The Holocron: TMIAJ Presents Top 25 Comic Book To Film Adaptions Part 3 - The Top 5

Welcome to TMIAJ's list of what we think are the Top 25 Comic Book To Film Adaptions!  We will reveal ten films today, 10 tomorrow, and the final five on Friday!  This list is put together by the TMIAJ Staff and the criteria is the film had to be adapted from a previous comic book or graphic novel! Today, the Top 5!

#25 - #16
#15 - #6

#5 X2: X-Men United (2003)
Released May 2, 2003
Adapted From The Uncanny X-Men (Marvel Comics)
Starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, & Anna paquin
Director: Bryan Singer
Domestic Box Office total: $243.9 Million

The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.

Why It Made The List: Singer used ideas from the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, to craft the best X-Men film in the franchise.  Everything from Wolverine going berserk in the mansion to the climatic battle and sacrifice of Jean Grey at the film's end, add up to an amazing comic book adaption.

#4 Batman Begins (2005)
Released June 5, 2005
Based On Batman (DC Comics)
Starring Christian Bale, Liam Neeson, & Michael Caine
Director: Christopher Nolan
Domestic Box Office Total: $205 Million

Bruce Wayne has watched his home, Gotham City, turn into a crime infested abyss throughout his entire life, so he decides to become the hero Gotham needs- Batman.

Why It Made The List: Batman Begins is the Batman film we had been waiting our whole life for.  It tells the origin with a "realistic" take on the mythology and director Christopher Nolan delivers a vision unlike any seen before.  And to think the sequel would be even better.

#3 Superman  (1978)
Released December 15, 1978
Based On Superman (DC Comics)
Starring Christopher Reeve & Gene Hackman
Director: Richard Donner
Domestic Box Office Total: $134 Million

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest super-hero

Why It Made The List:  Superman could arguably be the #1 film on any comic book movie list.  In fact all of the Top 3 could be #1.  30 years later Superman still holds strong as an example of how to do a comic book film right, and on top of that, it's a damn good film!

#2 Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Released June 30, 2004
Based On The Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel Comics)
Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, & Alfred Molina
Director: Sam Raimi
Domestic Box Office Total: $373.5 Million

Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius, who becomes Doctor Octopus (aka Doc Ock), after an accident causes him to bond psychically with mechanical tentacles that do his bidding.

Why It Made The List: The train battle alone is one of the best in comic book movie history!  A solid plot, fantastic action sequences, and when you watch, you feel like Spider-Man came off the comic books and onto the big screen! Amazing piece of film!

#1 The Dark Knight (2008)
Released July 18, 2008
Based On Batman (DC Comics)
Starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, & Michael Caine
Director: Christopher Nolan
Domestic Box Office Total: $533 Million

Batman, Gordon and Harvey Dent are forced to deal with the chaos unleashed by a terrorist mastermind known only as the Joker, as he drives each of them to their limits.

Why It Made The List: The Dark Knight is no doubt the single best comic book film to date.  Some people believe it has it's flaws and perhaps it does, but it draws you in  gives us the best Batman, and best comic book movie ever.  Of course this may only be until The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters.

Thanks for reading and we hope you enjoyed it!