Starting with Fox’s Deadpool in February and ending with Marvel’s Doctor Strange this month, 2016 has given fans some fanstastic comic book movie and some underwhelming ones. Therefore, we decided to rank them all from worst to best. Keep in mind that this list is based on my own subjective opinion of these movies. Some of you may agree and that’s great and some of you may completely disagree with the order of these but that’s the greatest thing about movies.
6) X-Men: Apocalypse
In the last few years Fox has been killing it with their ‘X-Men’ universe. In 2014 we got, I think, one of the best comic book movies of all time with X-Men: Days of Future Past and hearing that Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer were returning for Apocalypse was great news. However, even though this movie certainly had amazing scenes like Quicksilver running through Xavier’s school and taking everyone to safety, as the building exploded, it certainly didn’t live up to the expectation I think a lot of us had. The younger cast did well in their roles but the story could have been a lot better and it would have been nice to see Apocalypse having some kind of motive for wanting to destroy everything rather than just wanting to.
5) Suicide Squad
It was difficult between Suicide Squad and X-Men:Apocalypse for the last spot on the list but ultimately I felt that Suicide Squad had more redeeming qualities. The cast was incredible and all did a great job in their roles. Jared Leto brought a brilliant new version of Joker to the DCEU and Margot Robbie perfectly captured Harley Quinn. However, the writing, story and some of the editing choices were a hot mess and the villain was incredibly weak and a terrible dancer (if you remember the end of the movie, you’ll know what i mean!). It did bring in some money for Warner Brothers but not a lot and the trailers made it seem like this was going to be a phenomenal, badass comic book movie. Even though there were badass moments, Killer Croc’s comedy fell flat and Harley Quinn and Joker, as well as numerous other characters, did absolutely nothing to further the story.
4) Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
In this movie, Ben Affleck gave us, what I think is, the best Batman we have ever seen. A much darker and grey Batman than we have seen previously and the fact that he killed people in the movie fit perfectly with his character and back-story. Henry Cavill is a wonderful Superman and I thought Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman wasn’t terrible! However, the movie did not flow well in my opinion and it lacked that ‘Daredevil-Punisher’ moment from Season 2 of Daredevil on Netflix where the two talk about their ideologies. Batman and Superman didn’t actually fight until towards the end of the movie and that Martha scene, while I think it was brilliant in terms of Batman realising that Superman had humans that he cared about and who cared about him in return, I felt they could have put the same point across a much better way. Doomsday was exactly what it was meant to be, which was simply a means for Batman and Superman to join forces and fight a common enemy. I also think killing Superman had very little emotional impact given that we know he will be returning in Justice League next year.
3) Doctor Strange
Marvel’s latest release shows Benedict Cumberbatch excellently portray the Sorcerer Supreme while showing fans a completely different side to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tilda swinton, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen were all excellent in their roles. The story was great, even though it would have been nice to see Doctor Strange ease into his powers a lot more. Once again the Marvel villain fails to meet that memorable villain standard that we have all been waiting for since Loki but overall the film was incredibly enjoyable and it was a fantastic ‘Doctor Strange’ movie.
After making a very…interesting…debut as the merc with a mouth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller brought us a brilliant movie back in February. Ryan Reynolds IS ‘Deadpool’. The film included a lot of time jumps which could have been messy but the way Tim Miller did them was seamless and easy to follow. Even the marketing of this movie leading up to the film gave the general movie going audience an idea of who ‘Deadpool’ is as he is not a well known character for non-comic book fans. On a budget of $58 million, this movie was hilarious from beginning to end and overall was just as an R-rated ‘Deadpool’ movie should be.
1) Captain America: Civi War
At risk of repeating myself, I believe that Civil War is on of the best comic book movies we have ever seen. What Anthony and Joe Russo managed to do with the huge ensemble of characters was phenomenal. After directing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it was great to hear that they were returning to direct this movie and the following two Avengers films. The Russo brothers managed to give every single character their moment to shine while keeping the focus on Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), his world and the characters within his world such as Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). All actors did a fantastic job as usual and the film set the stage perfectly for Avengers: Infinity War. We got our first glimpses of Tom Holland’s ‘Spider-Man’ and Chadwick Boseman as ‘Black Panther’ who both shone in their roles and left us highly anticipating their solo movies. The villain again was, however, the weak point of the film as is the case with many Marvel movies but off the top of my head, that was my only negative with the movie.
So there you have it, my ranking of the comic book movies of 2016. What do you think of this list? Do you agree or disagree? How would you rank the comic book movies of 2016? Make sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section down below or on our Instagram and Twitter!