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10 Best Superhero Movie Sequels 

Kick-Ass 2 hits theaters on Friday, the latest superhero sequel in a summer full of superhero movies. Here are ten other sequels worth a second viewing.

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Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Despite the giddy, gory ridiculousness of Kick-Ass 2, this summer's most violent yet least punishing comic-book movie, there's a kernel of ugly human truth at the core of the Kick-Ass fantasy.

Also read: "Kick-Ass 2: Superheroes vs. Meaning"
The Toxic Avenger Part II (1989)

Blade II (2002)

Guillermo del Toro took over directing duties from Stephen Norrington for the sequel to Blade, a film were Wesley Snipes' Blade teams up with the vampires instead of hunting them to take on a more dangerous, common enemy.

Also read: "Before Pacific Rim: The Films of Guillermo del Toro"
Batman Returns (1992)

In this first sequel to 1989's Batman, the Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) is up against the Penguin (Danny DeVito), the hideously deformed scion of a wealthy Gotham City family.

X2: X-Men United (2003)

Mutants continue their struggle against a society that fears and distrusts them. Their cause becomes even more desperate following an incredible attack by an undetermined assailant possessing extraordinary abilities.
Spider-Man 2 (2004)

Two years have passed since the mild-mannered Peter Parker walked away from his longtime love Mary Jane Watson and decided to take the road to responsibility as Spider-Man.

Also read: "The Man Who Killed Spider-Man"
Hellboy II (2008)

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader, who treads the world above and the one below, defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it's up to the planet's toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders.

Also read: "Devil May Care About Hellboy II"
Superman II (1980)

Between giving up his super powers, confronting criminals from outer space, and having problems with his girlfriend, it's a bad time to be the Man of Steel in this sequel to the 1978 blockbuster.

Also read: "Superman Movies Matter More Than the Comics: A Film-by-Film Breakdown"
The Dark Knight (2008)

What a brooding pleasure it is to return to Christopher Nolan's Gotham City--if "pleasure" is the right word for a movie that gazes so deeply and sometimes despairingly into the souls of restless men. In The Dark Knight, the continuation of Nolan's superb 2005 reboot of the Batman franchise, Batman Begins, fair Gotham is a modestly cleaner, better-lit place than it was when last we saw it, if still a far stretch from the shining city on a hill its winged protector believes it can be.

Also read: "Heath Ledger Peers Into The Abyss in The Dark Knight"
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The second entry in George Lucas' Star Wars trilogy finds Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the green-as-grass hero from the first film, now a seasoned space warrior.
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Kick-Ass 2 (2013)

Despite the giddy, gory ridiculousness of Kick-Ass 2, this summer's most violent yet least punishing comic-book movie, there's a kernel of ugly human truth at the core of the Kick-Ass fantasy.

Also read: "Kick-Ass 2: Superheroes vs. Meaning"
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