by Nolan James – Staff Reporter
“The Dark Knight” – “The Dark Knight” is the film that has defined this century’s cinema, apart from the “Lord of the Rings” series. The movie was an instant hit, and received critical acclaim for its dark, complex story and characters. It features an award-winning performance from Heath Ledger as The Joker, who is trying to spread chaos over the city of Gotham, as Batman, played by Christian Bale, attempts to stop him. The movie is a dark tale, with shocking character deaths and complex morals. Two-Face is a serious and dark character in this movie, quite unlike that other movie, with a deeply tragic backstory. The movie went out of its way to be one of the best comic book movies ever, proving that “DC,” at least at the time, could hold out against “Marvel.”
“Spider-Man 2” – Spider-Man is probably the most popular “Marvel” character of all time, so it makes sense that one of his movies would be within the top three. Directed by Sam Raimi, this sequel greatly improved upon the original, and focuses on deep themes about the complications of being a superhero. In the movie, Peter Parker struggles to balance his personal life and his alter ego’s life, ultimately damaging both. He ultimately decides to quit being Spider-Man, and focus instead on his personal life. However, complications arise, as the villainous Doc Ock starts killing people. “Spider-Man 2” ultimately deserves its place among the best sequels ever. Sam Raimi is very good at doing that.
“Iron Man” – Iron Man is the first movie in “Marvel’s” Cinematic Universe, and is probably the greatest, though “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” are close. The movie stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, who basically defined the role, giving probably his greatest performance. The movie is about Tony Stark, who is injured greatly while attacking Afghanistan with a new type of rocket he created. After this, Stark builds a suit and becomes the superhero known as Iron Man, while trying to stop a villain named Obadiah Stane from taking his technology. The movie is expertly done, and features great performances from its actors, as well as having a great sense of comedy, placing it on this list.