Next to adaptations of novels, the most surefire way a Hollywood studio can make money (regardless of quality) is by making superhero movies. If Bryan Singer creaked the door open with X-Men in 2000, Sam Raimi blew the door off its hinges with Spider-Man in 2002. This was beyond surprising since superhero movies before either film were the very definition of a gamble, with Superman (1975) and Batman (1989) being notable exceptions.
It seems that after the unbelievable success of Tim Burton’s Batman, for much of the 1990s, every studio tried desperately to make another comic book or superhero movie work, but, with few exceptions, virtually none of their attempts either panned out or reached Batman or Superman amounts of success. X-Men subsequently became the text-book example of how to both make a superhero movie and make money.
Many of the films made before X-Men have largely faded into obscurity and most people who watch movies based on comic books do not remember or know of their existence.
Even after X-Men made it okay to make movies based on superheroes and not be a purely money-losing gamble, some films that followed suit either did not follow the formula to guaranteed riches or were sadly misguided…which goes to show that some people simply never learn. In this list, I will be talking about ten largely forgotten superhero movies that are either good or bad and I will attempt to make a case as to why you should see them; regardless of quality.
#10: Batman: The Movie (1966)
This is the Batman movie which most people have forgotten exists, which is quite sad because it is extremely entertaining. If you have never seen the Batman television show with Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin… A: watch a bunch of episodes to get an idea of what you are in for and B: after doing that watch this movie. Do not come into movie expecting a serious Batman movie because you will not get it with this one.
This movie is good, old-fashioned, corny fun which you and your friends can watch and crack jokes during without getting punched for talking or trying to riff inappropriately (like I will if you try to do so when watching a movie with me). It is also the only time you will ever see Batman use the Bat-Shark Repellant, not to mention the fact that you get to see wonderful non-conversations as can be seen in the video below.