33. The Rocketeer (1991)
The dude who directed this also did The First Avenger, and it really shows. It feels like an old-school serial, a combination of Iron Man and Indiana Jones that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. Also, that helmet’s the bomb, and there's a ton of Nazi-punching, which always elevates things.
32. The Crow (1994)
Yeah, Eric Draven’s a stretch as a superhero, but he’s essentially Wolverine if Wolverine was a roadie for The Smiths. Goths need superheroes too, you know?
31. X-Men (2000)
Give credit where credit’s due: this was pretty instrumental in launching the new superhero era on the big screen. It’s also kind of boring as hell... seriously, name a big action scene in this one that didn’t involve the statue of liberty (and even that one’s pretty meh). Also, you’ll never guess what happens when a toad gets hit by lightning!
30. Watchmen (2009)
Usually, comic-book fans complain when a movie strays too much from the source material. This time, they complained that it didn’t stray enough. What the hell, guys? Watchmen’s a damn fine book. The movie’s complicated but coherent. And sometimes it’s downright gorgeous. Still, without all the slow motion, it’d probably be about 80 minutes long.
29. Thor (2011)
People get down on Thor. Because people apparently hate it when a Lisa Frank folder mates with your dad’s old prog-rock vinyls. Me, I’m all in.
28. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
There are a lot of great things going for the final Christopher Nolan Batman, chief among them, Tom Hardy. But there's just so... much... ham-fisted... allegory. And more plot holes than a box of Better Swiss. Also, because of this movie, when I threw my back out I thought it was a good idea to have my buddy slug me in the spine as hard as he could, because that’s how Batman healed a broken back. It didn’t work. Fuck you, Dark Knight Rises.