Best of 2011: Top 6 Superhero Movies

Published by Seth Quillen in: Film,Top Ten Lists -- Date: 12 Jan 2012 Comments: 0

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I know these list usually come in sets of ten, but it’s a little hard to do a Top 10 Superhero Movies of 2011 when there were actually only six comic capers this year. What I can do for you though, is list the six superhero movies released in 2011 in order of their goodness. It actually was pretty big year for superhero movies, at least in quantity, but none of them were really that outstanding as far a quality. Next year looks to be just as big, but they are going to kick this year’s ass as far as awesomeness. In fact, 2012 may be the best year for superhero films ever, but we’ll get to that a little later. For now, here are the six superhero films from 2011.

6. Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds plays the test pilot, Hal Jordan, the first human chosen to wear the power ring and join the Green Lantern Corps. First thought: It’s freakin 2011, big budget movies like Green Lantern should have amazing special effects. This was not the biggest problem with the film but it was annoying to watch. The story itself is all over the place and get’s way too much into the intergalactic Green Lanterns story. And you never really get to like Reynolds character because of how arrogant he was at the beginning of the film. Not even a magical power ring could save this movie. What’s sad here about this is, I really like Reynolds and I’m still waiting for him to break out in a great film to promote him to true movie star status.

5. Super
How did this go wrong? Rainn Wilson has no super powers yet he’s a superhero doing his best with the gifts he has. The film is quite simple, after Frank D’Arbo’s wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, he transforms himself into Crimson Bolt (Wilsom), a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills. James Gunn’s Super was a good idea but one that worked better in Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass. Super had moments of greatness but it also had the awful Ellen Page and big moments of grossness and violence that were out of place and a offensive.

4. Thor
I don’t know… it was just kinda boring. But it turns out this film is the most important peice of The Avengers movie puzzle, as Loki, the bad guy in Thor, is also the bad guy in this summer’s ultimate superhero romp.

3. Captain America: The First Avenger
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into a Super Soldier known as Captain America. The film was pretty good but it got bogged down in a classic comic book origin story. So much time is spent on how Steve Rogers gains his super-powers there’s not enough left to really develop the story or Captain America’s ultimate nemesis, Red Skull. In the end Captain America is frozen in ice, he awakens to a much different United States which has some new problems but I’m sure Joss Whedon will work it all out on May 4, 2012.

2. The Green Hornet
Some will argue that Captain America should be above The Green Hornet but I just had more fun watching this movie than The First Avenger. Seth Rogen played spoiled rich kid Britt Reid, AKA The Green Hornet with slacker perfection. Jay Chou did a good job as Kato. I was not a huge fan of Cameron Diaz, but I never am (except for Bad Teacher). The film wasn’t great and the story had a lot of holes but there was just something appealing about this quasi-superhero film.

1. X-Men: First Class
After three official X-Men films and one prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it was pretty safe to say that we were all pretty X’d out, but somehow director Matthew Vaughn was able to freshen up the franchise. X-Men: First Class gathered up a great cast in James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. The film is set in In 1962, and where the United States government is forced to enlists the help of Mutants to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III. It’s a film about the friendship between Professor X and Magneto that went bad and about the formation of the X-Men. And it was pretty good.

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