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The best comic book movies everThere are a lot of comic book movies out there, but these are the ones that are unforgettable.
Welcome to Top 5. I'm your host Iyaz Akhtar with a brand new bunch of comic book movies making waves. The Avengers Age of Ultron, Batman Versus Superman, Ant-Man, and all the sequels tha will follow. We wanted to figure out, what are the top five best comic book movies of all time? This list is sure to be controversial, so shall we get started? At number five is Iron Man. This is the movie that kicked off an incredible connected Marvel cinematic universe. If Ironman was a dud, there might not be an Avengers or an Avengers 2. Brilliant casting with Robert Downey Jr as the jerky yet incredibly likeable Tony Stark. Directed by John Farverau, it had the right mix of action and humor that Marvel Comics has at it's best. At number four is the 1989 Batman. A movie that should not have worked at all. Beetle Juice, the guy who directed Beetle Juice and Jack Nicholson, really, like that's going to work. Batman set the tone for what a grim and gritty comic book movie could be. Sure, Batman couldn't turn his head, but did you care? Batman had such cool gadgets and The Joker was off kilter as he should be. Number three Marvel's Avengers. This movie pulled off the impossible. Balanced a large cast of heroes and a large cast of villains. This movie took years to setup and each character in this movie acted in line with the way they did in their own solo movies. Added to that, this is the first really good theatrical Hulk. Don't get me started on Ang Lee's "Hulk", or "The Incredible Hulk". It gets me angry. Before we continue, let's quickly talk about the honorable mentions. "Hellboy" for successfully adapting Mike Mignola's indie comic book in a spectacular fashion. Then there's "Blade". I saw the trailer for this movie after the stink of "Batman and Robin" was released and people got excited by a comic book movie again. [UNKNOWN] Number two, Superman from 1978. You ever notice how the Man of Steel in Superman Returns didn't really get the tone of Superman right? Well, Superman 78 did. It features an amazing performance by Christopher Reeves. Who actually made Clark Kent in Superman appear to be different people. Clark Kent stammered and had bad posture, Superman was all confident and projected his superness. Don't think too hard about the plot though since it boils down to Lex Luther running a real estate scam with nuclear missiles. And the number one comic book movie ever is The Dark Knight. This is like the Godfather part two of comic book movies. Katie Holmes got the boot from Maggie Gyllenhaal, whose character is then killed by a version of the Joker that is wholly original. This Joker is an anarchist, who drove Batman crazy, because his patterns defied the logical rules that Batman lives by. Heath Ledger just steals the show as the Joker. Christian Bale and Michael Cain are terrific together, and Chris Nolan put together a fantastic story. Maybe we get to mention two things. I can probably keep on yammering about comic book movies forever. So, ahead, go ahead. hit me up on Twitter if you wanna talk. I'm at For more top fives like this, check out top5.cnet.com. I'm Iaz, thanks for watching. [MUSIC]