Dark Knight, Spiderman Tops THR’s List of “The Top 10 Summer Superheroes.”

Ahhh … Summer. Where would we be without the filmed adventures of some costumed do-gooder to offer us some respite from the heat?

In recognition of the fact that Superheroes rule at the cinema during the dog days of summer, the good folks at the Hollywood Reporter have put together a photo essay of the Top 10 Moments Ever in Superhero Cinema.

Unsurprisingly, ruling the roost is the late Heath Ledger’s truly terrifying turn as The Joker in “The Dark Knight Returns.” We can’t say we agree with the inclusion of “Spiderman 3: Jazz Hands,” in the No. 2 spot. But we’re not the ones making the lists here.

The first — and best — “Spiderman” finishes third, with “Spiderman 2,” and the Will Smith vehicle “Hancock” (???) rounding out the Top Five.

Click through for the full list.

Meanwhile, indispensable Sci-Fi site IO9 talks to earthbound geek god Joss Wheedon, who explains why he almost didn’t sign to direct next summer’s massive anticipated Avengers flick. It’s well worth your time.

To finish things out, here’s a bit of Spiderman animation from “Spiderman and his Amazing Friends.” Y’know, just because …

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