Bam! Splat! Kapow! Etc!

Strap on your utility belt, starch up your cape, pull your underpants over your trousers and prepare to fly faster than a speeding bullet with Time Out's superheroic countdown of the 50 essential comic-book movies.

Adapting a graphic novel for the screen is a notoriously tricky process: despite superficial similarities, comics and movies work to very different rules. But that doesn't stop filmmakers from trying: ever since Superman in 1978, and especially since Tim Burton's Batman in 1989, comic book movies have dominated our cinematic landscape.

So whether you're looking for brooding anti-heroes or spandex-clad defenders of justice, day-glo explosions of primary colour or bleak urban noir, tales full of action, adventure, murder, mayhem or, er, record collecting, it's all in Time Out's 50 Essential Comic Book Movies.

NOTE: To make room for a few more interesting and leftfield choices, we decided to group film series together. So if you're wondering where, for example, Tim Burton's Batman is, look under Batman Returns. And if you've got something to say about any of our selections (and we imagine you probably will) feel free to leave your thoughts in the handy comments box below.

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