Screen Rant’s Summer 2013 Movie Awards

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2013 Summer Movie Awards


Summertime is over, and 2013 was a year in which films in release were arguably overshadowed by the announcement of future blockbuster titles, such as the Batman/Superman sequel to Man of Steel the Avengers sequel revealing its Age of Ultron subtitle and villain; or even the debut of raccoons with guns, as shown in the footage from Marvel's 2014 tentpole, Guardians of the Galaxy.However, 2013 did deliver a new Superman to the world; revitalized the Wolverine character and X-Men franchise, and kicked off "Phase Two" of Marvel's Movie Universe - just to name the superhero highlights. The sci-fi, comedy and horror genres had their own summer hits - Elysium, This Is the End, The Conjuring - so there is plenty of opportunity for accolades to be handed out in this, our second annual Screen Rant Summer Movie Awards.


Most Successful: Iron Man 3

Iron Man 3 - Tony Stark & Mark 42 ArmorUndoubtedly the biggest success story of the summer (in terms of box office, at least) would have to be Marvel's Iron Man 3. There was legitimate question as to whether Marvel Studios could sustain the same level of achievement with its solo films as it did The Avengers. Answer: Yes.The film itself was divisive and played fast and loose with characters and mythos - and the behind the scenes shenanigans with star Robert Downey Jr.'s contract re-negotiation had Marvel fans on pins and needles - but none of those detractions were enough to stop RDJ and Marvel's continued box office onslaught. Iron Man 3 walked away with 1.2 billion at the worldwide box office.Will Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier see profit spikes for their respective Phase One heroes? Time will tell.

Most Disappointing: R.I.P.D.

July Movie Preview - RIPDIt's always the most subjective category on our awards list, and this year the badge for "Most Disappointing Summer Movie" will likely be awarded to a variety of films, depending on who you ask. While some people might want to nominate Man of Steel or Iron Man 3, I think we can ALL agree that R.I.P.D. was a massive letdown for just about any and everybody....Then again, you probably never had high hopes for this 'Ghostbusters meets Men In Black' mashup, so maybe "disappointment" isn't so accurate a term as "validated" would be. Personally, our disappointment comes from the fact that director Robert Schwentke was coming off a big win with a different adaptation of an obscure comic book (RED), and stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges are generally good guys - certainly better than what this film shows them to be.RUNNER UP: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Best Franchise (Re-)Launch: Man of Steel

Man of Steel Trivia Easter EggsDespite a divisive reception, the box office earnings were pretty good (approx $650 million worldwide on a $225 million budget); however, the real "success" of Man of Steel was its ability to re-introduce the Superman character and movie franchise to a new audience, while also establishing DC Comics and Warner Bros.' shared movie universe. So really, "Best Universe Launch" would be a more accurate term than "Franchise Launch."Need further proof? Man of Steel's reception has engendered what is unquestionably the biggest comic book movie event yet: The announcement that Man of Steel 2 will feature a Superman/Batman team-up! Sure, people are losing their minds right now because that Batman is Ben Affleck, but once we start to see footage from this film, the entire world will likely be lining up to buy tickets. Thank Man of Steel for getting us here.(WATCH: Superman/Batman fan trailer)

Worst Franchise (Re-)Launch: The Lone Ranger

July Movie Preview - Lone RangerWhile Warner Bros. rolled the $200+ million dice on their reboot of Superman, Disney figured it would be a good idea to roll their $200+ million dice on a reboot of The Lone Ranger. And the result was pretty much what a lot of people expected: a major letdown that nobody is begging to see extended into further sequels or spinoffs.If you listened to our Lone Ranger Podcast then you've heard tell of the conflicted halves of director Gore Verbinski's film: it starts off as a supernatural-themed rumination on the old west, and ends as a mundane heist story featuring an evil tycoon, a lot of expensive trains, and nothing supernatural about it. Despite their respective charisma, the pairing of Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp (playing another inexplicably weird Depp caricature) wasn't enough to save this film - or the potential franchise waiting in the wings.Meet this year's John Carter.

Best Fight: Smallville Battle (Man of Steel)

Man of Steel Smallville Battle Fight SequenceThe criticisms of Man of Steel are overly familiar by now - the end fight, writing, pacing, performances, etc. - but there is one point of consensus in this whole debate: director Zack Snyder created some of the best superhero action seen on film, and "The Battle of Smallville" was probably the crowning achievement.Not only is the sequence a fantastic duel and a great showcase of superpowers realized in real-world context, it's also a fantastic character moment, as Superman's defense of the men and women of the armed forces finally earns him the distinction of being a hero.Man of Steel  may have circumvented actually saying the classic Superman line about "Truth, Justice and the American Way", but this scene certainly captured it in spirit.RUNNER UP: TIE - Tokyo Battle in Pacific Rim & Bathroom Battle in The World's End.

Worst Fight: Wolverine vs. Ninja Town (The Wolverine)

The Wolverine Ninja Battle SequenceWolverine (Hugh Jackman) shows up in a remote Japanese village to save his Lady love, Mariko (Tao Okamoto), only to be confronted by an entire town full of ninjas. Now, one would think that an epic Wolverine vs. The Crazy 88-type sequence would ensue (and for a second it does) but then, all of a sudden, we get Logan pushing forward on some doomed march towards his target, while ninja arrows fill his back. Shockingly enough (sarcasm), not even Wolverine can shrug off that kind of assault, and he eventually passes out cold.The symbolism (Wolverine's unbending will and strength) was understandable, even poetic - but the sequence was still pretty lame as far as fights go. Worse yet is the fact that we know from our visit to the Wolverine set that this sequence was originally much more extensive and violent than what we got in theaters.RUNNER UP: Wolverine vs. Silver Samurai

Best Sequel: Star Trek Into Darkness

Star-Trek-Into-Darkness-ImageStar Trek Into Darkness may not have changed lives or created a deep, lasting impression, but in this quality-deficient summer, it delivered something that was sorely needed: good old-fashioned summer blockbuster popcorn entertainment.This time the set pieces and action sequences were bigger, the banter between the cast was snappier, and the villain actually got some time for development.Yes, the whole Khan "twist" was something of a distraction for a lot of fans - as was the question of how the Enterprise could possibly function as a submarine. But Trekkie nitpicks aside, Into Darkness was yet another well-rounded space adventure from director J.J. Abrams.On to Star Wars 7.RUNNER UP: Fast & Furious 6

Worst Sequel: Grown Ups 2

Grown Ups 2 Worst Movie 2013Nobody I know was begging for it, or hoping for it, or even wanting it - yet the $271 million box office haul of the first film dictated that this sequel be made. Money talks in Hollywood - and lately it has been saying a lot of wrong things.We're not going to get to deep into this - It's plain to see how and why former edgy comedians-turned-mature adults like Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, David Spade and (to lesser extent) Kevin James would do a movie like this at this point in their career$. What is truly baffling is that this was ever a successful "franchise" at all.Hopefully, the massive drop-off in box office earnings that the sequel saw ($100 million less than its predecessor) will prove that this fluke of stunt-casted mediocrity should be appreciated for what it did, before being retired for good.

Rising Star: Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of SteelHenry Cavill is now Superman. 'Nuff said, really. Despite criticism, Cavill has cemented himself as the new Superman for a new generation, joining an esteemed (and small) circle of actors who have had the honor of playing the role in feature-films. Cavill also holds the honor(?) of being the first non-American actor to be awarded the Superman movie mantle, so props for that.And what is Cavill doing for his next act? Well, he'll star in Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie's next franchise reboot, The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (along side Armie Hammer); after that, Cavill will suit-up as Superman again for a little film tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman, alongside a little-known movie star named Ben Affleck.So, you know, he's got just a few small reasons to be this year's "Rising Star" winner...

Falling Star: Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds in RIPDRyan Reynolds had three films out in 2013 - The Croods, TurboR.I.P.D. - with only The Croods scoring major box office success - and most people probably didn't even recognize Reynolds from the supporting voice role he had in that animated film.R.I.P.D. tanked hard, proving once again that comic book movie/action hero success may not be in the cards for Reynolds (unless it's that Deadpool movie). Meanwhile, Turbo managed to be the one animated movie of Summer 2013 that couldn't top its production budget at the domestic box office; it was also headlined by Reynolds, and debuted in theaters in the same week as R.I.P.D. Talk about doubling the blow...The future of Ryan Reynolds' career is uncertain, but there's no doubt that he's in a slump right now. Maybe he should leave blockbuster leading man life behind and go back to doing what made him a star in the first place: witty raunch-comedy. (And no, The Change-Up doesn't count. We said "witty.")

Best Chemistry: Washington & Wahlberg (2 Guns)

Mark Wahlberg and Denzel Washington in 2 Guns2 Guns: yet another obscure comic book property adapted into a mediocre action film, but what set it apart - both in the minds of viewers and at the box office - was the teaming of leading men Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.The film itself was another B-movie crime-thriller from Contraband director Baltasar Kormakur, but watching Washington and Wahlberg trade verbal (at times physical) jabs made all the difference. As two undercover investigators masquerading as partners in crime (while not knowing the other man is also on the side of the law), the dynamic between these icons of action badassery got to take on several forms - each of them entertaining in their own right.Without a suitable romance to set our hearts on fire during the summer 2013 movie season, this longtime-coming bromance will have to do.

Worst Chemistry: Frank & His Ladies (Maniac)

Frank in Maniac (2013)Okay, so we're getting a little tongue-in-cheek with this one, but it still (sorta) counts.Frank (Elijah Wood) has some... unique issues with women, thanks to traumas fostered by an amoral and whorish mother. Frank is a sick puppy driven to do some pretty sick things - all of which we get to see through his eyes, as director Frank Khalfoun forces us into the skin of a maniac killer.As for the award? Well, sit through Maniac and you too will probably agree that the relationships Frank has with his female victims - alive or recreated as mannequins topped in bloody scalps - is not what any sane person would define as "good chemistry" between lovers.And clearly there was trouble in paradise: after all, by the end, all of Frank's ladies turn on him and (symbolically) rip him to shreds. You know your mojo is no longer working when that happens, baby - yeah!

Funniest Moment: The 'Rapey' Theorem (This Is The End)

June 2013 Movie Preview - This is the EndThe scene was pretty hilarious: Hollywood actors James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson are trying to ride out the Apocalypse in James Franco's house with a disheveled Emma Watson. Being the gentlemen that they are, the boys proceed to discuss proper protocol for keeping a girl feeling safe and comforted - without coming off "too rapey."Look, the subject of rape can be a powder keg of controversy and poor taste when it is used in comedic context - but something about Franco and Co.'s conversation rang a loud and funny chord of truth about the quality of a man's character. Don't be surprised if you start hearing the term "rapey" with increasing frequency in the street; for better or worse, This Is the End has managed to puncture the zeitgeist and add a new term to our already sordid vernacular.

Most Frightening Moment: Ghost Witch Parkour (The Conjuring)

The Conjuring Witch (by Jerad Marantz)The Conjuring was hands-down the scariest movie of summer (which we predicted long ago), but of all the freaky little moments in the film - the hand clap games, the ghost-sheet in the wind - the one moment that probably had people plunging their faces into their hands was when the ghost witch literally pounced off the top of an armoire onto a sleepwalking little girl.Director James Wan's strength in the horror genre has always been creative sequencing using old school filmmaking techniques over CGI, and this moment in the Conjuring was one of the best examples. The scare is so effective because of good old-fashioned misdirection: you expect the threat to come OUT of the armoire and are caught off-guard when witch-lady hops down on little Cindy like she owes her money.I now peek over the top of my own armoire every night before I go in to get my pajamas. No ghost witch lady is gonna get the drop on me...(Artwork by Jared S. Marantz)

Most Disturbing Moment: Incestuous Dinner Conversation (Only God Forgives)

Only God Forgives Dinner Scene - Kristin Scott ThomasNicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives is probably the most controversially divisive film of the year so far - a strange high-art conflation of both Oedipal theory and religious moralism. However, that sophisticated blend of cinema doesn't save it from containing one of the most disturbing scenes we've seen recently.After inviting her baby-boy Julian (Ryan Gosling) and his prostitute girlfriend Mai (Yayaying Rhatha Phongam) to a classy dinner, drug lord matriarch Crystal (English thespian Kristin Scott Thomas) greets her guests with a verbal diatribe that no doubt sent more than a few Sundance attendees heading for the exit.We'll spare you the full horror, but let's just say that when a mother decides to wax philosophic about what makes one of her sons better than the other, eroticized and vulgar comparisons about the size of their junk should never, ever, be the crux of that argument. But in the world of Refn...

Most Emotional Moment: Pa Kent on Death & Morality (Man of Steel)

Pa Kent about Death and Morality in 'Man of Steel'We all saw it in the trailers, and even then it sparked a strong (even visceral) emotional reaction in people: after saving a bus full of his classmates from drowning, the people of Smallville express concern about Clark Kent's strange abilities. While confronting his adopted son about the need for keeping his power a secret, Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner) is hit with the hard question of whether Clark should do nothing and watch as people die.Jonathan's answer, "Maybe," was at once infuriating, heartbreaking and thought-provoking in its implications. In a world of increasing moral complexity, that moment in Man of Steel not only challenged the core values of the super hero mythos, it finally gave the world what it had been needing: a Superman movie that wasn't afraid to confront the Man of Steel's new place in a much more complicated world.

Most WTF Moment: The Mandarin Revealed (Iron Man 3)

Iron Man 3 The Mandarin aka Trevor SlatteryAfter two films that arguably had lackluster antagonists, we were getting the main event: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. his comic book nemesis, The Mandarin - with the villain set to be played by none other than Oscar-winner Sir Ben Kingsley. Questions of ethnicity aside, most of us were excited to see how the opposing forces of RDJ and SBK would clash on screen....And then we discovered it was all a big joke. There would be no Dark Knight-style epic rivalry; no breathtaking villain performance from Kingsley (as we were promised); all the hype was shattered as Kingsley's character was revealed to be an actor/addict named Trevor Slattery, who had been hired to portray The Mandarin.Whether you loved or hated the "twist," the scene where Tony Stark breaks into an enemy stronghold and discovers Slattery's true nature had moviegoers the world over all saying "WTF?!?!?!?!"

Best Frankenstein Job: World War Z

World War Z theatrical vs. Original EndingWhat is a 'Frankenstein Job?' you may be asking yourself: well, it's a nice little self-styled term I use to refer to a film that was intended to be one thing, but somewhere in production the filmmakers had to take a drastic change in approach. The end result is a movie that doesn't seem to have matching halves, or has bits and pieces that don't seem to properly fit together - and World War Z is this year's shining example.Director Marc Foster had another notable "Frankenstein Film" with the James Bond entry Quantum of Solace, so maybe this sort of thing is his signature? Either way, World War Z was clearly a collection of action set pieces loosely connected by a flimsy "quest for a cure" story - and the third act of the film is pretty much an indie horror movie "Frankensteined" onto the end of a tentpole blockbuster.In the original ending, an epic war sequence finale was planned (involving Brad Pitt saving his family), but instead we got a slow creep through the zombie-infested halls of a World Health Organization facility. Then again, after so many production issues, the biggest miracle of all is that World War Z ever worked as well as it did: Frankenstein walked away with half a billion dollars at the box office.

Parasitic Twin Award: White House Down

Olympus Has Fallen Beats White House DownSometimes conjoined twins don't develop correctly in the womb, and one twin winds up essentially dominating gestative development while the other withers away and is sometimes "born" as a gross vestigial appendage  attached to the surviving twin. In movie land, the term applies to when "copycat movies" (Like These Films) are released in close proximity, and only one film flourishes while the other flounders.This year we had two "Die Hard in The White House" movies: Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen in the spring, and Roland Emmerich's White House Down in the summer. The former doubled its production budget, while the latter failed to break even, despite the combined star power of Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum - AND a less restrictive PG-13 rating.Since nobody is holding either of these films up as astounding works of art, maybe there's a strong case to be made for getting your copycat into theaters first (even at the expense of quality visual effects). In the end, White House Down came out looking like the extraneous leftovers of a movie we already saw - which is why it is the perfect recipient of our inaugural "Parasitic Twin Award."

Most Meme'd: Superman (Man of Steel)

Man of Steel vs. Avengers MemeSo. Many. Superman. Memes.And now that Ben Affleck is Batman, and Man of Steel 2 is going head-to-head with Avengers 2 in summer of 2015, the memes involving the Last Son of Krypton are going to be coming at us much more frequently and ferociously.Which meme is your favorite (so far)?RUNNER UP: Benedict Cumberbatch's Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness.

summer-movie-awards-2013-500x450Once again it's been an average, monumental, disappointingly funny action-packed adventure at the movies in summer 2013, with plenty left to look forward to in the Fall.If you haven't done so yet, be sure to have a look at our upcoming Fall 2013 Movie Preview, for all the latest trailers, release dates and info about the upcoming crop of fall films.Otherwise, jump to the comment section and share your favorite movie moments of summer 2012 - and/or your best summer movie awards categories (and winners)_______Follow me @ppnkof


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  1. Star Trek Into Darkness has to be the most overlooked film of the year. So, soooooo great. And hopefully alot of this fanboy hate for Man of Steel will die down. I honestly don’t get it, sure some of the performances are not as strong and the end is CGI overload but that comes with almost every blockbuster movie these days. And the pacing structure was weird but Batman Begins done it, a bit better maybe but I digress. Iron Man 3 was a disappointment for me and Wolverine was alright. Kick-Ass 2 is my movie of the year though.

    • Amen to that. Movie of the year, hands down.

    • I don’t think you can call it fanboy hate, alot of people who didn’t like it, me included, don’t really give a care about Superman, we didn’t like it because it was a bad film through and through, but enough of Man of Steel.

      • but it wasnt a bad film.

        • No, it wasn’t bad, just astoundingly mediocre. Direction, writing, characters, acting, effects, no emotional attachment whatsoever etc.
          Phantom Menace of this generation in terms of hype and disappointment.

      • You make NO sense.

        If you, ” don’t really give a care about Superman ” then why even elaborate on your dislike of the movie?

        You admit to disliking the character! Duhhh.

        I don’t like “Spawn.” So I’m not even thinking about the movie. Why would anyone care about a movie based on a character I “don’t really give a care about?”

        This has been a rough summer for movies but for what it IS worth, MOS has succeeded and is the third biggest movie of the year.

        Sorry to disappoint you…

        • It did good at the box office but not great. With Nolan’s name all over it MoS didn’t do too well. Because it wasn’t good. That’s why Warners have thrown in Batman, so that people will actually want to see a sequel.

    • 2015 will kill all of us though.

      Assassins Creed
      Avengers 2
      Ted 2
      Batman vs. Superman
      Pirates of the Caribbean 5
      Star Wars 7
      and possibly others.

      • To make things interesting, what’s your top 2?

        • For me:

          Superman vs. Batman

          Assassin’s Creed

          • Nice, I’m not really interested in Assassin’s Creed. I don’t like the games but the premise and story always intrigued me. Plus Michael Fassbender is going to be in it so I’m definitely going to have to check it out when it releases!

            Mine has to be Superman & Batman and Jurassic Park 4. Been waiting for both these movies for ten years!

        • @ ColdSC

          Fun queston!



        • “The Avengers: Age of Ultron”
          “Batman vs. Superman”…but hopefully they change that name cause that’s awful. Should be “The World’s Finest”.

      • yeah, looks like we should all start putting money by now so we can afford all the tickets :P

    • “Star Trek Into Darkness has to be the most overlooked film of the year. So, soooooo great.”

      I wish I could agree with you, but even though I’ve been a life-long Trekkie for 20+ years now, I simply can’t overlook its various flaws.

      It’s not the relentless action I complain about, not the gratutious underware stuff, not even the copy-paste approach to The Wrath of Khan…or his white-washing by a pale Caucasian Brit? All of that I could live with. But I totally dislike the gimmickery approach to science, the lame plot devices and the lack of narrative coherence and cohesion.

      Stuff like parking the Enterprise on the bootom of the sea for absolutely no reason just to make its ascent look cool isn’t the worst of it. But introducing Transwarp-beaming capability to the Klingon homeworld, rendering the entire Starfleet pointless is beyond me. And Khan’s superblood? Really? So nobody’s going to die from now on unless we run out of frozen Augments?

      What about the new Klingons? We spent 30 years to figure out what had happened between TOS and the first film make-up-wise and now we get a new breed of Klingons? I know it’s a different timeline but how does the Narada incident, the destruction of Vulcan affect Klingon forehead ridges, skin and eye color and piercing customs???

      Also, it is borderline ridiculous to drop out of warp close the Moon only to being drawn towards the Earth’s atmosphere a couple of minutes later while operating on navigational thrusters only.
      The journey to the moon and back was a major accomplishment of the late 60s, the era that Star Trek was born in. Both Star Trek and the Apollo missions used to attract young boys to science and space exploration. Now it doesn’t matter anymore if you’re close to the Moon or to Earth… This is such lazy writing.

      The movie had it’s moments, no doubt about that. I liked Scotty’s attitude towards “drone warfare”, I liked Bones and I loved the Spock-Uhura relationship. But that doesn’t compensate for its narrative stupidity in places. Otherwise Star Trek V would be the best original movie for its character moments…

      It’s one of the worst Star Trek films out there, not because it’s “not Star Trek anymore” (as some people say), not because it’s a new timeline, too much action but because it’s BAD Star Trek with plotholes as big they could swallow entire worlds and lackluster narrative devices that do not fit neither version of Trek.

      Man of Steel, despite all its flaws, is much more of a real treat.

      • Agree with you there, good action sci-fi stuff, terrible Trek movie. Sci-fi is no longer about the sci part anymore even though Trek is supposed to be the vanguard in the genre.

    • Iron Man 3 was the best movie I saw this summer then The Wolverine, Pacific Rim and MOS. Nothing else looked good. Next summer looks amazing with Guardians Of The Galaxy already looking and sounding incredible.

  2. Nothing about The Wolverine revitalized the character. What movie did you guys watch? It was marginally better then Origins.

    • *than.

    • They probably watched a different version than you did. Probably the same one I watched. Good film. I suggest giving it a go.

    • It featured plot and character development over dumb action a la Man of Steel. The Wolverine was easily the best superhero film of 2013 so far.

  3. No complaint on any of the awards for me.

    • +1
      Agreed with pretty much all of them, though for the funniest moment I’d have to give it to the scene where Jonah Hill was possessed and tied down to the bed in This is the End. The compel banter was hilarious for me!

      The Smallville scene for best fight was spot on. I thought that was one of the best action scenes I’ve ever seen in a movie.

      • Then you should probably watch more movies. That was a poorly choreographed fistfight staged between a bunch of CGI cartoon characters.

        • THIS^^. The CGI was pretty bad I thought. And because the film wasn’t remotely engaging, I didn’t care about two rubbish characters fighting.

  4. Glad you see the Smallville fight as the best one of ‘Man of Steel’. In many ways, people looked for ‘Superman Returns’ to offer some form of resolution about 9/11 and felt it didn’t (mentioned only by Lois in one throwaway line). The whole third act of ‘Man of Steel’, what with collapsing buildings (when did audiences suddenly decide this was acceptable?) yet cutaways to survivors surviving on the ground whilst ol’ apple pie boy was defending the country, did. A little nose heavy for my liking (although I did enjoy it more than the first hour).

    I’d give the final fight in ‘The Wolverine’ first place in its category though. A pet hate of mine is pause shots, where two fights are going on. One hero is in peril. Cut to the other fight until the other hero is in peril, then back to fight one where the first hero escapes peril. Ugh.

    ‘Most Disturbing Moment’ I could not agree with more. Said before on here, but I loved the movie (whilst accepting why everyone hated it).

    One question. Where be ‘Pacific Rim’? That Hong Kong sequence had me grinning from ear to ear…

  5. The funeral scene in The Wolverine has to be the the runner up for best action scene for me. I thought it was really well done. I also noticed the absence of the ninja fight scene in the film. Hopefully it’s in the probable unrated edition of the movie Mangold was talking about a couple of weeks ago.

  6. Did you guys sleep with Superman or something? Wow….

    Movie was extremely mediocre and the action was mostly mind numbingly repetitive.

    • That’s like, your opinion, man.

      • Hahah love that quote

      • @ Kofi

        + 1,111,111,111,111,111,111,111,111,111,222,222,222,222,222,222,222,222,222,222,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,333,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,444,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,555,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,666,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,777,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,888,……………………………………………………………..

        • +1 should suffice.

          • Eh? Oh.


    • Its a man punching what did you expect? Superman doesnt use weapons what diffrent things did you expect? The film was the grandest of scale and the first person flight in the middle of the fight was spectacular and clever. I think snyder did as much creativity and flair as he possibly could. With the smallville fight being the best ever put in a superhero film. When faoura knocked down every human soldier in a blink of an eye i was blown away

      • Spot on. Now, I had many problems with ‘Man of Steel’ and have had many problems with Snyder, but it won’t stop me from concluding that for the first time in his career, he actually found an identity for himself with action scenes in this movie.

        • I always loved Zack Snyder. His movies may not be the smartest, most cleverly constructed movies with solid performances and such, but all around I’m a big fan of his. He’s so great at making geek-centric movies and bringing comic booky fantasy things to life. I enjoyed Dawn of the Dead, I loved 300 and Watchmen. I’m one of the few people in existence who enjoyed Sucker Punch despite its many problems and Man of Steel is one of my favorite comic book movies, and I’m gonna say it: Best Superman movie ever. I realize it has issues but those issues aren’t enough to say the movie “sucks”, or its “soulless” or crap like that.

    • @ HoldOn2YaButts


      + 1,000,000

      Yes, Kofi Outlaw and Screen Rant have slept with Superman, repeatedly. Just read any MoS article on this website or the review of MoS itself and it’s very clear. For all we know, Kofi’s on WB’s payroll, which wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

      Kofi is just trying to get hits for Screen Rant, that’s his job, so he reads other sites, and writes the exact opposite of what they write to get hits and attention. He apparently doesn’t care that he looks completely foolish in doing it. That’s fine; he pays the bills by doing it. Good for him.

      Kofi Outlaw and his bias DC slant are a joke everywhere else on the internet, except here at Screen Rant. It’s quite sad at first, but once you catch on to what he’s doing, it’s funny, and all you can do is laugh. Go read what others think of him on other sites across the web, and you’ll see what I’m talking about; he’s often used as a punch line to a joke of some sort.

      • Jim…

        You know that ON/OFF switch on your brain? Try jiggling it. That little conspiracy theory rant of yours was just plain stup!d…there is NO nicer way to say it.


        • In order for him to turn off his brain, he’d have to have a brain to begin with.

          And that guy has NO brain.

          • ;)

          • Hey guys…

            The truth hurts, doesn’t it?

            Defend Kofi all you want, the facts speak for themselves. His own words and actions convict him. Insult me all you want, that’s fine, it doesn’t change the facts.

            • Pffffttt……… LOL

            • @ “Jim Pearson”
              “Kofi’s bias DC slant are a joke everywhere else on the internet”

              Sources, now.

              • Sounds like someone just wants everyone to be Marvel fanboys like him.

                • Huntress,

                  I am not a Marvel “fan boy”, I just expect journalists, critics and writers to be fair and honest in their writing, or admit otherwise. I do not dislike Kofi, but, as a writer myself, I do demand that he respect the profession. If he prefers DC over Marvel, that’s fine, then he shouldn’t be reviewing or writing about either DC or Marvel movies. Doing so has lost him much credibility in the eyes of many.

                  • The problem with that attitude is what you claim is professional, is actually an illogical sense of forced neutrality.

                    Your attitude makes it invalid to think DC films happen to be better films thus far than Marvel’s, or vice versa (!), And IT IS. Both of them are valid opinions as long as you can give good solid arguments for them.

                    Kofi does, more than most actually. And in this case for DC films, apparently. Others do for Marvel films. This IS journalism.

                    A review is not a news report. it’s a RE-VIEW… VIEW as in POINT OF VIEW, as in PERSPECTIVE. = PERSONAL. = NON-NEUTRAl.

                    Your desire of neutrality is one that would make the very act of reviewing art redundant. This isn’t science. It’s presenting an interpretation of facts. Kofi gives a lot of facts to support his interpretation but it’ll always remain an interpretation nonetheless.

                    You might respect this profession, but I’m not sure you understand it fully…

                    • you’re right. But the problem i have with Kofi is he gets personal. I’m a big fan of SR’s underground but this dude was insulting the Marvel brass. Calling them ‘motherf**kers’ and that they’re all full of s*** and stuff like that. All because he didnt like a movie. I guess it just completely rubbed me the wrong way.

                  • Is he not allowed to write about what he is passionate about? And he writes about movies, which are highly subjective to begin with. The writer/critic puts forth their opinion on a movie and it’s up to the readers to agree or disagree as they wish. I personally didn’t see anything in this particular article to warrant such accusations. Oh, and I googled Kofi and I didn’t find this hate you are talking about. If you don’t like his articles so much, then why in the world are you reading them?

                  • @ “Jim Pearson”

                    Speaking of losing credibility…

                    …where are we with those sources?

                    • The one thing missing from your comment is *mic drop*

      • @Jim Pearson – Well this one is EASY.

        Kofi Outlaw Review Record:

        Captain America: The First Avenger (4 Stars):

        The Avengers (4.5 Stars):

        The Dark Knight Rises (4 Stars):

        Man of Steel (4 Stars):

        NOW ASK YOURSELF: Based on these DC/Marvel score averages, which films have I REALLY been harder on?

        Oh, and it is well known that I’ve threatened both Marvel Execs (IM3) and DC/WB execs (every other week) on the podcast, equally. I’m a dangerously passionate fan of both universes.


        [MIC DROP]

        • The Avengers 4.5 Stars !!! Why, why that proves your
          Marvel bias slant is a joke everywhere else on the internet :D

          By the way, Kofi, you may recall I had a strong predilection
          not to see the Great Gatsby for a few reasons including
          the music soundtrack but your expert review changed
          my mind on seeing that movie and I am glad it did.

          It was excellent and I would never have seen it
          until reading your review which was transformative.
          So thanks for that and all the great balance reviews.

          Oh, your Man Of Steel review was the best I read
          bar none and I think I read at least fifty or more.

          • *balanced*

        • BOOM!

        • Oh,

          You’re down @JimPearsons but here comes the boot stomp, buddy:


          • WINNER!!!

        • @Kofi

          The other 3 movies you mention were actually good. Each of them rated at least a 79 on Rotten Tomatoes. Man of Steel was inferior to each of those 3, reflected by its certified “rotten” rating on the critical aggregator despite the fact that you ranked it a 4. Man of Steel sticks out as the only movie in that list where you were significantly more lenient in your judgment when compared to the greater community of critics. Therefore, based on the sample you provided, your reviews have been harder on the Marvel films as compared to other movie reviewers.


          [MIC DROP]

          • Cap A:
            Kofi: 4 stars IMDb: 6.8
            Kofi: 4 stars IMDb 8.6
            Kofi: 4,5 stars IMDb: 8.2
            Green Lantern:
            Kofi: 1,5 star IMDb: 5.8 (yes, for real)
            Man of Steel:
            Kofi: 4 stars IMDb: 7.7

            If Kofi’s been lenient on ANY film, it’s Captain America, which is a MARVEL FILM. His translated rating is also HIGHER on Avengers and LOWER on TDKR.

            If ANYONE’s biased here, it’s YOU, against Kofi. Because you just can’t stand a film you disliked getting a good review. Boo-hoo.

            Oh and F#%$%#@#CK rotten tomatoes, it’s a BS site that’s as useful as asking a toddler about a film. Any descent critics have mentioned by now RT is a pretty useless site because of the ridiculous way it aggregates. Brad and Laremy from RopeofSilicon often present pure factual lunacy that goes on RT because many critics do in fact SUCK at their job. Guess what? Kofi’s NOT one of them.

            • Heh. I might take your rant about Rotten Tomatoes more seriously if you hadn’t just tried to use the IMDB user polls to prop up your silly argument. Those IMDB polls are completely useless. Lone Ranger, RIPD, and Grown Ups 2 all rank ABOVE a 5 on that thing.

              And why are you so enraged by someone criticizing a movie reviewer you’ve never even met? Is it possible that you’re a Man of Steel fanboy? Could your ego be so fragile that you can’t bear the thought of someone undermining a poorly written review that validates your love of a bad movie? How sad.

              • Right, IMDb is useless because you disagree with a few ratings on it. That’s your counterargument? IMDb is still a way better reflection of what the general audience thinks about a film then RT, and it’s way to aggregate a grade is equally better, because RT just adds up rottens and freshes, without looking at the actual grade. According to IMDb, Kofi’s not biased at all. So if you want to base whether he is biased on a film grading site, the one reflecting general audiences the most makes him out to be not at all biased. *done here*

      • Jim Pearson’s rant is almost as funny as listening to Dr. Mindbender talk about how Disney/Marvel secretly control a network of anti-Man of Steel websites/reviewers.

  7. I tried reading this article on my phone and the layout is all messed up. The left side is missing some text.

    • Michael,

      We are still sorting out some formatting issues on the mobile version of the site.



    • Turn your phone sideways. It worked for me.

  8. i think adam sandler should stop making cheezy movie,s. i think he should try doing some serious movies, at least less comedy.

    • I think he should just stop.

  9. Best fight should have been Hit Girl and Mother Russia in Kickass 2.

    • +1000

    • Hell yeah!! +1 the hit girl and mother russia fight was so crazy

    • Hit Girl and Mother Russia was easily the strongest point of an extremely weak film, which is why I’m guessing Kofi pays not one bit of attention to it.

  10. On the money, Kofi on all I have seen which is all but a couple.
    Great rundown and made me think the summer was actually
    better than it seemed despite the disappointments.

    • This list actually pointed out how disappointing the Summer movie season was. I don’t know if it’s that the hype is built up so much now or if it’s a lack of quality, but I can’t remember any film that I walked out of this year feeling excited about it.

      IM3: I didn’t mind the focus more on Tony than the suit, but I think it’s good he wants to step away except for the Avengers movies.

      Star Trek: I just got bored once it was revealed he was Kahn and became a rehash of Wrath of Kahn. I do hope for more of the Klingons in the next one though, think that will make for a good movie.

      MOS: While it was nice to finally get what a real Superman fight should look like, the story was weak, Lois Lane was sort of annoying (and I usually like Amy Adams), and it just didn’t feel like a Superman movie. Might just be because I saw them when I was younger, but Superman always had a inspirational feel to me and walking out of MOS I felt like I needed a Pr0zac. (didn’t realize that last word was spam)

      After all these “blockbusters” this year, I’m starting to worry about over-saturation in the next couple of years, especially 2015.

      • I still think it was a disappointing summer. Just less than I thought.
        Man Of Steel was not disappointing for me and my favorite summer film.

  11. I would have to disagree in regards to the sequel’s category.

    Star Trek Into Darkness was by far the worst sequel I have ever seen. It was a major disappointment.

  12. To be honest we all know Marvel is trying to introduce a real world element into the universe. So to have that twist of who was the real Mandarin was spot on. In this day and age you would make the world believe that, hiding the true face of the Mandarin. Could the original image of the Mandarin from the comics really have worked, would the film have been taken seriously. I think it worked perfectly and made sense.

    • Imo opinion my disagreement with the twist has nothing to do with the manderin origins. Ive never read an ironman comic book, i felt killian couldnt erase what kingsley did in my mind. I loved the mobile terrorist and pure intensity that ben kingsley had. So when a sorta funny joke undercut what the trailers and first half of the film showed i was severely let dowm becauase killian was boring to me. Its such a missed oppertunity becauase if the manderin (kingsley) was the leader of the group that captured tony in the 1st film, then we have a clear motive and something to bring all ironman films together. The twist was a missed oppertunity that felt lazy to me.

  13. I disgree with the assessments of RIPD and The Lone Ranger:

    RIPD looked like a piece of crap right from the start so it could hardly disappoint, and The Lone Ranger was much better than I ever thought it would be.

    Other than that: spot on.

  14. Mr Outlaw:

    I’ve seen most of these films ( except RIPD and Grown Ups 2 ) and can’t believe that I agree with your assessments 100%.

    Spot on, on all counts.

    I see all kinds of flicks, even movies like “Blue Jasmine” , “Only God Forgives ” and “Maniac” and appreciate that you cover other films not usually covered by other sites that ONLY cover big budget/scifi/superhero/fantasy/comic book/ flicks.

    Unless I am mistaken, you gave MAN OF STEEL the best review out of all of these other big tent pole movies , and this post summarizes how good that film was.

    Hopefully, readers on this site will finally realize how good MOS is and either stop the hating or just shut up.

    • ^^^
      Seriously. MOS blew me away. I went to see it twice in theater and I haven’t done that since Avatar. The Smallville fight is so intense!

      • ^^^

        Yes, yes and yes!

        Oh, and YES!

        Blu Ray comes out November 12th.

        Pre ordered on Amazon.

        • Can’t wait, because I skipped it in the theater (no 2D, no ticket).

          • Dude, I almost did the same, but man at the last moment the were some 2D screenings in my home town.

            +1 on being principled! But man, you sure did miss something…

            I think Man of Steel’s my favourite action film in years, probably since The Dark Knight.

            • Sadly, so many people I know skipped it. And it still do well! Bet they’ll go to the next one.

      • I saw it three times in theater and it would
        have been four if it stayed a little longer.
        Not that it wasn’t around a while but if
        it was still around I would notch four.

        • +1
          Same, I counted 3 views too. I would’ve gone another time, maybe even twice but 3D prevented it. It just makes the screen seem smaller, might as well watch it at home when it comes out on blu ray.

        • Ha I could’ve done three but I just can’t justify that with myself.

    • Hopefully, readers on this site will finally realize how good MOS is and either stop the hating or just shut up.

      I’m sorry. But what? Seriously? Huh? Wha?

      Did you just tell people to stop expressing their opinions? Films are an art form. Art is subjective. There is no right or wrong. Only opinion. Talking money or other definable achievements is one thing. But opinions are a whole other thing.

      • Eh? Oh.


  15. star trek 2 should be hands down movie of the year like no joke amazing effects good storyline maybe the twist wasnt epic but waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better the im3. if not star trek give it to man of steel!

  16. Man of Steel was good, I am pretty sure that’s what the whole SR group agreed upon as a whole, so no complaints there. I understand why specific people may have an affinity for certain characters (as EVERYONE does). Good list, I just would have liked to see World’s End win something — I feel like the SR review of this film looked over some key components/metaphors that they were going for, which can take away from the film. I have a huge bias there, so I can agree to disagree. I also agree that Star Trek was the best, most balanced, film of the summer. For me, MoS was just forgettable for some reason. It seemed awesome when I was watching it, but as time passes, I can’t really recall anything that I would HAVE to watch again. Not to mention, technically it had many flaws. Iron Man 3, from a purely technical perspective (bias aside), was more effectively executed.

    • Loved The World’s end my second favorite svene of the year (behind the smallville scene) was the bathroom fight scene. And the funniest scene of the year for me was either the final confintation at the worlds end or when nick frost puts his hand through the door.

      So far this year
      1. Mud
      2-3. MOS and The Worlds end

      I hate deciding between the 2 lol

      • @ Trey

        I also loved World’s End, and also agree that the scene where Frost explains the details of their plan in a drunken stupor followed by putting his hand through the glass was hysterical.

        • I tossed World’s End in there as a runner up for best fight. It deserved it.

  17. MOS was really good, but I hope Affleck is going to help write for Superman/Batman. Goyer is starting to irritate me when he has a really good script that falls flat out of nowhere, picks up, and then falls flat a little half an hour later.

    • @ ACW

      Couldn’t have said it better myself. For me the most glaring problem with MoS was dialogue that needed some serious polish at parts. That happens to be something Mr. Affleck has a knack for.

      • And he’s good at political thrillers, I suspect that MOS would have a huge political fallout in that universe after the introduction of aliens and super-powered beings in the world. So I’m hoping Affleck gets a chance to do what he does best with regards to that.

  18. It was painfully clear that the organization of these awards was lacking since the one/ones choosing couldn’t move from their spot securely straddling the Man of Steel’s cr0tch. Crystal clear that there was quite the DC bias. About as subtle as a bazooka in an airport. One positive award granted to IM3 simply because the success (box office wise) of that movie wasn’t matched, not even close, not even by the precious MOS. And just to make sure the cherry is plopped (like so much excrement)securely on top of the Superman sundae, the smirky meme award goes to Superman belittling the Avengers, bravo on the obvious un-bias award presentations. Congratulations superman on not falling flat on your face YET AGAIN, all awards to the latest superman installment because it didn’t completely and utterly disgust it’s audience.

    • Geez someone’s grumpy lol

      • Hater’s gonna hate….

        • Not grumpy, it’s just the fact that there is this school-girl-crush-on-superman bias is about as obvious as Amy Winhouse’s drug problem. Pawning it off on ‘haters going to hate’ makes it easier to continue this DC-centric train of thought.

          • Kofi isn’t exactly a Marvel fan..just listen to the screenrant podcast on IM3. Dude called Feige a motherf**ker, thats pretty much all u need to know

          • Others argue that there’s an unreasonable hate being aimed at the movie.

            It’s all subjective. Try to relax an accept that others may feel differently than you do.

            • +1
              The faster people realize it’s just opinion, the faster people can get over themselves.

            • No problem with having opinions. However, i do expect some level of professionalism when expressing those opinions.

              • You’re complaining that someone was called a motherf***er on a podcast subtitled UNDERGROUND… really? That’s like copulating with a two dollar prostitute and expecting not to catch a venereal disease.

          • ” it’s just the fact that there is this school-girl-crush-on-superman ”

            So, I’m a school girl who has a crush.

            If the movie is GOOD, then, yeah, call me a school girl.

            But my REAL CRUSH is on Antje Traue!!

          • @Nedrud Relyt and @Deezy

            Like I said above to HoldOn2YaButts, Kofi has a problem with Marvel, clearly, and lacks any serious professionalism when writing reviews and articles. His clear lack of objectivity just speaks to his immaturity as a writer and a critic. You just can’t take him seriously anymore, as the rest of the internet has already done. Lack of objectivity is the fastest way for a writer or critic to lose credibility, which sadly has happened in Kofi’s case. In Kofi’s mind, 2015′s movie of the year is already MoS2: Batman vs Superman. That’s just the way it and he is. No slam on Kofi, these are just the facts.

            As I said above to HoldOn2YaButts:


            Yes, Kofi Outlaw and Screen Rant have slept with Superman, repeatedly. Just read any MoS article on this website or the review of MoS itself and it’s very clear. For all we know, Kofi’s on WB’s payroll, which wouldn’t surprise me one bit.

            Kofi is just trying to get hits for Screen Rant, that’s his job, so he reads other sites, and writes the exact opposite of what they write to get hits and attention. He apparently doesn’t care that he looks completely foolish in doing it. That’s fine; he pays the bills by doing it. Good for him.

            Kofi Outlaw and his bias DC slant are a joke everywhere else on the internet, except here at Screen Rant. It’s quite sad at first, but once you catch on to what he’s doing, it’s funny, and all you can do is laugh. Go read what others think of him on other sites across the web, and you’ll see what I’m talking about; he’s often used as a punch line to a joke of some sort.


              • :D

              • Robert…..

                The facts are facts, they can’t be denied.

                • Your Kofi DC bias rant is hysterical as in hysteria.
                  The only bias expressed is in your post which
                  you are blind to thinking you speak fact.
                  You are flat out wrong and prejudiced.

                  • Robert Palmer,

                    Again, the facts speak for themselves.

                    Prejudiced? Hardly, I’m African-American. Stop being mad, and be objective in your thinking. I used to agree a lot with Kofi, before he became “bias”,(his word, not mine). Listen to his podcasts, read his writing, he’ll tell you himself.

                    Dr. Mindbender,

                    I have tried twice to post links to this thread, both are awaiting moderation. I hope they come up soon. For your immediate gratification, just Google it, you’ll see it. He is not well respected.

                    • Thinking my use of the term prejudiced meant
                      because Kofi is black proves your thinking is prejudiced.

                      I meant your views about DC and Superman are prejudiced
                      and not objective and I meant nothing to do with race.
                      Your views on the subject are prejudiced and biased.

                    • @ “Jim Pearson”

                      Thank you for your Goggle recommendation. Without it, I wouldn’t have discovered that is a thing.

                      Also, I’m not seeing this “unanimous hate” from Kofi by Googling his name, so I recommend everyone else do the same.

                      Seems like a dude I’d like to share a cold brew with and exchange stories about complete nonsense if you ask me.

                    • just googling kofi outlaw, and i saw several orther news websites quoting him, not saying he was a joke, so, i’m not sure what internet you are looking at.
                      if you cant post the actual link, how about spelling out the .com/org/whatever part of the url

                      ….well???we’re WAITING!!!

                • Links, now… to Kofi being a joke “everywhere on the internet”

                  • I have top secret information from sources I am forbidden to mention that Kofi Outlaw is actually a SENIOR DC official who also is a best friend of a Warner Brothers top executive who is also a former LEGENDARY production assistant who knows Zack Snyder’s auto mechanic who also is a fan of Henry Cavill and who owns a DC only comic book shop that only sells Superman comics operative …..

                    Well, I could go on, but I fear for my life….

                    Anyway, Kofi is OBVIOUSLY , secretly a MOS mole in the guise of a Screen Rant writer and has a subversive agenda to…. well…..

                    I’d better stop now…. but don’t trust Kofi….

                    • You’ve said to much! SILENCE SPIDER!!!!

                      *charges anti-particle ion cannon death ray*


                    • Kryptonic, a true American hero. Don’t worry, if Kofi comes after you I’m sure Russia will let you stay in their airport.

                    • Huntress,

                      I don’t mind risking my life, as long as it’s for “truth, justice and ….”

                      All I can say to Kofi’s operatives;

                      “Catch Me If You Can.”

            • @Jim Pearson – I’d take the time to tear apart everyone of your ridiculous accusations but it looks like Kofi already did that.

              As for DC vs. Marvel, let me know when DC decides to move on from using Batman and Superman as their only theatrical superhero characters for good movies. Oh wait, they did have Green Lantern, Jonah Hex, Steel, Catwoman, Supergirl but we’re talking good movies so…those don’t count.

              I take it that anyone who dislikes a poorly scripted, poorly acted, poorly directed movies based on DC characters is a Marvel plant in your mind? And anyone who likes a DC movie that, while flawed still manages to entertain, is in bed with DC? Can’t have it both ways.

              Paul Young

              • now paul, you know that logic, and the truth, have no place in some of these “people’s” rants.


    • MoS isn’t even in the same ball park as Avengers as a movie, so I don’t think anyone is really taking a dig with that meme. It’s just funny. I mean, the real nerd knows that Superman would get rocked by Thor (magic is Superman’s weakness), so you can find comfort in that.

      • Movie versions? Nah, supes throws him into the sun :)

        • Well, I don’t think Thor is the stronger character, but Superman has the one weakness which makes him fall in certain fights. I think when people hate on him, they don’t know that Superman has more weaknesses than most know about. Like Dr. Strange would own Superman, only because he is a wizard.

      • Ohhhhhhhh PLEASE.

        Thor? lol

        Think about this fact; Thor is not even an ORIGINAL comic book character.

        Thor is a NORSE MYTHOLOGICAL deity that had been around ages before Stan Lee and Marvel literally ripped the whole concept off and simply turned him into a comic book character.

        That’s a fact. Talk about lazy and unimaginative.

        Superman, on the other hand, is the world’s very first original “Superhero” comic book hero.

        Wanna see what Superman will do to “thor?”

        • You obviously don’t read comic books. Yeah, there was a “deity that had been around for ages”… Ages? Its actually more like thousands of years, get your verbiage right. And when did I say Thor was more original? I said he would win in a fight, and he would, because he is MAGIC BASED. Superman’s biggest weakness is MAGIC. The fact that you can say Superman is “original” is laughable as well. What is original about having every power? Marvel character are much more original than DC characters, they still don’t have an answer to Spiderman or Wolverine, probably two of the most original characters in all of fiction.

          • Basically, he’s saying Thir shouldn’t even exist as a Marvel hero. Or as a comic book hero in general.

            As one who hates Thor with all my heart, I agree out of opinion.

            And seriously? You’re telling me SUPERMAN doesn’t answer to Spider-Man and Wolverine? You’re telling me BATMAN doesn’t answer to Spider-Man and Wolverine? You’re saying that those 2 are so much bigger than both that they would have existed even without Superman?

            Grow up. Seriously. Spider-Man is a huge character because Peter Parker is a relatable character, he is REALLY big but he wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for Superman. You can thank Hugh Jackman for making Wolverine big.

            • @ ACW

              Thumbs up =infinity=

            • Children, relax. You obviously didn’t read my post diligently enough. I said — DC doesn’t have an answer for Spiderman and Wolverine, which can also be said as, there are no DC characters akin to them. There are parallels to every other character, but Marvel has more unique characters. Also, if you’re telling me Spider-Man and Wolverine aren’t two of the most unique characters in fiction, you’re denying the significance of the genre (which you apparently love). I said Batman and Superman are 1 and 2 top comic characters. I will never denounce that. But there’s a reason Marvel was THE comic company for 30 years, after the silver age of DC. Fiction is only as good as you can relate to it personally. X-Men in particular sent a message in the 60s-80s that was far ahead of it’s time, and relatable to the issues of the era. Now, I may be idealistic to think the authors made this message on purpose, but in a current era of acceptance, that is what X-Men has always stood for. Spider-Man is the same way. Relatability creates depth and discussion. That’s why Batman is number one. He’s a 1%, but he’s a man of the people, of justice.

              To say MoS was better than Avengers is foolish. There is not one aspect that MoS exceeded Avengers. No, the action wasn’t better, probably on par though. People just love Superman, I get that bc I love what superman stands for. The ideal and striving for perfection, hope, etc. but the movie wasn’t a amazing. If you think that it was, you’re being biased, which is fine, but misguided.

            • Oh, and Hugh Jackman made Wolverine big? You obviously weren’t around in the early 90s. You probably have never heard of Frank MIller I guess, who made Wolverine main stream in the 80s. And yeah, Grow up? I think you’re in over your head with this information, you don’t know the history. The comic book industry would be in peril right now if it weren’t for the X Men and Spider-Man Movies. Marvel was bankrupt and DC was struggling post Batman and Robin. Those movies redirected the industries. If it weren’t for Jim Lee selling his Image share, who knows where the DC liscenses would be right now. Know the history if you’re going to talk, because though Supes and Batman are the God Fathers, those are the only true flagships of DC, and Marvel kept the industry afloat for quite some time.

          • If you think Spider-man and Wolverine are two of the most original characters in fiction you have not read much fiction sir. The idea is essentially a man with powers akin to that of an animal. There’s actually barely anything new about it.

            Also to invalidate your entire argument: Batman.

            Lastly: Goku would beat everyone mentioned above.

            “Let the vulcano of nerd-rage erupt! Burn under the lava of molten egos and crashing boulders of painful geekery! Behold! The ashes of the devastation that is fanboyism…”

            (Btw, great article Kofi, agreed with pretty much everything. Although I would never call IM3 a success, I guess it factually is in terms of money… )

            • See the post above. You didn’t read what I said, or worse you didn’t understand. And Goku doesn’t beat superman. Silver age superman moved the earth with his strength (towed it actually). The earth weight about 6 septillion tons or something crazy like that. Don’t think Goku can even come close to that. Superman Prime is a whole different story of strong as well, he transcends time and space.

        • i wonder if Superman would be able to lift Mjölnir.
          that was a cool looking video, someone spent some money on pretty cool f/x, they should have spent a bit more on costumes. thors outfit looked like plastic, and superman’s outfit looked like a cheap wal-mart halloween costume, but for a fan-made movie, it was top-notch.

      • Yes, Man Of Steel is not in the same ballpark as The Avengers.
        Man Of Steel is the major leagues and The Avengers is AA minors.

        • Everyone hop aboard the trollercoaster!!!

          • ‘Fleck you if you can’t take a joke.

    • Rant Much?

    • That was a silly meme though. I know it’s technically an alien invasion, but its a few Kryptonians and some ships. Not exactly a massive force. Plus Supes needed help from the military.

      • Eh? Oh.


  19. How about Sony Pictures for worse studio of the year? Yeah they did This is the End and a good Evil Dead remake, but look at the bombs. After Earth, White House Down, Mortal Instruments, Smurfs 2, and even Elysium has not done well. Not a good year so far for Sony Pictures so far.

  20. I think Benedict Cumberbatch should have been the rising star… I mean, look at all of the movies he is in this year alone, and with Sherlock suddenly exploding, and the whole fangirl thing. Even though that must be annoying.

  21. Worst Chemistry is none other than Superman and Lois Lane. Completly forced in a so called real or current world. The fact he kissed her after he destroyed the last of his planets civilization and then was distraught after killing Zod, made me wonder what kinda love is this?

    The Wolverine vs Ninja clash was a huge let down.

  22. I would go with the Lone Ranger’s final train sequence as my favorite action scene. :)

  23. Really disagree with the “Most Emotional Moment” Award.

    Jonathan Kent was just so uninspiring in this movie.

    If we were going to go with a more emotional scene from MOS, I feel when Zod informed Superman about what he was made for was stronger far more better.

    Just my opinion though.

  24. Kofi, I disagree with you about the Wolverine fight scenes. I liked them. And, unlike most people, I actually liked Grown-Ups 2. It got me to laugh and I liked the SNL cast cameos. I also think that Stone Cold was good in it. .

  25. I have to say the best fight scene was in Wolverine at the wedding and then climaxing on the bullet train, that was absolutely exhilharating.

  26. so Superman would have no chance against Harry Potter?

  27. I have to say i enjoyed MOS but!!!!!! it had an awful lot of flaws that could have been easily avoided, the whole thing seemed rushed, Superman and Lois Lanes chemistry was the worst most false i think i have ever seen, but the worst thing for me by a mile was the fact this was a tentpole film with a 200+ million dollar budget, yet churned out some of the worst cgi i have ever seen, yes Krypton looked amazing as did the spaceships, but the cgi people, i.e. superman jumping to hold the collapsing derrick on the rig, the entire battle of smallville was terrible, in fact i would put the cgi of people on a par with the Moria Mines scene in the fellowship of the ring, and that came out how many years ago?????

    And for that reason there is no way i could agree with the battle of smallville as best fight scene, for me it was hands down the battle of Hong Kong (not Tokyo as you have in your article) in Pacific Rim

    • Pacific Rim didn’t even rate any mention at all.

      • according to who? your own opinion, well each entitled to their own, however im not taking anything you say too seriously, judging by the rest of your posts on this thread, you cant provide a balanced argument, just the attitude of MOS is the best and and anyone that argues with it talks c**p, im guessing your no older than 15, 16 years old, i don’t mean that as an insult, just an observation on your ever so slightly childish posts

  28. Considering the high review you gave Man of Steel, I wasn’t too surprised to see it sweep a lot of awards, but…. dammit, I hated that movie so much. Its themes/symbolism was all over the place, the acting was bland, the story was bland, when it wasn’t being downright stupid and the action scenes, the one part of the film I was certain I’d enjoy, were made into absolute messes of grey and debris, not helped by a ridiculous overuse of shakey cam.

    Now, while I can understand, if you enjoyed MoS, putting the Smallville fight first, since it was easily the best MoS fight scene, even if I thought it was too blurry and put way too much focus on the military. (Yes Snyder, Kryptonians are immune to anything the military throws at them. Now please stop showing us it over and over again. You’re making me compare you unfavourably to Michael Bay (who at least had the military be somewhat effective against the Transformers)). And that’s not even going into the fact that Superman punched Zod into Smallville to begin with.

    But the ‘maybe’ moment for best emotional moment? Are you freaking insane?! That moment wasn’t heartbreaking or thought-provoking, it was just infuriating. You can claim he was ‘conflicted’ about it all you want, but the fact that he actually says it and doesn’t dismiss it immediately, it was just unforgivable. Not that the message seemed to take hold. Chronologically, after Clark lets Jonathan die (another stupid moment, but I don’t have time to get into that one), the first thing we see him doing is using his powers to rescue people on an oil rig. No internal struggle, no coming to terms/choosing to go against Jonathan’s words, he just does it. Making the entire thing a complete waste. And the final issue that leads him to reveal himself to the world? Either he reveals himself, or the entire world (probably including him too) is destroyed. Oh, what a moral dilemma!

    Honestly, I’ve said it before, but that film felt like an attempt to cross the deep themes/morality of Nolan’s TDK Trilogy, with the epic climax of the Avengers, but it doesn’t understand what works about either of them and fails badly as a result.

    • + 1

    • “Honestly, I’ve said it before, but that film felt like an attempt to cross the deep themes/morality of Nolan’s TDK Trilogy, with the epic climax of the Avengers, but it doesn’t understand what works about either of them and fails badly as a result.”

      Man, I feel exactly the same way. MoS is a mess, and I honestly don’t understand all the praise it gets on this site. There were a lot of potentially interesting ideas presented in the movie, but the execution of said ideas was severely lacking.

      I don’t have a problem with people enjoying the movie, I myself enjoy my fair share of schlock. What gets me is when people claim that it’s some kind of deep/profound experience. It’s not, it’s a mediocre superhero movie that thinks it’s a profound experience.

    • couldn’t agree more

  29. I think this list is lacking any mention of Before Midnight and Kick-Ass 2. Two of my favorite movies this year. Although a lot of the choices were good.