Top 10 Superhero Movies That Aren’t Based On Comics

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Superhero movies that don’t derive from comics are a bit rarer than you might think. They come along every once in a while, but usually to spoof the existing state of comic-book movies, perhaps lessening their creative impact. But some of them truly stand out as some of the best superhero movies period, typically by their own merits.

So I’ve gone through the catalog of non-comic based superhero movies to provide the “best,” ranking them according to cultural relevance (for their time at least), the quality of the film itself, and how the film informs the genre as a whole. Not all of these films are necessarily “original,” but that’s almost an impossible task. Though they don’t come directly from traditional comic-book mythologies, all of these movies benefit and draw from established tropes that have been around for centuries. All the way back to Greek Mythology, even.

That said, here are the very best, starting with #10.

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Jon Negroni

Jon Negroni

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  • Carl

    Nice list. Take Zorro and Darkman off the top ten then put Super and Push on it.

  • Arystan Aubakir

    What’s with “Signal” (2014)? it’s good fantastic movie too

    • Worldmind

      What’s Signal? I don’t know that one, may have to check it out.

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  • Worldmind

    Defendor is really great, but it’s more of a psychological black comedy. I would put Jumper (hugely under-rated) and maybe Push in there as well. Hancock (the first hour ONLY) might barely make it as an honourable mention… second thoughts, maybe not.