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Since I haven’t done a Top 5 list in a while I thought I might as well get back into it by sharing some of my favourite moments from movies based on DC comics. Also I’ll try and vary it up so it’s not just mostly Batman stuff. oh and this will contain spoilers just to warn you.
#5 - Superman’s Moral Dilemma (Man of Steel)
I am aware that this was a moment of controversy for a few fans with the whole “Superman doesn’t kill” argument, which isn’t true, he’s done it a few times, but to me this scene was brilliant. I’m not a huge Superman fan but this really hammered home one of Superman’s biggest dilemma’s, which is that the right thing isn’t always the easiest, he didn’t want to kill Zod, he begged him to not make him do it, but it was upon realising that the only way to save his adopted home was by eliminating his only connection to his birth home. And this wasn’t something that he shrugged off easily, the pain that Henry Cavill displays in the character in the wake of his actions is touching to say the least.
#4 - Watchmen’s opening credits (Watchmen)
This movie sometimes comes under a bit of flack but as far as faithful representations go it’s pretty on the nose, but obviously it couldn’t be recreated panel for panel, it’s a long book that jumps around through different time periods, so cuts naturally had to be made. But they didn’t get rid of the first vigilante group (the Minute Men) completely, and nearly the entire history of the group, from formation to untimely demise in summed up perfectly in the opening credits, quite fittingly accompanied by Bob Dylan’s The Times They are a Changing.
#3 - I’m Batman (Batman)
This entire film changed comic movies, it moved away from the campy nature of the 60’s Batman and the colourful tones of Superman, but you knew that this was a darker, gritter comic book movie from the first moment the Dark Knight scares the life out of a trembling crook who asks “What are you?” which is followed by possibly the coolest two words in all of comic book fiction, “I’m Batman”. Bale’s growl may have brought it to modern pop culture but Michael Keaton said it first, and he said it so well.
#2 - You’ll believe a man can fly (Superman)
The 1978 Superman movie was a big moment in cinema history, it brought what fans of the big blue boy scout had been imagining for years to the big screen and no more so then the key selling point of the film “You’ll believe a man can fly”, and while the effects may not hold up today, back then they did. Seeing christopher Reeve’s Superman soar through the sky was a game changer, it brought the wonderment of comics to the big screen and made people start taking comic book characters more seriously.
#1 - I’m not a monster (The Dark Knight)
The Dark Knight is widely considered one of the best, if not the best comic book movies ever made and it’s in no small part thanks to Heath Ledger’s portrail of the Joker. People revolted when the heartthrob was cast as the clown prince of crime but as soon as the film released he proved them all so wrong. In my opinion the pinnacle moment of the entire film is the interrogation scene, in which Batman and Joker come face to face on a level playing field, or so Bats thinks. This scene shows how much of a threat the Joker is, he’s always one step ahead even when you think you’ve got him trapped, and why is that so scary? Because like he says “You have nothing to threaten me with, nothing to do with all your strength”. He can’t be beaten and the only way for Batman to truly stop him is by killing him, and that’s what the Joker wants, either way he wins.
Honorable Mention - The stare down of the century (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice)
I decided not to add this to the actual list since the film isn’t out yet but I felt like it couldn’t be left un-mentioned. For those of you who didn’t see the footage before it was taken down it basically went like this.
It starts with an armored-up Batman on the GCPD rooftop on a stormy night, he pulls away a tarp to reveal the Bat-signal, he flips a switch and turns it on. The light shoots up into the sky with the bat-symbol cast onto the clouds, as there is a crack of lightening Superman’s silhouette appears in the bat-symbol. As Superman stares down at Batman his eyes start to glow red, cut back to Batman’s glowing white eyes looking up at Superman. End of scene.
It was short but oh so sweet, however the film turns out this is a notable moment in comic book movie history, this is the two biggest characters in the entirety of comic books (fact not opinion) staring each other down, ready to have a showdown that will ring throughout the ages.
The amazing thing about the Toy Story trilogy is the fact that they waited 10 years to conclude the story, so that a story about nostalgia made you feel nostalgic towards the original content.
First look image at Henry Cavill as Clark Kent. [via @AlasdairBoswell]
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