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Comic Book Heroes 2000-2009 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 105

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A Chronology of Comic Book Hero Movie Posters 2000-2009.

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X-Men (2000)

X-Men (2000)

X-Men (2000) Directed by Bryan Singer. 104mins.

Hugh Jackman - Logan / Wolverine
Patrick Stewart - Professor Charles Xavier
Ian McKellen - Eric Lensherr / Magneto
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
James Marsden - Scott Summers / Cyclops
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe / Storm
Anna Paquin - Marie / Rogue
Rebecca Romijn - Mystique
Tyler Mane - Sabretooth
Ray Park - Toad
Bruce Davison - Senator Kelly

The X-Men were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, they first appeared in the Marvel Comic X-Men #1 in 1963.

Dougray Scott was cast as Wolverine but he was still busy filming Mission Impossible II and so unknown Australian actor Hugh Jackman was cast instead.

Nominated for 10 Saturn Awards winning 6 including Best SF Movie, Best Director and Best Actor (Hugh Jackman).

Cost $75m - Box Office $296.3m

Tagline - Trust a few. Fear the rest.

IMDB rating 7.4

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Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable (2000)

Unbreakable (2000) Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. 106mins.

Bruce Willis - David Dunn
Samuel L. Jackson - Elijah Price

Also starring Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard and Eamonn Walker.

A superhero origin story.

Bruce Willis discovers he has super powers while Samuel L. Jackson was born with a rare disease which makes his bones very easy to break. Jackson tells Willis that their destinies are intertwined.

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The film was based on the first third of the original script by Shyamalan. Fans of the film were hoping for a sequel which never materialised.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Action Film.

Cost $75m - Box Office $248.1m

Tagline - Are You Ready For The Truth?

IMDB rating 7.2

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Blade II (2002)

Blade II (2002)

Blade II (2002) Directed by Guillermo del Toro. 117mins.

Wesley Snipes - Eric Brooks / Blade
Kris Kristofferson - Abraham Whistler
Ron Perlman - Reinhardt
Luke Goss - Jared Nomak

Also starring Leonor Varela, Norman Reedus, Thomas Kretschmann, Donnie Yen and Karel Roden.

Blade's first appearance was in Marvel Comics' The Tomb of Dracula #10 in 1973, and was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan.

Green blood was used for the reapers to lessen the gore and avoid an X rating.

Nominated for 2 Saturn Awards - Best Horror Film and Best Make Up.

Cost $55m - Box Office $155m

Tagline - Faster. Sharper. Deadlier.

IMDB rating 6.6

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Men in Black II (2002)

Men in Black II (2002)

Men in Black II (2002) Directed by Barry Sonnenfeld. 88mins.

Tommy Lee Jones - Kevin Brown / Agent K
Will Smith - James Edwards / Agent J

Also starring Rip Torn, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson, Tony Shalhoub and Patrick Warburton.

Based on characters from the comic book 'The Men in Black' created by writer Lowell Cunningham and artist Sandy Curruthers, first published in 1990 by Aircel Comics.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Science Fiction Film.

Razzie Award nomination for Worst Supporting Actress (Lara Flynn Boyle)

Cost $140m - Box Office $441.8m

Tagline - Same Planet. New Scum.

IMDB rating 5.9

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Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man (2002) Directed by Sam Raimi. 121mins.

Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Willem Dafoe - Norman Osborn / Green Goblin
Kirsten Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
James Franco - Harry Osborn
Cliff Robertson - Ben Parker
Rosemary Harris - May Parker
J.K. Simmons - J. Jonah Jameson

Spider-Man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, his first appearance was in Marvel Comics Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962.

James Cameron was interested in directing a Spider-Man film in the early 90's.

Leonardo DiCaprio was considered for the role of Spider-Man.

Spider-Man was the first movie to gross over $100m in it's opening weekend.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Sound and Best Visual Effects.

Cost $140m - Box Office $821.7m

IMDB rating 7.3

Peter Parker: Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: "With great power comes great responsibility." This is my gift, my curse.
Who am I? I'm Spider-man.

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man (2002)

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Daredevil (2003)

Daredevil (2003)

Daredevil (2003) Directed by Mark Steven Johnson. 103mins (133mins)

Ben Affleck - Matt Murdock / Daredevil
Jennifer Garner - Elektra Natchios
Colin Farrell - Bullseye
Michael Clarke Duncan - Wilson Fisk / The Kingpin

Also starring Jon Favreau, Joe Pantoliano, Scott Terra and David Keith.

Daredevil was created by Stan Lee and artist Bill Everett, he made his first appearance in Marvel Comics Daredevil #1 in 1964.

Vin Diesel was considered for the role of Bullseye.

Razzie nomination for Worst Actor (Ben Affleck).

Cost $78m - Box Office $179.1m

Tagline - He is the man without fear

IMDB rating 5.4

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Hulk (2003)

Hulk (2003)

Hulk (2003) Directed by Ang Lee. 138mins.

Eric Bana - Bruce Banner
Jennifer Connelly - Betty Ross
Sam Elliott - Gen. 'Thunderbolt' Ross

Also starring Josh Lucas, Paul Kersey and Nick Nolte as Dr. David Banner

The Hulk was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and made his first appearance in Marvel Comics The Incredible Hulk #1 in 1962.

Lou Ferrigno was the original TV series Hulk, he has a cameo in the movie as a security guard alongside Hulk creator Stan Lee.

Edward Norton turned down the role of Bruce Banner.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards including Best SF Film and Best Special Effects.

Cost $137m - Box Office $245.3m

Tagline - Unleash the fury!

IMDB rating 5.7

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X-Men 2 (2003)

X-Men 2 (2003)

X-Men 2 (2003) Japanese poster

X-Men 2 (2003) Japanese poster

X-Men 2 (2003) aka X2. Directed by Bryan Singer. 133mins.

Patrick Stewart - Professor Charles Xavier
Ian McKellen - Eric Lensherr / Magneto
Hugh Jackman - Logan / Wolverine
Halle Berry - Ororo Munroe / Storm
Famke Janssen - Jean Grey
James Marsden - Scott Summers / Cyclops
Anna Paquin - Marie / Rogue
Rebecca Romijn - Raven Darkholme / Mystique
Brian Cox - William Stryker
Alan Cumming - Kurt Wagner / Nightcrawler
Aaron Stanford - John Allerdyce / Pyro
Shawn Ashmore - Bobby Drake / Iceman
Kelly Hu - Yuriko Oyama / Lady Deathstrike

It took 10 hours in the make up chair to turn Alan Cumming into Nightcrawler for the scene where he's found in the church.

Nominated for 8 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best SF Film.

Cost $110m - Box Office $407.7m

Tagline - The time has come for those who are different to stand united

IMDB rating 7.6

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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) Directed by Stephen Norrington. 110mins.

Sean Connery - Allan Quatermain
Naseeruddin Shah - Captain Nemo
Peta Wilson - Mina Harker
Tony Curran - Rodney Skinner
Stuart Townsend - Dorian Gray
Shane West - Tom Sawyer
Jason Flemyng - Dr. Henry Jekyll
Richard Roxburgh - M

Based on the comic book series by writer Alan Moore and artist Kevin O'Neill which ran for 6 issues in 1999.

A problem plagued productiion and Sean Connery's last movie appearance.

Monica Bellucci was considered for the role of Mina Harker.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards including Best Fantasy Film.

Cost $78m - Box Office $179.2m

Tagline - A Rogue. A Scientist. A Spy. A Hunter. A Vampire. A Beast. An Immortal

IMDB rating 5.6

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Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy (2004)

Hellboy (2004) Directed by Guillermo del Toro. 122mins (132mins)

Ron Perlman - Hellboy

Also starring John Hurt, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, Karel Roden, Jeffrey Tambor and Doug Jones as Abe Sapien.

Hellboy was created by Mike Mignola, the movie is loosely based on the story 'Hellboy: Seed of Destruction' published in 4 issues in 1994.

It took 4 hours each morning for the make up men to turn Ron Perlman into Hellboy.

Nominated for 4 Saturn Awards winning 1 - Best Make Up.

Cost $66m - Box Office $99.3m

Tagline - From the Dark Side to Our Side

IMDB rating 6.8

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The Punisher (2004)

The Punisher (2004)

The Punisher (2004) Directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. 124mins (140mins)

Thomas Jane - Frank Castle / The Punisher
John Travolta - Howard Saint

Also starring Roy Scheider, Will Patton, Rebecca Romijn, Laura Harring, Ben Foster and Samantha Mathis.

The Punisher was created by Gerry Conway and first appeared in Marvel comics The Amazing Spider-Man #129, published in 1974.

A reboot. Dolph Lundgren played The Punisher in 1989.

Vin Diesel was on the short list to play the role.

Cost $33m - Box Office $54.7m

Tagline - The punishment has begun.

IMDB rating 6.3

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Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Spider-Man 2 (2004) Directed by Sam Raimi. 127mins (135mins)

Tobey Maguire - Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Kirsten Dunst - Mary Jane Watson
James Franco - Harry Osborn
Alfred Molina - Dr. Otto Octavius / Dr. Octopus
Donna Murphy - Rosalie Octavius
Rosemary Harris - May Parker
J.K. Simmons - J. Jonah Jameson

Along with The Dark Knight one of the best reviewed superhero movies of the millenium.

Robert De Niro and Ed Harris were considered for the role of Dr. Octopus.

Nominated for 3 Oscars winning 1 - Best Visual Effects.

Cost $200m - Box Office $783.7m

Tagline - Sacrifice. Destiny. Choice.

IMDB rating 7.4

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Blade Trinity (2004)

Blade Trinity (2004)

Blade Trinity (2004) Directed by David S. Goyer. 113mins (122mins)

Wesley Snipes - Eric Brooks / Blade
Kris Kristofferson - Abraham Whistler
Dominic Purcell - Drake / Dracula
Jessica Biel - Abigail Whistler
Ryan Reynolds - Hannibal King
Parker Posey - Danica Talos

Colin Farrell turned down the role of Hannibal King.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film.

Cost $65m - Box Office $129m

Tagline - He's fought the forces of darkness alone...until now.

IMDB rating 5.8

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Catwoman (2004) French poster

Catwoman (2004) French poster

Catwoman (2004) Directed by Pitof. 104mins.

Halle Berry - Patience Phillips / Catwoman
Benjamin Bratt - Tom Lone
Sharon Stone - Laurel Hedare

Also starring Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy, Alex Borstein and Michael Massee.

Catwoman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, she first appeared (as Selina Kyle) in DC Comics Batman #1 in 1940.

Ashley Judd was considered for the lead role.

Nominated for 7 Razzie Awards winning 4 - Worst Picture, Worst Director, Worst Screenplay and Worst Actress (Halle Berry).

Cost $100m - Box Office $82.1m

Tagline - Halle Berry is Catwoman.

IMDB rating 3.2

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Elektra (2005)

Elektra (2005)

Elektra (2005)

Elektra (2005)

Elektra (2005) Directed by Rob Bowman. 97mins (100mins)

Jennifer Garner - Elektra Natchios

Also starring Goran Visnjic, Kirsten Prout, Will Yun Lee, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Natassia Malthe and Terence Stamp.

Elektra was created by Frank Miller, she first appeared in Marvel Comics Daredevil #168 in 1981.

Ben Affleck filmed a cameo as Daredevil which was ultimately cut from the film.

Cost $43m - Box Office $56.6m

Tagline - Born to fight. Trained to kill.

IMDB rating 4.8

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Constantine (2005)

Constantine (2005)

Constantine (2005) Directed by Francis Lawrence. 121mins.

Keanu Reeves - John Constantine
Rachel Weisz - Angela Dodson

Also starring Shia LaBeouf, Djimon Hounsou, Max Baker, Tilda Swinton as Gabriel and Peter Stormare as Lucifer.

John Constantine was created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette and Jamie Delano and first appeared in DC Comics 'The Saga of the Swamp Thing' in 1985. In 1988 Constantine starred in his own comic book which was titled 'Hellblazer'.

The film was originally titled Hellblazer but it was changed because of its similarity to another franchise title, Hellboy.

Saturn Award nomination for Best Horror Film.

Cost $100m - Box Office $230.8m

Tagline - Hell wants him. Heaven won't take him. Earth needs him.

IMDB rating 6.8

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Sin City (2005)

Sin City (2005)

Sin City (2005)

Sin City (2005)

Sin City (2005) Directed by Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller. 124mins (147mins)

Bruce Willis as Det. John Hartigan
Jessica Alba as Nancy Callahan
Clive Owen as Dwight McCarthy
Rosario Dawson as Gail
Benicio del Toro as Jack Rafferty
Mickey Rourke as Marv

Also starring Devon Aoki, Powers Boothe, Michael Clarke Duncan, Carla Gugino, Josh Hartnett, Rutger Hauer, Jaime King, Michael Madsen, Brittany Murphy, Nick Stahl and Elijah Wood.

Sin City is a highly acclaimed graphic novel created by Frank Miller and serialized in 13 parts by Dark Horse Comics from 1991-1992.

The graphic novel was used as a storyboard for the film.

Michael Douglas and Christopher Walken were offered roles in the film.

Set in Basin City, a fictional American town.

Nominated for 5 Saturn Awards winning 3 - Best Action Film, Best Supporting Actor (Mickey Rourke) and Best DVD Release.

Cost $40m - Box Office $158.7m

Tagline - Walk down the right back alley in Sin City and you can find anything.

IMDB rating 8.2

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Man-Thing (2005)

Man-Thing (2005)

Man-Thing (2005) Directed by Brett Leonard. 105mins.

Starring Matthew Le Nevez, Rachael Taylor, Jack Thompson, Alex O'Loughlin, Steve Bastoni, Robert Mammone and Conan Stevens as Man-Thing.

Man-Thing was created by writers Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and artist Gray Morrow, it first appeared in Marvel Comics 'Savage Tales #1 in 1971.

Premiered on the Sci-Fi Channel before its direct to DVD release.

Tagline - When Nature Fights Back!

IMDB rating 4.1

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Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins (2005)

Batman Begins (2005) Directed by Christopher Nolan. 140mins.

Christian Bale - Bruce Wayne / Batman
Michael Caine - Alfred Pennyworth
Liam Neeson - Henri Ducard
Katie Holmes - Rachel Dawes
Gary Oldman - Jim Gordon
Morgan Freeman - Lucius Fox
Cillian Murphy - Dr. Jonathan Crane / Scarecrow
Rutger Hauer - William Earle
Tom Wilkinson - Carmine Falcone
Ken Watanabe - Ra's Al Ghul

Batman was created by Bob Kane and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939.

Christian Bale tested for the role wearing Val Kilmer's Batman mask from Batman Forever.

Future 'Man of Steel' Henry Cavill auditioned for the role of Batman along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Billy Crudup.

Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography.

Nominated for 9 Saturn Awards winning 3 - Best Fantasy Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Christian Bale).

Cost $150m - Box Office $374.2m

IMDB rating 8.3

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Fantastic Four (2005)

Fantastic Four (2005)

Fantastic Four (2005) Directed by Tim Story. 106mins (125mins)

Ioan Gruffudd - Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic
Jessica Alba - Sue Storm / Invisible Woman
Chris Evans - Johnny Storm / Human Torch
Michael Chiklis - Ben Grimm / The Thing
Julian McMahon - Victor von Doom / Dr. Doom
Kerry Washington - Alicia Masters

The Fantastic Four were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appearing in Marvel Comics 'The Fantastic Four #1' in 1961.

George Clooney was considered for the role of Mr. Fantastic and Tim Robbins for the role of Dr. Doom.

Saturn Award nomination for Best SF Film.

Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress (Jessica Alba).

Cost $100m - Box Office $330.5m

Tagline - Prepare for the fantastic.

IMDB rating 5.7

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