Superheroes represent the forces of good as they are locked in eternal conflict with the forces of evil. Every superhero is conceived as the embodiment of what is good and noble that will forever defend the powerless and the weak against those who seek to oppress and exploit. The concept of the superhero might be based mostly on fantasy and yet there is something so appealing and enduring in the idea that good not only battles evil but could vanquish it as well.
For sure there are many who would look down on the superhero concept as something that exists only in stories that mostly appears on comic books. That’s indeed true, but the mere fact that it has endured for decades is a testament to how effective it is in capturing the public’s imagination – it provides some semblance of hope, of a feeling that everything will turn out well in the end.
From Comics to the Movies
Perhaps one of the biggest, if not the biggest, proof that superheroes are thriving despite being around for so long is that it has invaded other forms of media. It has made the leap from comic books, to action figures, books, video games, and probably the most significant are the major motion pictures that have been filmed based on superheroes. And it has made such a huge impact because superhero most movies have become certified blockbusters.
Since superheroes have become big business in Hollywood these days, it would be interesting to check out some of the greatest superhero movies ever made. These films might be accused of being somewhat predictable or even insignificant in some critics’ eyes, but no one can deny that they’re entertaining. And the thought that good would always win out in the end might have something to do with that.
The greatness of The Avengers lies in the fact that it came back to basics of what a superhero should – pure entertainment! It is a landmark movie in more than just one respect. First off, it is the culmination of the so-called Phase One of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe. It featured the studio’s major heroes in one action packed, funny, and highly entertaining movie. Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow were banded together through Nick Fury of SHIELD to stop the evil plot that was orchestrated by Thor’s half brother Loki – the Asgardian God of mischief. Superbly written and directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers veered away from the darkening of other superhero movies of late and just focused on being entertaining. Awesome for the fans and everyone else.
The Dark Knight
The second installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy has proven to be not just one of the greatest superhero movies ever, but also one of the best films of all time. It featured the rare instance when a movie’s villain is given even more emphasis than the hero itself, Nolan’s The Dark Knight stars not just Batman as played by Christian Bale, but Heath Ledger’s Joker as well.
Spider-man 2 is the best of Sam Raimi’s take on everyone’s favorite wall-crawler. It was better than the first Spider-man movie and was certainly several notches higher than the next Spidey film, which was also the last one helmed by Raimi. The story was great and the same can be said for the action all throughout – which was enhanced by the outstanding CGI used for the movie. It also didn’t hurt that Alfred Molina played the main villain, Dr. Octopus, joining cast regulars Tobey Maguire (Spider-man/Peter Parker) and Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson).