5. Justice League VS. Teen Titans
Justice League VS. Teen Titans continues the DC animated universe. The latest in the series gives the closest we’ll have to a Teen Titans 2003 reunion. Robin/Damian Wayne is sent to work with the Teen Titans after an overenthusiastic move made while on a mission with the Justice League. Robin learns how to be part of a team while the Justice League investigates a shadowy villain. Batman may not be fighting Superman in this movie, but it’s also not three hours waiting for a eight minute fight. The animated universe seems to know their audience and delivers every year.
4. Batman: The Killing Joke
This classic Batman story finally comes to the big screen. In this movie we see one of the Jokers cruelest jokes yet. He’s convinced everyone is just one bad day away from going insane. He sets out to prove his theory on Commissioner Gordon. This movie was given a R rating, and it deserves it. This isn’t like the current DC animated universe. This is a dark and chilling story not made for children.
3. Daredevil Season 2
I know it’s not a movie, but I can’t ignore this show. Daredevil continues his fight in Hell’s Kitchen with some help this time. This Netflix series is a great counterpart to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. You get out of the Avenger’s headquarters and down on the streets of New York to see the day to day lives of heroes. Daredevil is able to go more in depth with it’s characters because of it’s longer run time. So, why not throw in Frank Castle and Elektra Natchios? This show does a great job of showing the difference between Daredevil, Elektra and Punisher’s morality without dispelling any of their choices. With The Defenders around the corner, I can’t wait to see where Netflix will take our heroes.
The Internet’s favorite superhero finally gets his own movie. Filled with laughs and action, this movie earns it’s R rating. You can see the love of the character in every aspect of this movie. The opening credits set the humorous self aware tone and doesn’t let go. They seemed to make this one just for the fans. Deadpool is a favorite of Marvel’s comic lovers, and Ryan Reynolds wasn’t going to let the character fail again. He squeezed into the red spandex and wasn’t getting out until he got the movie he wanted.
1. Captain America: Civil War
Of course it’s Captain America. Given you watched the complete Marvel Cinematic Universe, or at least the seven with either Iron Man or Captain America, you can jump right into the story. Honestly, with all the characters involved, you can probably follow along just fine walking in on this one. The Russo brothers deliver a blockbuster movie with enough depth that the fans from the beginning and the new watchers will both walk away pleased. Civil War is an incredible comic that some thought would be impossible to be brought to the big screen. Seeing how it’s almost one hundred comics long, time would of course be a factor. I believe the Russo brothers hit the major points of the Civil War comics and carried the tone very well. This movie is the right way to make your teammates fight each other. The dialogue between Cap and Iron Man is far better than the brooding of Batman v Superman. When Cap and Stark come to blows, nobody rolled their eyes and whispered, “Finally.” This movie did have its own impressive fight scenes. Large airport battle and hand to hand friend against friend. There are still a few more heroes coming this year, but it’s going to be hard to beat Civil War.