Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, The Wolverine - Which Superhero Movie Was the Best?

Iron Man 3 vs Man of Steel vs Wolverine discussion reviews 2013

We here at Screen Rant enjoy a good summer of big superhero movies, and though we walk away with our own opinions (which you can read in our movie review section), we're also interested to hear from YOU. While RED 2R.I.P.D., Kick-Ass 2 and 2 Guns are all technically "comic book movies" releasing in summer 2013, we're keeping our eye on the big three in question:  Marvel's Iron Man 3, Warner Bros.' Man of Steel and Fox's The Wolverine

Read on for a quick breakdown of each film, and then vote in our poll at the bottom of the post to help rank your favorite superhero flick as the top-dog of the summer!


Iron Man 3


Worldwide Box Office Earnings: $1.2 Billion

Strengths: Iron Man 3 was of course buoyed by the massive success of The Avengers - but having star Robert Downey Jr. (the most bankable face in the Marvel Studios brand) front and center certainly didn't hurt prospects. Iron Man 3 was definitely a big, thick, slice of summer fun, with Marvel Studios getting a little bit more generous with the budget and more bold with their filmmaking, allowing a great deal of creative control to rest in the hands of director Shane Black. The result was a Marvel movie that was a departure from the formulaic films of "Phase One," an experiment that resulted in a huge pile of  box office earnings.

WeaknessesIron Man 3 was a bit "out there" for a lot of viewers; Shane Black's approach to the material - and the BIG liberties he took with the mythos and characters - didn't fit within the range of a lot of people's expectations for a "superhero movie." Some view that as the film's greatest asset; but just as many others feel like Marvel Phase Two started off on a bad foot, as did the entire 2013 summer superhero movie season.


Man of Steel


Worldwide Box Office Earnings: $644 million

StrengthsMan of Steel was tasked with re-introducing Superman on film to a whole new (and very different) generation than those raised on the Richard Donner classic. All debate about the movie's quality aside, director Zack Snyder and star Henry Cavill at least managed to accomplish that lofty goal, and for better or worse, there is a new Superman in town. In addition, Man of Steel featured some of the best super-powered action ever put to screen, and  with a Batman vs. Superman sequel on the way, this property has never been hotter.

WeaknessesMan of Steel was a pretty divisive film amongst fans and critics alike, and didn't reach the billion-dollar stratosphere of Iron Man 3. Some tag the new Superman and his world as clunky and joyless - and Supes did admittedly cause a TON of collateral damage to populated areas before snapping General Zod's neck. MoS was a grittier, more somber and rougher vision of the classic character - and for a lot of fans, that was a deal-breaker.


The Wolverine

Hugh Jackman as 'The Wolverine'


Worldwide Box Office Earnings: $156 million* (film has just released in theaters)

Strengths: The talent of director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) really showed in the neo-Noir style of Wolverine's adventure in Japan. Star Hugh Jackman was better (and buffer) than ever in his sixth outing as the character, and the film was probably the best exploration of Logan's character that we've seen yet. And with The Wolverine kicking-off an expanded X-Men movie universe, there's plenty of incentive for fans to see this flick.

WeaknessesThe Wolverine is a great character film; unfortunately, pretty much every "superhero" element wedged introduced into the movie (Yukio and Viper's mutant powers, the mecha Silver Samurai, healing factor theft) is as silly and half-cooked as they come (seriously Viper, stop spitting on everybody!). In short: The Wolverine is a good piece of cinema, but only an average-level superhero actioner.


Which superhero movie of summer 2013 was YOUR favorite? Vote in our poll below!

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Iron Man 3Man of Steel and The Wolverine are all now in theaters.

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