FEATURE: Josh Wilding's Top Ten Comic Book Movies (Mostly) Of 2012

FEATURE: Josh Wilding's Top Ten Comic Book Movies (Mostly) Of 2012

Happy New Year! To celebrate, here are my top ten comic book movies (well, mostly...) of 2012. With big releases like Marvel's The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and Skyfall all hitting theatres, what came out on top for me? Find out here!

10. Rise of the Guardians

I'm not a lover of animated movies on the whole, but this one was a very pleasant surprise. With a fantastic voice cast which included Chris Pine, Hugh Jackman and Alec Baldwin, first time feature director Peter Ramsay found the perfect blend of action, humour and heart. It's just a shame that it didn't perform all that well at the box office, as I for one would most definitely enjoy returning to the world of Rise of the Guardians!

9. The Amazing Spider-Man

In many respects, Marc Webb really did manage to bring us the perfect Spider-Man. Unfortunately, the screenplay let the film down (the plot holes in particular), meaning that not only did Sam Raimi's Spider-Man deliver the better origin story, but Spider-Man 2 remains the best big screen adaptation featuring the iconic Marvel character. Regardless, this was a solid enough outing for Spidey and I can't wait for the sequel!


Another film which deserved to earn an awful lot more at the box office was DREDD; an action-packed and superb take on the beloved 2000AD character (though I have admittedly never read a single comic book with him in). Despite some unfortunate similarities to The Raid Redemption, this really was a fantastic film that deserves a sequel, especially when those who made it have such great ideas. Sadly, it's not gonna happen!

7. Chronicle

Released way back in February, it would be easy to forget Josh Trank's superb take on the found footage/superpower genre. So impressive a debut was this for the director, that he is now signed up to helm The Fantastic Four for Fox. With three superb performances from its leads and a final fight sequence equally as good (if not better) than superhero blockbusters with much bigger budgets, this really is a must-see!

6. Prometheus

It was a film that split audiences and critics alike, but I definitely came down on the side of "love" in the love/hate arguments which surrounded the (sort of) Alien prequel from Sir Ridley Scott. Regardless of whether it was Michael Fassbender's superb performance or the stunning visuals, there's a lot to love about Prometheus, and if you stop looking for the connections to the past movies, you might just find them too!

5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

After seeing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that 48 Frames Per Second (HFR) is the future of cinema. The film looked incredible, but despite this experimental new format, Peter Jackson's return to Middle-Earth was still a soaring triumph, even though he may not have had the same sort of epic material to work with as he did with The Lord of the Rings. Bring on the sequel(s)...

4. Django Unchained

Although it's not actually released here in the UK until a little later this month, I was lucky enough to see Django Unchained in December, so it definitely deserves a place on this list! Quentin Tarantino's highly quotable and unique take on the Spaghetti Western genre is packed full of incredible performances from the likes of Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz and Leonardo DiCaprio, and tells one hell of an epic story of revenge.

3. Skyfall

As a Brit, how could I not include the first billion Bond? Sam Mendes' take on the iconic Ian Fleming creation really is one of the best movies of 2012. Casino Royale may have reinvented 007, but it is Skyfall that truly delivers the BEST take on the character yet. As if that wasn't enough praise to heap on this movie, the first confrontation between Bond and the villainous Silva may be the best scene of the year!

2. Marvel's The Avengers

It was a hard decision when it came to which film deserved the top spot, and I only wish I could have taken the easy way out by giving this and The Dark Knight Rises joint first. Still, don't let the fact that Joss Whedon's epic superhero ensemble ended up at #2 fool you into thinking that I didn't love each and every second of it. To put it simply, it was damn near perfect and there are too many marvellous moments to mention!

1. The Dark Knight Rises

That's right, Christopher Nolan's incredible finale to his Batman franchise was my favourite comic book movie of 2012! It didn't quite meet everyone's tastes, but for me, this was almost everything I could possibly want from the visionary director's take on the iconic DC character. Tom Hardy's Bane made for one hell of a villain, while Christian Bale never failed to convince as the Caped Crusader who came out of retirement for one last adventure. Of course, we can't forget Anne Hathaway's sultry take on Catwoman or the numerous other excellent supporting performances...it just delivered in every respect for me. Throw in the stunning IMAX format and as that cop say, "Boy, you're in for a show tonight, son..."

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pro346 - 1/1/2013, 1:39 PM
Good list! A few minor changes for me...good to see tdkr at number 1.
Joker11 - 1/1/2013, 1:42 PM
Great list Josh! Completely agree with the last four!
geeekgod - 1/1/2013, 1:43 PM
TASM was the better origin story. raimi's spider-man couldn't pull its self together
AUTISTICSPIDER - 1/1/2013, 1:46 PM
I agree with most of this, switch the Dark Knight Rises with The Avengers and you would have my list of 2012.
webheaded - 1/1/2013, 1:47 PM
Rhysno1 - 1/1/2013, 1:47 PM
I'm not being funny but you can't slate TASM for having plot holes and then place TDKR at number one? Seems a bit silly really.
Not denying its a good film, thoroughly enjoyed it myself. But you can't ingore the massive plot holes present.
Goran - 1/1/2013, 1:47 PM
I'd put Avengers or TASM on top... With TDKR ranking somewhere in the middle of my list.
Supes17 - 1/1/2013, 1:47 PM
novaprime - 1/1/2013, 1:50 PM
i can name my top 10 cmb of all time but not in 1 year.

DukeAcureds - 1/1/2013, 1:50 PM
Dude, they're all from 2012.
FrozenJoy - 1/1/2013, 1:51 PM
The Avengers was the best 2012 movie.
twiztidEssex - 1/1/2013, 1:51 PM
Hey, check it out, a Comic movie list where MOST aren't even based off comics.....sigh
DrDoom - 1/1/2013, 1:51 PM
Marc Webb got nowhere close to the 'perfect' Spider-Man. Try again.
Wildaniel - 1/1/2013, 1:52 PM
The Dark Knight Rises FTW!
FrozenJoy - 1/1/2013, 1:52 PM
TASM had the better origin story.
TheHawkWithin - 1/1/2013, 1:52 PM
Funny how these are always front page...
FrozenJoy - 1/1/2013, 1:53 PM
Why is TDKR first?
novaprime - 1/1/2013, 1:53 PM
TheRock234 - 1/1/2013, 1:55 PM
Good list but you confused me when you said comic book movies. Skyfall, Prometheus, and rise of the guardians, and chronicle and the hobbit are not comic book movies at all.
novaprime - 1/1/2013, 1:55 PM
dark knight was emotionally great and compelling
the amazing spiderman was ok
tonytony - 1/1/2013, 1:56 PM
Perfect list. Def agree spiderman is the best spidey film. Loved TDKR and chronicle. Great post.
DukeAcureds - 1/1/2013, 1:59 PM
What an awesome year, huh?
TheBeard - 1/1/2013, 2:02 PM
1. The Avengers
2. Skyfall

gaikinger - 1/1/2013, 2:02 PM
Dredd was #1 for me. The Raid was written after Dredd so any unoriginality is on The Raid.
Minghagz - 1/1/2013, 2:04 PM
I finally saw TASM a week ago and I was severely disappointed. Marc Web needs to stick to music videos or movies like 500 Days of Summer. I'll give him props on the hand-to-hand / face-to-face fight scenes though. Also, I wasn't a fan of AG as PP.
jimpinto24 - 1/1/2013, 2:04 PM
TDKR #1???
GodzillaKart - 1/1/2013, 2:04 PM
I'm grumpy and lazy today so I'll just say that I'm glad Nolan's flawed, dramatically silly and overrated trilogy is done, it's too bad that Jackson didn't seem to realize that The Hobbit is actually a good book, and all the good acting and pretty pictures in the world couldn't save the horribly written piece of crap that was Prometheus.

Outside of that, pretty good list.
pedroparker - 1/1/2013, 2:05 PM
DCfan89 - 1/1/2013, 2:06 PM
love this list, some i havent seen yet though
DCfan89 - 1/1/2013, 2:06 PM
oh yeah i forgot the logic... if you like tdkr, you're a nolanite..
bazinga85 - 1/1/2013, 2:08 PM
Where's looper?
My top 5
1.Django Unchained
5.The Avengers
PaulRom - 1/1/2013, 2:08 PM
Good list. Although Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man is much closer to the comic book version than Tobey Maguire's, they would both be the perfect Peter Parker put together.

charlie2094 - 1/1/2013, 2:13 PM
Oh no, you liked TDKR, therefore you're a Nolanite! Not allowed to like successful and good films anymore -_-

Great list! Mine would more or less look the same, as with Ror's. Glad to see you liked 48fps too! Too many people seem to dislike it, where I thought it was amazing and created such a detailed picture you don't usually see in cinemas.
batman1216 - 1/1/2013, 2:14 PM
This is a New Year and my final statement on the matter. TDKR and The Avengers are so thematically different,but both so good at what they did that this debate an go on forever. I am clearly a TDKR guy as are a lot of people doing lists, so I don't think anyone is getting paid anything to put TDKR ahead of Avengers. To a lot of fans TDKR was just more powerful of a movie that aimed higher. For many it worked and many it didn't. To many other comic fans Avengers wins and was the epitome of pure superhero team-up escapism on film and I actually do get that. Toe even more comic fans that are probably the silent majority that aren't slaves to one or the other they are pretty much 1A and 1B. Everyone it over. By hammering your insults and explanations why one is better then the other is just going to reinforce the other's view point. Everyone's minds are made. Move on. As far as TASM, there were aspects, such as Garfield and Emma Stone and the less cheesy tone that I liked more then Raimi's first 2 movies, but still Raimi's movies felt more larger to life and just seemed so much more special. I can't explain it, but the Spider-man origin in the original felt so much more pure Spidey to me. I am hoping they could recapture that magic with TASM 2, because truthfully Garfield was a fantastic Spider-man and there is more potential there.
HarveyDent88 - 1/1/2013, 2:16 PM
Nice list man.
thewonderer - 1/1/2013, 2:21 PM
Avengers gets more and more disappointing as I watch it.

I'm just waiting for the spectacular final 30 minutes. To me, the first what 2 hours is just completely boring to me.

I don't care about Black Widow or SHIELD (by themselves), I want to see the Avengers. So that makes the first 30 minutes completely crap to me.

Then they're on the helicarrier for the next hour, a completely boring one location for half the film. Conflict is nice between the members, but it gets so obvious upon rewatch. The performances and humor still make it worth, if even slightly so.

As best of 2012? hell to the no.

My Top Ten:

1. The Dark Knight Rises
2. Django Unchained
3. Argo
4. The Avengers
5. Skyfall
6. Looper
7. The Hobbit
8. 21 Jump Street
9. Wreck it Ralph
10. Cloud Atlas

charlie2094 - 1/1/2013, 2:24 PM
Having just recently re-watched the Amazing Spider-Man, I'd probably place it higher on my own list. Despite several script flaws, it was a near perfect take on the character and very emotionally driven, which is a good thing. The sequel has the chance to, with a better story and villain, and more daytime swinging, be a perfect Spider-man film.
NerdyGeek - 1/1/2013, 2:25 PM
More bickering, hooray.

StormLoganSummers - 1/1/2013, 2:25 PM
If I only look at the films that matter in this list, the actual comic book movies (save for Dredd), the ranking is the same as mine:

The Dark Knight Rises > The Avengers > The Amazing Spider-Man.

LEEE777 - 1/1/2013, 2:26 PM
RISES is number 1???

Your joking right LOL

Nolan pissed all over Batman and it had lots of plot holes too... still I'll keep BEGINS & TDK close to my heart!

RISES maybe 7th and that's being nice! :P

Nothing beat THE AVENGERS

Comic movie of this fricking decade so far!!!

SPIDEY was pretty cool and DREDD!

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