It’s a great time to be alive for comic book fans. With CBM popularity reaching its zenith in the last decade or so, movies based on comic book heroes and antiheroes are getting released almost every month. Armed today with the correct tools and technology, filmmakers are pushing the envelope in terms of technique and storytelling, intriguing and connecting with even non comic book readers, while the charm of the original classics lives on. If nothing else, we all know how CBMs have proven to be incredibly fun outings at the cinemas!
DC Comics, home to the extremely popular hero figures Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, Cyborg et al, recently started developing its own shared universe on film. While it’s off to a somewhat bumpy start, I believe it will eventually grow, and deliver on all grounds. Apart from its main universe, DC has also successfully produced a few movies based on comic books published under ‘Vertigo’, an alternative publication house functioning under DC as the parent company.
With ‘Justice League’ slated for release this November, fans await with bated breath as a childhood dream of every DC Fan breathes on screen. Meanwhile, here is a list to run you through the best DC (And Vertigo) properties put to screen, ranked, including both Animated/Direct to video and Live Action features. Read on .. the list of best DC movies of all time.
15. Batman Returns (1992)
‘Batman Returns’ Is Tim Burton’s second outing with the caped crusader following ‘Batman’ released in 1989, with Michael Keaton donning the cape and cowl one last time before being replaced by Val Kilmer in the next film. The film has some great production design at display, and Burton’s signature style of storytelling. It is, for the most part, a visual treat and a fun film to watch, before the franchise completely derailed into the unintentionally funny category with ‘Forever’.
There are, however, two things for which I am most grateful to this movie: Michelle Pfeiffer as the femme fatale Catwoman, and Danny DeVito as The Penguin, giving us two of the most deliciously twisted portrayals of characters from the Bat’s rogue gallery. ‘Returns’ felt like a more complete film, and close to a complete realisation of Burton’s vision of Gotham. Despite Nicholson’s terrific turn as the Joker in the previous instalment, I was completely sold on the way this film tried to establish a universe of sorts, and for that reason, and being undeniably more fun, this film dupes its predecessor for #15, kickstarting our list.