Whether initially designed for cinemas or television, Netflix has increasingly become a haven for superheroes and their various adventures. They’re the home of original Marvel series programming, ranging from Daredevil to Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and the forthcoming The Defenders and The Punisher. They’re also the source for streaming episodes of current network series like The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Legends Of Tomorrow and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Beyond that, they also serve as the streaming source for some twenty feature films of the superhero genre that span the past half a century, a guide to which follows.
Since we all enjoy a hero who saves the day from a narcissistic, enraged madman, we went through the entire catalogue on Netflix to breakdown the best superhero movies available to watch at this very moment.
From the more popular Batman and Superman, to others like Barbarella and The Crow, here are the films that'll have you wishing you possessed supernatural or superhuman powers like they do.
Please note: this article refers to Netflix US only.
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Last year the Adam West Batman television series celebrated its 50th Anniversary, but what may have been lost over the decades is just how big a phenomenon this show really was. It launched Batmania and made instant superstars of both West, cast in the title role as well as alter ego Bruce Wayne, and Burt Ward as Dick Grayson/Robin. So successful was the show in its first season that 20th Century Fox brought it to the big screen (representing one of the first times this had ever been done), pitting the Caped Crusaders against arch enemies The Joker (Cesar Romero), Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith—Mickey from the Rocky films) and the Riddler (Frank Gorshin).
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