This year is the best in su­per­hero movie his­tory, says Rot­ten Tomatoes

National Post (Latest Edition) - - POST MOVIES - Michael Cavna The Wash­ing­ton Post

2017 is the sin­gle great­est year in su­per­hero movie his­tory.

At least if you put stock in the sta­tis­tics over at Rot­ten Tomatoes, which has just up­dated its rank­ings of the best in cin­e­matic span­dex, on the heels of Thor: Rag­narok’s re­lease last week.

Ac­cord­ing to this su­per-Tomato-me­ter, four of the five great­est su­per­hero movies ever were re­leased this year. Rag­narok is No. 5 (with 103.97 per cent), while also in the top 5 are this year’s Spi­der- Man: Home­com­ing (No. 4, with 105.98 per cent) and Lo­gan (No. 2, with 107.98 per cent).

And the best su­per­hero film ever? It’s Patty Jenk­ins’s s um­mer s mash Won­der Woman ( 108.57 per cent) — a Rot­ten Tomatoes crown that brought so­cial- me­dia whoops from both Jenk­ins and the film’s ti­tle star, Gal Gadot.

That ag­gre­gate ti­tle might even help Won­der Woman make its case for Os­cars and other awards.

The only non-2017 film to crack Rot­ten Tomatoes’s Top 5 is 2008’s The Dark Knight ( 106.23 per cent). The WB/ DC movie in the No. 3 slot de- spite of­ten be­ing con­sid­ered the best su­per­hero film ever.

The stan­dard met­ric at Rot­ten Tomatoes, of course, is the “To­matome­ter” score, the per­cent­age of re­views by crit­ics that are pos­i­tive. But with its Best Su­per­hero Movies of All Time rank­ings that the site started ear­lier this year, the site pro­vides weighted scores that ad­just for the to­tal num­ber of re­views each film has re­ceived.

Un­der these Bayes-weighted rank­ings, Pixar’s 2004 smash The In­cred­i­bles — the top widely re­viewed su­per­hero film on the site based on its 97 per cent To­matome­ter score — drops to No. 9 on the best su­per­hero movie of all time list, with an ad­justed score of 103.39 per cent. Iron Man is No. 7.

This year’s ros­ter looks even more im­pres­sive when you con­sider that it has five of the list’s top 10 ti­tles; WB/ DC’s The Lego Bat­man Movie ( 103.18 per cent) sits at No. 10. Among other 2017 re­leases, Marvel’s Guardians of the Gal­axy Vol. 2 (97.17 per cent) is ranked No. 18. ( Worth not­ing: The jury is still out on DC’s Jus­tice League, which ar­rives Nov. 17).

The pre­vi­ous con­tenders for “best year ever” would have been: 2008, with The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Hell­boy II: The Golden Army ( No. 23); 2014, with Guardians of the Gal­axy ( No. 11), X- Men: Days of Fu­ture Past ( No. 12), Cap­tain Amer­ica: The Win­ter Sol­dier ( No. 15) and Big Hero 6 (No. 19); and 2016, with Cap­tain Amer­ica: Civil War (No. 8), Doc­tor Strange ( No. 14) and Dead­pool (No. 21). In other words: None of them comes close to 2017’s level.

So can 2018 top the head­turn­ing 2017? The chal­lenge will fall to The Black Pan­ther, Aqua­man and a host of fran­chise se­quels, in­clud­ing Dead­pool 2, The In­cred­i­bles 2, Avengers: In­fin­ity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

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