20 Badass Comic Book Films

Adventures of Captain Marvel 1941 serial 12 630x420 560x373The earliest comic book movie was the Adventures of Captain Marvel, a film serial that became very popular in 1941. The film serial was basically a television series that you could only watch at the movie theaters each week. It was a series of shorts with a continuous story that progressed each and every week. It spawned several more film serials throughout the 1940’s including Batman, Captain America, and Superman.

jla 560x174The popularity of turning comic books into movies started to gain some real popularity in the past few years with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Comics Universe emerging as an entirely new way to enjoy the movies. In fact, from 1941 to 1999, there have been around 200 movies based on comic books compared to the 250+ that have been made since 2000. Because almost all of the superhero movies out there today were once a comic book, that has also helped the surge of comic book films. And when money is being made in Hollywood, you best believe they are going to milk it for all it is worth.

Greatest Superhero Films The Dark Knight 560x280That means sequels, reboots, and new films from some of the most popular comic books ever written. Some of the reboots have worked out (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight), while others have been tried multiple times to mixed reviews (Superman). But regardless of how many films, or how many times we get a new Batman franchise, the truth of the matter is that comic books turned into films is tearing up Hollywood right now and will not slow down anytime soon. There is just too much money to be made.

Since the trend isn’t likely to stop in the near future,we decided it would be a good idea to take a look back at the past 30 years and find 20 badass examples of comic books turned feature film for your entertainment and, hopefully, discussion. Enjoy.

20) Barb Wire

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  • Release Date: May 3rd, 1996
  • Directed By: David Hogan
  • Written By: Chris Warner
  • Box Office: $3.8 Million
  • Starring: Pamela Anderson
  • Comic Book Published By: Dark Horse Comics

19) The Mask

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  • Release Date: July 29th, 1994
  • Directed By: Charles Russell
  • Written By: Mike Werb
  • Box Office: $351.6 Million
  • Starring: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene
  • Comic Book Published By: Dark Horse Comics

18) X-Men: First Class

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  • Release Date: June 3rd, 2011
  • Directed By: Matt Vaughn
  • Written By: Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz, Jane Goldman, Matt Vaughn
  • Box Office: $353.6 Million
  • Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Oliver Platt
  • Comic Book Published By: Marvel Entertainment

17) Suicide Squad

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  • Release Date: August 5th, 2016
  • Directed By: David Ayer
  • Written By: David Ayer
  • Box Office: $745.6 Million
  • Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jay Hernandez
  • Comic Book Published By: DC Comics

16) Watchmen

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  • Release Date: March 6th, 2009
  • Directed By: Zack Snyder
  • Written By: David Hayter, Alex Tse
  • Box Office: $185.3 Million
  • Starring: Billy Crudup, Malin Ackerman, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode
  • Comic Book Published By: DC Comics

15) X-Men: Days of Future Past

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  • Release Date: May 23rd, 2014
  • Directed By: Bryan Singer
  • Written By: Simon Kinberg
  • Box Office: $747.9 Million
  • Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan
  • Comic Book Published By: Marvel Entertainment

14) 300

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  • Release Date: March 9th, 2007
  • Directed By: Zack Snyder
  • Written By: Michael B. Gordon, Kurt Johnstad, Zack Snyder
  • Box Office: $456.1 Million
  • Starring: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Rodrigo Santoro, Dominic West
  • Comic Book Published By: Dark Horse Comics

13) Blade

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  • Release Date: August 21st, 1998
  • Directed By: Stephen Norrington
  • Written By: David S. Goyer
  • Box Office: $131.2 Million
  • Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff, N’Bushe Wright, Donal Logue
  • Comic Book Published By: Marvel Entertainment

12) Guardians of the Galaxy

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  • Release Date: August 1st, 2014
  • Directed By: James Gunn
  • Written By: James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
  • Box Office: $773.3 Million
  • Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Benicio del Toro, Glen Close
  • Comic Book Published By: Marvel Entertainment

11) Deadpool

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  • Release Date: February 12th, 2016
  • Directed By: Tim Miller
  • Written By: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
  • Box Office: $783.1 Million
  • Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, TJ Miller, Gina Carano
  • Comic Book Published By: Marvel Entertainment

10) Kingsman: The Secret Service

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  • Release Date: February 13th, 2015
  • Directed By: Matt Vaughn
  • Written By: Jane Goldman, Matt Vaughn
  • Box Office: $414.4 Million
  • Starring: Colin Firth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine
  • Comic Book Published By: Icon Comics

9) Batman Returns

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  • Release Date: June 19th, 1992
  • Directed By: Tim Burton
  • Written By: Daniel Waters
  • Box Office: $266.8 Million
  • Starring Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken
  • Comic Book Published By: DC Comics

8) Kick-Ass

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  • Release Date: April 16th, 2010
  • Directed By: Matt Vaughn
  • Written By: Jane Goldman, Matt Vaughn
  • Box Office: $96.2 Million
  • Starring: Aaron Johnson, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Mark Strong, Chloe Grace Moretz, Nicolas Cage
  • Comic Book Published By: Icon Comics

7) Iron Man

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  • Release Date: May 2nd, 2008
  • Directed By: Jon Favreau
  • Written By: Mark Fergus, Hawk Ostby, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway
  • Box Office: $585.2 Million
  • Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Comic Book Published By: Marvel Entertainment

6) The Crow

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  • Release Date: May 13th, 1994
  • Directed By: Alex Proyas
  • Written By: David J. Schow, John Shirley
  • Box Office: $50.7 Million
  • Starring: Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott
  • Comic Book Published By: Image Comics

5) V for Vendetta

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  • Release Date: March 17th, 2006
  • Directed By: James McTeigue
  • Written By: The Wachowski Brothers
  • Box Office: $132.5 Million
  • Starring: Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt
  • Comic Book Published By: DC Comics

4) Batman

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  • Release Date: June 23rd, 1989
  • Directed By: Tim Burton
  • Written By: Sam Hamm, Warren Skaaren
  • Box Office: $411.3 Million
  • Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Billy Dee Williams
  • Comic Book Published By: DC Comics

3) X2

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  • Release Date: May 2nd, 2003
  • Directed By: Bryan Singer
  • Written By: Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris, David Hayter
  • Box Office: $407.7 Million
  • Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos
  • Comic Book Published By: Marvel Entertainment

2) Sin City

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  • Release Date: April 1st, 2005
  • Directed By: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino
  • Written By: Frank Miller, Robert Rodriguez
  • Box Office: $158.8 Million
  • Starring: Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Benicio del Toro, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Elijah Wood
  • Comic Book Published By: Dark Horse Comics

1) The Dark Knight

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  • Release Date: June 18th, 2008
  • Directed By: Christopher Nolan
  • Written By: Christopher Nolan, David Goyer
  • Box Office: $1.005 Billion
  • Starring: Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Morgan Freeman
  • Comic Book Published By: DC Comics