Capturing an entire genre of entertainment on film is not only extremely difficult but also a huge gamble. When a director decides to adapt another person’s work they are automatically either setting themselves up for failure or for great success. There seems to be very little middle ground when it comes to bringing to life the worlds of cherished comic book characters. This is why it has been becoming increasingly more and more rare to find movies that capture the spirit of the genre. Adapting such precious material is basically a fool’s errand for any filmmaker who isn’t completely up to the task.

Comic book movies are a modern cinematic juggernaut that have completely overtaken the box office and the imagination’s of people all around the world. It’s easy to see why they’ve become so popular over the last decade or so. They feature larger than life characters, exciting situations and the best often work with complex and provocative themes. There are many variations of a good comic book movie and they can range from being a harmless summer blockbuster to great art.

The ten here are a mix of high quality entertainment and thought provoking ideas which have become a staple of the genre. Superheroes are basically the equivalent of modern day mythology which is one obvious reason for their prolonged success, however, many of the best comic book movies don’t feature superheroes at all, but rather intricate and fully realized worlds created by some of the greatest artistic minds working now.

Without further ado I now present to you 10 great comic book movies that capture the genre perfectly.

Write about Film and GET PAID. To find out more about the perks of being a Film contributor at WhatCulture.com, click here.

This article was first posted on June 6, 2013