Top 5 Superhero Films
By Evie Scott
@thesnowbones

You don’t need to be bitten by a radioactive spider to be a superhero anymore! DC and Marvel have proven that anyone can defy the laws of human potential nowadays, whether born with superhuman abilities or being able to develop them over time. Superheroes simply dominate the movie industry right now, and DC and Marvel are churning out movies at an alarmingly awesome (and pretty spectacular) pace. Comic book lovers have a massive choice when it comes to seeing their favourite superheroes on the big screen. Spiderman has had more reboots than the England football team as changed managers, and Avengers is still on everyone’s lips as their ultimate favourite, but who does Elite think are the crème-de-le-crème of mankind’s saviours? Here is our countdown!

1. Batman: The Dark Knight

Christopher Nolan (director) was under immense pressure after the spectacular Batman movies of the late 80s, and early 90s, but that pressure was nothing in comparison to the expectation on Heath Ledger. To say he excelled as the Joker would be an understatement. His darker, more unhinged and totally psychopathic representation of the Joker was absolutely outstanding, and Christian Bale’s Batman had a very worthy opponent. This film, for me, defines the superhero genre, and forces the audience to ask whether mankind even deserves a higher, saving power. It asks interesting ethical questions, as well as sating our desire for high-speed car chases, awesome fight scenes and, you guessed it, excellent gadgets. The Batmobile in this movie made me go very gooey, and I’m not even a car person.

2. Avengers

Oh yes. This film was awesome in every way. Marvel took a blend of our all-time favourite superheroes – Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Ironman, and the Black Widow and Hawkeye (Ok, the Black Widow and Hawkeye were relatively unheard of until this movie, and their powers weren’t really ‘powers’ at all, but they were cool) – and made a high-octane movie that was ridiculously easy to watch. Loki excelled at super villain status, but my favourite moment was seeing the Hulk smash him from one side of a skyscraper to another. The Hulk stood out for me in this movie, and I shall long await another standalone Hulk movie that isn’t horrifically rubbish. Sorry, Eric Bana.

3. Guardians of the Galaxy

This movie blew my mind. I remember watching the trailer and wondering how the hell this film was going to work, but it did. It really did. Chris Pratt (Peter Quill) had us laughing a lot, whilst also delivering some incredibly emotional scenes. His sidekicks, Groot, the inarticulate but freakishly strong tree, and Rocket, the hot-headed and gun-happy racoon, had me transfixed. The gun-fights and shoot-outs were excellent, and the film was both hilarious and exciting. Its release has marked the beginning of a new breed of superhero movie too, and I cannot wait for the second instalment.

4, Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America was made cool in this movie. Steve Rodgers was often the victim of much superhero ridicule, mainly because of his slightly cartoony outfit that never really evolved into the sleek style of 21st century superhero. Marvel took this and used it to their advantage. The movie is set in 1942, and America has entered the World War II. Steve Rodgers is frustrated at being constantly rejected for military service due to his unsoldierly appearance, and so volunteers for an experiment which both enhances his size, strength and fighting skills. He is the ultimate ‘normal-boy-turned-hero.’ He goes head-to-head with the Nazi’s secret HYDRA research facility, and ultimately wins. Unfortunately, he doesn’t quite get the girl, but Captain America is an incredibly likeable superhero, with good values and a very, very cool shield. The fight scenes are excellent, and it’s no wonder he becomes the Captain of the Avengers too. This movie should never be overlooked.

5, X-Men: Days of Future Past

I grew up on the X-Men cartoons of the early 90s, and they were the best thing since sliced bread. The original movies were awesome too, but had reached a rather final end. Where could we go next with them? Well, into the past. Obviously. I was stupidly excited about this reboot, and I wasn’t disappointed. James McAvoy’s portrayal of a young, incredibly handsome and slightly cheeky Charles Xavier was brilliant, and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto was almost likeable. Almost. He captured the goodie-turned-baddie in perfect, tortured superhero style. For me, it was always about Wolverine though, and his 20-second cameo in this movie was one of the best bits, and that’s saying something, because the entire film is incredible.

The great thing about superhero movies is that this Top-5 can change in a year. 2016 looks set to release some excellent ones – Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, X-Men: Apocalypse, Suicide Squad, Gambit, Doctor Strange and many more. It’s going to be a good year for superhero movies, and a lucrative one for DC and Marvel too (again!) I’m not complaining though. I just can’t wait to see them all.