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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Top 5 : Under Rated Superhero Movies....

There are few audiences that are harder to please than that of the comic book fan boy who'll believe a man can fly in the pages of a comic but go into spazams of uncontrollable self righteous rage if he wears his underwear over his tights on the big screen. Here are the big screen heroes who I think don't get the credit they deserve....

5.  The Rocketeer (1991):
Based on the comic book by the late great Dave Stevens this was (like the comic) an homage to the pulp hero's of the Saturday morning serials from the 1930's and 40's. It's a cracking adventure that's basically an airborne Indiana Jones picture.

4. Daredevil (2003):
This flick was made in a hurry to cash in on the success of Sam Raimi's, Spider-Man (which came out the year before) but with just over half Spidy's budget. It's got a great cast, Daredevil's costume design is bang on and the effects (although in no way perfect) give it a nice comic book quality. If only they'd given Bullseye more dialog, flooded it with ninjas and had a better director (Mark Stephen Johnson's next movie was Ghostrider, nuff said)..

3. Punisher: War Zone:
War Zone is exactly what I want from a Punisher movie cartoon violence and cartoon bad guys. There are some characters who no matter how popular they are in comics just don't work as the main attraction on the big screen (Ghostrider's another) and I'd prefer to see every body's favorite gun totting vigilante with a supporting role in a Spider-Man movie.

2. Batman Forever (1995):
I've found myself becoming a bit of a caped crusader for this flick. Story wise it's no more ridiculous than Batman Returns and Jim Carrey's manic Riddler is still unfairly criticized. If they had made Two-Face more menacing, made Robin a young side kick in training (rather than an annoying same age 'partner') and ditched the cheesy one liners (I'll get drive thru) this movie would be regarded with the three-quel kudos it deserves.

1. Watchmen (2009):
This was sold as a superhero team action picture in the style of the X-Men so when it turned out to be an almost shot for shot adaptation of a slow character driven book that is as much about politics than it is about superheros it was criticized for being slow with hardly any super heroics that was too, polit-icy. Any adaptation of this book was damned if it did and damned if it didn't but I for one am glad this one 'did'.

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