The recent release of the trailer for ‘Glass’, the long-awaited sequel to ‘The Protected’ and ‘Multiple’, has served to remind us that the superhero film is not exclusive to characters from Marvel and DC, the two studios that are dominating this type of proposals during the last years on the big screen. Already ‘The protégé’ is a fundamental work, but there are more titles that are worthwhile.
Next we will review the 18 best movies of superheroes that are not Marvel or DC, so they have been left out both the one made by both studios and those that other companies have taken forward from their characters. As usual, it is a personal selection, keep it in mind before putting the cry in the sky by the absence or presence of certain tapes. Without further ado, I leave you with them:
Direction : Alejandro González Iñárritu
Cast : Michael Keaton, Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan, Andrea Riseborough, Lindsay Duncan, Merritt Wever, Joel Garland, Natalie Gold, Clark Middleton, Bill Camp, Teena Byrd, Anna Hardwick, Stefano Villabona
The tape that further away from what one would understand as a movie of superheroes of the 13 included in this list, since the fact that the protagonist gave life to a superhero years ago irremediably marked both his life and his career. Then the film goes in other directions to give us a frantic show with a delicious cast led by Michael Keaton.
Direction : Liam Neeson
Cast : Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Nelson Mashita, Jesse Lawrence Ferguson, Ted Raimi, Jenny Agutter, Dan Hicks, Nicholas Worth, Julius Harris, Toru Tanaka, Dan Bell, Bruce Campbell, Frank Noon, William Dear
Universal wanted to make a superhero movie and did not get the rights of some pre-existing characters, so he decided to bet on one created by Sam Raimi as a tribute to the horror film of that same company from the 30s. With an unusual cast but impeccable, Raimi pulled out a single tape that would later have several sequels that were not up to it, either without his presence or that of Liam Neeson.
Direction : Pete Travis
Cast : Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, Lena Headey, Wood Harris, Warrick Grier, Domhnall Gleeson, Rakie Ayola, Deobia Oparei, Jason Cope, Langley Kirkwood, Andile Mngadi, Porteus Xandau, Rachel Wood, Emma Breschi, Tamer Burjaq
The character already had an earlier incarnation starring Sylvester Stallone whose existence is almost better to ignore, but the second attempt was more interesting despite all the production problems that the film went through. Here we opted for a direct action proposal to the grain led by a convincing Karl Urban. I am not among her greatest defenders, but she has enough virtues to enjoy it.
Direction : Alex Proyas
Cast : Brandon Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Bai Ling, David Patrick Kelly, David Angel, Anna Thomson, David Rochelle, Jon Polito
Eric Draven is such a singular character that he does not fit into the use of the superhero label. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to speak of a dark vigilante immortalized by Brandon Lee’s latest interpretation. The film, based on the comic created by James O’Barr, also has a very distinctive visual style that has also proved essential to become a cult film.
Direction : M. Night Shyamalan
Cast : Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, Eamonn Walker, Leslie Stefanson, Johnny Hiram Jamison, M. Night Shyamalan, Julia Yorks, James Handy
The best film of M. Night Shyamalan is revealing little by little its nature – perhaps the most questionable is the scene of the son of the hero with a gun – to amaze us with its wonderful outcome. Bruce Willis is a protagonist of the most inspired and Samuel L. Jackson gives the replica to perfection. It is something that we already knew thanks to the excellent third installment of ‘Crystal Jungle’, but here the Indian filmmaker takes it to his land to give us a practically round work.
Direction : Peter Berg
Cast : Will Smith, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Eddie Marsan, Jae Head, David Mattey, Maetrix Fitten, Thomas Lennon, Johnny Galecki, Hayley Marie Norman, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Mann, Brad Leland, Tran Trieu, Darrell Foster, Daeg Faerch
The most ambitious response of Hollywood to the superhero movies of the first decade of the 21st century without it being a previously created character. It is easy to stay with only the past image of the charismatic protagonist played by Will Smith, but then the film took a decided step in a curious mythology that did not end up crystallizing in an outcome to match, but left wanting a sequel that we will never see.
6‘Hellboy 1 & 2’
Address : Guillermo del Toro
Cast : Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Rupert Evans, John Hurt, Doug Jones, Jeffrey Tambor, Karel Roden, Ladislav Beran, Corey Johnson, Biddy Hodson, Kevin Trainor, Brian Caspe, James Babson
The character created by Mike Mignola came alive thanks to Guillermo del Toro in an adventure that found Ron Perlman the ideal actor to play this heroic demon, accompanied by a very well chosen cast. Very convincing visually, also has the tone that required the character to shine.
The sequel was not bad either, but for me it is clearly below its predecessor. There is a greater effort in the visual to bring it closer to the style of the comic, but in return we are looking for a more generalist tone that does not control the use of humor so well. Despite this, it remains a most entertaining proposal.
Direction : Matthew Vaughn
Cast : Aaron Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Nicolas Cage, Mark Strong, Lyndsy Fonseca, Clark Duke, Evan Peters, Garrett M. Brown, Elizabeth McGovern, Adrian Martinez
Here we make a small trap, since the original comic is published by a company owned by Marvel made so that great artists of the cartoon can publish more personal projects there instead of going to the competition. For that reason we have thought it appropriate to include here this prank that does not reach the level of the original work, but that only because of the Hit-Girl by Chloe Moretz is already worth it, but it is far from being the only enjoyable thing of it.
Address : Chuck Russell
Cast : Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Peter Riegert, Peter Greene, Richard Jeni, Amy Yasbeck, Orestes Matacena, Denis Forest, Reg E. Cathey, Jim Doughan, Nancy Fish, Joely Fisher, Johnny Williams, Tim Bagley, Ben Stein
I have had my doubts until the last moment about the convenience of including this film starring Jim Carrey in a list of superhero films, but there are many who consider it as such and it is the comedy that put on the map its charismatic protagonist and also to Cameron Diaz. A visual and gesture waste of Carrey with some action ingredients and black movies in which practically anything was possible despite lowering somewhat the wild tone of the original Dark Horse comic.
9‘The incredible 1 and 2’
Direction : Brad Bird
There are few who highlight the first installment as the best superhero movie of all time and I will not be the one to discuss it – although there are another couple of titles that are there there. Brad Bird took a film typology that had not yet fully exploded – the Marvel universe would not start until several years later – and offered us a first-class adventure with charismatic characters and first-class fun.
In the sequel, which does not arrive in Spain until next August 3, the novelty factor is lost but the idea of focusing on Elastigirl works very well, the adventures of Mr. Incredible as a housewife are very funny and there is a handful of unforgettable scenes. Yes it stays below the first, but still worth it.
Direction : Tom McGrath
Technically it would be more a film about supervillains than superheroes, but a sympathetic vision of the latter is also offered through a parody that works better during its first act than as the plot progresses. There already begin to appear certain topics at the time of taking advantage of the curious scenarios and characters that raises, but always retains enough ingenuity for the viewer to enjoy viewing.
Address : Dean Israelite
Cast : Dacre Montgomery, Naomi Scott, RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G., Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, Bill Hader, Matt Shively, Cody Kearsley, David Denman, Robert Moloney, Anjali Jay, Sarah Gray, Morgan Taylor Campbell, Caroline Cave
The reboot of these peculiar characters was a pleasant surprise that easily surpassed his cinematic predecedents. He did it by taking the trouble to introduce us to his protagonists and to interest us more than expected for his adventures, which reach their ceiling in a final climax perhaps a tad overloaded.
Direction : Paul Verhoeven
Cast : Peter Weller, Nancy Allen, Kurtwood Smith, Miguel Ferrer, Ronny Cox, Dan O’Herlihy, Robert DoQui, Paul McCrane, Ray Wise, Jesse D. Goins, Felton Perry, Del Zamora
A film with a treatment of violence unimaginable in a large Hollywood production at the moment in which Paul Verhoeven addressed without fear all the issues raised-television ads can not be removed. All this without forgetting the need to offer an entertaining story to the viewer and relying on a very well chosen cast. Peter Weller is and always will be Robocop.
Direction : Joe Johnston
Cast : Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Alan Arkin, Timothy Dalton, Paul Sorvino, Terry O’Quinn, Ed Lauter, James Handy, Tiny Ron, Jon Polito, Daniel O’Shea, Melora Hardin
Disney’s first serious attempt to get its own superhero franchise did not work as well as they expected, so the thing never happened from its first installment. Clearly derived from the success of Indiana Jones, ‘Rocketeer’ is a review of the series of the 30s and 40s with a tone as pleasant as naive. A light adventure somewhat inconsequential that needed a greater courage both in the direction and, above all, in the script.
Direction : Mike Mitchell
Cast : Kurt Russell, Kelly Preston, Michael Angarano, Danielle Panabaker, Lynda Carter, Bruce Campbell, Dave Foley, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kevin McDonald, Cloris Leachman, Steven Strait, Kelly Vitz, Nicholas Braun
A very vindicable approach of Disney to the superhero movies from a more familiar perspective. In fact, if I had seen her being a kid, it probably would have become my favorite movie at the time, since it has all the virtues to get it. However, as an adult is also a very enjoyable proposal because it is all approached with respect and ingenuity and also has a distribution of the most involved.
Direction : James Gunn
Cast: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Gregg Henry, Michael Rooker, Andre Royo, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Stephen Blackehart, Don Mac, Linda Cardellini
The first superhero movie of James Gunn before dealing with the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ franchise was marked by his hooliganism to offer a more realistic view than usual to this type of character. Rainn Wilson fits well for the title role, but it is Ellen Page as her buddy who leads the best moments of the film.
Now I pass the word to you, do you agree with our selection of the 18 best movies of superheroes that are not Marvel or DC or do you miss any?