First on our list is the 1990 Warren Beatty pulp detective flick Dick Tracy. This rendition of the 1930s comic strip of the same name was matched so closely in design and visual presentation it was as if the panels had leapt onto the screen. It was a box office success at the time and even achieved 7 Academy Award Nominations along with 3 wins. Over time it’s somehow become forgotten, likely due to its more fantastical competitors like Batman. That being said, it’s well worth revisiting.
Released in 2012, somehow Dredd got washed away amidst a sea of superhero movies. Not to be confused with its previous iteration starring Sylvester Stallone, Dredd is based on 2000 AD character Judge Dredd and is a nonstop action movie that doesn’t pull any punches. Dredd fights his way up a grimy block of apartments in a bleak city of the future, despite facing unrelenting odds it’s all in a day’s work for him.
Perhaps the most controversial movie on this list, Ang Lee’s 2003 film simply titled Hulk is certainly a different approach to the superhero movie genre. This movie is a study of the character that goes beyond “Hulk smash!” It’s certainly worth revisiting now that there have been so many, it’s much deeper than any take on the character since whilst still having plenty of action and intrigue to keep a fan engaged.
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
For those that may not know Batman Beyond was an animated series set later in the characters life, Bruce Wayne had become too old to keep up the mantle and so passes it on to Terry McGuiness, guiding him to keep the streets of Gotham safe in what is basically “the future”. This film followed the events of the series and brought about the (as the name suggests) the return of his most famous enemy, the Joker. Though don’t expect fun and frolics in the future, this story is perhaps the darkest animated adventure for the character yet with a twist ending that will surprise even the most ardent Batman fans.
Before the extremely successful film of 2017 there was an animated movie about the character released in 2009. This too tells the origin of Wonder Woman, the story is not so dissimilar from that in the live action film however this is a much grittier take on the character, with a much better take on the movies villain, Ares. It’s a great introduction to the character and still holds up as one of the best animated superhero movies out there.
Turok: Son of Stone
A truly underrated character, Turok the dinosaur hunter is perhaps best known for his video game series on the Nintendo 64 back in 1997. Before that though, he made his first appearance in the comics. Turok: Son of Stone is a nonstop, action packed take on the characters journey into a land that time forgot. It’s endless action and gory fight scenes are sure to delight any fan of the series, it’s also a great story to boot.