I need to be frank, Netflix doesn’t have an insane line up of superhero movies. Nothing major from the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe. But I guess you might have watched all the MCU and DCEU movies to date, because who didn’t. Its time to explore the other superhero movies that need your attention.
HBO Max took away all the DCEU movies to itself and Disney+ has all the MCU movies. I guess Netflix is left alone in the jungle to come up with its own superhero content. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are produced by Marvel Television for Netflix and got cancelled abruptly.
Netflix took the matter into their own hands and is producing superhero shows and movies like The Umbrella Academy and Project Power. Netflix also has a better number of superhero TV shows to binge which is completely a different article to discuss.
I did some good searching and made this list of movies that come under the superhero genre. Movies that incorporate superpowers and vigilantism are also added to the list.
Justice League (2017)
Directors: Joss Whedon, Zack Snyder
Cast: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, J. K. Simmons, Amber Heard, Ciarán Hinds
The world is in danger and needs to be saved again. This time, it’s Steppenwolf. After almost being the reason for killing Superman, Batman must gather a team of superheroes, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and Flash to defeat the enemy. Superman is buried in a grave cause he’s dead, but is he though?
Power Project (2020)
Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
Cast: Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Dominique Fishback, Machine Gun Kelly, Rodrigo Santoro, Courtney B. Vance, Amy Landecker
A pill that grants temporary superpowers after consumption is the cause for chaos in New Orleans. A former soldier, a teen and a cop join hands to find the source of the pill’s production and end the violence and disarray.
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lyndsy Fonseca, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Mark Strong
Dave Lizewski plans to become a superhero in the real world after being inspired by reading a ton a lot of comic books. He orders a costume and calls himself Kick-Ass after wearing it, the internet loves him. Big Daddy and Hit-Girl visit Kick-Ass and motivate him to take down Frank D’Amico, an underworld mob boss.
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, Cillian Murphy
Gotham City was never so peaceful for 8 years straight. Bruce Wayne is hiding in his mansion and never wore his cape in years. Bane, a masked terrorist attacks the city and brings down Gotham to its knees forcing Batman to come back and stop the mayhem.
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Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Åkerman, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode
Rorschach’s colleague dies under uncommon circumstances. Rorschach and a group of retired superheroes(almost retired) investigate the murder and find out a deadly secret that leaves them shocked. What are they going to do about the conspiracy taking their own moral limitations into consideration?
Green Lantern (2011)
Director: Martin Campbell
Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Peter Sarsgaard, Taika Waititi, Tim Robbins, Angela Bassett
Hal Jordan is a test pilot and one day, he is chosen by a ring to become Green Lantern. Gaining superpowers, Jordan becomes the first-ever human member of Green Lantern Corps. Jordan has to defeat Parallax, an evil villain who’s about to destroy the earth.
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Director: Marc Webb
Cast: Andrew Garfield, Andrew Garfield, Sally Field, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen, Embeth Davidtz, Irrfan Khan
Peter Parker’s parents leave the house and never come back. After growing up, Peter is bullied in high school and Gwen Stacy becomes his crush. Trying to find the truth about his parents’ disappearance, Peter is bitten by a radioactive spider turning him into a strong individual. A lizard-like human is on the loose.
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The Dark Knight (2008)
Director: Christopher Nolan
Cast: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Aaron Eckhart, Cillian Murphy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ng Chin Han
Batman, Commissioner Gordon and district attorney Harvey Dent join forces and strike the criminals of Gotham City. Having no choice left, these criminals hire the Joker, a psychopathic mass murderer who promises to kill Batman and bring out the true colours of people in Gotham.
Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Cast: Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, Luke Goss, Anna Walton, Seth MacFarlane, John Hurt, Jeffrey Tambor
Hellboy and his team of superheroes are exposed to the world, their identities are not a secret anymore, in spite of that, they have to come together to stop Nuada, an evil prince trying to bring back the Golden Army to life and conquer the earth.
The Old Guard (2020)
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Charlize Theron, Kiki Layne, Harry Melling, Matthias Schoenaerts, Marwan Kenzari, Luca Marinelli, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ngo Thanh Van
Andy, Booker, Joe and Nicky are immortal mercenaries with healing powers, they fought against the bad guys for centuries. Their confidential truth is discovered by Steven Merrick, CEO of a ubiquitous pharmaceutical company who is in plans to torture them to learn immortality.
The Mask (1994)
Director: Chuck Russell
Cast: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Greene, Amy Yasbeck, Ben Stein, Peter Riegert, Richard Jeni, Reg E. Cathey, Orestes Matacena
A wooden mask inhabited by Loki, the Norse god of mischief descends on earth and is found by Stanley Ipkiss, who upon wearing the mask transforms into “The Mask”. With powers like bending the reality at will, Stanley makes his dreams come true.
Director: Adam Randall
Cast: Bill Milner, Maisie Williams, Rory Kinnear, Miranda Richardson, Jordan Bolger, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Aymen Hamdouchi, Petrice Jones
Tom is shot in the head while making a phone call. After waking up from a coma, Tom is told that the fragments of the phone are embedded in his brain. He is not the same anymore, Tom obtains the ability to hear phone transmissions and sees digital signals. Tom becomes an app.
Director: Javier Ruiz Caldera
Cast: Alexandra Jiménez, Dani Rovira, Maribel Verdú, Julián López, Pedro Casablanc, Gonzalo de Castro, Gracia Olayo, Alejandro Serrano
A baby is with superpowers is created by scientist Jan on planet Chitón to fight Skorba. Circumstances lead Jan to send the baby to earth in a spaceship which is followed by Skorba’s daughter, Ágata to capture him. The baby lands in Spain and Ágata lands in the United States of America.
Batman Ninja (2018)
Director: Junpei Mizusaki
Cast: Eric Bauza, Tara Strong, Kōichi Yamadera, Wataru Takagi, Ai Kakuma, Rie Kugimiya, Hōchū Ōtsuka, Akira Ishida, Takehito Koyasu
In a serious battle with Gorilla Grodd at the Arkham Asylum, Batman is clenched in “Quake Engine time displacement machine” created by Grodd that takes him from present Gotham City to feudal Japan, a period when civil war and political manoeuvre existed. Batman finds himself chased by samurais of the Joker.
Director: Luc Besson
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Luc Besson, Morgan Freeman, Analeigh Tipton, Amr Waked, Choi Min-Sik, Pilou Asbæk
Lucy is tricked into a drug smuggling job by her boyfriend. As the situation goes downhill, a bag of a synthetic drug, CPH4 is sewn in her abdomen. A captor kicks her in the stomach, the drug pack leaks and CPH4 enters her internal system giving her psychokinetic capabilities.
V for Vendetta (2005)
Director: James McTeigue
Cast: Natalie Portman, Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, Stephen Rea, Rupert Graves, Tim Pigott-Smith, Roger Allam
Governments have to be afraid of their people, not the other way around. Named as V, a vigilante intents to take down the totalitarian government of Britain using intimidate methods. By doing that, V falls in love with Evey Hammond and seeks her help for his mission.
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Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Betty Gabriel, Harrison Gilbertson, Benedict Hardie, Simon Maiden, Richard Cawthorne
Grey and his wife Ash are attacked by four men. Ash is killed and Grey is shot in the neck leaving him a quadriplegic. Eron, a billionaire insists Grey on getting a chip with an unlimited potential installed in his body, Grey agrees and restore his ability to walk. With this Upgrade, he embarks to seek revenge.
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