EDITORIAL: Hal Jordan's Top 5 Underrated Comic Book Movies

EDITORIAL: Hal Jordan's Top 5 Underrated Comic Book Movies

Inspired by PaulRom's newest editorial, I give my top 5 CBM's that deserve much more credit than they should have.

CBM user, PaulRomano, recently gave his "Top 6 Underrated Comic Book Movies", which inspired me to share mine (although I will be giving 5). Many CBM's have split fans before and will continue to as long as they are made. However, many of these films have a silver lining to them that can let people enjoy these movies. Even Batman and Robin had a silver lining because it showed what not to do in a comic movie and gave us a cool, Nightwing-inspired Robin costume (minus the bat nipples of course). So, without further ado, here are my Top 5 Underrated Comic Book Movies.

Blade 2 (2002)
Rating: 9/10

Although the film was more well received that it's predecessor, Blade, and was a box office success, I still think it did not receive the credit it deserves. Wesley Snipes was fantastic as Blade and the action was kicked up a notch for this sequel. The script was pretty good, with many of the jokes adding to the coolness of many characters. Was the main villain a little corny? Yes, but it was still great to see Blade somewhat get his ass kicked and then come back as the vampire-slaying badass that fans all know and love.

Daredevil (2003)
Rating: 7.5/10

When talking about a comic movie that split fans and critics alike, this is one of the first that I think of. Released to mediocre reviews, this movie was still a box-office success and actually pretty fun to watch. Was the plot a bit choppy? Yes. The wire work completely noticeable? Absolutely! However, it still provided cool action sequences and had a much more redeeming, R-rated directors cut that mostly fixed the plot and helped flesh out characters. I would, however, prefer if we got a reboot instead of sequel a-la MIB 3 style.

Batman Begins
Rating: 9/10

Once again, even though it was well received and a box office success, I don't think it received the credit it deserved. This not only kicked off one of the best cinematic trilogy's ever, but also set the bar for reboots and superhero origins. Many people however stated that it was choppy at times and/or debated weather the first or second half was slow. It is also overlooked due to it's brilliant sequel: The Dark knight. However, I still think this is one of the best batman films I have ever seen and I hope that the reboot for Batman will continue the dark tone that this movie perfectly executed.

Rating: 10/10

Many may be wondering why I consider this underrated due to it's positive reception from fans and critics alike. First off, the box-office results were pretty underwhelming and this definitely deserved to make more. Second, many people usually regard it as somewhat boring. Lastly, the main thing people complain about is the decision to change the ending from the graphic novel. However, I don't think this is necessarily bad. Sure there were many sub plots that were not included (if they were, we would have a Watchmen trilogy), but it still projected a lot of the undertones and meanings that the graphic novel shows to the audience, while including great acting and visuals. If there is one film I don't think should ever be remade, it's this one.

The Losers
Rating: 8.5/10

Apparently I'm a minority on this one, but I thought The Losers was a great film! However, it was released to average reviews and made less than 30 million (barely making it's budget). Being someone who never read the comics, I watched this knowing nothing about any of the characters or the plot. I will admit that although the villain is a bit 1 dimensional, the plot is a little confusing at times, and there are some corny moments; it kind of helps the film. If anything, it's a popcorn film: even if you don't care for the story, it is still filled with action, humor, and pretty cool characters. It's definitely on my top 10 favorite CBM's, even though many don't like it.

Well, that's all for now. Until next time, this is Hal Jordan signing off!
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Minotauro - 7/29/2012, 10:51 AM
DD + Loser + Blade II are underrated movies. Yes.

Are they still poorly reviewed movies? Yes.

That's why I never trust critics on how entertaining a movie is.
MrSuperheromoviefan - 7/29/2012, 10:54 AM
Daredevil had good action and costume, everything else is crap
Batman Begins has too many faults to be 9/10
Watchmen perfect? yeah right
ImaNerd - 7/29/2012, 11:20 AM
I enjoyed the losers
BooYah - 7/29/2012, 11:29 AM
V for Vendetta is still missing. Were going to need a 3rd editorial like this. lol
GreenHalJordan - 7/29/2012, 11:31 AM
I was going to add V for Vendetta actually! I decided not to be accussed of plagarism tho for adding 6. but yes V is also a VERY underrated CBM. I loved it!
ThunderKat - 7/29/2012, 11:46 AM
What about "History of Violence?"

Daredevil had poor casting and poor acting, and a terrible costume. It showed a lot of potential and the radar sense looked intriguing.

"Batman Begins" is the totem by which origin stories should be told.
GreenHalJordan - 7/29/2012, 11:49 AM
Never saw History Of Violence, but ill look it up!
I actually did like GL, but more as a guilty pleasure to finally see it on film. I do agree that it has some MAJOR problems. Hopefully they go on with a sequel and just fix it, that way we dont have to see ANOTHER origin story.
GreenHalJordan - 7/29/2012, 11:50 AM
BooYah was right! We need a third article! lol
marvel72 - 7/29/2012, 11:57 AM
batman begins & watchmen are underrated,the others are probably about right.

-v for vendetta
-hellboy 2
-scott pilgrim vs the world
-a history of violence
-sin city

all underrated to me.
PaulRom - 7/29/2012, 12:15 PM
^^I forgot all about Scott Pilgrim. Should've added it to my list.

Anyways, Batman Begins isn't that underrated. Critics and fans loved it. It just needed to do so much better at the box office.
GreenHalJordan - 7/29/2012, 12:21 PM
@PaulRom, I was hesitant to put it on here, but, with TDKR out, I have seen many people say it wasn't that great and that there were too many problems. Then there are those who say it was great and had no problems. Either way there seemed to be quite a bit of "second guessing" and debating so I decided to keep it.
PaulRom - 7/29/2012, 12:33 PM
@GreenHalJordan: Too many problems? It's almost perfect to me. Handful of flaws, but otherwise one of the best in the genre IMO.
RustyShackelford - 7/29/2012, 12:44 PM
I believe scott pilgrim vs the world belongs on this list
GreenHalJordan - 7/29/2012, 12:59 PM
@PaulRom, I agree! I think that it had a few editing problems, but other than that it was great!
superbatspiderman - 7/29/2012, 1:37 PM
Daredevil on its ownwas kind of a poor movie even though I didn't hate it but the Director's Cut is actually a realluy good film and it really added a lot to the story. I wouldn't say Batman Begins is underrated but it is definitely overshadowed by it's sequels. I'd say that all the Blade movies are underrated even Trinity which is the lesser of the trilogy but I still enjoyed it. Watchmen is definitely underrated especially because a lot of people bash it. I have never seen the Losers I always wanted to but I just haven't gotten to it.
Tainted87 - 7/29/2012, 1:50 PM
I really liked the Hulk - I think it had some awesome ideas that were lost on people expecting the 70s Incredible Hulk.

Batman Begins is NOT underrated.

I'm not going to get into the reasons, just agree to disagree, but I HATED The Crow.
GoILL - 7/29/2012, 1:55 PM
Not a bad list.
GreenHalJordan - 7/29/2012, 1:57 PM
I have not seen the crow, although I hear it is good.
Darkknight2149 - 7/29/2012, 2:24 PM
My list of underrated CMBs: Watchmen, Daredevil Directors Cut (Elektra sucked), Catwoman (even though I am probably going to have a LOT of disagreement), Superman III (Superman IV was awful though), Howard The Duck, X-Men: The Last Stand, definitly Punisher, and Punisher: War Zone.
Minato - 7/29/2012, 3:31 PM
Blade 2 upped the bar for CBMs similarly to TDK. This is before Spiderman and X-Men and showed the seriousness of the character. The new vampires were intimidating and refreshing (unlike the Twilight series). 7.5/10

Daredevil was a good movie outside of the Cheesy rock n roll songs and slow motion. I agree the wire work needed help and the casting needed improvement but I still enjoy this movie to this day. 7/10

Batman Begins showed us that a CBM can truly be Oscar worthy with its deep examination of the Batman psyche. This movie will be counted as a top 10 CBM for year to come. 9/10

Watchmen was a direct adaptation of a comic and brought you the feel of the book in its most accurate form. I loved this movie from beginning to end and thinks it should be counted as the best direct adaptation thus far. 9/10

Loser was an ok movie but doesn't hit me as anything a studio couldn't come up with on their own. 6/10

Ghostt - 7/29/2012, 3:40 PM
I think DAredevil has been critiqued pretty fairly. It had some horrible scenes and some decent scenes. I give it 5/10.

I enjoyed the Losers...but I kept thinking of the similarities with G.I Joe throughout the movie.
UncleJimmy - 7/29/2012, 3:56 PM
Batman begins is the best of the trilogy. watchmen is over rated as being close to source which it is on surface but not in its deep themes...blade 2 is not underrated and DD directors cut...still sucks
LoudNoises - 7/29/2012, 4:19 PM
I agree with @Marvel72's list of underrated CBMs. Especially Hellboy 2: The Golden Army. I think that movie is very enjoyable and Ron Perlman's portrayal of Hellboy is arguable one of the most dead on performance's out of any of the CBM characters as far as source accuracy goes. Very much looking forward to a 3rd.
ironpool007 - 7/29/2012, 5:48 PM
I agree with you completely on Batman Begins. The Dark Knight absolutely overshadowed it. In fact, I know a few people who have not even heard of Batman Begins. For me though, it was great, and it was awesome to see the finale that was The Dark Knight Rises.
Darkknight2149 - 7/29/2012, 5:52 PM
Blade Trinity, Blade: House Of Cythn (if I spelled that right), Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, Hulk (2003), Constantine, are all underrated. And I'm not just saying that because there DC and Marvel because there are a LOT of crappy ones such as Batman And Robin (1997).
CorndogBurglar - 7/29/2012, 7:43 PM
Batman begins isnt underrated. everyone knows it is a great movie.

To me its the best in the trilogy.
superbatspiderman - 7/29/2012, 8:24 PM
@BattlinMurdock - The Crow isn't underrated it was a critical and box office success. It is also one of the best revenge movies ever.
Highways - 7/30/2012, 12:20 AM
"A Scanner Darkly" is my second favorite CBM of all time, (The Watchman being number one.) Scanner, however, ranks as one of my top five sci-fi films too. If you haven't seen it you've missed out.
Scott Pilgrim is terrific.
Jollem - 7/30/2012, 2:34 AM
good stuff

my thoughts

blade 2
quality. a great second part to a good movie.
del toro directing? fuhgeddaboudit.

the director's cut is the only version i acknowledge.
bullseye was a good baddie.
liked the duncan as the kingpin
the refrences to quesada and romita and others were good.
i like the dark tone of the film.
i like how they showed daredevil as beat up in doing what he does.

batman begins
after i saw the dark knight, and when i talked to my best friend and the person whos opinions on movies i value the most, i told him i kinda liked batman begins a little more. great origin story. loved the scarecrow. felt more batman-y(?) to me. third favorite cbm.

thought it was great and no one can convince me any different.

the losers
was alright
DrDoom - 8/2/2012, 10:26 PM
Watchmen is one of two comic book movies I would give a full five stars to, the other being Avengers. It's truly a masterpiece.

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