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Marvel and DC are the two brands most people tend to associate with superhero movies. After all, those characters are some of the most beloved in all entertainment mediums. Whether it’s comics, TV shows, video games, or movies, you can’t help but see characters like Batman, Spider-man, Wolverine, and Superman popping up again and again.
But what if you want to see some of the themes covered in superhero movies without having to see the same tired characters you’ve seen in just about every summer blockbuster released in the last few years?
Thankfully, Netflix has you covered with a bunch of movies that offer the superhero feel with completely different characters. And they’re all available as part of your Netflix subscription!
1. The Crow
It’s hard to find a better example of a superhero that doesn’t fit the mold than The Crow. Brandon Lee does a masterful job of bringing the dark and brooding character to life.
Make no mistake, though, because The Crow is a movie about a superhero. All the key pieces of the puzzle are there from his desire to make the world a better place by chasing down criminals—specifically the ones who murdered him and his wife. Of course, rather than arrest them, he brutally kills them, but that’s neither here nor there.
Hugo Weaving is probably best known for his role as Agent Smith in The Matrix or for his time Elrond in The Lord of the Rings, but my favorite role is most certainly V. Sure, we never actually see Weaving without his mask, but that doesn’t stop him from putting on an incredible show for all who see V For Vendetta.
This movie is all about the titular character trying to bring down an oppressive government to improve the condition of the world. His means are a bit questionable perhaps, but his lofty goals are as noble as they come.
This is an example of a movie that’s clearly a superhero movie. But the fact that the main character has superpowers is about the only place where this film matches up with other films in the genre.
The film is all about an average man who is possessed with superpowers. As you might expect, this changes his world completely, but he ends up needing to use those powers to help his daughter.
The Incredibles 2 makes no attempt to hide the fact that it’s a superhero movie. It’s not parading around like an action movie with characters acting like superheroes. Rather, it’s just a fun animated movie about a family of superheroes that’s enjoyable for the whole family.
Obviously, this movie won’t be for everyone because of its animated aesthetic, but if you’re looking for a superhero movie that your kids will enjoy, and you still want some fun action, give The Incredibles a shot. After all, it’s the animated look that makes it different.
5. Aeon Flux
Aeon Flux is an interesting film that features a heaping helping of science fiction and spy action. The movie adaptation of the television show with the same name features Charlize Theron as the main character, and she’s definitely a badass in it.
While it may not look like a superhero movie at first glance, Aeon Flux definitely hits all the key requirements, and Theron really feels just as awesome as some of the most beloved Marvel and DC characters. She carries herself like a true superhero, and the incredible fight scenes could easily be swapped with Batman and not look at all out of place.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is one of those movies that I don’t think anyone would debate being a superhero movie, as it’s quite obvious what the creators were going for. But it most definitely fits the mold for our purposes, as it’s most definitely very offbeat and different.
If you’re a fan of Michael Cera’s style of comedy mixed with some cool special effects and action, you should give this movie a go the next time you’re looking for something a little different to watch with that Netflix subscription.