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All Superhero Movies By Date

Here at Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights, my goal is to seek out and watch every superhero and comic book based movie out there, this is my attempt at creating a comprehensive list of every single one I can find as well as the ones coming out in the near future. Aside from the traditional theatrical releases, I’m also including: Straight-to-Video releases including low budget knock-off films, TV movies including feature-length stand alone pilots, foreign films & anime movies. I’m currently excluding: movie serials, TV series, short films, anime OVAs, and documentaries created as home video bonus content. I’m also excluding fan films, though I have featured many on this site alongside interviews with the creators in my Superhero Shorts series. Links go to my review of the movie here on this site, and I welcome comments, suggestions, and any movies that I may have missed. Also, I have included links where you can watch some of the movies through free internet streaming services officially licenced by the owner, though many may only be available to watch in the US.

All Superhero TV Series By Date

(via Channel: Superhero)

Criteria

Comic Book Film

  • The main character(s) has its origins in a comic book, graphic novel, or serialized comic strip published in the US or Europe.
  • The film’s specific story, production design, and/or interpretation of the characters were based on a specific comic book or graphic novel. Ex. 300, Hercules (2014)
  • The character(s) did not originate in: novels, non-serialized comic strips, Japanese Manga, mythology or folklore. Though it could still count as a superhero movie (see below).
  • The story is set in the real world and has a heavy focus on comic books, comic book culture, or comic book characters i.e. documentaries.

Superhero Film

The film contains several of these factors:

  1. The protagonist originated in a comic book or graphic novel.
  2. The hero has powers, abilities, or gadgets beyond normal human capabilities, i.e. superpowers.
  3. The hero wears a costume and/or has a hero identity that is separate from his regular identity. Ex. Batman/Bruce Wayne
  4. The film takes place in the modern day or the near future. Ex. Judge Dredd
  5. The hero and/or villain are very theatrical in their heroics and/or crimes.

Key:
none – Theatrical release
H – Home video release
A – Animated
TV – Made-for-TV movie
U – Unreleased titles
U [Country] – Foreign titles
doc – Documentary
C – based on a non-superhero comic book
CC – based around comic book culture in the “real” world

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1937

The Shadow Strikes

1938

International Crime

1945

Dick Tracy, Detective (Watch on Hulu)

1946

Behind the Mask
Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (Watch on Hulu)
The Shadow Returns
The Shadow: The Missing Lady

1947

Dick Tracy’s Dilemma (Watch on Hulu)
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (Watch on Hulu)

1950

Ôgon bat: Matenrô no kaijin – U [Japan]

1951

Superman and the Mole Men

1956

The Lone Ranger – C (Watch on Hulu)

1958

Invisible Avenger
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold – C (Watch on Hulu)

1962

Santo vs. Las Mujeres Vampiro aka Samson vs. the Vampire Women

1966

Batman: The Movie
James Batman – U [Phillipines]
Kriminal – U [Italy]
Ōgon Bat aka The Golden Bat – U [Japan]
Rat Pfink a Boo Boo
Who Wants to Kill Jessie? – CC, U [Czech]
The Wild World of Batwoman

1967

Fantabulous, Inc. – U [Italy]
Fearless Frank
Flashman – U [Italy]
The Incredible Paris Incident aka The Fantastic Argoman – U [Italy]
Superargo vs. Diabolicus – U [Italy]
The Three Fantastic Supermen – U [Italy]

1968

Avenger X aka Mister X – U [Italy]
Barbarella – C
Danger Diabolik – C
Fenomenal and the Treasure of Tutankamen – U [Italy]
Goldface the Fantastic Superman – U [Italy]
The Mark of Kriminal – C, U [Italy]
Superargo and the Faceless Giants – U [Italy]
3 Supermen in Tokyo – U [Italy]

1969

Mr. Freedom – U [France] (Watch on Hulu)

1970

3 Supermen in the Jungle – U [Italy]

1972

Tales From The Crypt – C

1973

3 Dev Adam aka 3 Giant Men – U [Turkey]
3 Supermen of the Orient – U [Italy]
3 Supermen of the West – U [Italy]
The Vault of Horror – C

1974

Flesh Gordon
Super Stooges vs. the Wonder Women – U [Italy]
Wonder Woman – TV

1975

Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze – C
Friday Foster – C
It’s a Bird… It’s a Plane… It’s Superman – TV
Super Infra-Man – U [Hong Kong]

1977

Abar: The First Black Superman

1978

Dr. Strange – TV
Superman

1979

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Captain America – TV
Captain America 2: Death Too Soon – TV
Süpermen Dönüyor aka Turkish Superman – U [Turkey]
Supersonic Man – U [Spain]
3 Supermen Against the Godfather – U [Italy]

1980

Flash GordonDracula: Sovereign of the Damned – U, A, C [Japan]
Flash Gordon
Hero at Large
Pumaman
Super Fuzz
Superman II | The Richard Donner Cut

1981

Condorman
Frankenstein – U, C, A [Japan]
Heavy Metal – A, C
The Legend of the Lone Ranger – C

1982

Flash Gordon: The Greatest Adventure of All – A, TV
Swamp Thing

1983

Return of Captain Invincible – U [Australia]
Superman III

1984

The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension
Supergirl
The Toxic Avenger (Watch on Hulu)
Sheena: Queen of the Jungle – C

1985

Weird Science – C

1986

The Adventures of the American Rabbit – A
Howard the Duck – C
3 Supermen in Santo Domingo – U [Italy]
When the Wind Blows – C, A

1987

Masters of the Universe
Robocop
Superman IV
The Spirit – TV

1988

The Incredible Hulk Returns – TV (Watch on Hulu)

1989

BatmanBatman
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk – TV (Watch on Hulu)
Moonwalker – H
The Punisher
Return of the Swamp Thing
The Toxic Avenger Part 2 (Watch on Hulu)
The Toxic Avenger Part 3: The Last Temptation of Toxie

1990

Captain America
Catman: Lethal Track – H
Darkman
The Death of the Incredible Hulk – TV
Dick Tracy
Robocop 2
Sgt. Kabukiman N.Y.P.D.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

1991

Dollman – C
Guyver
The Rocketeer
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze – I
Toxic Crusaders – H, A (Watch on YouTube)

1992

8-Man – U [Japan]
Batman Returns
Doctor Mordrid
Dr. Giggles – C

1993

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm – A
Dollman vs. Demonic Toys – C
Executioners – U [China]
The Heroic Trio – U [China]
The Meteor Man
Model By Day – TV
Robocop 3
Super Mario Bros.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Turtles in Time

1994

BlankmanThe Shadow
The Crow
Guyver: Dark Hero
Fantastic Four – U [Unreleased]
The Mask
The Shadow
Timecop – C

1995

Black Scorpion – TV
Batman Forever
Crying Freeman – U [Canada/France]
Darkman 2: Return of Durant – H
Judge Dredd
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Tales From the Crypt: Demon Knight – C
Tank Girl – C

1996

Barb Wire – C
Black Mask
The Crow: City of Angels
Darkman 3: Die, Darkman, Die – H
Generation X – TV
The Phantom
Tales From the Crypt: Bordello of Blood – C
Vampirella – H, C

1997

Batman & RobinSpawn
Black Scorpion 2: Aftershock – H
Justice League of America – TV
Men in Black
Orgazmo
Spawn
Star Kid
Steel
Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie

1998

Batman: Sub Zero – H, A
Blade
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. – TV

1999

Inspector Gadget
Iron Giant – A
Mystery Men
P.U.N.K.S. – H
Virus – C

2000

Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker – H, AX-Men
Gen 13 – U, A
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger 4 – I
The Crow: Salvation
Dark Justice aka Yup Yup Man – H
Faust: Love of the Damned – H
Heavy Metal 2000 – C, A
The Specials – I
Superguy: Behind the Cape – H
Unbreakable
Up, Up, and Away – TV
Witchblade – TV
X-Men

2001

From Hell – C
Ghost World – C
Josie and the Pussycats – C
Monkeybone – C
Pootie Tang

2002

Blade 2
Comic Book Villains – H
Men in Black II
The Powerpuff Girls Movie – A
Road to Perdition – C
Spider-man
Sting of the Black Scorpion – H, TV
Tales From the Crypt: Ritual – C

2003

American Splendor – C
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman – H, A
Bulletproof Monk – C
Daredevil: Director’s Cut
Hulk
Koi… Mil Gaya – U [India]
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Lone Ranger – TV
Timecop 2: The Berlin Decision – C
X2: X-Men United

2004

Blade: TrinityThe Incredibles
Casshern – U [Japan]
Catwoman
Comic Book: The Movie – H
Devilman – U [Japan]
Hellboy
The Incredibles – A
Lady Death – H, A, C (Watch on Hulu)
The Punisher | The Extended Cut
Silver Hawk
Sky High
Spider-man 2
Zebraman – U [Japan]

2005

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3D
Batman Begins
The Batman vs. Dracula – H, A
Constantine
The Crow: Wicked Prayer
Elektra
Fantastic Four
A History of Violence – C
Man-Thing – H
Sidekick – H
Sin City – C
Son of the Mask
V for Vendetta

2006

300 – C
Art School Confidential – C
Blade: House of Chthon – TV
Cicak Man – U [Malaysia]
Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms – H, A (Watch on Hulu)
Krrish – U [India]
Lightspeed – H
Mercury Man – U [Thailand]
Monarch of the Moon – C
My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Special
Superman Returns
Superman: Braniac Attacks – H, A
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo – H, A
Ultimate Avengers – H, A
Ultimate Avengers 2 – H, A
X-Men: The Last Stand
Zoom: Academy of Superheroes

2007

30 Days of Night – Cspider-man-3
Atom Nine Adventures – H
Ben 10: Race Against Time – TV
The Condor – H, A (Watch on Hulu)
Confessions of a Superhero – doc
The Dead One aka El Muerto – C
Doctor Strange – H, A
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Ghost Rider
Hellboy: Blood and Iron – H, A (Watch on Hulu)
Hero Tomorrow
The Invincible Iron Man – H, A
Mirageman – U [Chile]
Mosaic – H, A (Watch on Hulu)
Persepolis – U, A, C [France]
Spider-man 3
The Superhero
Superman: Doomsday – H, A
TMNT – A
Underdog

2008

13 Game of Death – C
Batman: Gotham Knight – HHellboy II
Bolt – A
Cicak Man 2 – U [Malaysia]
The Dark Knight
Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog – H
Franklyn
Hancock
Hellboy II: The Golden Army
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man
Jumper
Justice League: New Frontier – H, A
K-20: The Fiend with Twenty Faces – U [Japan]
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow – H, A
Punisher: War Zone
The Spirit
Superhero Movie
Trailer Park of Terror – C
Turok: Son of Stone – H, A, C
Wanted – C

2009

Ben 10: Alien Swarm – TV
Archives of the Fantastic – U
Defendor
Green Lantern: First Flight – H, A
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto – A (Watch on Hulu)
Homemade Vigilante – Watch on Vimeo
Hulk Vs Wolverine – H, A
Hulk Vs Thor – H, A
Paper Man
Push
Super Capers
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies – H, A
Surrogates – C
Tales of the Black Freighter/Under the Hood – H, A
Turtles Forever – TV, A
Watchmen | (Director’s Cut)
Whiteout – C
Wonder Woman – H, A
X-Men Origins: Wolverine

2010

30 Days of Night: Dark Days – C, H
The Amazing Bulk – HScott Pilgrim vs. the World
Avenging Force: The Scarab – H
Batman: Under the Red Hood – H, A
Black Lightning – U [Russia]
Dylan Dog: Dead of Night – C
Firebreather – TV, A, C
Gantz – U [Japan]
Griff the Invisible – U [Australia] (Watch on Hulu)
Iron Man 2
Jonah Hex
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths – H, A
Kick-Ass
The Losers – C
Megamind – A
The Photon Effect – H
Planet Hulk – H, A
Red – C
The Red Eagle – U [Thailand]
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Super
Superhero Me – doc
Superhero Party Clown – H
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse – H, A
Tamara Drewe – C
Zebraman 2 – U [Japan]

2011

The Green Hornet
The Adventures of Tintin
All Star Superman – H, A
Batman: Year One – H, A
Bomb Squad
Captain America: The First Avenger
Cowboys & Aliens – C
Death of a Superhero – CC
Gantz 2: Perfect Answer – U [Japan]
The Green Hornet
Green Lantern
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights – H, A
Inseparable – U [China]
Mr. and Mrs. Incredible aka Incredibly Ever After – U [China]
Pizza Man – H
Priest
Salvage Mice – U [Japan]
Somebody’s Hero
Super Demetrios – U [Greece]
Superheroes – doc
Thor
Thor: Tales of Asgard – H, A
Wrinkles aka Arrugas – A, U [Spain]
X-Men: First Class
Zokkomon – U [India]

2012

Alter EgosThe Avengers
The Amazing Cynicalman – H
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Avengers
Bad Kids Go to Hell – C
The Bad Samaritan Must Die – H
Chronicle
The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 – H, A
The Dark Knight Rises
Dredd
Electric Man – CC (Watch on Hulu)
Elf Man – H
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance
Justice League: Doom – H, A
Men in Black III – C
Mugamoodi – U [India]
Rise of the Black Bat
The Shadow Knows – Doc
Superman vs. the Elite – H, A
Thunderstorm: Return of Thor – H
Tiger and Bunny: The Beginning – U, A [Japan]
Veggietales: The League of Incredible Vegetables – H, A

2013

Man of Steel
2 Guns – C
All Superheroes Must Die aka Vs – H
Antboy – U [Denmark]
Blue is the Warmest Color – U, C [France]
Bounty Killer – C
Bullet to the Head – C
Captain Battle: Legacy War – H
Crimson
The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 – H, A
The Flashpoint Paradox – H, A
Hentai Kamen – U [Japan]
Iron Man 3
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United – H, A
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore – H, A
Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie – A
Kick-Ass 2
Krrish 3 – U [India]
Lego Batman: DC Heroes Unite – H, A
The Lone Ranger – C
Man of Steel
No Ordinary Hero
Nuigurumâ Z – U [Japan]
Red 2 – C
R.I.P.D.
Scooby Doo: Mask of the Blue Falcon – H, A
Super Buddies – H
Superman: Unbound – H, A
Thor: The Dark World
Wonder Women! – doc
The Wolverine

2014

Guardians of the Galaxy
13 Sins
Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury – U [Denmark]
300: Rise of an Empire
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and the Punisher – H, A
Batman: Assault on Arkham – H, A
Big Hero 6 – A
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – CC
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow – C
Guardians of the Galaxy
Hercules – C
I, Frankenstein – C
Iron Man and Captain America: Heroes United – H, A
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time – H, A
Justice League War – H, A
Legends of the Knight – doc
The Lego Movie – A
Mighty 7 – A, TV
Real Heroes
Robocop
The Scribbler – C
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For – C
Snowpiercer – C
Son of Batman – H, A
Sparks
Squid Man – H (Watch on Amazon Prime)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Tiger and Bunny: The Rising – U [Japan]
We Are the Best – C
X-Men: Days of Future Past | The Rogue Cut

2015Kingsman the Secret Service

28 Minute Epic – H
ABCs of Superheroes
American Hero
Ant Man
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers Grimm – H
Barbie in Princess Power – H, A
Batkid Begins – doc
Batman vs. Robin – H, A
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts – H, A
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem – H, A
The Death of “Superman Lives”; What Happened? – doc
The Diary of a Teenage Girl – C
Fantastic Four
Justice League: Gods and Monsters – H, A
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis – H, A
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom – H, A
Lego DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League – H, A
Marvel Superhero Adventures: Frost Fight – TV, A
Phantom Boy – U, A [France]
The Posthuman Project
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water – A
The Subjects – H
Superbob – U [UK]

2016Deadpool

All Superheroes Must Die 2: The Last Superhero – H
Antboy 3 – U [Denmark]
Batman: Bad Blood – H, A
Batman: The Killing Joke – H, A
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders – H, A
Batman Unlimited: Mechs Vs Mutants – H, A
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Ultimate Cut
Captain America: Civil War
The Chair 
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty

DC Superhero Girls: Hero of the Year – H, A
Deadpool 
Doctor Strange
Doomed! The Untold Story of Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four – doc
Electra Woman and Dynagirl – H
A Flying Jatt – U [India]
Gantz: 0 – A, C, U [Japan]
Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom – A, C, U [Canada]
Hulk: Where Monsters Dwell – H, A
Justice League vs. Teen Titans – H, A
Lego DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Cosmic Clash – H, A
Lego DC Super Heroes: Justice League: Gotham City Breakout – H, A
Max Steel
Spaghettiman – H
Suicide Squad
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
They Call Me Superseven – H
X-Men: Apocalypse
Zoom – CC

2017

Bad Kids of Crestview Academy – C
Justice League Dark – H, A
The Lego Batman Movie – A
Logan
Power Rangers
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract – H, A
Wilson – C
Zashchitniki aka Guardians – U [Russia]
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
Jun 16: Kingsman 2: The Golden Circle – C
Jun 23: Wonder Woman
Jul 7: Spider-Man: Homecoming
Jul 21: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
Jul 28: Atomic Blonde – C
Sep 22: The Lego Movie: Ninjago – A
Nov 3: Thor: Ragnarok
Nov 17: Justice League: Part 1
TBD: Accident Man
TBD: The Death of Stalin – C
TBD: Harbinger – C
TBD: I Kill Giants – C
TBD: My Friend Dahmer – C
TBD: Batman and Harley Quinn – H, A
TBD: Batman ’66 with Two Face – H, A

2018

Feb 16: Black Panther
Mar 23: The Flash
May 4: Avengers: Infinity War
May 18: The Lego Movie Sequel – A
Jul 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp
Jul 27: Aquaman
TBD: Bloodshot
TBD: Gambit
TBD: Henchmen – A

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  1. If you need a replacement at any point, you could do a lot worse than Green Lantern: First Flight. The animated flick from 2011. It starts off similar to the live action version with the origin story, but I think it’s actually a lot better

    • I have actually seen that one, but not Emerald Knights yet. Really enjoyed First Flight. The Warner Premier DC animated movies have all been pretty great and they are top on my list for any subs or after I finish these. There’s just so many of them it’s hard to narrow them down.

  2. If you want to throw in another comedy you can’t go wrong with Orgazmo. A porn star superhero…definitely nothing else like it! Created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the South Park guys. Wildly inappropriate, but it’s impossible to not laugh out loud!

    • I remember wanting to watch that when it first came out but never got around to it. Definitely a unique addition to the list, but I think it pretty much fits all the criteria I have for this first year. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Hey Bubbawheat, I turned up another you might want to check out. I haven’t seen it, just happened to stumble upon it on IMDb. 1983 film, The Return of Captain Invincible. (And I checked, there’s no “Captain Invincible” movie prior.) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086189/

  4. Not sure how up your alley this’ll be (I might check it out myself come November, since it seems to be super-obscure — 12 IMDb votes!) but I just came across one called Super Hero Party Clown. It’s available on Hulu, so you’ll be able to check it out without having to put any money down. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1663675/

  5. Found another obscure one for you (I’m trudging through years at IMDb finding stuff I’ve seen but haven’t ranked, or should add to my watchlist; I figure along the way I might as well toss a few things your way). Griff the Invisible; http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1509803/

    • I’ve actually seen that for sale at Target, surprised I forgot to add it to the list. It’s an Australian movie along the lines of Special and Defendor I believe, though I heard it’s pretty slow, without much going on. Appreciate the tips!

    • They actually have a not bad, but also fairly random selection of smaller and independent flicks. They also have Cashback there, which has a really interesting cover, and I’ve read a couple reviews that has made me want to watch it, but I’ve still never gotten around to it.

    • I’m for ’em! I’ve got several Japanese films on my list, and planned on watching the Bollywood films Krrsh and it’s sequels/prequels, and the 1969 Mr. Freedom is a French film. Now I just need to re-update this list again.

      • Might hold off on that just for a bit — I’m about to finish up my trawl of IMDb, and I’ve got a slew of ’em to send your way. (Considering I wasn’t setting out to find any of this stuff in particular, it’s kind of surprising… I guess the spate of superhero blockbusters has spawned a large following on the indy circuit as well.)

  6. OK, last batch here (at least, for now). I’ve finished my personal trawl of IMDb, and here are a few more things I’ve stumbled across.

    Bomb Squad http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1820402/
    Death of a Superhero (Possibly, it sounds more like a drama with a superhero comic as a subplot, but thought I’d mention it) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1384927/
    Mr. and Mrs. Incredible http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1623759/
    Somebody’s Hero http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1504489/
    Superman: Requiem (fan film) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1667443/
    Alter Egos http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1907614/

    I’m sure there are other things I’ve missed, particularly as I wasn’t looking at direct-to-video stuff, but you’re on your own for the rest. 😛

  7. One more, as it turns out. This one just went up on Hulu; two versions, I’m guessing subbed and dubbed.

    City Under Siege (Chun sing gai bei) (2010)
    http://http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1691832/

  8. You wouldn’t be able to tell the animated from the live action, would you? Like color code or something? This is an exceptional list but I have to take the title+year from here and then go look them up on other sites to find out what they are. Even just knowing live/animated would help a lot.

    • Good idea, I had been considering doing something like that, but I went ahead and labelled all the animated ones with a “- A” at the end. Eventually they will all link to reviews on this site if you want to know more about them, but I still have to watch and review them all. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I’ve only seen about 70 of them and nothing before ’77.

  10. 176 movies seen on this list starting with Supes from 78′, and there are so many I have yet to see. Haven’t realized there are so many superhero movies. There are some I have never even heard of before this day. And I search for such movies on a weekly bases.

    • Very nice number, someone close to my own heart. I’m about to hit 200 soon though there’s still a few that I’ve seen in the past that I haven’t gotten around to re-watching and reviewing.

  11. Funny? I like funny. I may give it a try in the end. Thanks.

  12. Greetings! I looked up this page because I wanted to watch a super hero themed movie as I have been binging on super hero movies lately and I wanted to see a list to refer to. I’m happy for seeing titles of movies I haven’t seen (even though as a bit of a movie buff I’m slightly ashamed as to having not seen them yet) and I’m looking forward to rewatching some movies I had forgotten. Two titles stuck out in mind for adding to your super hero movie list: The Phantom 1996 with Billy Zane and Orgazmo 1997 with Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Thanks for your write up. Cheers!

    • I do have them on my list already and hope to get around to them soon. Thanks for stopping by! As for not having seen all of them, there are quite a few obscure and lesser known movies alongside the more well known ones so don’t feel too bad for not having seen them all!

  13. This is quite a list. I’ve probably seen half of them myself, mostly the newer and more popular ones. Think I’ll bookmark this page and maybe start watching the ones I haven’t seen from the beginning. Would be nice to say that we’ve seen most if not all of every superhero/comic book movie. Although right now I’m watching all the Disney/Pixar movies in order, so this quest will have to wait until afterwards. ^^

    • At the rate that I’m watching them and how many more are coming out each month, it’ll probably be at least two years if not more before I can claim to have seen them all. It’s been a fun project so far though. The Disney/Pixar movies are a great project too and there’s a few of those I haven’t caught yet, good luck on both fronts and thanks for stopping by!

  14. Please check out my 2013 feature film, Squid Man. It tells the story of a down-on-his-luck second-rate superhero (he can shoot ink out of his fingers) struggling to get by, in a unique combination of comedy, sincerity, and general weirdness. You can watch it for free with an Amazon Prime account: http://www.amazon.com/Squid-Man-Andrew-Roth/dp/B00J69SO7W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406125938&sr=8-1&keywords=squid+man

    • Thanks for finding your way here! I will definitely add this movie to the list soon and while I don’t have Amazon Prime there is a 30 day trial I will make use of at some point in the near future.

  15. Awesome list! I’ve been looking for a list like this for a while i’m glad I found it!!! I’ve seen 205 by my count. But my personal collection is at 347 so I have a lot of movies I can add to your list! I’ll post them 10 at a time!!!

  16. ITALIAN superhero movies
    Three Fantastic Supermen (1967)
    3 Supermen In Tokyo (1968)
    3 Supermen In The Jungle (1970)
    3 Supermen Of The West (1973)
    3 Supermen In The Orient (1973)
    3 Supermen Against The Godfather(1979)
    3 Supermen In Santo Domingo (1986)
    The Mark of Kriminal (1968)
    Superargo vs. Diabolicus (1967)
    Superargo & the Faceless Giant (1968)
    More to come…

    • Tex and the lord of the deep (1985)
      Yor the Hunter from the Future (1983)
      Super Stooges vs. The Wonder Women (1974)
      Goldface the Fantastic Superman (1968)
      Avenger X (1968)
      Fenomenal (1968)
      Fantabulous (1967)
      The Fantastic Argoman (1967)
      Lucky The Inscrutable (1967) Starblack (1966)
      Ok thats all I have for Italian

      • Yeah, I include comic book adaptations, I just did a very brief check and didn’t see anything on Yor, and the one thing I glanced at for Tex said that it was based on a comic strip, not a comic book. And I exclude the comic strips or else I would also want to include the Addams Family, Garfield, Peanuts and the like. I’ll look more into it though.

    • Thanks! I got all the Italian ones so far, some I excluded because I think they’re a bit of a stretch and I couldn’t tell if they were based on a comic book.

      • Yor and tex are both based on comics. Are you looking for just superhero movies or movies based on comics as well? Yor the Hunter is based on a comic called henga Google henga comic in Google images as well tex to see comic covers

  17. Ok some random Asian Non-toku superhero movies here:
    Salvage mice (2011)-Japan
    8-man (1999)-Japan
    Heroic trio (1993)-China
    Executioners “heroic trio 2″(1993)-China Cicak-man (2006)-Malaysia
    Cicak-man 2 (2008)-Malaysia
    Cashern (2004)-Japan
    Red Eagle (2010)-Thailand
    Silverhawk (2004)-Chicago
    K-20 (2008)-Japan
    The must see movie out of the bunch is k20

  18. Doctor Mordrid – 1992… ok this one maybe a bit of a stretch without the story behind it, may still be a stretch with the story but it is part of my collection.
    *from Wikipedia* : It was produced by Charles Band and co-directed by Band and his father, Albert Band. It was written by C. Courtney Joyner and released by Full Moon Features.
    The younger Band held an option for an adaptation of the Marvel Comics character Doctor Strange, but the option expired before production could begin.[1] Instead of scrapping the project, the script was rewritten to include original characters not directly adapted from the comics property.[1] The main character originally was to be called “Doctor Mortalis”. Some early concept art was done by Jack Kirby.

  19. Dollman (1991)
    Dollman vs. Demonic Toys (1993)
    *A Dollman comic book was published by Eternity Comics
    Ben 10: Race Against Time (2007)
    Ben 10: Alien Swarm (2009)
    *note these are the made for TV live action movies.
    Sgt. Kabukiman (1991)
    *note I may have missed this one on your page but I didnt see it on the by date but I just read your citizen toxie review so I know you know this character.

    • I do know about Kabukiman, but I didn’t know enough about him to know if he was more like a superhero or more like a weird martial arts/cop movie.

      • Yeah id say its a superhero film. They even parody the I’m Batman scene with im kabukiman… As well Wikipedia has it listed as a superhero movie. And you should read the production tab on the wiki, about how the movie came about. The story is better then the movie.

  20. Supersonic man (1979)-Spanish/Italian
    *note this movie is so bad its good look up the trailer on youtube

    Mirageman (2007)-Chile

    *rest of this group should all be from the USA*
    Monarch of the moon (2006)
    The Dead one (2007)
    * both of these dvds come with a mini comic. Monarch is an original story but dead one is based on El Muerto: The Aztec Zombie comic book.

    Superguy (2000)
    *note I thought I saw this on your list but I cant find it now. Its a mockumentary

    Hero Tomorrow(2007)
    Dark justice (2000)
    Archives of the fantastic (2009)
    Atomic nine (2007)
    Suburban Commmando (1991)
    * note Suburban commando might not fit on your list but it seems he has Superhuman strength also Doc Brown puts on his armor and tries to fight crime

    **out of these movie my favorites are Mirageman and Hero tomorrow

    • If Superguy isn’t on the list it should be as I actually own that one on DVD. And thanks again for all the additions though it’ll take me a while to get around to all of them.

    • Ps dark justice is also know as yup yup man… when I looked up its date I kept finding the tv show dark justice a yup yup man search will get better results

  21. nice list but theres an astroboy live action from japan

  22. Hey hope you had a good holiday. Still have a lot to add but trying to give you a little time to update first. But I was looking around and noticed there is no love for Zorro?

    • I’ve considered it, but he doesn’t fit enough of my criteria, similarly to Conan. He originated in novels, it’s set in the past, not the modern age or near future, and he doesn’t have any super powers. There may be come comics out there, but his start was in novels. I should be doing an update pass here today hopefully.

      • it’s interesting how similar and how different our collections are for example I have no cartoons in my collection. But I have both Zorro and John Carter in my collection which were both novels. I as well do not think of conan a comic hero Slash and or superhero and those movies are not part of my collection

      • I meant to review John Carter under my “Almost Super” tag when I watched it, but never got around to it. Also, when I updated the list this time around I also updated the intro paragraph with the specific criteria I try to look at when deciding whether or not to include something in this list.

  23. Toku-heros & Henshin Heros… ok so you can get really lost in the henshin hero sub category of super hero movies… As in I could add 40 some movies and you may not know where to start. So I will just Add some must haves and if you really like it I will add more

    • You already have two must haves on your list guyver 2 dark hero and the 1st zebraman

    • Garo red requiem 2010 jp
      Kamen rider shin 1992 jp
      Kamen rider next 2007 jp
      Mechanical Violator Hakaider 1995 jp
      Ultraman the next 2004 jp
      Karate-Robo Zaborgar 2011 jp
      Masked rider the first 2005 jp
      Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie 2012
      Kikaider Reboot 2014 jp
      Specter 2005 jp

  24. any thoughts on a Green Arrow movie?…I mean if Flash is up there, and in Flash and Arrow keep alluding to more JLA characters being introduced, do you think JLA part 1 is where they’re leading up to on TV?

    • Unfortunately, DC is keeping the TV universe and movie universe separate. Grant Gustin is not playing the theatrical Flash, instead it will be Ezra Miller from Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  25. Carl Freewalt

    you forgot about Superman/Shazam: The return of black adam. Pretty good.

    • I believe it’s the only DC Showcase short I haven’t seen yet, but that’s just it. It’s a short at only 25 minutes. That’s why I don’t include it. Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it!

  26. I picked up a new movie last night at Wal-Mart it’s called beyond the mask

    • I saw that there as well, but it looked a bit too much Victorian era. I decided that unless there’s super powers & other typical superhero trappings, I don’t count masked heroes pre-1900 as “superheroes”, which includes Zorro.

      • I picked it up I’ll keep you posted if there is any super powers in the movie but I don’t think it will go there. Also Antboy 2: Revenge of the Red Fury dvds are in red box machines.
        Also picked up “black lighting” it seems like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang meets iron man. I wasn’t sure if I would have called it a superhero movie but the wiki page says superhero several times so we’ll see

      • Black Lightning also borrows heavily from Spider-Man. Thanks for the heads up on Antboy 2, I’ll look out for it.

  27. I’m trying to remember a 90s superhero-ish movie. Maybe someone can help.
    It’s set in the 30s or 40s. The backgrounds were always dark and foggy and most of the bad guys worked for the real bad guy.
    They also had facial prosthetics to accentuate their features. Very similar to what you would see in comic books.
    Thanks for any help.

    • The first thing that comes to mind is 1990’s Dick Tracy, though it was set closer to the 20’s and there were a lot of bright costumes. Everyone did wear prosthetics though. Another possibility would be Mystery Men, or the Guyver though the Guyver was full creature make up, not just facial prosthetics.

  28. Dick Tracy is what made me remember it. Extremely similar. The bad guys drove around in a van and everything was foggy.

  29. Not a complaint but you missed pilot movies

    • In general, I purposely exclude pilot movies for various reasons. Most I just consider double-length pilot episodes of TV, some are too short like Power Pack’s 30 min runtime. In general, I include them if they are: feature length (over 60 mins), did not go to series (Dr. Strange), or were repackaged/edited as a home video movie (Blade: House of Cthon)

  30. 2016 movies also include flying jatt and henchman

    • Thanks for the heads up, Henchmen looks very interesting. I will add them to the list during the next update.

      • Why u don’t give star wars and star trek in this list because they r also comic book movies

      • They were made into comic books, but Star Wars came out just a month before the movie and was based on the movie, not the other way around. Also Star Trek’s comic came out after the TV series. I only include movies where the comic came first with just a few exceptions.

      • And also flying jatt is the superhero movie.see it in wikipidea.

  31. In 2017′ kingsman the secret service 2 ‘ is releasing.

  32. R u on twitter also

  33. Ex machina is also a comic book movie

  34. Can u please follow me on twitter on @divyans111. Then we share our views about upcoming comic book movies because i m also a biggest comic book geek.

  35. In 2017 bloodshot and power rangers is releasing.

  36. Why u don’t take names of movies like dragon ball z ressurection ‘F’ and transformers age of extinction.also minions as supervillains movie.

    • Partly to keep the list a little more manageable, I would like to finish it at some point. Both are a little over the edge of sci-fi, plus there are a ton of Dragonball movies I think.

  37. And what about jupiter ascending and lucy.and TBD movie bananaman .u also have to notice on bloodshot as a best comic book movies .and also power rangers as a new flick in 2017.

    • I think Jupiter Ascending is too much sci-fi and Lucy is more sci-fi action though it’s a close one. Bananaman was supposed to come out last year and there’s been nothing but a website for over a year so it sounds like it could be dead in the water. I will add Bloodshot & Power Rangers the next time I update this list.

  38. avengers 2 u still don’t see it.but i liked ur whole movies list.it is an amazing list.i haven’t seen this type of list in my life.great job dude.

    • Thanks, and I appreciate the input & suggestions even if I don’t update this list quite as often as I used to. And I have seen Avengers 2, I just need to re-watch it so I can write about it.

  39. Can I ask u something please ,in one newspaper I read that expandable 3 is a superhero movie because of its stunt in it,but I don’t think it is a superhero movie.can u answer me that it is a superhero movie or not please.

    • Articles often try to throw the term “superhero movie” around since they’re popular lately. I haven’t seen the latter 2, but the Expendables is just a straight up action movie. They may be able to do some crazy things, but that’s not enough to call them superheroes. Same with the later Fast and the Furious movies.

  40. in 2016 rachet and clank is coming.see its trailer on youtube.

  41. cool page! im serching for such kind of movies since i was a child. you have broad a lot of them together. but I still missing some in your list what about the Old shadow movies first was 1933 if I am right. I also miss Nightman and the Cape.
    gretings from germany!

    • Welcome! I’m always looking to add movies to the list. I thought the old Shadow movies were just serials, but apparently there’s a bunch. I’ve heard of Nightman but keep forgetting to add it, but the Cape was just a TV show as far as i know.

  42. I don´t think so Cape must be relatet to marvel somehow -about the Circus that picked him up- one time the call them self “circus of crime” thre is a groop at marvel comics that called so too. if i have seen all epis.I can say more. at the moment is just suspicion.

  43. Divyansh yadav

    2017 also included ghost in the shell, power rangers and kingsman the golden circle.ghost in the shell is a manga.and in 2016 batman mech vs mutant is coming.

  44. I can’t help but notice that The Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro, two of the earliest costumed superheroes, are missing from this list.

    • I specifically left them out, I agree that they were a stepping stone to modern superheroes, but there are enough differences that I don’t quite consider them superheroes. I did watch the modern Zorro movie recently and plan to watch at least a couple more before writing about Zorro as a whole with more specific thoughts on the subject. Thanks for your comment, I appreciate it!

    • Scarlet Pimpernel did not wear a costume. I swear I think allot of people never read it but just watched that Daffy Duck cartoon, which was a as much a Zorro pastiche, and think the Pimpernel must have wore a costume too? When he wore disguises – a gypsy – old lady – soldier etc- There was no identifiable masked Pimpernel persona like there is Zorro and later Superheroes Superman, Batman, etc.

      That said as per the authors criteria, and other choices; Zorro should be on this list, definitely a bizarre bias there.

  45. Scott S. aka EYEHDM

    Zashchitniki 2017 aka Guardians (in UK and US) Russia’s version of the Avengers including a bear with a machine gun. My friend sent me a link to the trailer it looks pretty good so far. It may get a US English dubbed release… maybe?

  46. Scott S. aka EYEHDM

    Ant boy 3 is out on DVD

  47. The list has missed an indian tamil movie released on 2012 mugamoodi. The movie is much better than the indian movies listed here with lot more realistic stunts and effects. But, strongly inspired from christopher nolan’s dark knight rises(2008)…

  48. Divyansh yadav

    u missed 2016 max steel 14 oct

  49. 2017 included DreamWorks animated movie Captain Underpants.

  50. Harbinger is planned as first movie in Valiant Comics film universe now and it will be released before Bloodshot.

  51. Some more graphic novel movies for 2017:
    1.codest city.
    2.bad kids of Crestview academy .
    3.i kill giants .
    4.accident man.
    5.valerian and the city of a thousand planets.
    Please join these graphic novel movies to your list.

    • Thanks for the help, I apparently also missed Bad Kids from Hell which is the first movie and Crestview Academy is the second. I forgot to add Captain Underpants though, will get it next time around.

  52. Hey it’s good that you have completed your 2016 movies list, but you still missed two of the movies first is ‘abattoir’ and second is ‘sinister squad’ In 2016 movies lineup.

    • Thanks, I hadn’t heard about Abattoir yet, will definitely check that one out. I did watch & review Sinister Squad, but thought it was more fantasy/horror and not enough superhero so it didn’t make the list. I didn’t know enough about Ninjago, but thought it was like ninja superheroes. I will keep an eye on it and take it off the list if I think it doesn’t fit.

  53. Hey also I have a question that why you put ‘lego Ninjago movie ‘ in your list .It is not a superhero movie dude.

  54. I m giving u a current updated list of 2018:-
    1.Black Panther- 10 Feb.
    2.Pacific Rim: uprising- 23 Feb.
    3.Untitled marvel film- 2March.
    4.The Flash- 16 March.
    5.Avengers: infinity war- 4 May.
    6.The Incredibles 2- 15 June.
    7.Untitled marvel film- 29 June.
    8.Ant man and the wasp- 6 July.
    9.Untitled DC movie- 27 July.
    10.Aquaman- 5 October.
    11.Untitled marvel film- 2 November.
    12.Animated Spider-Man film- 21 December.
    13.Chew- TBA.

  55. And Lego movie sequel is set to release in 2019.

  56. divyansh yadav

    Did u watched Abbatoir

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  58. I just checked Wikipedia (I know, I’m lazy; it’s a failing) and according to them only 3 superhero movies have been made in Russia. I just can’t believe that’s true. I know they got a little behind during the Cold War, but supposedly the first Russian superhero movie came out in 2009! Can’t be true. I’d love to know what you might add to that list. I’d vouch for “August Eighth” even though the superhero is imaginary. But there has got to be more than three!

    • I’m not exactly an expert in Russian cinema and only know of two off the top of my head. Black Lightning and the Guardians. I’d probably head to Wikipedia first myself, but I’ll keep an eye out.

  59. Hi, can anyone remember a superhero film from the eighties where the hero’s powers fail when he sees the colour yellow?

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