With Guardians of the Galaxy being a big commercial and critical success, it’s worth noting that while there may be a box office slump this year, it certainly doesn’t seem to be because of comic book movies which have been among the most critically acclaimed. There have been five comic book movies, to date, let’s look at the lineup and the Rotten Tomatoes scoreboard.
Guardians of the Galaxy 92%
X-Men: Days of Future Past 91%
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 89%
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 53%
Four films of a genre ranking at 89% and above has to be near the high water mark of any genre. I doubt Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be joining that elite group, but Big Hero 6 has potential. Heck, you could consider the Lego Movie, at 96%, to be at least tangentially related with Batman playing a significant role.
Now, Rotten Tomatoes is flawed in several ways, the biggest being that a 3 star favorable review is counted the same as a four star review. How much is a masterpiece worth?
Let’s look at the Rotten Tomatoes scores from the 2008 lineup.
The Dark Knight 94%
Iron Man 93%
Hellboy 2 87%
The Incredible Hulk 67%
The Spirit 14%
So far, there’s no clamoring in 2014 that any of the big comic book titles be nominated for Best Picture. That wasn’t the case in 2008 which had not one, but two gamechangers.
Let’s also look at 2012, which had two of the biggest popular successes for comic book films.
The Avengers 92%
The Dark Knight Rises 88%
The Amazing Spider-Man 73%
So what do you think? 2014, 2012, or 2008? Or do you have another year for consideration?