Every year it seems there’s a solid 3-4 movies featuring the heroes of the Marvel Comics universe, and they’re generally very well received by audiences and critics. And maybe every other year (if we’re lucky) we’re graced with a film featuring Superman and Batman, apparently the sole worthy big screen representatives from Warner Bros. Pictures’ DC Comics universe.
On the home video front Marvel remains a very distant second. Of the 11 direct to video films since 2006’s Ultimate Avengers, only one Hulk Vs. is worth watching. There’s numerous reasons for Marvel’s struggles in that market, but I’ll just say it’s because they don’t have Bruce Timm.
Timm served as producer for critically acclaimed projects from Batman: The Animated Series, Superman and Justice League TV shows to direct to video efforts like Justice League: Doom, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and Batman: Under the Red Hood successfully navigating decades of DC continuity into compelling story arcs and movies.
Sometimes they were original works, others were adaptations of comic book stories, but they were all exceptional.
Marvel Animated has largely tried the original story route as well with frequently horrendous results. The animated films lack consistent character portrayals, tone and should have a warning that you’ll loathe it if you’re older than 12. And unless Timm comes on board, that quality doesn’t appear to be improving anytime soon.
It doesn’t have to be that complicated though. Marvel just needs to ditch the original story ideas and just start rifling through the existing brilliant stories Marvel creators have cranked out over the years. So you know what that means. Time for a new Top 10!
Joining me this time is Billy from Capital Comics, a great comic book store in Annapolis, MD. So without further delay, here’s the list: