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First, I would like to thank the users who voted this time around. A bit of an increase from last year. There were some changes this year to the top 10. I'am not able to do a presentation since I have had a really busy schedule these days. 
Results based on this thread and PMs sent to me:
Top 5 Comic Book movie based on Special Effects:

5. Thor 2
4. Spider-Man 2
3. Iron Man 3 
2. Man Of Steel
1. The Avengers

Top 5 Comic Book Villains:

5. Lee Woo Jin (Oldboy)
4. Doc Oct (Spider-Man 2)
3. Magneto (All Film versions)
2. Loki
1. The Joker

Top 3 Comic Book Movies of 2013:

3. Wolverine (68 Points)
2. Iron Man 3 (108 Points)
1. Thor 2 (117 Points)
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(MoS snubbed with 67 Points)

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The Top 10 Comic Book Movies ranked by the Boxoffice.com forums:
#10 (WTF!?)

Scott Pilgrim vs The World (2010) [+5 Rank, 65 Points] 
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is a 2010 American comedy film co-written, produced and directed by Edgar Wright, based on the graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley. The film is about a young Canadian musician named Scott Pilgrim meeting the girl of his dreams, an American delivery girl named Ramona Flowers. In order to win Ramona, Scott learns that he must defeat Ramona's "seven evil exes", who are coming to kill him.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82% (Its script may not be as dazzling as its eye-popping visuals, but Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is fast, funny, and inventive.)

MetaCritic Score - 69

What makes a good comic book movie to you?
Goffe - a developed and interesting villain
Walt Disney - A good comic book movie has a strong superhero, a strong villain, is colorful like the comics, stays true to the spirit of the comics, is packed with comedy and action, has an epic Score with great theme music, and ends with the superhero suiting up and defeating the villain. It may seem like a lot of elements, but it’s a simple formula that can be repeated for a great comic book movie every time.
#9 (Voted as one of the top 20 worst movies earlier this year on BO forums)

Batman Returns (1992) [+5 Rank, 69 Points] 
Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero fantasy film produced and directed byTim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in magazines published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of Warner Bros.initial Batman film series, withMichael Keaton reprising the title role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film introduces the characters of Max Shreck (Christopher Walken), a business tycoon who teams up with the Penguin (Danny DeVito) to take over Gotham City, as well as the character ofCatwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81% (Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.)

#8 (This actually went down a rank somehow)

Batman (1989) [-1 Rank, 76 Points] 
Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment ofWarner Bros.initial Batman film series. The film stars Jack NicholsonMichael Keaton in the title role, Kim BasingerRobert WuhlPat HingleBilly Dee WilliamsMichael Gough, and Jack Palance. In the film, Batman deals with the rise of a costumed criminal known as "The Joker".
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71% (An eerie, haunting spectacle, Batman succeeds as dark entertainment, even if Jack Nicholson's Joker too often overshadows the title character.)
Metacritic: 66

What makes a good comic book movie to you?
AA - Filmmakers not taking the subject seriously.
Chasmmi The Most important thing is the Character. It doesn't neccessarily have to be exactly true to the source material, but without a developed rounded character lead, a comic book movie is just a lot of explosions and flashy graphics. 
#7 (Started it all for The Avengers!)

IronMan (2008) [+1 Rank, 94 Points]
Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Iron Manfilm series. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film stars Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, an industrialist and master engineer who builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero Iron Man. Gwyneth Paltrow plays his personal assistant Pepper PottsTerrence Howard plays military liaison James Rhodes, and Jeff Bridges plays Stark Industries executive Obadiah Stane.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93% (Director Jon Favreau and star Robert Downey make this smart, high impact superhero movie one that even non-comics fans can enjoy.)
Metacritic - 79

#6 (Glad people remember this classic!)

Spider-Man 2 (2004) [-1 Rank, 106 Points]
Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi and written byAlvin Sargent from a story by Alfred GoughMiles Millar, and Michael Chabon. The sequel to the 2002 film Spider-Man, it is the second film in Raimi's Spider-Man film trilogy based on the fictional Marvel Comics character of the same nameTobey MaguireKirsten Dunst, and James Franco reprise their respective roles as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson, and Harry Osborn.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% (Boasting an entertaining villain and deeper emotional focus, this is a nimble sequel that improves upon the original.)
Metacritic - 82

What makes a good comic book movie to you?
rukaio101 A good comic book movie is a movie based on a comic book which is also good. There's no particular rules a comic book movie needs to follow that a regular movie shouldn't also follow.
Punishment - Special effects followed closely by the story.
Steve Rogers - The same thing is any other movie, really. How well the script works, the direction, the acting, the cinematography, etc. I don't really hold comic book adaptations to a different standard.
#5 (Possibly the best movie in the entire series)

X2: X-Men United (2003) [+1 Rank, 112 Points]
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X2 (often promoted as X2: X-Men United, or internationally as X-Men 2[2][3]) is a 2003 American superhero film, based on the fictional characters the X-Men. Directed by Bryan Singer, it is the second film in the X-Men film series. It stars an ensemble cast includingPatrick StewartHugh JackmanIan McKellenAlan CummingFamke JanssenAnna PaquinShawn AshmoreAaron StanfordBrian CoxRebecca Romijn-StamosJames MarsdenHalle Berry and Kelly Hu. The plot, inspired by the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, pits the X-Men and their enemies, the Brotherhood, against the genocidalColonel William Stryker (Brian Cox). He leads an assault on Professor Xavier's school to build his own version of Xavier's mutant-tracking computer Cerebro, in order to destroy every mutant on Earth.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87% Tightly scripted, solidly acted, and impressively ambitious, X2: X-Men United is bigger and better than its predecessor -- and a benchmark for comic sequels in general.
Metacritic - 62
 - Great story.
- Great ensemble cast.
- One of the best action scenes.
The best Marvel film that managed to tell a compelling story with numerous characters.

#4 (Let the trolling begin!)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) [N/C 116 Points]
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The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 British-American superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, who co-wrote the screenplay with his brother Jonathan Nolan and the story withDavid S. Goyer. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the final installment in Nolan's Batman film trilogy, and it is the sequel to Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008). Christian Bale reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, with a returning cast of his allies: Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth,Gary Oldman as James Gordon, and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. The film introducesSelina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), a sly, morally ambiguous cat burglar, and Bane (Tom Hardy), a mercenary bent on destroying Gotham City. Drawn back into action by new threats facing the city, an older Bruce Wayne is forced to come out of retirement and become Batman once again.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88% (The Dark Knight Rises is an ambitious, thoughtful, and potent action film that concludes Christopher Nolan's franchise in spectacular fashion.)
Metacritic - 78
B J:
- Yet again another outstanding villain in Bane, and excellent portrayal of the semi-villain turned good in Catwoman
- Batman overcame the impossible and won, because he's Batman
A climactic trilogy closer that does justice to numerous characters that were mishandled in other installments to the genre and curb stomps the trilogy curse for CBM's into the ground.

What makes a good comicbook movie to you?
Simionski - I think that the story is the key factor, if it resonates with me I don’t mind the minor flaws and am able to enjoy the movie at its best. 
Frozen2014 - interesting
Blankments - Story is key when it comes to movies in general, and it means even more for comic book movies. Without a good story, there is no point at all.
Druv10 The story, action, score, staying true to the comics and good balance of action and story. 
#3 (Possibly the best origin story!)

Batman Begins (2005) [N/C 183 Points]
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Batman Begins is a 2005 British-American superhero film based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman, co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan. It stars Christian Bale as Batman along with Michael CaineLiam NeesonKatie HolmesGary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman. The film reboots the Batman film series, telling the origin story of the character from Bruce Wayne's initial fear of bats, the death of his parents, his journey to become Batman, and his fight against Ra's al Ghul's plot to destroy Gotham City. It draws inspiration from classic comic book storylines such as The Man Who Falls,Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Long Halloween.
Rotten Tomatoes Score - 85% (Brooding and dark, but also exciting and smart, Batman Begins is a film that understands the essence of one of the definitive superheroes)
Metacritic - 70
- Truly feels like Year One & Long Halloween without being a slave to the pages. 
- Gotham is far more fully realised than in the later films, this is definitely a place where crime is inescapable
- Batman's origin is expertly woven with nonlinear storytelling (cf. MoS's slapdash attempt to recreate that)
75live(last year):
Brought back the Batman franchise from the dead - 

#2 (Possibly the best movie to represent a "comic book")

The Avengers (2012) [N/C 187 Points]
Marvel's The Avengers (classified under the name Marvel Avengers Assemble in the UK and Ireland),or simply The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero filmproduced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures,based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name. It is the sixth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by Joss Whedon and features an ensemble cast including Robert Downey, Jr.Chris EvansMark RuffaloChris HemsworthScarlett JohanssonJeremy RennerTom HiddlestonClark GreggCobie SmuldersStellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson. In the film, Nick Fury, director of the peacekeeping organization S.H.I.E.L.D., recruits Iron ManCaptain America, theHulk, and Thor to form a team that must stop Thor's adoptive brother Loki from subjugating Earth.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% (With a script that never forgets its heroes' humanity and no shortage of superpowered set pieces, The Avengers lives up to its hype -- and raises the bar for Marvel at the movies.)
Metacritic - 69
- Had an epic feel with so many star superheroes in one movie
-Jam packed with action
- The perfect comic book adaptation for me. The interaction among the characters was witty and the high octane action kept me coming back for more.
a. The funniest superhero movie. The script is great in this regard.
b. You can actually follow the action, which feels like a comic book come to life.

What makes a good comic book movie to you?
B J - Movie must stay as true to the character as possible within the confines of the story. the Protagonist(s) and Antagonist(s) must be the driving force of the story
Omario - A good portrayal of the drive of the character.what makes him put on a suit and become a hero. A great villain, maybe even greater than the hero. to show a hero fight against a greater power...and against all odds come out the victor. That is what the audience wishes to see. What sacrifices are made by the hero to achieve victory.
cory - Momentum, viscerality and electricity. When things happen, I want them to pop.
#1 (Of course. No change here and possibly won't ever be)

The Dark Knight (2008) [N/C 250 Points]
The Dark Knight is a 2008 British-American superhero film directed, produced, and cowritten by Christopher Nolan. Based on the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second part of Nolan's Batman film series and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins.Christian Bale reprises the lead role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, with a returning cast ofMichael Caine as Alfred PennyworthGary Oldman as James Gordon and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox. The film introduces the character of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), Gotham's newly elected District Attorney and the consort of Bruce Wayne's childhood friend Rachel Dawes (Maggie Gyllenhaal replacing Katie Holmes from the first film), who joins Batman and the police in combating the new rising threat of a criminal mastermind calling himself "The Joker" (Heath Ledger).
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94% (Dark, complex and unforgettable, The Dark Knight succeeds not just as an entertaining comic book film, but as a richly thrilling crime saga.)
Metacritic - 82
No explanation needed.
- "Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight."
- A relentless exercise in entertainment
- Provided the blueprint for the following generation of blockbusters (Avengers, Skyfall, Into Darkness, etc).
The quality standard to which all CBM's are measured. 
Prodigious acting from everyone, 
a complex, rock solid, whip-smart script, 
and a grand scale of epicness that transcends the genre.

The Top 20 List:

1. The Dark Knight 250 Points
2. The Avengers 187 Points
3. Batman Begins 183 Points
4. The Dark Knight Rises 116 Points
5. X-Men 2: X-Men United 112 Points
6. Spider-Man 2 106 Points
7. Iron Man 94 Points
8. Batman 76 Points
9. Batman Returns 69 Points
10. Scott Pilgrim vs The World 65 Points
11. Spider-Man  63 Points
12. Old Boy 60 Points
12. Sin City 60 Points
14. Superman 58 Points
15. Man Of Steel 57 Points
16. V for Vendetta 55 Points
17. X-Men First Class 45 Points
18. Men in Black 41 Points
19. History of Violence 41 Points
20. Superman 2 36 Points

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It's funny how everyone says DC has better villains yet the only DC villain on the top 5 list is the Joker. 


and that one villain was voted #1 ;)


In the comics DC villains are usually better. In the movies not so much..(TDK trilogy excluded)

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and that one villain was voted #1 ;)


In the comics DC villains are usually better. In the movies not so much..(TDK trilogy excluded)


True, but that credit is due to Heath Ledger.


I don't read the comics so I wouldn't know, I just see a lot of people parade about how much better DC is at villains and the only DC villain (of the movies) I find memorable is Heath Ledger's Joker.

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It's funny how everyone says DC has better villains yet the only DC villain on the top 5 list is the Joker. 


Well most DC villains haven't gotten the film treatment (and those that have aren't especially good) specifically because of Warner Brothers, Superman's especially have been dumped in the films. 

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Iron Man with Batman Begins (#3)

Superman the Movie with Scott Pilgrim (#10)

V for Vendetta with Old Boy (#12)


and I'd mostly agree with the list. As is it's still a solid list though.


Old Boy must be really good. Never saw it.

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