 million world wide against the budget of $55 million and got 90% of approval ratings from the critics and the audience hailed this movie with five out of five stars.
5. Batman Begins (2005)
After the disastrous release of the 1997 film Batman and Robin, the future projects was then put on the hold and there were many proposals for the sequel and the reboot until Warner Bros. finally came up with an idea to include Christopher Nolan as the director and Christian Bale as the new Batman and this duo including various other cast and crew proved very much successful as Nolan completely revolve the story from the fantasy comic book hero to a reality. This film compared to the previous has the much darker tone and the fear was the common factor and the plot of the movie was very strong. Christian Bale portrayal of Batman met with overwhelmingly positive reviews and this film had 84% of approval rating from the critics and 100% approval ratings from the audience and doing the business of over $350 million world wide.
4. X2: X-Men United (2003)
X2 was the sequel to X-Men 2000 and it stars the ensemble cast of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Anna Paquin and Bruce Davison. The film became a word wide hit grossing more than $400 million and it also holds a strong 88% critics approval ratings and 95% audience approval ratings. This action adventure was directed by Bryan Singer.
3. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Tobey Maguire reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Sam Raimi also returned as the director and together they delivered one of the greatest hit films in the history. Tobey Maguire Faced Dr. Octavius portrayed by Alfred Molina in this movie and also witnessed that he is slowly losing his power. His true identity is also revealed in this movie when his best friend Harry Osborn portrayed by James Franco founds the truth and Mary Jane Watson portrayed by Kirsten Dunst also founds that Peter Parker is actually the Spider-Man. This film also received a Academy Award and holds 94% of approval ratings from the critics and 100% approval ratings from the audience and also grossing more than $780 million word wide.
2. Iron Man (2008):
Robert Downey Jr. played the famous role of Ton Stark/Iron Man and delivered one of his signature performances. Iron Man was directed by John Favreau and it unveils the plot of how Tony Stark happens to develop the armor suit and how he became the Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges and Terrence Howard also stars in this movie as Virgina “Pepper” Potts, Obadiah Stane and James Rhodes respectively. This film went on to become one of the successful Superhero Movies in the history and it holds the 95% approval ratings from the critics and 100% approval ratings from the audience and was also became commercially successful
1. The Dark Knight (2008):
Undoubtedly the greatest Superhero Movie of all time. Christopher Nolan returned as the director and used his genius mind to develop the best sequel ever in the history. Christian Bale as returned as Bruce Wayne/Batman and he faced greater challenges and his most personal enemy Joker portrayed by Heath Ledger and in the process also dealing with Harvey Dent/Two-Face. The Dark Knight broke many records and currently it is one of the 7 films to gross more than $1 billion word wide. It also holds the 91% of approval ratings from the critics and 100% approval ratings from the audience. It was nominated for 8 Academy Awards and won 2. Heath Ledger who plays the role of the Joker received the Academy Award for best Supporting Actor posthumously as he died just after completing the shooting of the film.