Since July is my birthday month, I have decided to give all of you the gift of an extra list. Usual rules apply…
To the Bat-List, Robin:
10. Sky High (2005)
A Disney movie targeted at kids, but a fun ride. Never takes itself too seriously, but keeps all of the rules in place that it sets up. Imaginative with great supporting actor stars. Sit back and have fun…
9. Batman (1966)
Yes it is cheesy and campy, but we all secretly love it. Besides, it mirrors the Batman of the comic books of that timeframe.
8. Batman (1989)
Tim Burton did a great job with this version. When I was originally composing this list, I thought I would have it in the top 5. Again, it reflects the mood of the comics at the time…
7. The Rocketeer (1991)
A great period piece. Visually grand and fun.
6. Iron-Man (2008)
This one is the fun, bright movie of 2008. Robert Downey, Jr., did a great job as Tony Stark.
5. The Dark Knight (2008)
Phenomenal movie. Easily one of the best of all time. Just could not beat out some of my other favorites.
4. The Incredibles (2004)
Pixar let Brad Bird have free reign with this one and the dividends paid off. A great cartoon take on the hero world with no vested interest in Marvel or DC.
3. Batman: The Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
The best animated version of the Caped crusader and the only one released to theaters. Done before computers became too prevelant in animation.
2. Superman and Superman II (1978, 1980)
These can not be separated; they are bookends of a story. The origin story of stories and brilliantly filmed. The amazing thing is that it was done in the late 70’s, without CGI and other computer aids.
1. Unbreakable (2000)
Probably the most interesting film made within this genre. An ordinary man becomes extraordinary and deals with the effects of it. No costumes, no flash — just simple, good story-telling….