The Best Comic Book/Nerd Movies of 2013
If Hollywood has learned one thing, it’s that movies that span the comic book genre are big time money makers. It also helps that most of the people creating them have the right mind for it.
In the past comic book/sci-fi movies have been campy. Full of stupid jokes, bad effects, and things that are way too far over your head. Recently we’ve seen all of that change. Comic book movies have been given new life – a well deserved second chance. After the first X-Men film from 2000, and a very successful first Spider-Man movie, I had hope. Then we had things like Daredevil, Ghostrider and Green Lantern Happen. Thank God for Christopher Nolan and Robert Downey Jr. Hugh Jackman and Bryan Singer could only hold down the fort on their own for so long.
So now that we are a few years into this latest batch of nerdy goodness, 2013 certainly brought us a good amount of comic book movies. Some good, some great, but overall none of them could be considered bad. Well, except “R.I.P.D.” What the hell were they thinking? Just make Ryan Reynolds Deadpool, and leave it at that.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s rank 2013’s best comic book/nerdy movies from worst to best.
8: The Wolverine
This one was a little disappointing, but nowhere near as bad as “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” At least there was some sort of set up to this movie, along with a pretty good supporting cast. Taking place sometime after the events of “X-Men: The Last Stand”, it’s a good story of Wolverine coming back to the world. It was a little boring at times, but as usual Hugh Jackman was great. Wasn’t a huge fan of how they portrayed the Silver Samurai, but they always screw something up. Looking forward to “X-Men: Days of Future Past” which was set up at the end of this film.
7. Man of Steel
A lot of hype surrounding this Zack Snyder Superman reboot. I liked “Man of Steel” enough – more than the campy Superman films of the 70’s and 80’s at least. Most of the criticism about this movie was that it was too dark to be a Superman movie ( *SPOILER ALERT* he did kill a guy at the end). I can see that, but it worked for the era that we are in. This is a Superman for a new generation. Maybe we could have a bit more emotion in the next film, but otherwise it wasn’t so bad.
6. World War Z
Based on an actual book and not one with drawings, this was Hollywood cashing in on the public’s new found obsession with the supernatural. Vampires are so played out, right? Zombies are all the rage. While they changed a lot from the book, as a movie it worked well. They are already planning a sequel to the movie, which might include a bit more from the book. Terrific set up, and a great zombie movie.
5. Iron Man 3
Probably the only Iron Man film that I haven’t completely loved. Let’s face facts: You can’t give us The Mandarin and then take him away (SPOILER). That was pretty weak. Also kind of weak that Tony Stark wasn’t really Iron Man for a lot of the film. Over all though, it was another great Marvel movie. Not as action packed as “The Avengers”, but a great set up for what is coming from Marvel.
4. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
If you haven’t given these movies or books a chance you’re missing out. The first Hunger Games took the world by storm and really put Jennifer Lawrence on the map. The sequel had more action, more drama, and has everyone excited for the next part. Again, it differed from the book a bit, but the movie was fantastic.
3. Star Trek: Into Darkness
Not quite sure why so many Star Trek fans didn’t like this film because it was easily one of the best Star Trek movies in the franchises history. Will I be hated for saying that? Maybe. So be it. I absolutely loved J.J. Abrams’ take on this particular story. Kahn is one of my favorite villains, and Benedict Cumberbatch played the part so well. Can we also comment on the fact that this new cast has done such justice to the original characters created by Gene Roddenberry? I’ll always love William Shatner as Kirk, but Chis Pin is doing a fantastic job.
2. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
A late entry into the contest, but such an awesome movie. Peter Jackson has done a great job bringing Middle Earth to life, and also tied the story of The Hobbit into his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Again, don’t compare it to the book. If you try to recreate the book you get the animated moves from the 60’s and Leonard Nimoy singing a song. No thanks.
1. Thor: The Dark World
I think that Thor might just be America’s new favorite superhero. I’m sure that a shirtless Chris Hemsworth has a lot to do with the female clientele taking to this character, but they have done a great job with Thor so far. It was going to be hard to top the first Thor, but I think “The Dark World” may have done it. Now we’ll have to wait until “The Avengers: The Age of Ultron” to see the next part of Thor, but we are willing to wait. The way Marvel is going, so far they can do no wrong.