10 movies to help celebrate Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is celebrated on the first Saturday of May every year. Comic books stores will be giving away free comics and locals can join in the festivities by heading to their nearest shop.

How about enhancing your Free Comic Book Day by watching a movie or two based on comic books? There are the obvious picks: “The Avengers,” “Batman,” “Captain America,” “Iron Man,” “Spiderman,” ”Superman” and “X-Men” and all of their counterparts.

Here are 10 other films you might want to consider: 

1. “300
“This is Sparta!” according to Gerard Butler. It’s a stylized, violent movie with plenty of action based on the comic series by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. There’s also the follow up movie “300: Rise of an Empire” that’s still in theaters.

2. “Hellboy”
This fantastical movie was written and directed by Guillermo del Toro. He brings the creative and beautiful storytelling that won him an Academy Award to the comic book realm. There’s also the sequel Hellboy II: The Golden Army” which is just as beautiful, but the plot is less enthralling.  

3. “Kick-Ass
Every kid at one time or another wishes they could be a superhero. In this movie, based on the series by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita, Jr., the lead characters become real life superheroes and vigilantes. Starring as Hit-Girl, Chloë Grace Moretz had her break out role. There’s also the follow up film “Kick-Ass 2.” 

4. “Men in Black
Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones are the perfect team in the original MIB film which was originally a comic book by Lowell Cunningham. You can also catch the two sequels, “Men in Black II” and “Men in Black 3.”

5. “Mystery Men

Packed with an all-star cast, “Mystery Men” is pretty underrated. The movie is about a bunch of small time superheroes trying to save a city. It’s a mix of comedy and action.

6. “Punisher: War Zone

Based on the Marvel comic series, this reboot is more realistic and stays true to the comic it is based on when compared to other Punisher movies. 

7. “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
After falling in love, one man must defeat a horde of seven evil exes to get the girl. There’s a fun mixture of live action and the animation of a comic and there are some pretty big names in the film. 

8. “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The original three films from the ’90s are highly entertaining, especially for anyone who got the chance to watch it on VHS. There’s also the animated series with the super catchy theme song. There’s a remake in the works, set to be released later in 2014.

9. “The Rocketeer
A nostalgic, live action film based on the comic by Dave Stevens. It’s not as high-tech as some of the newer films, but still worth a view. 

10. “V for Vendetta
Probably best known as the movie Natalie Portman shaved her head for, but this film is based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd. Hugo Weaving plays a masked hero fighting against the tyranny of a future government.  

Did we miss your favorite movie based on a comic book? Share it in the comments below!