Guillermo del Toro is turning 53 today. He began making homemade shorts with a Super 8 camera as a child. He made two shorts in his early twenties and worked as a makeup artist on several Mexican films before making his first feature in 1993, a horror film titled Cronos that received critical praise and was his first time working with actor Ron Perlman. Like many of his subsequent films it had some kind of fantasy/sci-fi element, as did his first Hollywood film, Mimic.
Del Toro has not been a hitmaker as a director; his biggest commercial success was probably Blade II, which of all his directing efforts was likely the one over which he had the least creative control. However, almost all of his films since the turn of the century have received positive critical responses. He has made two films in Spain, The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth, the latter of which won three Oscars out of six nominations. His American productions include Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, the upcoming The Shape of Water, and the two Hellboy films.
In anticipation of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I ranked all of the Superman movies from worst to first. Naturally, I asked readers to do the same. And once again, the readers and I were mostly in agreement. But while the overall rankings were pretty close to my own, there was one movie in particular where readers were extremely conflicted.
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Later this month, Superman and Batman will appear on the big screen for the first time. Leading up to the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, we’ll be looking back at the cinematic history of the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. To kick things off, we’re going to rank the Superman movies from worst to first.
Let me start off by saying something that is very hard for me to say as a lifelong Superman fan. Most of the movies featuring the Last Son of Krypton aren’t very good. There’s really only two that are worth watching. For the rest of the bunch, we’re splitting hairs to determine which belong at the bottom of the barrel.
On their Daly Show, Tim Daly (the voice of Superman) and his son Sam take on Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman). Mostly they just quote every recent Batman and Superman movie. But no necks are snapped. And coming from these guys, it’s all awesome.