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Top Five Guilty Pleasure Comic Book Movies

Modern day cinema is dominated by comic book movies, this is an undeniable fact. But before cinematic universes took over the global box office and before spoilers took over the web, and long before the whole mess became a two horse race between Marvel and DC that henceforth excluded all forms of creativity in comic book movies, with the exception of guardians of the galaxy, which was quite good. There was once another time and place where comic book movies were just referred to as movies. I would like to present to you my personal top 5 underrated guilty pleasure comic book movies, I am not saying they’re the best, not by a long shot, but I do believe they are quintessential viewing for any of the current generation of comic book movie fans out there. In other words there definitely worth a watch! So here goes………

5) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)

At number 5, we have the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, from the early 90s, not the CGI drenched, blandly rebooted, Megan Fox vehicle we’re presented with today. To put it as simple as possible the original has heart and soul, something that is non-existent in the reboot. It has genuine character qualities that make the Turtles that stars, rather than the action and special effects, which may not be to everyone’s satisfaction. Still, it’s worth a watch regardless.

4) The Shadow (1994)

This surprisingly little known comic book movie still works today, some exquisite 30s period sets are on display, although Alec Baldwin is certainly not as popular as he once was, and I’ll never forgive him for remaking the getaway in Steve McQueen’s role, the shadow is actually a well-rounded, well balanced film, giving its audience a fairly decent classic style adventure yarn.

3) Dick Tracy (1990)

One of the early attempts at making a comic book movie look like a comic book whilst still being a movie, (if you watch it you’ll known what I mean) this film is great, the cast is good, the sets are good, the story’s good, need I say more? No I need not, just watch it.

2) The Rocketeer (1994)

One of my personal favourites of all time, this is a classic adventure story, based on a graphic novel, but a very family friendly wholesome Disney adventure in its movie form, much like the shadow it has some very distinguishing period set pieces on display that have simply become timeless. If you miss it, you’re missing out.

1) Hellboy (2004)

Perhaps one of the best comic book movies ever made, (in my opinion) produced just before the cinematic universe boom, but just in time to get the best from special effects and great production values, Guillermo del Toro gives us a no nonsense, but very likeable cigar chomping, Baby Ruth munching, giant red rogue, who is perhaps more down to earth and much more human than most of his fellow heroic competitors. To say it’s underrated is a huge understatement. If you haven’t seen it then please check it out, you will not be disappointed. There is a sequel, but sequels are never better than the originals, fact!

No doubt I’ve missed some of your favourite underrated guilty pleasure comic book movies, or maybe I’ve missed all of your favourites. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments below.


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    Great article 🙂 Totally agree about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Barry Derek

    Cracking article, I really like Watchmen I think that utilises style very well. Perhaps more detail into each film would have been good but they’re very interesting picks!

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