We popped the DVD of "The Incredibles" in for the kids tonight, and I swear, I can’t not watch it when it’s on. "The Incredibles" is pretty much at the top of my list for the best superhero movie out there. While it’s tough to pin down exactly what makes it so good—I mean, they did pretty much everything right—I think one of the strongest points to the movie is that they don’t bog it down with origin stories. They just present it to you with, "here’s their world, they have superpowers, it doesn’t matter how or where they got them."
They don’t let the origins get in the way of the story, in other words. Almost every other superhero movie I can think of does.
I’ll grant the exception to "Batman Begins." The whole point of that movie is the origin of Batman, and it’s done so well that it’s also on my list of top superhero movies.
Speaking of which, I watched the illicit trailer for its sequel, "The Dark Knight," online today. Even bootlegged, grainy, shaky-camcorder style footage doesn’t stop me from thinking, Hot damn I want to see that movie. It’s gonna be a really good Joker, I think.
As for others, I’d have to weigh them carefully before I commit. You’ll notice I’m not talking about "comic book movies" here—I’m considering the superhero genre, and some of them are based on comics, some aren’t. At some point I’ll compile and post my full list.