These days, comic book movies (CBM) are one of the easiest bets for a top Box Office run, especially with respect to blockbuster pictures.
At the top of the echelon at the moment is undoubtedly Marvel comics who has finally discovered a magic formula for Box Office hits with their Marvel Cinematic Universe features.
That notwithstanding, DC Comic’s has not been on a back burner themselves, churning out cult fellowship with entry of the Dark Knight Trilogy and the recent fan craze, “Wonder Woman”, “Joker”, “Aquaman”, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
While Sony Pictures may not have sustained it’s tempo (Spiderman being a Marvel IP), they have seen recent success with their own new Symbiotes universe.
Here are the Top 3 Comic Book Movie Trilogies that have graced the big screen in recent memories –
1) The Dark Knight Trilogy
As they say, Christopher Nolan practically redefined CBM’s with his Batman movies.
The first installment was “Batman Begins” which introduced us to the caped crusaders early days. It was followed by ‘The Dark Knight”, which till date, is being regarded as one of the best comic book movies of all time.
The final installment in the trilogy is “The Dark Knight Rises”.
Apart from the first movie which yielded moderate Box Office run, the rest were huge financial success.
2) Captain America Trilogy
Steve Rogers was a beauty to behold in the Captain America Trilogy, which was also part of a larger assemble of Marvel’s Avengers.
Although the first movie was practically a Box Office flop, “The Avengers” (released in 2012) definitely gave Cap a major boost, resulting in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” becoming one of the best CBM’s of all time.
Although the airport scene will always come quickly to mind when we mention “Captain America: Civil War”, we can agree that it was a fitting finale to the Captain America Trilogy, even though Captain Rogers was very instrumental in the double bigs – Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
3) Man of Steel Trilogy
Although rumours continue to persist with respect to a “Justice League 2” by Zack Snyder, we can all continue to enjoy the ‘Man of Steel’ for the moment until they sort things out over there at Warner Bros.
The dark themed director took a different route to the often told Superman origin story when he dedicated the first 20 minutes of “Man of Steel” to show us Krypton, it’s inhabitants and how the Kryptonian came to earth after the destruction of his planet.
In the second installment, Warner Bros decided the world needed to see Batman go up against the man of steel, while using the same movie to introduce Amazonian warrior, Wonder Woman.
Well, despite the big budget and somewhat underwhelming Box Office run, the movie can be said to be a huge success to an extent, although it may not totally be financial in nature.
After that, Warner Bros gave the go ahead order for the third film titled “Justice League” and to be directed by Zack Snyder. But, tragedy struck and Joss Whedon was drafted in to finish the movie to meet up it’s release date slot.
Unfortunately, his version of events became Rotten and a certified Box Office flop. It was heavily criticized by fans, critics and practically any CBM fan who watched the movie.
This led to the clamour for Zack Snyder’s Justice League by fans to complete the trilogy. It took the studio at least 2yrs to make up their mind before they finally caved in and sanctioned Zack Snyder’s director cut of “Justice League”.
Expectedly, it never disappointed after it was finally released this year, 2021 on HBOMax. Also, fans were treated to 4hrs of movie run time which never feels like it once you hit the play button.
What do you think?
1) Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy
2) Iron Man Trilogy