Nowadays, the blockbuster films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC Comics successfully lure out people from their homes to their local theaters (with pretty affordable ticket prices) to get in on the excitement of the superheroes bring to the big screen.
However, if you feel like you need a break from these two giant franchises but still want to enjoy superhero movies, you’re not entirely out of options.
There are still quite a few other superhero films that will excite you and make your imaginations run wild.
What are these other movies? Here are a few that are some that you can schedule for your next alternative superhero movie night:
The Matrix (1999)
Garnering a whopping 88% rating at Rotten Tomatoes and an astounding $463.5 million in the box office, The Matrix is definitely one of the biggest superhero movies of all time.
This award-winning science fiction film by the Wachowskis won over the hearts of millions of viewers worldwide. With its styling, visuals, and a very fresh take on the superhero genre, it offered something very different that made it a major trendsetter for generations to come.
Dubbed by many as a modern classic, the Matrix (and the entire trilogy) has become and continues to be a touchstone of American pop culture.
Lots of critics believe that Unbreakable was way ahead of its time and in some sense, it’s easy to see why. First off, it was released before comic book adaptations were a thing that the movie had to explain the concept to the audience at the beginning of the film.
It was also not exactly marketed to be a superhero origin story, so some people who went in to see something similar to the Sixth Sense found themselves surprised by the story. In any case, the narrative is very interesting and would’ve been a bigger hit if it were released a bit later, alongside other superhero films.
Although some critics called this one of the many attempts to get in on the trend that Tim Burton’s Batman started, Sam Raimi’s Darkman was still able to make a mark at the time of its release. It wasn’t a big hit but it did rather well at the box office. It even spawned two direct to VHS sequels later on.
What made this movie special is that while it is a superhero film, the protagonist is not the most morally upright character. He’s out for revenge and executes those who wronged him in the most R-rated fashion.
It may not exactly be as popular as the other movies mentioned here but since this film has its own cult following, we believe it deserves a spot on this list.
Hancock may have been severely criticized by reviewers for its confusing storytelling but other critics praise it for the message it was trying to send. It’s certainly different from all of the other superhero movies we know since John Hancock is not your typical do-gooder.
The best take on this film is how it taps into the themes of power and responsibility that not a lot of superheroes are known for. Some call it messianic but the movie really unpacks a lot when you look at it closely.
The Incredibles (2004)
The Incredibles is possibly the best example of a family-friendly superhero film that will appeal to viewers of all ages. It has everything you want in an animated film. It’s heartwarming, funny, relatable, and has a whole lot of action. The story is good, too, and it’s definitely a timeless classic that you can still enjoy years down the line.
The Crow (1994)
Younger audiences might think that the Crow is cheesy at first glance but it’s a cult classic that is the perfect example of the American Gothic genre. It’s visually haunting and is hailed as the best performance of the lead actor, Brandon Lee. It also helps that a lot of mystery surrounds the film, some even go as far as calling it the most cursed movie ever.
2012’s Dredd may seem like a remake of the 1995 Judge Dredd but the only thing the two movies have in common is their source material. Critics praise the newer version for perfectly capturing the comic strip’s gritty spirit with its unabashed violence, self-satire, and deadpan humor. It’s a lot like your regular superhero movie but it’s also not, making it more enjoyable and interesting to watch.
Known for its faithful adaptation of the source material, Watchmen is another example of a different take on superhero films. The story is wonderful but if you didn’t read the graphic novel, it can be quite hard to follow the narrative.