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9 Great Superhero Movies That Weren’t Based On Comic Books

Not all films revolving around superpowered people are inspired by comic book creations. Here are 9 of the best superhero movies original to the screen.


You don’t need us to tell you that there is currently a proliferation of people with powers on the big screen right now, with such comic book bigwigs as Batman and Superman, the Avengers and the X-Men making big bucks at the box office. Their success means that even more superheroes will be pulled from their pages and plastered on cinema screens in the coming years.

Yet, not all films revolving around people with superpowers are based off of comic book creations, as there have been several superheroes made especially for the movies. Many of them, though they don’t have a ready-made fanbase and decades-worth of history, succeed in capturing the spirit of the genre better than certain other ‘proper’ superhero movies. Some are gritty, down-to-earth takes while others are light-hearted love letters to classic comicbookdom.

So, on that note, here are 9 great superhero movies that were not inspired by characters from a comic book.

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Christian Bone

Christian Bone is a Staff Writer/Editor at We Got This Covered and has been cluttering up the internet with his thoughts on movies and TV for a full decade, ever since graduating with a Creative Writing degree from the University of Winchester. He can usually be found writing about anything Marvel or DC. And yet, if you asked him, he'd probably say his favorite superhero film is 'The Incredibles'.