Year in Review: 2012’s Comic Book Movies

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Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) Movie Image

The Amazing Spider-Man

Spider-Man has always been one of my favorite characters. Partly because of his everyman status, partly because he was an outsider, but mostly because of his wit and charm, and next to Batman he’s got one of the coolest and largest rogues galleries. The Sam Raimi films missed that part of the character, but Marc Webb’s reboot of the franchise got that and a lot more right in my opinion. From well developed characters that we honestly care about, to a New York that was as much a character as Spidey himself, Webb’s version of Spider-Man definitely evoked some feelings of Nolan’s “Batman Begins” but with more heart and fun. Andrew Garfield nailed the role of both Peter Parker and Spider-Man and Emma Stone was a great Gwen, showing strength and vulnerability. The cast was well rounded out with Rhys Ifans and Denis Leary. A great start to a new version of the franchise.

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Author: Dedpool

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  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Now this is the type of article I love to read!
    Agreed with you on almost everything, with the exception of Peter Weller. He was an awful Batman imo and his voice had me grating my teeth throughout the entire film.

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

      To each their own. I guess I just got used to it. I really wished they had gotten Michael ironside back, but Weller worked for me. But thanks for the kind words sir!!

      • Juggernaut

        Ironside was a good choice for the older Bruce/ Batman. Has Powers Boothe ever done any cartoon voice work? He’d be a good choice too.

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

          Yeah he was Grodd in Justice League. He’d have been a perfect choice.

  • Juggernaut

    I really want to see Dredd. I share your sentiments exactly on the other three live action films listed. I finally got to watch Justice league: Doom and Batman Under The Red Hood this past weekend. both were really well done. Have Superman Vs. The Elite on my Netflix que. Hopefully they’ll release Batman: The Dark Knight Returns pt 1 and pt 2 together so I can pick them up.

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

      Under The Red Hood is a favorite of mine. Love DiMaggio’s Joker in that. Just sadistic and great. “Hard to make with the yuks when your worm food, hmmm?” Love that and the scene at the end with him in “coming out of the closet.” Doom was definitely good. Superman Vs Elite also a good time, though some didn’t like the animation, it really worked for me and the story. Had it looked like say “Superman/Shazam” the violence would be too real for some. Definitely catch TDKR when you can.

      • Juggernaut

        I added Superman/Shazam to my que also. It looks like it is a more anime style, which I’m not a huge fan of, but I’ll still check it out to see if I like it or not. Batman:UTRH was awesome. That story line is one of my all time favorites. I loved the art and use of charatcters. The voice work was great too. Hopefully Dc keeps crankin’ em’ out!

      • Aegon the Conqueror

        Dredd for some or other reason never released in South Africa. I still want to see it really badly. The trailers looked awesome and I’m a Karl Urban fan since Two Towers.

  • Debo4735

    I liked the story of Superman vs The Elite, but the animation quality was HORRIBLE!!! It totally killed the movie for me.

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

      See above. lol

  • krypton_prime

    The Dark Knight Returns and Under The Red Hood : ultra EPIC. JL Doom was great, of course anything with Superman is perfect. Had to agree Superman vs Elite animation was not very good but I guess it suits the purpose. Hopefully DC/Warner releases more animated movies but didn’t Warner close that division?
    Live action movies: everything as expected. Avengers was perfect although I preferred the look of Hulk from the Incredible Hulk movie. Didn’t like this look too much. Dark Knight Rises was awesome but they should have retained the original Bane look. The Amazing Spiderman was quite enjoyable. Andrew Garfield was almost perfect in the role but then again anything is better than Tobey Maguire. Still to see Dredd.

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

      No Warner didn’t close that division, just renamed it pretty much. Was DC/Warner Premier but now DC Animated Universe Movies. They have the next year all lined up. TDKR part 2 January, Superman Unbound mid year and then Justice League Flashpoint, the story that rebooted the DCU to the New52 in the comics.

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

      Also Bane’s original Luchador inspired look would’ve probably come off as campy. I really liked what they did with the character in Rises. And Rufalo Hulk was badass! Not as lean and mean as Incredible version, but it looked more like Rufalo which meant it looked more like Banner.

      • krypton_prime

        Yeah I noticed that they make the Hulks look more like the actor playing Banner which would make sense. Plus I really didn’t like that there wasn’t a good explanation of how Bane was so strong…

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

          Most likely just physical training, and when mask was busted adrenaline from the pain.

      • Juggernaut

        I really think that Nolan’s Bane was partially inspired by The Mutant Leader from The Dark Knight Returns. Which, in my opinion was genius. As for The Hulk, I was completely in awe of the leaps and bounds in the effects to make this latest incarnation so realistic and natural. I was skeptical about Ruffalo replacing Ed Norton at first but all of my doubts were irradicated as soon a s I saw Ruffalo’s performance.

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

          Agreed on both counts. There was a definite influence from TDKR in Rises. And I absolutely loved Ruffalo as Banner, and his Hulk was great in my eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I like Incredible a lot, but he seemed weaker there, and the fact that Banner wasn’t all “woe is me, I want to be rid of the Hulk” definitely helped.

          • Juggernaut

            Having Banner come to terms with and ultimately having control of his oft times destructive alter ego was such a great choice for the movie. It really made the character work in a way that would have been hard to wrangle otherwise. I am of the opinion that almost every choice made in that movie was terrific. Even Hawkeye’s use was okay in my opinion. Sure, he was under utilized, but him being a pawn in Loki’s plan lent to the plot and was akin to his early villainous comic roots. Can’t wait for the sequel.