Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Elysium, Kick-Ass 2, And Lee Daniels' The Butler
In this sequel to the R-rated superhero romp Kick-Ass, Dave “Kick-Ass” Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) grows his ranks of vigilante crime fighters while his old ally the Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) gears up to wreak a bloody vengeance. Chloe Moretz, Morris Chestnut, and Jim Carrey co-star; Jeff Wadlow directs. (Read our full review here.)
Kick-Ass won fans by offering a quirky new take on the superhero genre with a deeply dark edge. If you prefer anti-heroes to clean-cut good guys, and relish in a good heartbreaking backstories, you’re sure to salivate over these three super selections.
Hellboy (2004) Based on the cult comic book series by Mike Mignola, this fantastical feature unveils the adventures of a pack of misfit heroes way weirder than the X-Men, and nowhere near as pretty as The Avengers. Ron Perlman stars as Hellboy, a demon brought to Earth by Nazis but breaking from expectations by fighting against the forces of evil. John Hurt, Selma Blair, and Doug Jones co-star; Guillermo del Toro directs.
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) The web sensation created by Joss Whedon stars Neil Patrick Harris as the titular baddie who dreams of becoming a supervillain. But while he uses freeze rays and evil schemes to achieve infamy, his efforts are thwarted again and again by the arrogant local superhero Captain Hammer (Nathan Fillion). But Horrible finds a new inspiration for menace when the Captain steps in steals the heart of his long-longed for crush (Felicia Day). It’s one part rousing musical, and one part dark drama. And Whedon directs, so you can probably guess what that means for its finale!
Batman: Under The Red Hood (2010) Batman has faced plenty of dangerous foes, but none like the new vigilante that’s stalking him and his former sidekick, Dick Grayson. This enigmatic figure is known only as Red Hood, and he has a hard-earned grudge with Gotham’s greatest hero. Who is he? Batman will have to solve this mystery while battling the Joker, Ra’s al Ghul and Black Mask. Jensen Ackles, Neil Patrick Harris, Bruce Greenwood, John Di Maggio, Jason Isaacs, and Wade Williams lend their voices; Brandon Vietti directs.
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