underrated superhero movies

Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Batman franchise from Tim Burton. And M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable series. These are some of the superhero film franchises that have big cult followings. Most movies from these franchises are undeniably good. But there are more underrated superhero movies outside of these franchises that demand better attention.

Here are four of the best yet underrated superhero movies we prescribe as recommended viewing for any movie fan.

Four Underrated Superhero Movies That Deserve More Attention

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Watchmen (2009)

One of the best things about “Watchmen” was how close it resembled the source material. It had a very inviting opening scene. Its narration of the film’s backstory was also a gem in the superhero genre. The cinematography was undoubtedly influenced by the striking colors we see in comic books. The look was deliciously mod! The story wasn’t explosive, but the film managed to keep audience’s attention with all the intrigue and mystery. It also introduced memorable characters like Dr. Manhattan, Night Owl II, and Rorschach. The acting was a bit caricaturish but forgivable, given the context. Sadly, it was overshadowed by the emergence of MCU and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga.


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Ant-Man (2015)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” was a feel-good and empowering romp for less muscular humans like you and me. Although it was less action-packed than any of the main Avengers’ films, it was noteworthy. The first film was also noteworthy but forgotten, despite it being part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The good things about “Ant-Man” are what set it apart from the other Avengers movies. It was genuinely heartwarming and funny, with each of the stars breathing fresh air into the genre. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Michael Douglas’ character portrayals were reminiscent of comic book characters from the past. The film also celebrated diversity through Lilly and Michael Peña, without trying too hard to push an agenda.


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The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)

To say that “The LEGO Batman Movie” was a good one seems like a joke. But it’s not. It may actually be one of the best Batman films to date (hear that, Mr. Affleck)?

Although it’s an animated comedy film, “The Lego Batman Movie” is loyal to the comic book’s canon. All the actors, from Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes and finally, Zach Galifianakis, all brilliantly portray their characters.

We recommend adding this movie to your collection of superhero movies to binge on.


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Megamind (2010)

The story of “Megamind” is undoubtedly entertaining and heartwarming. It is something we recommend for kids to watch.

The movie tells the story of a villain who beats his archenemy, Metro Man. After he realizes he’s bound to do nothing, he trains the dimwitted Hal Stewart to become the superhero he could fight with. Problems begin to surface when the pseudo-hero becomes more powerful than him. It’s smart and funny – but not a lot of people know about it. Unfortunately, “Megamind” was terribly eclipsed by “Despicable Me” in the animated villain-hero department.