Marvel… DC… animated… live action… it’s all fair game.
What was the very first superhero movie ever made?
The answer depends on who you ask. Was it The Mark of Zorro in 1920? Maybe not. One could argue its place among action-adventure, but “super” hero? What about Flash Gordon in 1936 or Buck Rogers in 1939?
It might just be 1941’s 12-chapter serial from Republic Pictures: Adventures of Captain Marvel, where Billy Batson transforms into the god-like Captain Marvel and battles (the first?) supervillain – the Scorpion.
But what is the all-time, very best superhero movie ever made?
I have been having my own internal discussion and debate about this question… and find myself arguing for/against a number of strong contenders.
Is it the original Avengers? (which I’ve probably watched 100 times… no exaggeration).
Is it the 1978 Superman? (A nostalgic classic that may not hold up over time, but clearly paved the way… plus, it had The Godfather in it LOL)
It is Michael Keaton’s Batman? (a wonderfully dark blend of great actors and some Burton-y weirdness)
Is it Wonder Woma… oh, heck no!!! LOL
What about Deadpool? Unbreakable? The Incredibles?
I mean… that final scene in Endgame is iconic and wildly emotional and impactful!!!
COULD it be Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse???
Yeah… it just might be. I LOVE Spider-Man… and each of the live action films (well, maybe not Spider-Man 3 or Amazing Spider-Man 2… uggghhhh [shudders]) has great qualities and appeal to them. I love Tobey as Peter Parker, and Garfield as Spidey, but I’m not sure that they hold up for me under close scrutiny (or time). But man, I love me some Green Goblin, and Dafoe is SO good… And what about No Way Home??!?!?!?
But in terms of pure entertainment, visuals, and surprises?!?!
It very well could be Spidervese. It could be Avengers. I’m just not sure I’m ready to firmly plant my flag just yet.