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Top 10 Underrated Superhero Movies

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Director: Russell Mulcahy


Plot: In 30's New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.

I only sought this movie out on a random recommendation from a friend. It piqued my curiosity, especially with director Russell Mulcahy in the director's chair. Lo and behold, this is a super-cool superhero movie which works on its own terms and then some.

It has seen somewhat of a resurgence in recent years; Shout beautifully restored the movie for Blu-ray, and avid fans & collectors went gaga for it. Still, it's a shame the movie didn't get a better reception upon its initial release. I wish the planned franchise had materialised.

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People who added this item 488 Average listal rating (338 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Director: Mike Hodges


Plot: A football player and his friends travel to the planet Mongo and find themselves fighting the tyranny of Ming the Merciless to save Earth.

It might be a bit of a cheat to include this after its popularity skyrocketed following the release of Ted, but still, it remains a bit of a niche title.

Flash Gordon is a fucking blast from start to end. It's hilarious, it's exciting, and it's even better if you have beer or weed while you watch it.

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People who added this item 395 Average listal rating (279 ratings) 4.7 IMDB Rating 4.9
Director: Simon Wincer


Plot: The Phantom, descendent of a line of African heroes, travels to New York to thwart a criminal genius.

I love superhero movies from this period. Before all the OTT CGI effects, movies like The Phantom possessed a degree of grit that just doesn't exist in today's brand of digital comic book adventures. This movie is extremely fun, and it still stands up all these years on.

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People who added this item 520 Average listal rating (338 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.4
Director: Joe Johnston


Plot: A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.

I'm so glad I finally watched this movie. It really is something special. The low IMDb rating and general lack of love for this little masterpiece is fucking heartbreaking.

I've seen so many superhero movies in my time, but believe me when I say that The Rocketeer gave me goosebumps during its action scenes. The special effects are dated, yeah, but the craftsmanship and music is something to behold. This movie is great fun that deserved to become a franchise.

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People who added this item 746 Average listal rating (485 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.4
Director: Sam Raimi


Plot: A brilliant scientist left for dead returns to exact revenge on the people who burned him alive.

An original property created by Sam Raimi (who had tried to get the rights to The Shadow), Darkman is a pretty tragically underrated gem of a superhero movie. It's Liam Neeson being a badass, there are some exciting action scenes, and the whole enterprise is pretty creative. Yeah, I enjoyed it.

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People who added this item 1336 Average listal rating (876 ratings) 6 IMDB Rating 6.5
Director: Jonathan Hensleigh


Plot: An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash vengeance upon the corrupt businessman who slew his family.

Admittedly, this movie is not an overly faithful adaptation of the Punisher comic book. It is, however, a pretty damn awesome vigilante movie on its own terms, and Thomas Jane is a total badass.

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People who added this item 467 Average listal rating (296 ratings) 5.6 IMDB Rating 6
Director: Lexi Alexander


Plot: After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw.

Not so much a follow-up to the Tom Jane movie, but instead a reboot, War Zone is more faithful to the comics, and the result is a hugely cheesy action fiesta that fulfils its base goal of entertaining. I had a big dumb grin on my face for most of the movie.

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People who added this item 795 Average listal rating (497 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.1
Director: Warren Beatty


Plot: The comic strip detective finds his life vastly complicated when Breathless Mahoney makes advances towards him while he is trying to battle Big Boy Caprice's united mob.

I really don't understand the hate for this one. It's a good fun movie with impressive visual effects that stays true to its roots. I'm sick of today's gritty and grim comic book movies. Give me this flick any day.

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Director: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm


Plot: Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.

Wow. I wasn't expecting much from this early animated Batman effort, but what I got was something truly spectacular. It must be seen by anyone who enjoys comic book movies.

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Director: Kinka Usher


Plot: A group of inept amateur superheroes must try to save the day when a supervillian threatens to destroy a major superhero and the city.

I liked this movie when I saw it as a kid, and I still like it today. It's funny, has a great cast, and the characters are awesome. Very enjoyable.

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Today's marketplace is dominated with comic book/superhero movies which gross a mint at the box office and retain a huge fanbase. But there are many underappreciated gems out there which deserve your attention. Here are my top 10 underrated superhero movies you need to check out.

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Posted: 3 years, 8 months ago at Feb 19 6:47
Great choices!
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Mar 4 18:46
The Phantom and Mystery men are my childhood favorites, so I will never understand hate for those movies.
Dick Tracy is great too, I like the list
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Mar 6 14:48
I like Mystery Men too, especially when I was a kid.
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Mar 6 14:50
I also feel nostalgic thinking about The Phantom and how different superhero movies were back then...
Posted: 3 years, 7 months ago at Mar 7 0:45
I also feel nostalgic thinking about The Phantom and how different superhero movies were back then...

Oh absolutely. I do enjoy today's superhero movies, but I like the '90s style, with their wonderful film stock look, lack of CGI, and scripts which take the material seriously enough while still having a laugh. The Phantom's script was written as a freaking parody of the material, and they used that script for filming!

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