13 Unpopular Superhero Films That You Should Watch

Between this ongoing competition between the Marvel Studios and DC Entertainment at the Box Office, there’s a sudden flood of a number of superhero films released year after year.

Most of the superhero movies are either based on our favourite icon or they are based on the storylines, most of the comic book fans are familiar with.

All in all, a genre that was always seen in parts in the past has evolved into different and successful movie franchises mostly dominated by Marvel and DC.

While there’s always a race to supremacy between the two giant production companies today, there have been a series of superhero films made earlier as well as recently that either didn’t achieve the right kind of acceptance as DC and Marvel universe or somehow performed great despite being not so popular or from these two franchises.

Today, we have listed down some lesser Known Hollywood Superhero films that surely are worth watching.

Best Lesser Known Hollywood Films

Unbreakable (2000)

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Source : A Still from Unbreakable

While we are all familiar with comic book superheroes, M. Night Shyamalan decided to go rogue and directed a film based on a superhero outside the comic book world. Yes, Unbreakable is a 2000 unpopular superhero thriller film starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in the lead roles. The film tells the story of a Philadelphia security guard David Dunn, portrayed by Bruce Willis, who somehow discovers that he has acquired some superhuman powers turning him to unbreakable. Although the film is never included among the list of superhero films right away in the fan circle, Unbreakable did earn a lot of recognition and accolades which has turned the film into a cult classic.

The film tells the story of a Philadelphia security guard David Dunn, portrayed by Bruce Willis, who somehow discovers that he has acquired some superhuman powers turning him to unbreakable. Although the film is never included among the list of superhero films right away in the fan circle, Unbreakable did earn a lot of recognition and accolades which has turned the film into a cult classic.

Hancock (2008)

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Source : Hancock Film

Now when we talk about superhero characters, we think about someone with superhuman powers, out of the ordinary combat skills or powerful technology. However, all these superhero, although apart in terms of strength and power, have one thing in common. All of them were always extra careful and valued human life with utmost care and safety. Well, the 2008 American superhero comedy film Hancock introduced us a new superhero, who is reckless with this actions and often causes trouble than solutions. The film is directed by Peter Berg, while the movie stars Will Smith in the titular character alongside Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, and Eddie Marsan in important roles.

All of them were always extra careful and valued human life with utmost care and safety. Well, the 2008 American superhero comedy film Hancock introduced us a new superhero, who is reckless with this actions and often causes trouble than solutions. The film is directed by Peter Berg, while the movie stars Will Smith in the titular character alongside Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, and Eddie Marsan in important roles.

Jumper (2008)

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Source : Jumper 2008 Film

Unlike most superhero films, Jumper is a bit different as the main protagonist, despite having superpowers, is not a superhero, not yet. This 2008 science fiction film is loosely adapted from the 1992 science fiction novel of the same name penned by Steven Gould.

The film stars Hayden Christensen as a Jumper, while Samuel L. Jackson plays the leader of Paladins group, whose only mission is to hunt down and kill all the Jumpers. The film also includes Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, Max Thieriot, AnnaSophia Robb, Diane Lane, and Michael Rooker in important roles.

Watchmen (2009)

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Source : DC Comics

Watchmen is a 2009 neo-noir superhero film and also the first film on our list based on the limited series edition of the same name by DC Comics. This superhero film was directed by Zach Snyder and features an ensemble cast of Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Gode, Carla Gugino, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick Wilson. Unlike other superhero films, Watchmen is a dark satirical film.

The film is set in an alternate history and follows a group of retired American superheroes, who are trying to find the culprit behind the murder of one of their own. However, their investigation leads to a much deeper conspiracy that even challenges their morality at certain times.

Push (2009)

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Source : Push 2009 Film

Push is a 2009 science fiction film based on superhuman skills developed in some humans passed on from their ancestry. The film stars Chris Evans as a mover and it also marks his second character portrayal of a superhuman after the Fantastic Four franchise and before donning the iconic role of Captain America in Marvel films later on.

Directed by Paul McGuigan, the film is focused on a bunch of people inhibiting superhuman abilities and their fight against a corrupt government agency that is using a dangerous drug to enhance their powers and in order to form an army of super soldiers.

Dredd (2012)

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Source : A Scene from Dredd

Dredd is a 2012 science fiction film based on the 2000 AD’s popular comic strip Judge Dredd. Directed by Pete Travis, the film is basically about the titular character Judge Dredd, who becomes a law enforcer in a dystopian metropolis set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland and punishes the offenders as the sole judge, jury, and executioner.

The film stars Karl Urban in the titular role, while Olivia Thirlby plays Judge Anderson, a young apprentice partner to Judge Dredd. The film is highly centered upon Judge Dredd’s quest to bring down a 200-storey high-rise block along with its drug lord resident Ma-Ma, played by Lena Headey.