Believe it or not, there's more to superheroes than Marvel or DC.
1. "The Phantom"
Deep within the jungles, The Phantom legacy lived on for 400 years, passed from father to son. Kit Walker, the 21st Phantom, fought against modern-day pirates and a corporate tycoon named Xander Drax. Why, you ask? Drax wanted three mystical skulls with ultimate power.
With heroic horseback chases, treacherous islands, and devilish villains, our purple-suited hero had his hands full. Devil, his wolf, aided him, and together they ensured that evil did not prevail. Remember: he might look like a single hero, but "The Phantom" is a legacy, and legacies never die.
2. "The Rocketeer"
In 1930s Los Angeles, stunt pilot Cliff found a jetpack. Not just any jetpack—a creation by Howard Hughes! But with great power comes... gangsters, FBI agents, and Nazi spies. The rocket pack became the desired prize of every dark force in town. Hollywood glam, thrilling aerial dogfights, and art deco vibes peppered Cliff's journey. With helmet on and girl by his side, The Rocketeer soared against the odds. Because sometimes, being a hero is simply about not letting the flame die out.
3. "Meteor Man"
When a mild-mannered teacher named Jefferson Reed gets hit by a green meteor, things change. Crime-ridden Washington D.C. streets witness a new hero – Meteor Man. With super-strength, flight, and some handy telepathy, he set out to clean the streets from a gang called the Golden Lords. However, powers fade, and Meteor Man's strength waned over time. With community support and a will of steel, he still battled on. Sometimes, it's not the powers but the spirit that counts. And in this community, spirit was in no short supply.
Woody Harrelson plays Arthur, an average Joe, thinking he's a superhero named Defendor. With no powers and some homemade gadgets, he's on a quest to find his nemesis: Captain Industry. Reality? There's no Captain Industry, just a conspiracy theory. Alongside a young prostitute, he delves deep into the criminal underworld. Drugs, crooked cops, and street-level crimes become his nightly adventures. In Defendor's world, heroism isn't about capes and flights but standing up, no matter how deluded or determined.
Darryl, a nerdy inventor, watches his grandma die due to gang violence. Vowing revenge, he becomes Blankman, using inventions rather than muscles. His brother Kevin, initially skeptical, eventually joins as "Other Guy". Together, they combat citywide corruption, with plenty of missteps along the way. Romance? A reporter named Kimberly Jonz catches Blankman's awkward affection. Laughter meets bravery in this superhero comedy, proving that sometimes, heroes wear overalls, not spandex.
6. "The Specials"
Imagine a superhero team without the spotlight of the A-listers. Meet The Specials, the seventh-best superhero team in the world. On their day off, the film delves into their interpersonal relationships, rather than epic battles. Jealousy, infidelity, and identity crises pepper their daily life. There's no villain to fight, just personal battles. A satire on superhero tropes, this flick reminds us that beneath every mask, there's a touch of the mundane. After all, can't heroes have a day off?
After his wife falls under a drug dealer's influence, Frank transforms into "The Crimson Bolt". Lacking superpowers, he uses a wrench—yes, a wrench—for justice. Joined by Libby, a quirky comic store employee, they fight crime as a mismatched duo. Yet, lines blur between justice and brutality, as Frank's methods become increasingly unhinged. Dark, comedic, and brutal, this tale asks: what truly makes a superhero? Is it the mask, the weapon, or the undying will?
8. "Mystery Men"
Champion City's greatest hero, Captain Amazing, is captured. Who will save him? Enter the Mystery Men—a team of eccentric, low-level superheroes. With powers like fork-throwing, bowling with a ghost-dad infused ball, and becoming invisible (only when no one's watching), they're hardly conventional. Facing the villainous Casanova Frankenstein, they train, bicker, and finally come together. Through underground lairs and disco-themed battles, these oddballs remind us that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes, the most mysterious thing about heroes is their heart.
David Dunn survives a train crash, with not a single scratch. Enter Elijah Price, a comic book aficionado with bones as fragile as glass. They're opposites—Dunn's seemingly unbreakable, while Elijah shatters easily. Yet, as they delve deeper, secrets unravel. Dunn might have strength and psychic abilities, but he also has a weakness. Told as a slow-burn suspense, this film blurs the lines between heroes and villains. For in a world of glass and steel, it's our fractures that define us.
Three high school friends discover a mysterious crater, gaining telekinetic abilities. As they play pranks and learn to fly, camaraderie grows. Yet, as power does, it corrupts, and personal struggles morph into dangerous obsessions. Andrew, facing family issues, spirals into darkness, turning his power on others. Filmed as found footage, the narrative captures the raw intensity of unchecked power. It's a tale not of heroes, but of young minds grappling with newfound might. After all, isn't power the ultimate test of character?