Jacob Levy gushes over the sequel to X-Men, which debuted yesterday. It sounds good. I never saw the first in theaters, although I own the DVD.
For whatever reason, maybe it’s the improved FX made possible by modern CGI, but the comic book based live action dramas of the last couple of years have been radically better than their antecedents. The TV Superman of the 1950s was unwatchable. The 1960s Batman was amusing, but had little to do with the comic book. The Christopher Reed Superman movies, except the dreadful thing with the missiles, were enjoyable but, also, so loosely based on the comics as to be annoying to an afficionado. Ditto the Batman movies of the 1980s and 1990s, although some were better than others. The Punisher movie was horrible.
Strangely, TV has been better. Even the old Bill Bixby Hulk series was quite good, if not completely faithful to the comics. More recently, both the Lois and Clark series and the ongoing Smallville show on WB are quite good depictions of the post-John Byrne Superman mythos. The movies are getting there, too. The first X-Men and Spider-Man were quite good. I haven’t seen DareDevil, but understand it was decent as well.
(Heretical Ideas has a take on this, too.)