Dedpool’s Year in Review of 2011′s Comic Book Movies

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Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Movie Image

Captain America

Shockwaves ran throughout the geek community when Chris “Funnyman” Evans was cast as stick in the mud Steve Rogers for “Captain America.” Known more for his comedic and sarcastic roles, it was hard for people to get behind him in the role. The rest of the cast wound up being pretty good, with Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell and Stanley Tucci, but folks just weren’t sure of Evans. Shock and awe abounded when the movie hit. “I just don’t like bullies,” Rogers responded when asked about why he wanted to fight Nazis. And with that Steve Rogers truly came to life. The film showcased Evans’ dramatic skills just as much as his action, and he even got to keep a sense of humor. Director Joe Johnston, known for his period superhero flick “The Rocketeer” was a great choice as he really gave the film a timelessness even though it was set during WWII. He said he was going for the feeling that the Indiana Jones films give, where they are set in a specific period, but they just feel timeless. He succeeded. What we got was a good movie and a perfect second lead in to “The Avengers.”

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  • LionHeart

    First Class: Biggest surprise, best comic movie of the year. No doubt.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      I was going to put in the surprise list but it was just so awesome it had to be in the top. But trust I was blown away.

      • LionHeart

        I had to be dragged to see it, honestly. It was so below my radar. Never saw any trailers, had little to no idea about the plot, thought Kevin Bacon being in it was a joke.

        I went in there with zero expectations, like a lot of people after the last few X-Men movies I imagine, but MAN, did it all work out in the end.

  • TheStrongestThereIs.com

    I have to be in agreement with this year end round up. Good stuff! I believe that the script of green lantern was very generic and should have been rounded out a little more but im satisfied with what they did with the origin which is the problem with the movie. Origin movies always tend to be the most boring to me. I’m much more of a “I know the beginning and people who don’t can pick it up through dialogue surrounding a better story arch” kind of guy. However the movie did well its first two weeks and thankfully they haven’t given up on the franchise because of it.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Thanks TSTI! I completely agree. Flashbacks and title sequences can catch us up lol

  • Vineland

    Good article.

  • kraven

    good article. I beg to differ on Thor. It just felt so much like a dare i say pretty Disney family film. Chris Hemsworth was a killer casting coup for the god of thunder and Odin had to be grand played by Hopkins. But the movie needed a darker edge and Loki just didnt come off as downright evil as he should have. Natalie Portman obviously helped at the gate but was not really needed. As for the Green Lantern, with so many bad reviews, I cant see wasting my time to watch it.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    With it being an origin flick, we needed to see where Loki’s evil came from I think and Avengers will feature the Loki you’re looking for. As for GL hey thats entirely on you but if you catch it on cable at least give the space scenes and ending a look, but I anr some others here at BH all didn’t hate it and actually enjoyed it a bit. Sure it has some glaring issues but it still had its moments.

    • Vineland

      All my favourite moments in Thor have Idris Elba in them, he rocks.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Yeah he was another standout and definitely made his role fun.

  • kraven

    Sounds a bit like the Daredevil movie, bad but with moments. will check it.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Very Much so. I personally liked the Director’s cut of “Daredevil” alot. This could’ve used one, but the Extended version I heard really doesn’t add to anything.

  • http://www.grifiti.com Tin Hoang

    Good stuff. But you’re too nice.

    Yea, Ryan Reynolds didn’t yammer on and on for the entire movie like he did in that Blade sequel, but GL was a huge bummer. It was one of those movies that could not live up to the trailer because the trailer was nothing like the movie.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      See that’s the thing about trailers, they’re all out of context, so a few one liners, and some cool visuals and viola you have an engaging trailer to draw in the massess. I’m not being too nice though, I was giving my personal opinion, and I personally still enjoyed the film despiste the flaws. It was by no means a great CBM or film for that matter, but it had potential and the franchise still does as well. Like I said just keep sequel in space.

  • Anonymous

    Xmen first class = super awesome
    Green lantern = surprisingly nice
    Thor = C+
    Capt America = Boring, Lame, Sucks.