Thanks to how influential the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies are these days, some nerdy viewers reminisce about the supposed good days of the superhero genre. Thanks to nostalgia and their own merits, these films are often held up as examples that current superhero films should follow.
However, the truth is that these movies are not as great as their most ardent fans claim. Although they aren’t bad or offensive, these superhero movies get more credit and praise than they actually deserve. Sometimes fans of these movies are understandably sentimental about their favorites, or they’re trying too hard to be contradictory.
10/10 The Dark Knight Rises was the lukewarm finale to a groundbreaking trilogy
The Dark Knight The trilogy changed DC Comics adaptations and superhero movies forever. Each chapter left its mark on the genre and 2000s pop culture. Case in point: The Dark Knight Rises Christian Bale’s Batman is remembered for giving a solid resolution and having some of the best Batman movie moments.
but, The Dark Knight Rises lack of Batman begins‘ arresting visuals, and it’s low The Dark KnightwhoHigh dramatic bar. what else, The Dark Knight Rises’ Attempts at social commentary were shallow at best and mismanaged at worst. The Dark Knight Rises Nice, but it’s still the weakest link in the iconic trilogy.
9/10 Man of Steel was better in theory than in execution
Because how amazing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Zack Snyder’s Justice League Yes, many believe man of steel As Snyder’s best and most accessible DCEU movie. Fans loved the horror modernization of Superman told through Snyder’s style. but, man of steelThe ideas and themes worked separately.
man of steel It examined how Superman would react to the modern world and vice versa. The movie also showed how disastrous Superman’s existence would be. These concepts were ambitious. But together, they made it man of steel The sad disintegration of the newly launched superhero-shared universe, and overwhelming sensory overload.
8/10 The Punisher (2004) was just another vigilante action movie
Thomas Jane is one of the most underrated action stars of his generation. Jane’s fans consider her turn as Frank Castle Inn to punish As a perfect testament to his outstanding skills. Jane and her co-stars gave hilarious and memorable performances, but these were in the service of a memorable cautionary film.
to punishThe biggest fault for the R-rated adaptation of the violent comic was how disappointingly tame it was. to punish Not the worst vigilante movie, but it wasn’t as brutal or compelling as later adaptations. Jane’s interpretation of the controversial vigilante Punisher was used brilliantly. to punishwhoinformal results, Dirty laundry.
7/10 The cast of The Amazing Spider-Man is better than the actual movie
The Amazing Spider-Man Credited as introducing a new generation of Spider-Man. Much of the praise was reserved for the reboot’s stars, particularly Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. But beyond its talented cast, The Amazing Spider-Man A formulaic superhero had little to offer beyond the origin story.
The actors and some fun action did little to detract The Amazing Spider-ManDepends on the formula. Although released in 2012, The Amazing Spider-Man It had a lot in common with the generic superhero movies of the 90s. The Amazing Spider-Man Only got by thanks to nostalgia, but it’s still better than its transparently cynical sequel.
6/10 Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer cannot stand on their own
The Fantastic Four The duology is regarded by some viewers as a nostalgic childhood favorite. The fans’ praise is not entirely unfounded. Fantastic Four and Rise of the Silver Surfer Boasting a solid cast and genuinely funny moments. However, they only get better when, unlike their universally bad reboots, Fant4stic.
Fantastic Four and Rise of the Silver Surfer They are mediocre movies from the 2000s that embody the flaws of their genre. Worse, they fail to balance the team’s superhero adventures with their everyday lives. Even when compared to other superhero outings of the same era, two Fantastic Four Movies don’t last.
5/10 Flash Gordon was an acquired taste
Flash Gordon Bombed in the 1980s because its brand of superhero adventure was too campy and outdated for audiences of the time. decades later, Flash Gordon It failed because it found a passionate fanbase that loved it. However Flash Gordon Truly an underappreciated campy guilty pleasure, it’s not for everyone.
Even by ignoring it Flash GordonwhoCamp, it’s still a tonally confused mess. Not sure if the movie was a direct adaptation of the old Flash Gordon serials, or a parody of one. Flash GordonwhoMany devoted fans found genuine and ironic joy in the film. almost everyone, Flash Gordon The inside joke is what they don’t understand.
4/10 Kick-Ass and Kick-Ass 2 were not as criminal as they claimed
The kick-ass The movies were considered a breath of fresh air in the 2010s because of how tight they were. in truth, kick-ass and Kick-Ass 2 A safe and almost toothless adaptation of the infamous self-indulgence comics. Even worse, the kick-ass Movies weren’t sure if they should condemn superhero power fantasies or reaffirm them.
Each critique of the superhero was followed by an exciting but vividly violent action scene. Even worse, the kick-ass The movies backed off every time they had the chance to be truly disturbing but appropriately subversive. This thematic and tonal indecision worsened kick-ass‘ Already juvenile and shallow satire.
3/10 Batman was always passable at best
Batman always Seen by its defenders as the perfect balance Batman Returns‘ and Batman and Robinof styles that also cast a great cast – especially its villains. but, Batman always Only got a pass because it was released between its cult favorite predecessor and a so-bad-it’s-good classic.
on his own, Batman always Was a serviceable but disposable movie. Batman always The previous two lacked creativity Batman Movies, and also Batman and RobinA polarizing but unforgettable camp. The only parts of the overacted interactions are the Riddler and Two-Face Batman always Which is worth remembering.
2/10 Wanted was a generic power fantasy
wanted It may lack the supervillain trappings of any of the original comics, but it’s still a superhero movie. wanted followed the traditional superhero journey, and replaced the superpowers of the comics with flawless killing skills. These were made wanted One of the most popular action movies of 2008 that also had a strong cast.
wantedwhoThe biggest problem was not just adapting in name, but being very secure. like a comic, wanted A teenage power fantasy that combined heartlessness with self-awareness. but, wanted The surprising edge of the comics was taken away, which made it less interesting in hindsight. wanted Now remember only for the curved shot.
1/10 The creation of superhero glass was ancient
unbreakable and Division Two of the best original and R-rated superhero movies of the 2000s are, and the glass It was their final. the glass Its predecessors had a satisfying payoff for the false threads. the glass The two worked as an ambitious and vintage crossover for indie movies, but fell short as a superhero production.
glass’ Deconstruction amounts to little more than pointing out archetypes of characters and the tropes they are destined to adhere to. when the glass Hit movies, superhero movies were either addressing these points or mocking them Deadpool did the glass The ending worked, but it wasn’t as groundbreaking as the former.
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