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The Best & Worst Comic-Book Movies Of All Time

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    The plethora of superheroes gracing the big screen can be overwhelming. Batman's fighting Superman, Captain America's fighting Iron Man — and who the hell is this Deadpool guy? However ubiquitous these movies are, comic books have been the source material for some great films. From Richard Donner's classic Superman films to the Joss Whedon's quippy Avengers, we love a hero story done well.

    But comic-book movies are not faultless. The genre has given short shrift to women, and when things get bad, they can get really bad. (We're lookin' at you, Fantastic Four.) In this slideshow, we take you through the best and the worst of the genre, which we define as movies adapted from comic books or graphic novels with stories that hinge upon a classic hero vs. villain conceit. This means terrific films like Ghost World are left off our roundup. (Don't worry, we'll think of another list to honor that one.)

    Without further ado, cue up the John Williams, and click through.

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    Blade II (2002)
    Half vampire and half man, Blade is fighting to save humanity in this second installment in the Blade trilogy. When a powerful vamp tries to genocide the human race, Blade must team up with a team of elite vampires. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, Blade II is a superhero movie with horror elements.

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    Deadpool (2016)
    No matter how Deadpool had actually turned out, it probably would've earned a spot on this list. We're suckers for any superheroes cool enough to bump Salt-N-Pepa and DMX. Soundtrack aside, Deadpool has its cinematic merits: The titular anti-hero is sly and crass with charming results.

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    Sin City
    (2005)
    This graphic novel adaptation is also a great example of the dark and twisty neo-noir aesthetic. The 2014 sequel wasn't as good as the original, where an ensemble cast navigates a seedy underworld of crime, greed, and desire.

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    Scott Pilgrim vs The World
    (2010)
    Remember Michael Cera? Remember his skinny, cardigan-wearing charm? The actor held his own in this adaptation of another graphic novel about a bass guitarist battling his new girlfriend's superhero exes. This vibrant teen tale also features other future stars: Chris Evans, Brie Larson, and Anna Kendrick.