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RevolutionSF Team-Up: Carnage in the Comic-Book Cinema!
© RevolutionSF Staff
July 26, 2003

In the pages of Locus Online, Claude Lalumière recently posted his ratings of superhero movies through the decades. And as much as we admire Claude and Locus, we couldn't help but notice how a few of his opinions were... well, wrong.Not to put too fine a point on it, but Howard the Duck, better than Superman 2...?

So here's a sampling of our takes on those selfsame movies, with a couple of new ones thrown in for fun. The critics are Rick Klaw (contributing editor at RevolutionSF), Jason Myers (movies editor), Peggy Hailey (books editor), Joe Crowe (news editor), Shane Ivey (producer), and Jayme Blaschke (fiction editor).

What the ratings mean:

A masterpiece!
Excellent
Very good, if somewhat flawed
Good, but may not withstand repeated viewings
Has some good qualities, but is ultimately disappointing
Barely watchable
Insulting beyond belief
? Didn't see it

Movie
Rick
Jason
Peggy
Joe
Shane
Jayme
Average
Batman (1966)
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
?
?
Superman: The Movie (1978)
Popeye (1980)
Superman II (1980)
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
?
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! (1984)
Howard the Duck (1986)
Batman (1989)
The Punisher (1989)
?
?
Dick Tracy (1990)
The Rocketeer (1991)
Batman Returns (1992)
The Shadow (1994)
The Phantom (1996)
?
?
Blade (1998)
?
?
?
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Mystery Men (1999)
Unbreakable (2000)
X-Men (2000)
From Hell (2001)
?
?
Blade 2 (2002)
?
?
?
Spider-Man (2002)
Daredevil (2003)
?
?
?
X2 (2003)
?
Hulk (2003)
?
?
?
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
?
?
?

Got your own opinions? Let us know!



 
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