I'm not going to go through the laundry list, but superhero-comics-based films include DC's GREEN LANTERN, and of course Marvel's big studio films THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (why did they have to have the tagline on that title?). However, in my mind the frontrunner for the best of the bunch may be Fox's X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Its not getting the hype of THOR and CAP (perhaps due to the last several X-releases being less than X-cellent), but the promise of the film is quietly growing in my mind.
I initially lowered my expectations quite a bit when I began to hear from studio insiders that the online rumors suggesting the production of the film was having problems was indeed true. I'd been excited to hear Bryan Singer was at least producing this time, and one of my favorite up and coming directors, Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass) was behind the camera this time around. He and his writing partner Jane Goldman were even working on a draft of the script, but as things went on, it seemed the studio wasn't giving him the time or things came up on his schedule that may have rushed aspects of the production, which also included the dreaded re-shoots (Wolverine, we know how that turned out for you).
Whatever was the case, flashing forward, when promos for the film began appearing, it wasn't looking good. The posters looked like lame photoshop jobs, the stills weren't anything to be excited about, and I was unsure about how the time period of the film would be handled.
Then I watched actual footage in the form of the recent trailers.
And color me impressed. I know its dangerous to judge a film based on the trailers (trust me, I have not forgotten X3, which had an AWESOME trailer), but the spots for First Class are selling me on the story as well as the visuals, and I think since its Vaughn, this movie has a chance to be really good. And when I say really good, I think it will be better than Thor or Cap.
Like I said, its just conjecture and speculation at this point since I haven't seen any of them, but I'm picking my horse now.
Matthew Vaughn, don't let me down...
(and beyond that, please don't let them make 3 subpar X-flicks in a row - our merry muties have been through enough already).