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Underrated: Old Comic Book Movies!

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Old Super Hero Movies!

I was off work the last couple of days, and decided to put a few DVDs on that I hadn’t watched in some time which got me thinking. Most of what I watched was older comic book movies from the early 2000’s, with one or two from the 90’s thrown in for good measure, and that got me thinking; with all the news surrounding marvel and dc’s next big offerings, I wanted to take a look at some of the amazing comic book movies of yore, and thought what better day to do that than Underrated day!

  • The Crow Is it really an underrated movie? That’s ultimately debatable, but this is one of my favourite comic book movies, and although a lot of people have seen it since its 1994 release, not as many seem to be making it a priority watch anymore. And that’s a shame, because this movie still holds up today. Shame about the sequels, though.
  • The Phantom I promise you, this Billy Zane vehicle is actually a lot more fun than you’d expect.
  • Batman Forever Look, this isn’t the best Batman movie. I’m not disputing that. But it isn’t the worst. Go into this with reeeeeally low expectations and you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
  • Road To Perdition I didn’t this movie had comic book origins when I first watched it, and so for that reason alone I wanted to include it here. It doesn’t hurt that this is a really powerful flick set in the height of the era of the American gangster.
  • The Rocketeer I love this movie. So much. It was arguably the first superhero movie I ever saw – before I knew what superheroes were. Watching a normal guy fly through the air and punch Nazis was a wonderful visual – and remains so even today – if you haven’t seen this, you should.
  • Batman & Robin Yep. If you think of this as a spiritual successor to Batman ’66, then the most reviled of all Batman movies does take on a new flavour. It tastes just sweet enough to be enjoyed, especially if you drink to every bad pun. Maybe every third pun?


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