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Gotham: The Best James Gunn Comic Book Movies

 

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Warner Bros. Pictures

IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

In our article, to celebrate Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022) we list 4 important Hollywood comic book movies directed by DC Studios Head James Gunn. Though blockbuster success is not the most important factor, their impact on cinema and the visual arts is undeniable. Moreover, they helped pioneer the director’s cinematic style and establish him as a force in the medium.

Below, you can read our Top 4 James Gunn Hollywood comic book movies.

4. SUPER (2011)

With the popularity of the superhero genre, Super (2011) is lowest on our list. Though it is probably the worst James Gunn superhero movie, it also establish his style and cinematography. Simply put, Gunn lays the foundation for the common elements in his superhero films. Indeed, they are about flawed characters with family or personal conflict who embark on a quest to set the world right. Sounds like our hero, Frank Darby (Rainn Wilson).

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the subversive use of the superhero genre, the low-budget, and the groundwork of James Gunn’s filmography.

3. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)

To begin, Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) is the turning point in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Indeed, it firmly established the Marvel cinematic fanbase with its blend of humor, teenage comedy, action and its sensitivity to pop culture. Importantly, the movie is set in space and shows how much Gunn helped establish the Disney formula.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the space opera use of the superhero genre, the Disney formula, the pop-culture impact and the top-notch acting.

 

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2. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 (2017)

Incredibly, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) out-performed the first movie at the box office. And the focus of the movie is Peter Quill and the fight to save his old family or preserve his new family. When his father the Ego comes into his life, Star-Lord must decide between the Celestial and the Guardians of the Galaxy. Particularly, Volume 2 is a space adventure about what Peter’s life could be.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the cosmic tone of the superhero genre, the pop-culture impact, the themes of conflict, family and the top-notch acting.

1. THE SUICIDE SQUAD (2021)

Certainly, James Gunn is now co-CEO of DC Studios. For good reason. His film The Suicide Squad (2021) saved the DC Extended Universe and was well received by critics and audiences alike. With a big budget, the film showed a maturation of the filmmaker with more R-rated liberties and dark humor. Perhaps, showing that the DC Extended Universe is in good hands.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster comic book movie, the pop-culture impact, the charismatic Christopher Reeve performance, the re-invention of the Superman mythos and the top-notch acting.

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These Are the Best James Gunn Movies (Plus Peacemaker), Ranked in Movieweb.
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Gotham: 10 Hollywood Comic Book Movies Faithful To The Source Material

 

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IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

In our article, we list 10 important Hollywood movies that faithfully adapted the source material from the comics. Though blockbuster success is not the most important factor, their impact on cinema and the visual arts is undeniable. Moreover, they helped pioneer other comic book movies and shared cinematic universes.

Below, you can read our Top 10 Hollywood comic book movies.

10. CAPTAIN MARVEL (2019)

With the popularity of the superhero genre, Captain Marvel (2019) was a welcome surprise. As a true cosmic movie, the film takes its subject matter seriously. Though Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck add comedic moments. Perhaps, few Marvel Cinematic Universe films pay as much attention to their titular heroine’s origin story. Certainly, Carol Danvers’ Kree origins are central to the superheroine both in the comics and the movie. At Refinery29, the critic points out the major change is in Mar-Vell’s gender swap from male to female.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the original use of the superhero genre, the impressive visual effects, the movie production and the top-notch acting.

9. BATMAN (1989)

To begin, the Batman (1989) was a cinematic event for the period. Certainly, the movie is indebted to the dark and gritty graphic novels of the 1980s such as Batman: The Killing Joke or Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Though the film successfully adapts Batman’s noir atmosphere from the source material, it alters elements of its mythos. For instance, the Joker killed Bruce’s parents and Batman is willing to kill.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the ground-breaking use of the superhero genre, the serious Batman treatment, the pop-culture impact and the top-notch acting.

8. SPIDER-MAN (2002)

Incredibly, Spider-Man (2002) captivated audiences at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In fact, the Sam Raimi films were a cultural sensation out-performing the original Superman: The Movie at the box office. At the time, audiences loved the movie. And director Sam Raimi’s faithful rendition of the Spider-Man world won fans though the adaptation of his super powers and the loss of web-shooters created controversy.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the original use of the superhero genre, the pop-culture impact, the authentic Spider-Man universe and the top-notch acting.

7. SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE (1978)

Certainly, Superman: The Movie (1978) is the original superhero blockbuster. When the movie was released, general audiences were charmed by the hero’s enthralling story. Moreover, Christopher Reeve’s charismatic performance carried the movie. Importantly, the movie actually changed the Superman mythos instead of simply adapting it. In fact, the Krypton backstory was a new addition from the Donnerverse that changed its depiction in comics.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster comic book movie, the pop-culture impact, the charismatic Christopher Reeve performance, the re-invention of the Superman mythos and the top-notch acting.

6. THOR (2011)

In terms of cinematic achievement, Thor (2011) is a visual and aesthetic masterpiece. Certainly, the movie skyrocketed the former B-lister to super-stardom at Marvel. And it is well deserved. Importantly, the Thor movie respects the most important elements of the hero’s origin story: the legendary Asgard, the worthiness enchantment on Mjolnir, and the struggle between the brothers Thor and Loki for the throne. Though the only significant alteration is that Asgardians are an alien race and not gods.

 

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster Thor movie, the charismatic Chris Hemsworth performance, the legendary world of Asgard and costume work, one of the most faithful Marvel Cinematic Universe comic book adaptations to film.

5. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)

Importantly, Captain America: The First Avenger may be the best Captain America movie. When it comes to faithful adaptations, the movie retains the basic Captain America story: a young, feebled and patriotic Steve Rogers enrolls in Project Rebirth and becomes a Super-Soldier. Becoming Captain America, he leads his unit against Red Skull and Germany. Though the only major difference is that the Captain stays in the ice for 70 years in the movie as opposed to 19 years in the comics.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the cast, the first blockbuster Captain America movie, the charismatic Chris Evans performance, the chemistry between the lead actors, one of the most faithful Marvel Cinematic Universe comic book adaptations to film.

4. BATMAN RETURNS (1992)

Incredibly, Batman Returns (1992) might be the most memorable Batman film of the early 1990s. With an iconic cast in Michelle Pfeiffer and Danny Devito who star as memorable villains Catwoman and Penguin; and an impressive performance by Michael Keaton, the film is even darker than the first one. According to Batman Online, the movie inspires itself from multiple gothic-style Batman stories from the early 1990s such as Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City (1990).

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the iconic cast, the darker Batman sequel, Michelle Pfeiffer’s break-out performance, the chemistry between the lead actors, a cult film during the decade, an inspiration from multiple comics in the 1990s.

3. V FOR VENDETTA (2006)

Incredibly, V for Vendetta (2006) takes its title directly from the source material. At IGN, the critic cites the Wachowski Brothers’ adaptation took some liberties from Alan Moore’s comic. Though, the general premise of a masked man opposing totalitarian regime in Great Britain remains. Nonetheless, the movie’s third act does not escape the tropes of Hollywood endings. Certainly, it belongs at the top of this list as an iconic movie adaptation.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the adaptation from Alan Moore’s avant-garde and deconstruction of the superhero genre, the Wachowski’s artistic license and the popular controversy.

2. WATCHMEN (2009)

Gloriously, Watchmen (2009) misses the top spot on this list. At the same time, the movie is a cult classic that has passionated fans since 2009. At the helm, Zack Snyder directs the most important adaptation of a comic book to the big screen. Once again, Alan Moore’s masterpiece proves to be the inspiration. Certainly, there is a reason why the director has been celebrated among die-hard fans.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the adaptation from Alan Moore’s masterpiece and the greatest comic of all time, Zack Snyder’s visual story-telling, gratuitous violence and pop-culture impact.

1. 300 (2007)

Gloriously, 300 (2007) showed it is possible to create a successful R-rated movie. Successfully, the movie was a pop-culture sensation at its release and became every fan’s visual scriptures. As a visual director, Snyder created a frame-by-frame adaptation of Frank Miller’s graphic novel. Though the movie is violent, graphic and barbaric, it inaugurated a completely new visual form of storytelling.

WHY IT’S ON THIS LIST: And the movie belongs on this list for the iconic cast, Gerard Butler’s charismatic performance, a revolutionary R-rated blockbuster movie, scene-by-scene adaptation faithful to the comic, Zack Snyder’s unique visual storytelling.

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Every Major Change Captain Marvel Made From The Original Comics in Refinery29.
How Superman: The Movie Changed Kal-El’s Comic Book Mythos in Nerdist.
Comic Influences on Batman Returns (1992) in Batman-Online.
V for Vendetta: Comic vs. Film in IGN.
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Gotham: The Best Batman Lines From B:TAS

 

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Batman: The Animated Series

IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

In our article, we list 4 important Batman lines from Batman: The Animated Series. With the passing of the late Kevin Conroy, the series is a good opportunity to celebrate his work.

Below, you can read our Top 4 Batman lines from the series.

4. “TWO-FACE PART II” (1992)

In Batman: The Animated Series, the Caped Crusader pulls all the stops to save his friends, even hardened criminals. What makes the show stand out, is Batman’s realism and resolve. Before Batman goes on the BatCycle to apprehend Two-Face, he has a conversation with Alfred. In a poignant moment, Batman says: “I still feel that somewhere inside that monster is my old friend.” Touching that Bruce still believes in Harvey Dent’s humanity.

3. “HEART OF ICE” (1992)

In Season 1: Episode 3, Batman faces one of his iconic villains: Mister Freeze. In “Heart of Ice,” Mister Freeze seeks vengeance for the death of his wife. In the denouement, Batman answers vengeance with justice by destroying the villain’s suit. Remarkably, one of Conroy’s best lines: “No. Justice. A year ago, Ferris Boyle interrupted an experiment and in the process destroyed two lives. Here’s the evidence. Good night… “humanitarian.””

 

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2. “ON LEATHER WINGS” (1992)

Among Batman’s villains Man-Bat may be the darkest and most ominous. Though the parallels are striking, what separates Bruce from Dr. Langstrom, is the latter’s scientific madness. Here, Batman has to quickly change into Bruce for an interview: “Hey! What’s up, doc?”

1. “JOKER’S WILD(1992)

Certainly, Joker is Batman’s nemesis. These two enemies have been dancing a deadly game since Batman (1940) #1. One way to really defeat Joker is to play his emotions and trick him. Here, Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill play it to perfection: “He’s counting on you to blow this place up so he can collect the insurance. By the time you get clear, Kaiser will be miles away, laughing at you.”

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Heart Of Ice/Dialogue in Batman The Animated Series.
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Gotham: To Prepare For ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, We List Every Comic That The Movie Is Based On

 

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Marvel Entertainment

IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

In our article, we list 4 important comics that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is loosely based on. In the movie, Namor makes his appearance for the first time. Also, Riri Williams makes her first appearance as Ironheart.

Below, you can read our Top 4 comic books.

4. IRONHEART (2019-2020)

The promo clip so far, has confirmed the first appearance of Ironheart in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2019, Ironheart made her first appearance in Marvel Comics. Though similar to Iron Man, the MIT genius named Riri Williams forges an Iron Man suit to take down the villain Clash and becomes a superheroine. Collect Ironheart vol. 1 (2019-2020) to get a backstory on the character.

3. DOOMWAR (2010)

'Doomwar' (2010) #2. Marvel Comics.

To begin, speculation continues concerning Doctor Doom joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to ScreenRant, Namor is the villain in the movie, and not Doctor Doom. At the same time, Doomwar (2010) is among the most important Black Panther and Doctor Doom stories. In fact, the movie takes place at a time when T’Challa is no longer in power or perhaps, has disappeared and Shuri has to replace him. Similar to the comic.

 

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2. BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET (2016)

Incredibly, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2016) is the most important Black Panther graphic novel of the 2010s. Gloriously, the writer has crafted one of the most emotional Black Panther stories. Though there is no direct mention of the people and the Midnight Angels, the comic is still a great backstory on Wakanda and its monarchy.

1. BLACK PANTHER: POWER (2010)

Certainly, Black Panther: Power (2010) written by critically acclaimed producer-writer Reginald Hudlin, is the true inspiration for the movie. From the plot and the trailers, Shuri has replaced T’Challa as the new Black Panther. Similar to the comic, Wakanda is invaded by Namor during the AvX saga. It is unclear if a similar event occurs in the movie, though the movie may introduce the first modern mutant in preparation for The Mutants and the X-Men.

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‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’: Best Comics to Read Before the Highly-Anticipated Sequel in Collider.
Black Panther 2 Director Explains Why Namor Is The Villain (Not Doctor Doom) in ScreenRant.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Officially Sets Up the X-Men in Den Of Geek.
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Gotham: Our Top Picks Of 2010s New York Times Best Sellers

 

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Database Comics

IN FRANCHISES, COMIC VALUES AND COLLECTIONS

In our video, we list our recommendations from the New York Times Best Sellers in the 2010s. On the prestigious list, the most successful comics are represented that impacted the genre. At the top of our list, is a surprise fight for the pole position between number two and number one.

Also, you can watch our video above.

5. DAV PILKEY’S DOG MAN #9 (2022)

Worldwide, writer Dav Pilkey is known for his popular children book series such as Captain Underpants. Recently, his series titled Dog Man has been a success. Though obviously for children, the book can fascinate an adult public for its unconventional portrayal of the canine cop and its challenges to the force’s authority. You can collect Dog Man: Grime and Punishment (2020) on Amazon.

Positives: Popular children’s author. Worldwide fame.

Negatives: Children series.

4. SECRET WARS BY JONATHAN HICKMAN (2016)

Importantly, Secret Wars (2016) remains among the top grossing Marvel event crossovers. In fact, the original crossover and the 2015 event form the basis of Phases 4-6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During the period, no modern Marvel crossover matches its influence.

Positives: Ambitious crossover, Marvel Cinematic Universe fanbase, top grossing.

Negatives: Hickman does not receive sufficient credit.

3. STAR WARS BY DISNEY-LUCASFILM PRESS (2016)

For all its glory, the Star Wars universe deserves more praise. In 45 years of history, the franchise has created a true cultural revolution that knows no borders. And the Star Wars: Original Trilogy Graphic Novel (2016) is a celebration of the epic first three films. Enjoy!

Positives: Mythic status, true fanbase, cult movies.

Negatives: A larger Star Wars following is needed.

2. WATCHMEN BY ALAN MOORE (2019)

Certainly, the Watchmen (2019 Edition) cements the graphic novel’s iconic status. Among critics, the graphic novel is recognized as the Greatest Of All Time. With Hugo, Eisner/Harvey Awards, Alan Moore’s masterpiece is in rare company. Visit our review.

Positives: Consensus GOAT graphic novel, multiple prestigious awards.

Negatives: Not enough weeks on NY Times Best Sellers.

1. BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE BY ALAN MOORE (2016)

In terms of popularity, Batman: The Killing Joke (2016) takes the top spot. In fact, the top graphic novel on our list may also be the best Batman storyline. Alan Moore forever changed Batman’s world with this origin story about DC’s Clown Prince of crime. Incredibly, the critically-acclaimed work stayed on the New York Times Best Sellers for 239 weeks.

 

Positives: Best Batman story, popular, 239 weeks on NY Times Best Sellers.

Negatives: None.

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