You know it is getting to be summer blockbuster season when the first one hits. The Avengers: Infinity War kicked off the summer movie season in impressive fashion, raking in over $1 billion in 11 days, according to Disney. That is a new record. Nothing like a super hero movie to come to the rescue of movie theaters worldwide.
From the early stages for film making and television, superheroes have always been a staple of the visual arts. Flash Gordon, Zorro, The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Superman, Batman and more have all graced the silver screen, with some movies more memorable than others.
The small screen has also seen a plethora movies and series dedicated to comic book super heroes. Superman and Batman have certainly been staples for the small screen but there have been productions of Spiderman,Captain America, The Green Hornet, Buck Rogers, and many more.
Whether wide or small screen, super heroes have fascinated audiences of every generation. However, the most recent crop of movies and shows have extended the genre both visually and from a story telling standpoint. The renaissance for this genre has its roots in many different projects but the 1978 Alexander Salkind production of Superman with Christopher Reeve raised the bar both visually and from a store perspective. There were several sequels to the film before subsequent reboots.
Batman has also gone through several manifestations over the years. Adam West breathed new life into the caped crusader in both the television series and a wide screen production but it was the 1989 production of Batman with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson that really gave the dark knight gravitas on the big screen.
Marvel began to hit its stride starting in 2000 with the popula rX-Men movies and subsequent Wolverine spins featuring Hugh Jackman and Spider-Man in 2002 where Tobey Maguire perfectly personified the comic book character Peter Parker and his super spider enhanced alter ego.
Since that time, we’ve been blessed with a plethora of television shows and movies that have really extended the genre of the superhero movie. To celebrate the opening of the newest superhero movie, here is our list of the top 20 superhero movies based on Rotten Tomato scores.
1 Black Panther – Adjusted Score: 117.805%
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan,Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira
Directed By: Ryan Coogler
After the death of his father, T'Challa returns home to the African nation ofWakanda to take his rightful place as king. When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, T'Challa's mettle as king -- and as Black Panther -- gets tested when he's drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people.
2 Wonder Woman - Adjusted Score: 108.939%
Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright
Directed By: Patty Jenkins
Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.