ComicBook Debate has grown a lot over the past 3 years. What started in 2015 as an idea among four brothers transformed into a worldwide team of 38 writers, artists and editors. The one thing that binds us all together is our love for superheroes, comic books and comic book films. Featuring talent from all over the world that spreads across the Americas, Asia & Europe, ComicBook Debate has unique interpretations about comic book movies. We asked all of our owners, writers, artists, and editors to submit their top 10 comic book films of all time. From some of the most iconic to some of the most obscure in the comic book medium, all 38 team members submitted their top ten favorite comic book films. To give an idea of how we amalgamated the rankings, a weighted voting system was used. Each person submitted their list, ranking them from 1-10. We then tallied all of these to each film mentioned. Once a first place was decided, other first place votes for films that didn’t get the top position were moved down to second place. We continued this until a definitive top 10 list for ComicBook Debate was established. Below you will see the results of this poll.
X-Men: Days of Future Past, Iron man & Guardians of the Galaxy
While not making it on the top 10, these 3 films found themselves on at least 30% of our team’s lists. Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron man and X-Men Days of Future Past had anywhere from 10-14 votes a piece. This comes as no surprise as these three films all contributed to the medium in great ways. Iron man is the godfather film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the backbone for every MCU film to follow it. Guardians of the Galaxy is one of the most unique comic book films ever made. James Gunn created a masterful film with great visuals and an emotional story that was carried by great characters. Finally, X-Men: Days of Future Past is probably the most complete X-Men film ever made. It contains a deeper plot, incredible leads and the herculean task of combining two different X-Men franchises together. X-Men Days of Future Past was one vote shy of being in contention for the 10th place slot.
10-Batman Begins & Logan (TIE)
Logan and Batman Begins found themselves at a dead tie at 15 votes a piece. Not only did they receive equal votes, but when tallying the weighted votes, they still ended up with the same score. Batman Begins was the first film in Christopher Nolan’s iconic Batman trilogy. The film continues to be one of the best origin stories for Batman and changed the landscape of DC films for years to come. The film found itself all over the rankings. Showing up across the board with a few second place votes but mostly finding itself on the bottom of our team’s lists, Batman Begins makes it on the list at 10. Logan is a genre-defining film by James Mangold, and it shares the tenth place slot on this list. The film gave a true epilogue to the characters of Wolverine and Professor X, providing a strong plot, emotional character arcs and heart-wrenching endings. Logan, while sitting at 10, even received a first place vote, which shows how highly regarded it is among fans and our team.
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 takes the 9th place slot on the team’s Top 10 comic book films list. Widely regarded as the greatest Spider-Man film of all time, Spider-Man 2 brought 19 votes from our team, most putting this film in the bottom 5 of their lists. Spider-Man 2 offers spectacular visuals and an incredible story. Best of all, the story contains an emotional core that exceeded expectations for comic book films. For these reasons, Spider-Man 2 changed the superhero film genre and the way these movies are perceived among audiences. Thus, it deservingly appears on our team’s list.
8-Avengers: Infinity War
Taking the 8th slot on the ComicBook Debate list is Avengers: Infinity War. A film that released less than 2 weeks ago, Avengers: Infinity War has quickly become one of the best comic book films of all time. Our team ranking reflects that with 22 Votes- many of which came in the Top 5. Some even ranked it in first place, which only speaks to its immediate impact to comic book movie fans. Avengers: Infinity War is the first part of a culmination event for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is the darkest film for Marvel that couples its classic charm and incredible score with its inspiring characters and a villain that truly makes the movie. Avengers: Infinity War is a testament to the incredible work that Marvel has done in the last 10 years, and it has deservingly cemented its place as one of ComicBook Debate’s best comic book movies of all time.
Coming in at 7th place is Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. Like Avengers: Infinity War, Wonder Woman showed up in 22 of the 38 lists for the team. The reason this film took a slot higher than Infinity War is its weighted votes. Most of the writers who had Wonder Woman in their top 10, had it in their top 5, with multiple Top 3 votes as well. The first true blockbuster for female-led superhero films, Wonder Woman is iconic, memorable, inspirational, and has an incredible legacy. Led by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman is already one of the most celebrated superhero films of all time in only a year since its release. Simply put, ComicBook Debate loves Wonder Woman.
Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther takes the 6th place slot on the ComicBook Debate list. Showing up 18 times in our team’s list, Black Panther received multiple first place votes and showed up all over our team’s rankings. Black Panther is one of the greatest comic book films of all time. Holding the rare 5/5 score in my review, Black Panther is everything a comic book film should be. Not only is it thrilling, but it has an incredible message, an amazing villain, and it became an instant inspiration to people all over the world. One of the Farooqi Bros, Sameer, has Black Panther as his #1 comic book film ever.
Watchmen holds the 5th Place slot for the team. Taking 20 votes- the majority of them coming in the Top 5- Watchmen holds a special place in the hearts of fans. A technical achievement that still holds up beautifully today, Watchmen maintains an iconic status akin to the graphic novel that it is based on. Some fans even believe that Watchmen was ahead of its time with its March 2009 release. As a result, it takes 5th place on ComicBook Debate’s all-time list.
4-Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Top 4 slots is where things became REALLY close. Taking this spot on the heirachy is Captain America: The Winter Solider. Showing up on 28 out of the 38 lists, Captain America: The WinterSolider dominated the list with multiple first place, second place and third place votes. One vote shy from being in contention for the Top 3, The Winter Solider is still revered among fans and our team as not only the best film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but one of the best of all time.
3-The Dark Knight
Coming in at number 3 on our list is Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The Dark Knight is commonly referred to as the single greatest comic book film of all time. With perfection-level directing, top-tier composing and phenomenal acting, The Dark Knight is virtually flawless in its execution. Showing up on 29 of the 38 lists, The Dark Knight received just as many votes as the top spot on our list. The film is highly respected by our team, and it received many first place votes; but it fell a few weighted votes shy of taking the top spot. Co-Founder of ComicBook Debate, Zayyan Farooqi, had The Dark Knight as his greatest comic book film of all time.
2-Man of Steel
ComicBook Debate has been known to be very fond of Zack Snyder’s take on Superman. This translated on the final tally greatly. Man of Steel appeared on a record 33 of the 38 lists from our team. Zack Snyder’s Superman epic had the most appearances on the team and only missed the top spot by a hair when tallying weighted first place votes. In a way, Man of Steel is just as much “the king” of ComicBook Debate’s Top 10 with the highest number of appearances and multiple first place votes. I personally had Man of Steel at the top of my list.
1-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
The number one film for ComicBook Debate’s top 10 list is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Showing up on 29 of the 38 lists, Batman v Superman has incredible impact on the entire team. Beating Man of Steel due to having the highest number of first place votes of any comic book film, BvS is loved by the team. Directed by Zack Snyder, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was ahead of its time. Blended with impeccable visuals, amazing special effects, a rich, dark and politically charged storyline, and of course, packed with splash-page style comic book action sequences, Batman v Superman stands on a league of its own. While misunderstood on release, the film was better received with the Ultimate Edition of the film. Among our team, Batman v Superman is adored with many of our articles focused on deep analyses of this film; and it continues to be the topic of conversation. One of the Farooqi Bros, Omer, had BvS at his #1 spot. In the two years since its release, Batman v Superman finds itself at the top of many conversations among both fans and skeptics, which contributes to its cult classic status. Simply put, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a masterwork of comic book films and takes the spot as the greatest comic book film of all time according to our team.
ComicBook Debate is a diverse and unique team. As mentioned before, our team members come from all over the world and bring unique experiences, backgrounds and styles with them. Comic books and superheroes tie and bring us all together. The beauty in a list like this is to see how unique we are. Not one list on our team was the same as the other. Some writers and artists preferred DC, others preferred Marvel, some even went into obscure territories and mentioned films that others had forgotten. Most however, showed a love and admiration for both and even when they disagreed with films, there was always respect for one another. ComicBook Debate has never been about fan lines. We have devout DCEU fans, and we have obsessed MCU fans. While you may see the two sides bicker and fight over the smallest things, our team shows the better way- that we are all just fans enjoying these heroes. So whether Avengers: Infinity War is your greatest superhero film, or if it’s Batman v Superman, Black Panther, or any other film in the medium, no answer is wrong. My advice: be unapologetic in your love for these films and characters, and refrain from going after others for what they love.