That year, Superman and the Mole Men hit theaters, with George Reeves donning the famous costume. While the “film” itself was just a pilot for the Adventures of Superman TV show, it opened a door that has yet to be closed. Following that, Batman made his cinematic bow in 1966 – before Superman returned again over a decade later.
During the 1980s Superman appeared in three sequels to his 1978 solo movie, while Batman hit the big-time thanks to director Tim Burton in 1989. That decade also marked Marvel’s return to the cinematic fray, but the results were disastrous. Howard the Duck was greeted with poor reviews and it failed to resonate with audiences, flopping at the worldwide box office.
Off the back of that disappointment in 1986, both the Punisher and Captain America got their own eponymous films a few years later. However, the movies didn’t earn a domestic theatrical release, heading straight to video instead. Following that tricky period, 1998 proved to be a pivotal year for Marvel on the big screen.