It’s time we face the hard truth that 2016 is coming to an end. Another year has gone, a year of sassy anti-heroes and good guy face-offs but which superhero movie is the winner? There’s a few to choose from.
If you visit this site regularly and read my reviews you’ll know that I actually liked all of these movies. Of course, I enjoyed some more than others but overall I found something to love in each of them so don’t read this list thinking that I hate the film I rank last because that’s just not true.
There are so many reasons I like X-Men: Apocalypse as a film. Between the group of new heroes to some of the greatest performances in the genre, but unfortunately, the lack of character development and sloppy storytelling limited the amount I could really enjoy this movie.
Some of the new heroes we meet don’t get the necessary screen time, while the film constantly parades Jennifer Lawrence around in a new outfit, without properly explaining why she can’t just be blue all of the time. I really want to love this franchise and these movies, but at the minute Fox is falling behind when it comes to storytelling.
– Logan looks pretty cool, though.
This is yet another movie I really wanted to love. And to a certain degree, I did enjoy Suicide Squad. The film is flawed don’t get me wrong but the introduction of some of these characters really saves the movie. I still want to see a Harley Quinn movie and more of Will Smith as Deadshot. I don’t really want to see more of the X-Men: Apocalypse cast in a sequel, which is why Suicide Squad isn’t last on this list.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Extended Edition
For all of the faults in Batman v Superman, I actually really enjoy this movie. I consider myself a big fan of all of these characters so to see Superman finally share the screen with Batman was a truly amazing moment in my life. This was also the true beginning of the DC Extended Universe which is something I’ve always wanted to see and overall, I thought Snyder offered a pretty good introduction of some of these characters. Ben Affleck is a great Batman, probably the best and Henry Cavill continues to be my favourite Superman.
Honestly, I wanted to put Batman v Superman higher on this list but I’m not arrogant enough to believe that the film doesn’t have issues. There are pacing problems, and flawed character motives even in this version of the movie, but my god is are some of these action sequences amazing and don’t even get me started on Wonder Woman.
I really didn’t expect Doctor Strange to reach this high on the list. This was a movie I knew nothing about, the trailers didn’t grab me and the character seemed unlikeable but this film was a fantastic trip from beginning to end. Benedict Cumberbatch really brought this character to life, with director Scott Derrickson successfully introducing a new corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
If this film came out in a universe where the others don’t exist, it would probably be the best superhero film of the year but unfortunately, we got two more amazing comic book movies this year.
Captain America: Civil War
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the most reliable, exciting, and entertaining outlet for comic book storytelling. We know these characters incredibly well, so to see the Avengers fracture was more than just a film, it was a cinematic experience. Not to mention that this was the introduction of Spider-Man and Black Panther to the universe.
The only problem I could think of with this movie is that there were so many great characters, Spidey, Black Panther, Ant-Man etc. that the film lost Cap in there somewhere in the middle but overall this is a great film and another amazing instalment of the Marvel franchise.
Deadpool is the gift that just keeps giving. I think this is the first character, and the first film that I’ve seen have such a surprising impact on the industry and deservingly so. Deadpool did the impossible and proved that r-rated superhero movies can be successful but even more than that showed that there’s a different side to the genre, a silly one.
Deadpool reached the top of this list not only because it’s a great film, with amazing comedy but because it treated the character and property fairly. We’ve seen so many characters being represented in these films poorly so it was really great to see this film bring the Deadpool from the comics, straight over to cinema. Ryan Reynolds truly is Deadpool, and this is the film 2016 deserved.
– Also let’s not forget that the Deadpool made way for the r-rated Wolverine movie so thanks for that. It looks fu**ing amazing.