2017 was an incredible year for cinema in general, but particularly the comic book side of things. There were a total of seven comic book films released in the calendar year, all of which aren’t terrible. Though some were better than others, none of the superhero movies seen in 2017 are necessarily bad. With that said, however, let’s get to my top 5.
5. Justice League
Though many were underwhelmed with Justice League, it was honestly everything I expected from the blockbuster. Zack Snyder has repeatedly shown his inability to handle putting an emphasis on multiple characters, so why would Justice League be any different than something as atrocious as Batman v Superman? Thankfully, though, Warner Bros. seemed to find their footing, slightly, and deliver a decent product. The film as a whole is somewhat of a mess, but works on multiple levels. Superman was incredibly well done, despite the awful CGI-removed mustache. Henry Cavill does his best to salvage the character, and actually does a spectacular job. The bulk of this movie, however, is made up of Batman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and The Flash – our heroes learning about each other, and working with one another, is why I genuinely enjoyed Justice League. This is the most known and popular team of comic book heroes ever, and seeing them unite on the big screen was glorious.
4. Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok was a blast, but its direction is what hindered me from loving it. While the story, characters, and writing is all well done, it is not taken seriously enough. Taika Waititi tackled two of Marvel’s biggest storylines ever, only to make a minor joke out of both. I’m satisfied with what happened to Asgard and its people at the end of the film, but I just can’t get over how great Thor: Ragnarok could’ve been if it had that same edge, but was simply taken a bit more seriously.
3. Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is the second best DCEU film, and for good reason. While Man of Steel is still my favorite movie in the universe, as it told a story of Superman in a gritty and realistic way, Wonder Woman is another shining light in Warner Bros.’ series of films. Gal Gadot kicks ass as Diana Prince, equipped with adequate writing, fantastic scenes, and a spectacular story arc. This is essentially DC’s answer to Captain America: The First Avenger done better. Set in WWI, the plot truly takes you back to a time of mass doubt, led by Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor. The love-story between the two doesn’t overshadow the overall plot, yet it adds a new, convincing layer that only enhanced the film as a whole. Wonder Woman may be 3rd on my list, but don’t mistake its place for being anything but amazing.
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spider-Man: Homecoming is what I’ve been waiting for. Peter Parker has been such an icon and a role model for me throughout my life, and seeing the character perfectly portrayed by Tom Holland brought me utmost joy. Homecoming also boasts an impressive array of side and supporting characters, along with a menacing villain that ranks near Marvel’s best. Overall, the movie is a John Hughes-esque story with stakes huge to that of a teenager, but not so much the world – this is one of the reasons I appreciate the latest Spider-Man installment so much. It’s not your typical end of the world-scenario; yes, it may get bigger than it should’ve been at the end with Vulture, Spidey, and Tony Stark’s side-plot, but it’s inherently about a kid finding out who he is in the world, which is exactly what the movie was trying convey.
Logan is something we’ve never seen before. A gritty, heartbreaking, R-rated comic book film about how truly precious life is. I’ve never been to attached to the Wolverine character, but seeing this in the cinema had tears running down my face due to the sheer impact of it all. Hugh Jackman, arguably the greatest performer in any comic book film ever, had just given his final performance as Logan. It was a conflicting moment for me, but in the end I was happy with his decision to leave the role. However, with all this said, it’s important to remember why Logan is #1 on this list. Yes, its real-life implications may have changed comic book cinema as a whole, but the self-contained film, Logan, is what made this list. The characters, plot, and direction by James Mangold is truly something special. Jackman gives arguably his greatest role ever, and the introduction of Dafne Keen is a welcome addition. It’s heartbreaking, emotional, and easily the best comic book movie of 2017.
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