The best superhero movies
The concept of superheroes and their alternate worlds attracts an almost universal interest. As self-made superhero Dave Lizewski from the film "Kick-Ass" speculates, "At some point in our lives, we all want to be a superhero." This hits close to our modern, near-rabid fascination with superheroes. Initially fueled during dark times such as the Great Depression and World War II, the superhero invention creates a medium to project our mortal fantasies and imagine a limitless world. These larger-than-life characters engage in the classic battle of good against evil, and the modern creations increasingly dominate the film industry.
Some say that the success and creativity behind superhero franchises are "saving Hollywood." In the next few years, the planned release of more likely-blockbuster superhero films will hammer this point home. Some predict the upcoming release of "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" to have a record-breaking weekend. The superhero genre is now established far beyond just comic books, and could be setting a new precedent for the entertainment industry.
The team at PrettyFamous queried its movie database for the top superhero films. They are ranked according to our Smart Rating, which combines scores from Rotten Tomatoes, IMDb, Metacritic and Gracenote. This list contains the best films that exemplify the superhero genre — and sometimes — challenge it.