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Stir the Pot Saturday: Week 2

Jeff Hill 01/12/2013 Reviews

Welcome back, everyone! Just a quick reminder of what our goal for each and every Saturday is: Stirring the pot is the act of causing trouble for the sake of your own amusement. So we here at Comic Booked would like to formally invite you to discuss, debate, and start some shit talkin’ about the characters, the creators, and the storylines given to us from the industry we all know and love, hate, and love to hate. So let’s quit wasting time and start the mud (or web) slinging!

This Saturday’s question: What is the best comic book movie (or movie series) of all time?

The Dark Knight Rises

Are you a devout Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy supporter? Do you throw all of your eggs into the Sam Raimi Spider-Man sequel with Doctor Octopus basket? Have you gotten into fist fights defending Captain America: The First Avenger? Does Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles still bring you to tears of joy? Is watching Michael Keaton and Michelle Pfeiffer go back and forth in Batman Returns a vital part of your childhood? Or is there something else… something far greater on your list of comic movies that you would proudly watch every day for the rest of your life?

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So go forth and debate! But be sure to back up your responses. Don’t be scared. And don’t give up. After all, no one likes a quitter. And you’re not a quitter, are you?

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About The Author

Jeff Hill is a moderately reformed frat boy turned writer/teacher living the dream in Lincoln, Nebraska. He does freelance work and writes fiction, none of which is about corn or the husking of corn. His work has appeared in over a dozen publications and his mom has a binder full of printed copies for any doubters. Plus, he's the Chief Creative Officer of Comic Booked. So that's pretty neat, too.

  1. victorecorrea 01/12/2013 at 12:06 pm

    The Dark Knight trilogy by far. Nolan showed that superhero movies don't have to be clumsy.

    • Scorp_Moonopoly 01/12/2013 at 6:20 pm

      Not clumsy? Isn't the last one like full of plot holes, and oddball edits where day suddenly turns to night in an instant?

      • victorecorrea 01/13/2013 at 7:49 am

        I meant clumsy in terms of being campy or predictable or "comic-bookey" but in any case, you're singling out one movie in a trilogy, and on top of that a trilogy that is received well by both fans and critics.

        • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:47 am

          I agree completely. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises might be one of (if not the only) comic movie series that had a majority of the fans and non-fans making happy noises after the dust settled. I love them all.

        • Scorp_Moonopoly 01/14/2013 at 3:04 am

          Oh if that's what you meant by clumsy you should've said that lol! I love the Nolanverse it put together a very deliberate story, it is very easy to pick apart TDKR though, especially some of the technical and plot stuff, but I don't do it because it's got such a strong core. While the franchise was a slowly raised boil in the sense of comicbookiness, I think by the end it was very comicbooky, that's probably why the last movie was my favorite.

          • jeffhillwriter 01/15/2013 at 12:27 am

            Loved all three. Clumsy or not. :)

  2. Emma_Kathryn 01/12/2013 at 12:34 pm

    I love the Nolan ones but I think Burton's first two are my favourites. Especially Batman Returns.

    • Dede 01/15/2013 at 6:39 pm

      I'm of the "older" generation and am in love with Burton's 2 Batmans films. Nolan's trilology was good, but too dark for me. Plus, I have never liked Christian Bale's "Batman" voice.

      • jeffhillwriter 01/17/2013 at 10:24 pm

        I think a lot of people from various generations would agree with your opinion about Bale's voice choices… I personally thought it made him look crazy, which I sort of enjoyed after the first one. Michael Keaton was still my favorite.

  3. Sokos6 01/12/2013 at 1:40 pm

    Batman Returns? Really? Definitely didn't see that coming…

    • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:48 am

      I love Nolan as well, but I grew up with Burton. I think they are all equal, for completely different reasons. I'm just glad we have five great Batman films (and an arguably "watchable" one out of Batman Forever) now!

  4. Sokos6 01/12/2013 at 1:41 pm

    Daredevil. Hands down. Best ever…

    • Knighti2 01/13/2013 at 12:15 pm

      ok now I know you are full of shit. I can not think of too many movies, comic or otherwise, that suck as bad as that one. Im a lifelong Daredevil fan as well.

      • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:49 am

        I am also a lifelong Daredevil fan. And a lifelong Ben Affleck fan. And probably one of the only people in the history of both who actually likes this film. A lot. Not kidding. At all.

        • Robert Lee 01/14/2013 at 11:01 am

          ….. to think I've shared beer with you man…. You think you know a person. (Totally kidding. Great column idea!)

          • jeffhillwriter 01/15/2013 at 12:28 am

            Perhaps I was blinded (don't call the pun police) by my man-crush on Ben Affleck… Or maybe I just like crappy movies and my opinions are now invalid for the rest of my life.

  5. CrimsonBlur 01/12/2013 at 4:11 pm

    Am I the only Robin fan here?

    • Scorp_Moonopoly 01/12/2013 at 6:22 pm

      Probably lol Who grows up wanting to be a sidekick? Have some ambition!

      • Knighti2 01/13/2013 at 12:15 pm

        that was low Scorp. :)

        • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:50 am

          Harsh. I like Robin. I don't like movieverse Robin, though. Yet. Maybe some day he'll get his time to shine!

  6. BalbowskiNation 01/12/2013 at 4:18 pm

    Dark Knight no question!

    • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:50 am

      It is one of the greats, for sure!

  7. Scorp_Moonopoly 01/12/2013 at 6:26 pm

    Spider-Man 2 – Best story because it was a truly human tale told with superheroes.

    X-Men – Best adaptation of its source because it truly captured the bleakness of mutant life, and the hope Xavier tried to offer.

    • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:51 am

      X-Men was great. I actually have liked all of the X-Men films (excluding X-Men Origins: Wolverine, for various reasons) for the most part. Love me some Famke Janssen. And Patrick Stewart / James McAvoy as Charles Xavier? Perfect casting!

      • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:53 am

        But I would have to say Spider-Man 2 is not only the worst superhero film I've ever seen, but quite possibly one of the worst films ever made. Tobey Maguire is a terrible actor, Doctor Octopus is the lamest attempt at a villain in comic history, and Sam Raimi hasn't directed anything worth watching since The Gift. I actually almost asked for my money back when I saw this pile of crap.

        • Scorp_Moonopoly 01/14/2013 at 2:58 am

          Haha, you went after everything but the story, I win!

          • jeffhillwriter 01/15/2013 at 12:29 am

            I'll give you story. If that means you win, well… Take your victory, if you must!

  8. Tony_Cal 01/12/2013 at 9:50 pm

    Sin City for me as best adaptation. Best trilogy The Dark Knight.

    I have heard Daredevil the directors cut is great. Still need to see it.

    Also I will give Batman Returns some cred. It is a really good film.

    • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:54 am

      Sin City is awesome! Love the Nolanverse Batman as well. And yes, the Daredevil uncut directors cut is great, but I liked the original cut as well. They simply add another subplot featuring Matt Murdock lawyering around during the day and an F-bomb or two to ramp it up a notch. And I watch Batman Returns annually. Great secret Christmas superhero movie.

  9. Nick furious 01/13/2013 at 3:49 am

    Best ever? Man that's tough. Avengers and Dark Knight make the list for sure. Honorable mentions X2 Spider-Man 2 iron man sin city

    • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:56 am

      Surprised there's not more Avengers love. That movie was brilliantly casted, written, and directed. Haven't heard of anyone not liking The Dark Knight yet. X2 is a great film as well. Loved the opening Nightcrawler sequence! Spider-Man 2 made me embarrassed to be a comic fan. Iron Man is Robert Downey Jr. at his very best. And Sin City is brilliant in every way imaginable.

  10. NickFurious 01/13/2013 at 12:08 pm

    Michael Keaton did a great job. But Bale has been Uncanny.

    • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:57 am

      I love them both. Christian Bale seemed a little more realistic, but Michael Keaton actually seemed like he might be crazy, which I kinda dug as a kid and really dig now that I'm older.

  11. Knighti2 01/13/2013 at 12:19 pm

    What about Blade? I thought that was a pretty slick well done action flick. Even Kris was cool in that one. The original Superman I believe was my first "comic" movie. I still load it up and watch it from time to time now and Im not really a fan of Superman comics.

    • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 2:59 am

      Oh, yeah! I actually liked the whole Blade trilogy. Great special effects and Wesley Snipes was just so cool! Much better than the character ever was in the comics. The first Superman film is watchable, in a campy old school type of way, but I'm ready for a true Superman adaptation. I want Clark, Lois, and Lex to be perfect. We had a perfect Clark in Christopher Reeve and a perfect Lex in Kevin Spacey, but there hasn't really been a good on screen Lois yet. Fingers crossed for this reboot…

  12. Christian_J 01/13/2013 at 2:59 pm

    Blade will always have a special place in my heart for being the first rated R superhero film I ever saw, but X-Men gets major kudos for successfully capturing the mutant hate message from the comics.

    • jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 3:00 am

      I agree with both of your comments completely. Blade might have actually been the first R-rated film I saw in the theater, now that I think about it. And X-Men was really legendary and a major tone-setter for the rest of the films that were to follow. And boy have there been a lot!

  13. jeffhillwriter 01/14/2013 at 3:03 am

    Alright. So, I'm going to name a few that haven't been listed so far that I personally love. The Crow. The Amazing Spider-Man. The Mask. Road to Perdition. V for Vendetta. Constantine. But for me, I think my personal favorite comic film of all time has to be Watchmen. Who else has a movie that they're just dying to defend! Jump in! Let's carry this into the week!

  14. Robert Lee 01/14/2013 at 11:04 am

    The Rocketeer is a perfect adventure film that can stand right alongside the best of them. Action, adventure, Nazis and a jetpack all in 40's Hollywood!

    • jeffhillwriter 01/15/2013 at 12:30 am

      Oh, man! Forgot about that one! Might have to see that again to form a non-5-year-old opinion and get back to you.

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