ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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When we talk superhero movies, you think Marvel and you think DC, right?

The big two have long dominated the comic book world, and have a similar iron grip on the past forty years of cinematic superheroism. Guardians of the Galaxy, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Avengers: Age of Ultron are currently bringing the world's superheroic headlines right to Marvel and DC's doors - and with good reason.

But that doesn't mean it's always been that way...

There are other legends out there - other screen heroes we've loved over the years - and some of them might just be a match for the awesomeness of DC and Marvel's cinematic super-folk.

Everyone knows (and loves) The Incredibles, Dredd, and Hellboy, but what about some of the lesser known superheroes out there?

Here are a few of our favorites:

Hero at Large (1980)

Abar, the First Black Superman may have been the first non-DC or Marvel effort to hit the screen, but it's 1980's Hero at Large that really stole our hearts. Plus, John Ritter was in it, as well as a really young Kevin Bacon.

Condorman (1981)

With its spy-thriller premise and English musical actor (Michael Crawford) star, Condorman makes for a pretty weird superhero movie - but it's developed a cult following in recent years all the same.

The Toxic Avenger (1984)

Filled with ultra-violence, ridiculous deaths, hilariously named villains and a severely disfigured hero, The Toxic Avenger is basically the Deadpool movie we'll probably never see. Just on a really low budget. And made before Deadpool even existed.

The Rocketeer (1991)

Based on Pacific Comics' old-school hero, The Rocketeer was a big-budget box office failure on release - which is a shame, since the period-superhero flick had a lot going for it in terms of style, variety, and cast. Notably - and not coincidentally - its director Joe Johnston was later brought in by Marvel to direct the first Captain America movie.

Tank Girl (1995)

Starring Lori Petty, Ice-T, and a young Naomi Watts, Tank Girl is, to put it mildly, a bit weird. Set in a post-apocalyptic future where water is scarce, the film features mutated kangaroo people, Iggy Pop as a pedophile, a love interest who's technically a dog, and so, so much more. It, of course, bombed at the box office.

Mystery Men (1999)

Arguably the greatest superhero team-up movie ever - before The Avengers came along - Mystery Men sees a ragtag team of superheroes (including Ben Stiller's Mr. Furious and William H. Macy's The Shoveler) take on Geoffrey Rush's magnificently over-the-top Casanova Frankenstein. An all out comedy, it still manages to be one of the best superhero movies ever made.

Jumper (2008)

A seriously underrated sci-fi superhero effort, Jumper's genuinely intriguing premise is undermined slightly by a plot that doesn't really go anywhere, and a whole lot of post-Star Wars prequels hate for Hayden Christensen. Still, there's some great teleportation stuff in there, and Samuel L. Jackson is as awesome as usual.

Push (2009)

Were Push released now, it'd likely be a huge box office hit. After all, with Captain America himself, Chris Evans, in the leading role, Guardians of the Galaxy's Djimon Hounsou and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D's Ming-Na Wen in supporting roles and a funnier take on Man of Steel's gritty tone, the tale of young superhumans fighting against an evil government agency could hardly fail.

Super (2010)

Speaking of gritty tones, Super - James Gunn's previous superhero effort to Guardians of the Galaxy - has one in spades. It's also sad, affecting, and hilarious. So that pretty neatly explains how Gunn got that Guardians gig then. Plus, Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, and Nathan Fillion are all in it - just like Guardians.

Chronicle (2012)

So good it made writer Max Landis a star, and got director Josh Trank jobs directing both the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot and a Star Wars standalone movie, Chronicle showed 2012 just how much you could do without The Avengers' budget. Plus, it starred the new Green Goblin and Human Torch. Just because.

What do you guys think? Was your favorite of the non-Marvel or DC [Superheroes](channel:205406) missed out? Let us know below!


Favorite Non-Marvel or DC superhero movie?

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