Top 10 Comic Book Movie Scenes 2016
As this is the last article of 2016 and following on from my 2016 comic book movies roundup I thought I would use the time to look back through the year and come up with my top 10 comic book movie scenes from 2016. The year had great promise and some of the movies went above and beyond what I expected while others disappointed in some way. All in all though 2016 certainly had some ambitious moments and here are my top 10:
10 – Deadpool Stan Lee Cameo
I am a sucker for a Stan Lee cameo and his appearance in Deadpool was certainly one to remember. In this movie Stan Lee appears as an MC at the strip club where Vanessa works. By the time the movie rolled around to just over the hour mark I was locked in and surprised when I saw Lee on screen. This is definitely one of the better Stan Lee cameos in a Marvel movie and was one of the many ingredients that made this a truly hilarious and satisfying movie.
9 – Suicide Squad Batman Takes in Harley Quinn and Deadshot
I did not mind this movie. It was by no means a masterpiece and there were a lot of flaws but on reflection this film is enjoyable enough mainly on a superficial level. The movie looked really good and the costume design was spot on for the most part. With mostly negative reviews one thing that most movie goers liked was Batman’s appearance which showed us how Harley Quinn got taken in by the Dark Knight. Ben Affleck could end up playing the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman for some time and it was great to see how he fits in to the DCEU.
8 – Batman v Superman Bruce Wayne in Metropolis
It is fair to say that Batman v Superman disappointed most movie goers and I know it is becoming cliché but the BVS Ultimate Cut really made this a good movie and the more I watch it the more I appreciate the film as a piece of art. One scene that was the best for me in both the theatrical and the extended cut was right at the start of the movie when we see Bruce Wayne dealing with the devastion caused by Superman and Zod’s fight at the end of Man of Steel. This was a really clever way to connect the movies and the characters of Batman and Superman and gave us another perspective. There is some iconic imagery in this movie but this was by far the best scene for me.
7 – Deadpool Fight on the Bridge
Most of the movie is centered around the highway fight scene in Deadpool which is one of things that made this movie as creative and successful as it was. Everyone involved seemed to really care about the decade long project which finally got made by Fox Studios, Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller who sadly won’t be returning for Deadpool 2. This fight introduced us to what Deadpool is capable of while being both funny and imaginative. If you somehow managed to miss this movie then do yourself a favour and get hold of a copy, sit back and enjoy.
6 – X-Men: Apocalypse Quicksilver
For me X-Men: Apocalypse was a big disappointment. I really liked what Matthew Vaughn did with X-Men: First Class and what returning director Bryan Singer did with Days of Future Past. Apocalypse had the opportunity to give us a really great X-Men trilogy but ended up being average at best. I’m not here to hate on the movie though and one thing I really liked about this film was the Quicksilver scene. His main action sequence was different enough from Days of Future Past to be just as memorable and any scene that features Sweet Dreams as the back drop music is a winner as far as I’m concerned.
5 – Doctor Strange Dormammu, I’ve come to bargain
Doctor Strange was similar to Ant-Man in that we didn’t know what to expect and whether or not Steven Strange would connect with audiences in the same way more popular MCU characters have. I was blown away by how good Doctor Strange was and although a lot of familiar ground was covered it was different enough to keep things interesting in the MCU. The final battle was not your average superhero ending and was creative enough to have Doctor Strange use time travel to bore the bad guy in to submission. I thought this was a really great idea and set the movie apart just that little bit from other comic book movies.
4 – Captain America: Civil War Black Panthers introduction
Like other characters, this movie introduced us to Black Panther in the MCU. I don’t know too much about the character but the Russo Brothers did a really great job of showing us what he can do while also bringing some emotional weight to the character. His introduction on the rooftop with the fight and proceeding chase between Black Panther, Winter Soldier and Captain America was a really great action sequence in a movie full of them.
3 – Deadpool spelling Francis with bodies
Deadpool was a great film and the pacing of the movie was spot on right the way through. On the way to Deadpool’s climactic battle with Ajax Wade Wilson has to deal with an army of goons which he does in style alongside Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Colossus. The Merc with the Mouth proceeds to take out bad guys left right and centre and spells out the real name of his nemesis ‘Francis’ with the corpses of the doomed army. Pay close attention to how Deadpool completes the i in Francis.
2 – Captain America: Civil War, Airport Scene
The airport scene from Captain America: Civil War will most likely be at the top of most of your lists and it is a great scene. Here though it comes in at number two only because the number one is so great. This scene marked the first time we saw Spider-Man in the MCU having been introduced to Peter Parker earlier in the movie and it certainly did not disappoint. This battle was also the climax of all the tension that has been building between Captain America and Iron Man ever since the first Avengers movie so it was totally satisfying to see all of the moving parts come together. Any other year this would have been easily top of the list if the ext thing hadn’t happened.
1 – Logan Trailer
This is a bit unconventional as the movie will be released in 2017 but this truly was the best moment from a comic book movie in 2016 for me. Given that this will be the last outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine it really has to leave a good taste in the mouth. The X-Men movie franchise overall is a bit of a let-down for me which is another reason this movie has to be something special. Ever since Jackman announced his final turn as Wolverine would be an adaption of Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan fans (myself included) have been eager to see what Fox Studios and Director James Mangold have envisioned for us. The Logan trailer dropped late in 2016 and I was blown away. The appearance of Wolverine as a broken man shown to us with Hurt by Johnny Cash as the background music set the internet on fire with anticipation. Logan seems to have all of the ingredients of a great comic book movie and this beautiful trailer really set the scene for me and was the single most memorable moment in 2016 for comic book movies. If you liked the trailer and want to know more about 2017 comic book movie trailers you can find out more in this article.
What were your favourite moments from comic book movies in 2016? Would you have preferred to see more from Batman v Superman or Doctor Strange? Did you like BVS initially or are you one of the people (like me) who was initially disappointed and had their minds changed with the extended cut? Connect with me on Twitter and Facebook and subscribe to comicmoviebox.com to find out about cool competitions and stay up to date with comic book movie news.