The 10 Greatest Film and TV Superheroes

From Superman to the Green Lantern, Peter Travers picks his favorites
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Iron Man

Even if you know diddly about the character Marvel created in 1963, Robert Downey Jr. brings real creative juice to the party that is 2008's Iron Man (forget the disappointing 2010 sequel). Hard to believe that Iron Man and his alter ego, boozing, lecherous, right-wing manufacturer of WMDs Tony Stark, had never been exploited as movie subjects before. You can feel the exhilaration in the telling and updating of this origin story as Tony gets blown up by his own weapons in Afghanistan and builds an iron suit that powers his shrapnel-shattered heart. Downey does something resonant for this flying hunk of metal: He gives Iron Man a soul.

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