Total Nerd 14 Superhero Movies You Need To Watch If You're Bored Of Marvel And DC  

Erik Barnes
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It seems like Marvel and DC are premiering a new superhero film every other month. However, even though there are some great DC animated films and fantasic Marvel superhero movies, there are many enjoyable standalone superhero movies that don't come from their franchises. Hell, they aren't even part of their comic book companies. 

There are some indie superhero movies, original takes on the superhero genre, and original superpowered films that aren't based on a comic or cartoon that are pretty entertaining. Did you remember crying out, "COWABUNGA!" when you saw the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Ever utter, "Hell yeah" while watching Hellboy? What about the fantastic animated action of The Incredibles? Read on for a list of some of the best non-DC or Marvel superhero movies that you can catch up on Amazon Prime or Netflix.


The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 14 Superhero Movies You Need To Watch If You're Bored Of Marvel And DC
Photo:  Disney Pixar

One of Pixar's most dynamic films is about a family of superheroes. Married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elasti-Girl are forced into retirement after the government bans superpowered activities. While Mr. Incredible is happy being a father and husband, the call for adventure is too strong for him to ignore. The Incredibles is the best Fantastic Four movie ever made and it isn't even about Marvel's First Family. 

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Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Craig T. Nelson, Wallace Shawn, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

Also Ranked

#5 on The Best Oscar-Winning Animated Films

#5 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#15 on The Best Movies for Kids

#15 on The Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

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Hellboy


Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 14 Superhero Movies You Need To Watch If You're Bored Of Marvel And DC
Photo:  Columbia Pictures

Based off of Mike Mignola's critically acclaimed comic book, Hellboy is essentially Raiders of the Lost Ark mixed with monsters and Ghostbusters. Towards the end of World War II, the Axis powers open up a portal and bring a baby demon into this world. That baby is then taken by the Allies. Sixty years later, that demon, named Hellboy, is a top agent for the Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense. With his field team consisting of an aquatic fish man and a pyrokinetic woman, Hellboy and the BPRD defend the US from hostile supernatural forces.

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Actors: John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, David Hyde Pierce, + more

Initial Release: 2004

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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#31 on The Scariest Giant Monster Movies

#24 on The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

#22 on The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

#8 on The Very Best of Hellboy

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 14 Superhero Movies You Need To Watch If You're Bored Of Marvel And DC
Photo:  New Line Cinema

With multiple sequels and reboots, one of these films was going to be on the list, so it may as well be the one that started it all. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles follows four mutant turtles that are trained in ninjustu as they spend their teenage years fighting off a New York crime wave caused by their master's longtime enemy. A fun yet strangely emotional film that was, at one point, the most profitable independent film of all time.

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Actors: Corey Feldman, Sam Rockwell, Elias Koteas, Skeet Ulrich, Josh Pais, + more

Initial Release: 1990

Directed by: Steve Barron

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#74 on The Very Best Movie Franchises

#19 on The Best Movies of 1990

#46 on The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

#33 on The Best Adventure Movies for Kids

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Kick-Ass


Kick-Ass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 14 Superhero Movies You Need To Watch If You're Bored Of Marvel And DC
Photo:  Lions Gate

A realistic look at costumed vigilantism with unrealistically hyper-violent action, Kick-Ass is about a loser teen that reinvents himself as a superhero, despite not having any superpowers or skills at all. Joining his fight against crime is the father/daughter vigilante team of Big Daddy and Hit-Girl, who takes things to the extreme by shooting, maiming, and slashing through bad guys in a way that would make The Punisher proud. It's a great comedy-action film that is not for the faint of heart or stomach.

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Actors: Nicolas Cage, Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mark Strong, Craig Ferguson, + more

Initial Release: 2010

Directed by: Matthew Vaughn

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#57 on List of Movies Like Inception

#32 on The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

#25 on The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time

#72 on The Best Movies to Watch on Mushrooms

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