What Are The Most Acclaimed Comic Book Films?

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

Updated with Full Results Current As Of April 5th 2021.

Comic book fans have always argued about which film adaptation of their favourite property is the best. You can argue box-office until the cows come home, the fact of the matter is box-office has never been an accurate judge of quality.

In fact, what the general public has embraced hasn’t always been what the critics have embraced, and vice versa, yet certain titles are also held up high or shat upon by all. So to add fuel to the fiery debate, I set out to tabulate some scores and see if I could find some kind of reasonably argued consensus.

To do that I combined three scores for each film using three major sites – the wide-sweeping critical countings of Rotten Tomatoes, the more selective critical assessments of Metacritic, and the open to the public IMDb user ratings.

Does it prove anything? Not really, but it has resulted in a healthy list of the best films of the comic book-to-film genre. The results contain some major surprises, I know if I were doing my own list I would make some big adjustments.

One condition was decided from the get go – RT’s T-Meter score is ignored in favour of each film’s ‘Average Rating’ by critics out of 10. Without a mixed option, the T-meter score is generally unreliable as very

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