Superheroes come in every shape and size and Netflix Canada has a slew of great movies featuring great superheroes. In honour of this summer’s upcoming superhero blitz (Spider-Man, X-Men), here’s our picks for the best superhero movies currently available to stream!
The Hunger Games
Katniss Everdeen (played masterfully by Jennifer Lawrence) is as much as a superhero as any member of The Avengers. Katniss voluntarily takes her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death in which two teenagers from each of the 12 districts of Panem are chosen at random to compete. If you are still one of the five people out there who have not seen The Hunger Games (what have you been busy doing? No seriously, what?), this is your chance! It’s gritty, fun and Lawrence is a badass.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
First, it’s a movie actually set in Canada which is always a win. It’s not Toronto pretending to be New York, Chicago or Detroit. No, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a love letter to Canada in the best way. The incredibly talented Edgar Wright directs an all-star cast (Michael Cera, Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza) in this off-kilter graphic-novel-turned-movie adaptation. The film follows loser Scott Pilgrim (Cera) who must literally must defeat his new girlfriend’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) seven evil ex-boyfriends to win her heart. Yeah, amazing, I know. If you’ve been avoiding this one because it seems too weird, just watch it, because trust me: it’s a much-needed breath of fresh air.
The original Kick-Ass, based on Mark Millar’s comic book series of the same name, is a fun twist on the superhero genre; it’s self-deprecating, self-aware and takes aim at the genre itself. In other words, it’s your anti-superhero superhero movie. Dave (Aaron-Taylor Johnson) is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so. The film made stars out of its lead (Johnson) and the young Chloë-Graces Moretz as the amazing Hit Girl. It even got a sequel, which everyone is trying to pretend never, happened. It’s a fun, silly ride.
The Green Hornet
Not to be confused with The Green Lantern (life tip: nothing is to ever be confused with The Green Lantern), The Green Hornet follows Britt Reid (Rogen), the heir to his recently deceased father’s fortune and company, as he teams up with his dad’s late assistant to become masked crime fighters. Admittedly, The Green Hornet has it’s issues (it’s…an odd movie) and the cast doesn’t really mesh but Seth Rogen makes for a great, unexpected superhero and it has some really solid action scenes.
Speaking of odd, director Guillermo del Toro works his magic with the Hellboy franchise and makes it bigger than it’s superhero structure. Hellboy, deliciously played by Ron Pearlman, follows Mike Mignola’s acclaimed comic book series about a creature from hades who joins the battle against evil with a team of misfits (Selma Blair, John Hurt, Rupert Evans). Hellboy isn’t for everyone, but if you’re looking for a fresh entry in the superhero genre, look no further.