This week’s movie recommendations post is once again going to slightly differ from our usual If You Liked entries, where we typically recommend movies to watch “if you liked” a particular new release.
Since most of the population has seen (or is at least familiar with) Marvel and/or DC Comics' relevant superhero films, we've decided to highlight some of our favorite non-Marvel/DC superhero movies to celebrate the release of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.
In Captain America: Civil War, set one year after the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, disagreement over international oversight of the Avengers fractures them into opposing factions, one led by Steve Rogers and another by Tony Stark.
If Civil War has you in a superhero mood, be sure to check out some of our favorite oddball superhero movies below.
Condorman follows cartoonist Woodrow Wilkins' attempts to assist in the defection of a female Soviet KGB agent. Wilkins turns into a spy and ends up on a jet-setting trip around the world as Condorman, the comic book hero he created. The problems start when Woody falls in love with a Russian agent, Natalia and sets about helping her defect to the United States.
The Crow (1994)
The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic persona of the Crow, a supernatural avenger.
When thugs employed by a crime boss lead a vicious assault on Dr. Peyton Wilder, leaving him literally and psychologically scarred, an emergency procedure allows him to survive. Upon his recovery, Wilder finds solace by returning to his scientific work developing synthetic skin, and seeking revenge against the crime boss.
A scruffy superhero named Hancock protects the citizens of Los Angeles but leaves horrendous collateral damage in the wake of every well-intentioned feat, and he doesn't care what people think about it. However, after saving the life of a PR executive and meeting the man's beautiful wife, he realizes that he may have a sensitive side after all.
At the end of World War II, the Nazis attempt to open a portal to a paranormal dimension in order to defeat the Allies, but are only able to summon a baby demon who is rescued by Allied forces and dubbed "Hellboy" (Ron Perlman). Sixty years later, Hellboy serves as an agent in the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defense, where he protects America against dark forces.
The Incredibles (2004)
Married superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are forced to assume mundane lives as Bob and Helen Parr after all super-powered activities have been banned by the government. While Mr. Incredible loves his wife and kids, he longs to return to a life of adventure, and he gets a chance when summoned to an island to battle an out-of-control robot. Mr. Incredible soon finds himself in trouble, and it's up to his family to save him.
The Meteor Man (1993)
An unassuming schoolteacher, Jefferson Reed becomes a local legend when a run-in with a meteor from space leaves him with superhero powers. Encouraged by his parents, Jefferson sets out to become a crime-fighting hero. While he manages to improve his community, he finds out that his powers aren't limitless.
Mystery Men (1999)
Champion City already has a superhero, the appropriately named Captain Amazing, but that doesn't deter the city's seven quirky amateur crime-fighters, who use the Captain's capture at the hands of villain Casanova Frankenstein as motivation to prove themselves. The only problem is that their strange powers aren't doing them any favors.
The Shadow (1994)
Set in 1930s New York, a reformed criminal becomes a superhero. With the aid of a beautiful friend, a playboy millionaire with a dark past sets out to bring the evil Shiwan Khan to justice. Donning his sweeping black cape and disguise, The Shadow takes on his most dangerous nemesis yet: the last descendant of the great Genghis Khan whose weapon of choice is an atomic bomb.
Covert government assassin Al Simmons is killed after being double-crossed by his boss. Upon arriving in Hell, Simmons is offered an opportunity to return to Earth if he's willing to lead an evil army. He accepts, and is reincarnated as a "Hellspawn" -- a twisted, horribly disfigured version of his former self. However, Spawn serves as a force of good, much to the dismay of the Devil's henchman, a wicked clown.
Tank Girl (1995)
After a comet disrupts the rain cycle of Earth, the planet has become a desolate, barren desert by the year 2033. With resources scarce, Kesslee -- head of the powerful and evil Water & Power Corporation, the de facto government -- has taken control of the water supply. Unwilling to cower under Kesslee's tyrannical rule, a pair of outlaws known as Tank Girl and Jet Girl rise up, joining the mysterious rebel Rippers to destroy the corrupt system.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
In New York, mysterious radioactive ooze has mutated four sewer turtles into talking, upright-walking, crime-fighting ninjas Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo who are trained in the Ninjutsu arts by their rat sensei, Splinter. When a villainous rogue ninja, who is a former pupil of Splinter, arrives and spreads lawlessness throughout the city, it's up to the turtles to stop him.
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