30 Day Comic Book Challenge Day 27 – Favourite Comic Book Movie
It’s day 27 of the 30-day comic book challenge! Every day I cover a different comic book question, along with the other members of the IGN Assemble Facebook group.
Day 27 – Favourite Comic Book Movie
So while yesterday’s question was about a comic book that I wanted to see, today’s is regarding the ones that already exists. This was very difficult to answer as we’ve really been spoilt over the last few years. Beyond the obvious Marvel and DC choices we’ve also had hits like Kick Ass and Scott Pilgrim. But if I had to absolutely choose a favourite right now, it’d be The Dark Knight Rises.
This certainly is not an absolute, hands down, choice. Ask me next week and it may end up being The Avengers – for the record it very, very nearly was but I feel like I’ve got more to say about Rises. I have greatly enjoyed many of the recent movies and what makes it hard to choose a favourite is that they’re all just so different. Captain America and Iron Man for instance I believe are two amazing Marvel Studios movies. Compare them to Batman Begins though and it’s like comparing two different genres. They’re very different in tone and are trying to say different things. As such I think the term ‘comic book movie’ means very different things than it did back when X-Men and Spider-Man were pretty much the only kids on the block.
So why do I like The Dark Knight Rises best? Or I suppose another good question would be: why do I like it more than The Dark Knight? Both movies are phenomenal, no question about that. But I think Rises just has something more. It’s the culmination of the character work that started in Batman Begins. The story is also brought full circle with the use of its villains. The movie is made better because of what it is within the trilogy as a whole. Which I suppose means I don’t actually believe it’s the best movie to watch alone, out of sequence. Anyone who is surprised by my choice I challenge them to watch all three movies back-to-back and I’d wager you’ll enjoy Rises much more when placed in perspective. I certainly did. Originally I pegged it as noticeably weaker than The Dark Knight until I re-watched it.
I could talk on and on about why the movie is great in general but I’m sure you’re already fully aware of that. Why it’s my favourite is for the reasons above. It closes out what is, right now, the most grounded and realistic take on a super hero we’ve ever seen on cinema screens. Yes, it has some plot holes (Why did the cops underground keep shaving?) but who cares! It’s a movie, if you want to be nit-picky and tear apart the movie’s little details you can, but I see no point in that. If you just relax and watch the movie for what it is then it’s a great ride.