When it comes to movies like The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, The Dark Knight, and upcoming movies like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War, everyone knows that they’re going to be great and hugely successful – but that’s because of theirÂ hugely successful predecessors; featureÂ actors and characters at the peak of their popularity; and/or came at a time when comic book movies were the “in thing”.
That hasn’t always been the case for every comic book movie, however. Over the years, for whatever reason, many comic book movies have turned out to be massively successful and high in quality, in spite of the fact that nobody really expected much from them.
In this article, we’re going to look atÂ a list of a fewÂ such examples – in no particular order – going back as far as the 1970s in one case! Here are ten great comic book movies that surprised everyone.
Iron Man (2008)
Looking at the success and popularity of Iron Man as a movie brand today, it’s hard to believe that back in 2008, the first offering came out of nowhere and took us all by surprise.
Although the character has been incredibly popular in the Marvel comic books for many years, to mainstream movie-goers he was a mere B-list hero who was about to be played by a washed-up actor with alcohol problems.
But the incredibly talented Robert Downey, Jr. had sorted out his personal demons, and absolutely nailed the role, elevating Iron Man to levels closer to Batman and Superman than anyone ever thought possible. And the rest is history. He’s the flagship star of the Marvel Cinematic Universe;Â his debut movie was fantastic – one of the best comic book offerings ever made; his most recent solo outing grossed more than $1 billion; and he’s the main star of the Avengers movies.
And now for a movie starring a character who isn’t even from one of the “big two” comic book brands.