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Posted on Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Dave!Comic book super-hero movies are a mixed bag. For every great film (like Superman, Iron Man, Dark Knight, and Spider-Man 2), there's a crapfest unleashed (like Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Elektra, Batman & Robin, Spider-Man 3 and any of the boring X-Men films).

But the latest round of Christopher Nolan Batman flicks and Jon Favreau Iron Man flicks are leading the charge in a new era of comic book super-hero awesomeness. Filmmakers are getting serious about making good films that are true to the source material because they realize there's a reason the originals are such enduring characters.

And there's every indication that even more great stuff is coming down the pipe.

I'm fairly certain that Thor is in capable hands with director Kenneth Branagh and acting talent like Anthony Hopkins and Natalie Portman onboard. I loved the comic during the Walt Simonson era, so hopefully Thor won't disappoint. Ryan Reynolds as Green Lantern sounds almost too good to be true. The upcoming Batman film, The Dark Night Rises, is certain to be awesome. And I'm sure Iron Man 3 will be fantastic. I'm not so sure about the Spider-Man reboot, but surely it can't suck more than Spider-Man 3.

But it's Captain America that I'm holding my breath over. He's easily one of my favorite Marvel heroes, and I've followed his exploits for decades. The movie is set during World War II, (before Cap was frozen in an iceberg and awoke in modern times), which is true to his origin. Chris Evans seemed like perfect casting, and leaked concept art for the contemporary costume looked promising...

Captain America Suit

And today Entertainment Weekly unveiled the World War II period costume on its cover...

Captain America Cover

Yep, that's Captain America alright.

This means there's only one of the "big guns" left who has yet to get their major motion picture...

Wonder Woman

I'll be really disappointed if Wonder Woman gets screwed out of a movie because she's a girl. Her origin and mythology are amongst the most interesting of any comic book super-hero, and she deserves a shot.

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  1. claire says:

    Wonder Woman scripts have been making the rounds for years. Joss Whedon wrote one a few back (I’d love to see that with him directing!) but the studio passed on it. sigh. No consensus on what story they want/how they want to portray her it seems.

    I have really enjoyed superhero movies in the past, but I’m tired of seeing male heroes (or male leads in general) nearly all the time. Peripheral or support women don’t cut it anymore. Iron Man was pretty painful in that regard from my POV. Maybe that’s truthful to the original though.

  2. Michelle M. says:

    I’m hoping the Wonder Woman tv series will do well – then maybe a film will follow.

  3. B.E. Earl says:

    Wonder woman…big guns. hehehe.

  4. Sybil Law says:

    Ooooh! Captain America does look promising!!

    You’re right about WW – but I would HATE to see it done badly!

  5. Rob Kroese says:

    Captain America will be really hard to do non-ironically, but I have high hopes for it.

    I’m surprised you didn’t like the X-Men movies. I thought 1 & 2 were really good. I agree with you on the rest, though. I can’t think about Spider-Man 3 without getting angry. What a pile of crap. At least with Batman & Robin, the movies had been steadily getting worse for a while, so it wasn’t a shock when that one sucked.

  6. As much as I loved the recent Batman and Iron Man films, I still have a place for the first Superman film. A great movie that told a classic comic book story.

    I’m also looking forward to Captain America.

    I wonder if a reboot of Auqaman would work? He’s my favorite of all the Justice League.

  7. Captain America has the potential to be so good, I’m crossing my fingers.

  8. Good lord that version of Wonder Woman made it across the pond, I used to watch it every week.

    Would it be inappropriate at this point to leave a comment about Wonder Woman’s big guns seeing as you opened the door in back to back paragraphs? Anyone? No?

  9. muskrat says:

    I’ve never been into comic books, but I’ve enjoyed these movies a good bit; ditto for the X-Men films and even the newer Superman (and the first one with C. Reeve).

    I’d love to see Wonder Woman. Angelina Jolie, perhaps?

  10. Jimmy says:

    We grew up with horrible superhero movies – Superman and Batman were horrible in my opinion.

    For me Batman Begins in 2005 turned comic book movies around for me.

    I agree with you – there is a lot of good stuff coming out and I can’t wait to see them all!

    What do you think of Kim Kardashian as Wonder Woman??

    I’m just saying…..

  11. Rob Kroese says:

    Jimmy – I agree. I tried watching Superman a few months back and it was awful. I had to turn it off during the Margot Kidder’s poetry recitation while they’re flying above Metropolis.

    I’d watch Kim Kardashian as Wonder Woman. With the sound turned off.

  12. Avitable says:

    I think Thor is going to be bad because it’s going to feel like a bad Shakespearean play. I just can’t get behind doing that one with Kenneth Branagh. He’s too heavy handed.

    The new guy who’s Peter Parker was excellent in Social Network, so I am optimistic about Spider-Man. Chris Evans really looks like Cap, though. I hope this is amazing.

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