Top 10 superhero movies

01:53, May 11 2012

The Avengers have assembled to save the world and smash box office records. Joss Whedon's film is arguably the best super hero movie of all times, but who else deserves a place in the top 10?

We've seen them all and have chosen our top ten.

1. The Avengers (2012)
The punters who made this a box office success are not wrong: Marvel's The Avengers is a superb superhero film, bypassing the annoying origin stories for big, boisterous fun. Featuring iconic Marvel's Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow, the newly crowned King of superhero films entertains everyone from hard-core fans to your average person on the street.

2. The Dark Knight (2008)
The second of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, starring Christian Bale and a stellar Heath Ledger, has set the standards high for this year's follow up The Dark Knight Rises.

3. Iron Man (2008)
The first movie to introduce Robert Downey Jr as witty playboy and genius Tony Stark was followed by Iron Man 2 in 2010 (not bad, but just not that good); A third Iron Man movie is set to be released in 2013.

4. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
The second of Sam Rami's Spider-Man blockbusters, starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Will the new Spidey movie, due in a couple of months, be able to top this one?


5. Watchmen (2009)
Zack Snyder's heartfelt, stylised adaptation enthralled with its compelling sound, images and characters.

6. X-Men 2 (2003)
The second of Bryan Singer's X-Men movies has strong characters (and quite a lot of them, too), awesome special effects and costumes and is worthy of a place in the top ten.

7. The Incredibles (2004)
The only animated superheroes to live up to our standards: Hilarious and fresh fun for kids as well as grown up superhero aficionados.

8. Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Director Joe Johnston delivered a light, clever and deftly balanced ad movie. Apart from obviously being part of The Avengers, Captain America is set for a return in 2014.

9. Kick-Ass (2010)
Although seen by some as too brutal and violent, we think Kick-Ass, well, kicked ass.

10. Blade (1998)
Vampires and superheroes. What else could a girl possibly wish for?

What are your favourite superhero movies? Which ones are the worst of all time?