We’re only a few weeks away from the battle of the century. No offense to Joe Frazier or Muhammad Ali. I’m talking about Captain America versus Iron Man in the insanely anticipated Captain America: Civil War movie coming out on May 6.
While I’ve watched (and rewatched) all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films a number of times already, I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of comic book-themed movies currently available on Netflix! So keep your super salivating at bay by catching up on some classic comic coolness!
A lot of people panned this 1996 film starring Billy Zane as the 1930s New York City crime fighter who ran around in purple spandex “Slamming Evil!” I actually enjoyed the film, most likely because Patrick McGoohan (The Prisoner) had a role in it as well. (Rated PG)
Based on the popular emo-filled comic by James O’Barr, the 1994 film starred Brandon Lee as the vengeful anti-hero Eric Draven, a murdered rockstar who comes back from the dead. (Rated R)
Okay, this one’s not your typical guys in capes duking it out. It’s a dark, political action film based on a comic book by legendary writer Alan Moore. It tells the tale of a masked freedom fighter in the UK, who takes up arms against a totalitarian government. Toss in a script by the Wachowskis (The Matrix) and some great acting by Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving, and you’ve got one real interesting film. (Rated R)
Yeah, this is the one that really started things off in terms of superhero films. We had Christopher Reeve’s Superman, but Michael Keaton surprised critics with his take on Gotham’s Caped Crusader in this 1989 film by Tim Burton. Though, Jack Nicholson’s Joker completely steals the show. (Rated PG-13)
I know, I know. It’s a love story full of beautiful people like Claire Danes and Michelle Pfeiffer. Oh, and it features Robert De Niro in a dress. But trust me, this imaginative tale about a fallen star that takes on human form is worth a viewing. After all, it’s based on a story by comic superstar Neil Gaiman. (Rated PG-13)
I always loved Hellboy’s look but never really got too into his comic series by Mike Mignola. But this 2004 film starring Ron Perlman is an absolute blast. It’s just zany, jokey fun brought to you by the brilliantly creative mind of director Guillermo del Toro. (Rated PG-13)
Have you ever seen Liam Neeson in a bad movie? (Okay, fine. the Star Wars Prequels don’t count, plus he was at least good in them.). Neeson stars as a brilliant scientist who’s almost killed by gangsters in a massive explosion. Instead, he survives to become a crazy strong, slightly insane antihero bent on revenge. (Rated R)
What are some of your favorite obscure comic book movies?