Spider-Man has been ruling the movie world these last few days. So, what better time than now to make a list of my favorite posters from superhero movies?
Here is what I came up with:
#14 – Blade Trinity
Blade trinity was the weakest of the Blade movies, but at least it had the coolest posters of the series.
#13 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
On hindsight, the best quality of this poster is that it hides just how silly looking the live action turtles turned out to be. But to my young self, seeing the turtles peek from the sewer was enough to get really excited.
#12 – Hellboy
All of the Hellboy posters are cool and well done, and they all manage to depict in an interesting way a character most people know nothing about. Also, each of them employs a different style, which is nice.
#11 – The Crow
Definitely on the darker side of superhero posters, but dark is good sometimes.
I like how understated this poster is, and how they leave most of it black, using the white beam of light to highlight the small illustration of the main character. A very different approach, but an effective one.
#10 – The Mask
The perfect image for this character. Tells you exactly what too expect.
#8 – Hulk
Hulk is green. Hulk is shiny. Hulk is going to grab you and squeeze the life out of you.
Much like the movie, this poster is perhaps a little too serious for its own good. But it is still a cool depiction of the character.
#8 – Constantine
This whole poster just works for me. Keanu looks cool, the atmosphere is appropriately dark, and the title takes just about the right amount of visual space. But I think what seals the deal for me is the cross shaped machinegun. That gives you a good idea of the kind of film this is.
#7 – The Shadow
Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Well, The Shadow does, of course.
I’m a sucker for a well done vintage look, and this smooth poster takes you straight to the old times, when The Shadow was still all the rage.
#6 – The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Sure, this poster derives much of its effectiveness from Sean Connery, who still has a great presence after all those years. But the whole leathery look enhances that presence substantively.
The bad the film wasn’t nearly as good as the posters for it.
#5 – Howard The Duck
I’m sure I’m going to get some crap for this one. But put your feelings about the movie aside for a moment. It’s a duck coming out of an egg and smoking a cigar! See, he is all human like, but he is a duck! Funny, right?
Ok, not everybody’s cup of tea. But it still works for me.
#4 – Flash Gordon
“Pathetic earthlings… who can save you now?” Flash – a-ah – he’ll save everyone of us.
I love this poster’s retro sci-fi look. A bit over the top, but so was Flash Gordon, so it fits.
#3 – Spider-Man 3
The posters for all of the Spider-Man movies have been pretty consistent, and I could really have chosen any one of them to be here.
I went with this one because I love for the black costume story, and this is my favorite of the black costume posters. Somewhat darker than most of the Spidey posters tough.
#1 – TIE – Batman and Superman Returns
Sometimes simple is better. With these two characters, just showing their iconic signs is enough to get me (and a lot of other people) excited about the prospect of seeing them on the big screen.
Superman Returns turned out to be a very so, so film, but I still love the poster which very succinctly announced that he would return. Batman is a childhood favorite, and seeing that poster still gives me goose bumps. Good times.
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