Heath Ledger starred as The Joker in Christopher Nolan's 'The Dark Knight,' No. 1 on the list. (Warner Bros.)
That's the verdict of a survey of more than 7,000 respondents, with "The Dark Knight" from 2008 and starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger topping the list.
When it comes to comic-book movies, no one shines like The Dark Knight.
That's the verdict of a survey of more than 7,000 respondents by ranker.com, a polling and social media site that searched for cinema's best spandex hero for the Thursday launch of Comic-Con in San Diego.
The survey lists 113 comic-book movies, dating to 1940's The Green Hornet, which landed at No. 106.
Director Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy dominated the top five: No. 1, The Dark Knight (2008); No. 2, Batman Begins (2005); No. 3, X-Men: First Class (2011); No. 4, Iron Man (2008); and No. 5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012).
Brian Gilmore, head of content at ranker.com, says Nolan's dominance over the list indicates his ascension to godfather of comic-book movies. He also produced this year's Superman reboot Man of Steel, which was No. 25.
"Comic-book movies really didn't get taken seriously, as something more than a fad, until Spider-Man," the 2002 Sam Raimi version of the web-slinger, Gilmore says.
But Nolan "turned it from a trend into a genre in its own right. He didn't give a wink to the audience or to your childhood. He treated these as serious films, and he is a serious director. He brought the genre respect."
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SOURCE: USA Today