With that in mind, I began studying comic book movies not by title, but by character. Over the course of doing so, I came up with a formula that would provide a “Power Ranking” for each hero. You can read the final results of the Superhero Power Ranking over at MTV.com, but here’s a breakdown of what went into those rankings.
Looking to factor in box-office success, critical acclaim and comic sales, we assembled these four categories:
– Opening weekend of every movie the character has been in (since “Wolverine” is so new, we won’t know its full take for awhile)
– Number of Oscar nominations the films have received (big surprise — Batman kicked butt here)
– The Tomatometer ranking (the higher the number between 1-100, the better it was reviewed by critics)
– The number of times a comic starring the character placed #1 in the charts, dating back to September 1996 (based on the list here)
Although I’m not a mathematician or anything, I added up each category and multiplied them, and we got the numbers that you can see in our article. And in my opinion, they seem pretty accurate with Batman, Spider-Man and Superman at the top and Wolverine closing in.
Hopefully, we’ll revisit the formula in the months to come as additional superhero movies come out. If any aspiring mathematicians/geeks out there have suggestions on how to tweak the Power rankings, please post them below.
What do you guys think? Do our Power Rankings do a decent job of reflecting where these characters stand right now in Hollywood and on the comic shelves? If not, who do you think should be higher or lower?