And no, Tank Girl isn't one of them.
July 16, 2010
by Phil Pirrello, Scott Collura, Jesse Schedeen and Matt Fowler
As Inception gives us another excuse to worship at the altar of Nolan, and with Comic-Con right around the corner, IGN does the rank and file thing again. This time, we present our Top 25 Comic Book Movies of All Time. *Drops the mic.*Now, we know what you're saying: How come you didn't give Dolph Lundgren's Punisher some love? Or or or where's my Judge Dredd?! Answer: Really? Care space for those movies exist? Really? Real Answer: Because we here at IGN Geek used the following criteria to sort out the bad movies from the really awesome, kick-ass ones. That criteria is as follows: Impact on the genre, geekout-ability moments,level of storytelling - does the adaptation exceed/do justice to its source material? - and Editor's Choice.
What's our number one pick? Read on to find out, True Believers. And sound off your favorite films in the comments, unless they're Punisher or Judge Dredd. Seriously, spare yourself the mockery. It's not worth it.
"The Rocke-who?" Exactly.
If you haven't seen this high-spirited,1991 adventure flick (based on comic character who served as an homage to matinee heroes of the '30s and '40s), then you're missing out on crap loads of fun. Set in 1938 Los Angeles, The Rocketeer had it all. Jet packs, mobsters, movie stars, Nazis and Jennifer Connelly in peak "hourglass" form. Timothy Dalton's turn as an Errol Flynn-type god of the silver screen (complete with actual"Nazi-sympathizing" rumors of the era) was amazing and The 4400's Billy Campbell made for a perfect poor, earnest lad-turned-champion for justice.
Favorite Moment: We remember, back when we saw this film in the theater, the final scene, where Terry O'Quinn's Howard Hughes presents Cliff with a brand new racing plane, but then Cliff basically turned and looked back to his real prize -- the buxom JennyBlake. A guy in the theater screamed out, "Oh yeah!" She was hot. And Cliff was going to have sex with her.
Yes, the 90's score is dated and the Splinter and Turtle animatronics are a bit too puppet-y by today's standards, but damn if this movie still doesn't work. Most of our affinity for the half-shell heroes' first live-action movie is fueled by nostalgia, but even we can be objective andappreciate the "story" at play here.
We get an origin movie that doesn't stop to advertise that it's an origin story; instead, it drops us in on Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Mikey as they take on the Foot! And Shredder! And April O'Neil's bad 1990s perm!
Yep, this movie has it all: Sais, bo sticks, pizza. Full of win, this is.
Favorite Moment: Raph's first encounter with Casey Jones.Watching it on repeat has been scientifically proven to do absolutely nothing whatsoever but entertain.
Brandon Lee's last film is his best, featuring the late actor in the role of - literally - an avenging angel. Alex Proyas' Crow is painted in shadows and slicked with a grittiness that makes you feel like you need a tetanus shot when it's all done.
The plot? Lee's Eric goes all Man on Fireon the criminals responsible for taking his life and the life of his ladyfriend. But where Denzel used vendetta-primed C4 ass bombs, our Crow uses supernatural-powered gunplay and rooftop fisticuffs.
For movie fans who like their anti-dead heroes from the Hot Topic section of revenge stories, The Crow is for you.
Favorite Moment: Eric's violent and music video-y Lazarus move to become theCrow is a must see.
Not many filmmakers could be trusted to so slavishly recreate the specific look of a comic book series, but fortunately for Hellboy fans, Guillermo del Toro is one such director.
Based on the Dark Horse series by Mike Mignola, Hellboy is very evocative of the unique style of those books. The casting of character actor Ron Perlman as the titular demon-turned-do-gooder...