After years of failed comic book adaptations, the 21st century ushered in a new era of films and a genre was born. Since 2000, we’ve seen several amazing comic book adaptations. This list includes both comic book and graphic novel adaptations. Here’s a look at the 25 best of this century in part two of our best of the century series.
25. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
There is a lot of hate out there for this movie. Most of it is understandable. But there is a lot to love about this movie. It features a solid portrayal of Batman by Ben Affleck, solid visuals, a fairly compelling story. It has some narrative flaws for sure. Yet I still found enough enjoyment throughout the film. The extended cut does ultimately add more fluidness to it all, yet the movie is still entertaining enough to watch and enjoy it as one of the better comic book offerings.
24. Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
After the stellar Avengers in 2012, this was possibly the most anticipated film in a year that saw the release of a new Star Wars. While it was a step down, Age of Ultron, is still a really fun film. The additions of Elizabeth Olsen and others to the cast were solid and introductions. The movie also added several pieces of fan service that played well. Ultron isn’t as menacing of a villain as many would have hoped but James Spader adds a dramatic heft to the movie. It was at the time Marvel’s biggest movie, but it would soon be trumped, a year later to be exact.
Here’s another Marvel Studios movie. Despite some of the weaker entries, Marvel has never made a bad film. Thor is no exception. Natalie Portman and Chris Hemsworth have terrific chemistry in the movie and play off each other well. The film introduced us to what would be Marvel’s best villain, Loki. It is a fairly generic story upon rewatching the film I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s sequel was one of the weakest MCU films but Thor was brought to the big screen in a thunderous way, pun intended.
22. Wonder Woman (2017)
One of the newer entries on the list, Wonder Woman wiped the stench that the newly formed DCEU had drummed up away. Some may consider it the best entry (see my opinion later on this list) in this franchise. It is filled with wonderful thrills and great character development. Patti Jenkins directs the movie with the confidence of someone who had done it before, despite it being her biggest budget to date. Gal Gadot really shines in the film as the title character in her first shot at leading a movie.
21. X2: X-Men United
After its predecessor paved the way for comic book movies, X2 sought to keep the ball rolling in the right direction. With an ambitious approach, tremendous depth and terrific acting, X2 brought down the house an upped the ante. It set bar for franchises and comic book sequels in general. Most importantly, the movie proved you can stray away from the superhero formula. Hugh Jackman and company spurned the long lived franchise that is the X-Men.
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