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.
- 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
- Released: 2004
- Directed by: Brad Bird
- 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
- Released: 2004
- Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
- Photo: Walt Disney Pictures
What do you do with superpowered teens? Send them to high school! Sky High follows the son of a superhero,Will Stronghold, and his friends as they learn how to become champion-level superheroes from their teachers.
Things take a turn when Will finds out that his date to the school dance is the daughter of one his dad's old supervillains.
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- Actors: Kurt Russell, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lynda Carter, Kelly Preston, Danielle Panabaker
- Released: 2005
- Directed by: Mike Mitchell
- Photo: Touchstone Pictures
After David Dunn miraculously survives a train crash, a strange man offers Dunn an explanation for why he alone walked away unharmed - he has superpowers. While Dunn initially finds this reasoning absurd, he slowly discovers more and more special abilities within him.
Unbreakable is a non-traditional superhero origin film that relies on a lot of suspense.
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- Actors: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, M. Night Shyamalan, Eamonn Walker
- Released: 2000
- Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan