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THE TOP 5
The Top 5 Superhero Movies Of All Time
By Tim Lammers
April 29, 2011
INTERVIEWS, REVIEWS & MOVIE NEWS BY TIM LAMMERS
Superman (Christopher Reeve) in "Superman" in 1978 - The first of four times he would play the Man of Steel
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3. "Superman" (1978): Sure, the special effects don't quite hold up to today's visuals, but the spirit of this film makes Superman soar high above most films the superhero genre has to offer.
Starring Christopher Reeve in his first major film role, the film covers all of the important bases of the Superman legend: His roots on Krypton; descent to Earth and earnest upbringings with George and Martha Kent; his journey to the Fortress of Solitude and lastly, his job as a reporter at the Daily Planet in Metropolis where he will realize his full superhero potential. The casting -- from Margot Kidder as Lois Lane and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor -- is spot on, but no mold is more flawless than Reeve as the chiseled Man of Steel.
The only downside watching the film is knowing the eventual fate of Reeve the man -- who carried on with a Superman-like dignity from the day he became quadriplegic in 1995 to his death in 2004. Watching "Superman" today is exhilarating as much as it is heartbreaking.
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Patrick Stewart in his second of three turns as Professor Charles Xavier in "X2: X-Men United."
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2. "X2: X-Men United" (2002): In 2000, director Bryan Singer ushered in a new era of superhero movies with not only an entertaining x-pose of Marvel's "X-Men," but a diverse character study that made Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) a superstar and set up an even-better sequel.
The plot of the film is exactly as the title implies, where, in a rare instance, Professor Charles Xavier's (Patrick Stewart) X-Men team up with Magneto's (Ian McKellen) Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to stand up against Colonel William Stryker (Bryan Cox). A vindictive military scientist in denial that his son is a mutant, Stryker kidnaps Xavier in a plot to use his Cerebro mechanism to eradicate the earth of all mutants.
The film is every bit as exciting as it is emotional, particularly when the comic book's iconic "Dark Phoenix Saga" rises in the final stages of the film, as Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) makes the ultimate sacrifice to save her fellow X-Men.