Superhero Movie Countdown — No. 1
As we come to the end of summer, we come to the end of my superhero movie countdown.
No. 1 — The Dark Knight (2008)
Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Aaron Eckhart, and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Director: Christopher Nolan
Quote: "Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight." — Lt. Jim Gordon
About: When you're a film that forces the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to change it's practices, that's something to take notice of. "The Dark Knight" was easily the best film in 2008, and of the first decade of the 21st Century. But it didn't get nominated for Best Picture. The outcry was so great, that the Academy changed the rules regarding Best Picture nominees the next year. That's cinematic power. But beyond that, this is a beautiful film that transcends its genre. It is a film with a lot of rich performances and a lot of big ideas. I've seen this movie more than two dozen times, and my appreciation for it just continues to grow. It is a superhero film that transcends the genre, which is a rare feat. It is simply one of the finest films I've ever seen.
Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and some menace.
Superhero Movie Countdown:
No. 2 — Watchmen (2009)
No. 3 — X-Men: First Class (2011)
No. 4 — Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
No. 5 — The Avengers (2012)
No. 6 — Superman Returns (2006)
No. 7 — Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
No. 8 — Batman (1989)
No. 9 — Iron Man (2008)
No. 10 — Dark Knight Rises (2012)
No. 11 — X-Men (2000)
No. 12 — Spider-Man (2002)
No. 13 —Batman Begins (2005)
No. 14 — Superman II (1980)
No. 15 — Batman Returns (1992)