Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Man of Steel, This Is The End And Monsters University

By Kristy Puchko 2013-06-21 05:56:43discussion comments
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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.

Looking to Man of Steel, This is The End, and Monsters University for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of Superman stories, star-studded self-parodies, and coming-of-age cartoons.


Man of Steel
Henry Cavill stars in this action-adventure that sees Superman forced to face-off with his biological father's foe, a ruthless General called Zod. Amy Adams and Michael Shannon co-star; Zack Snyder directs. Read our review here.

When I confessed by personal ambivalence about the Man of Steel, some of you shared your suggestions for Superman titles that would turn me around and make me Team Supers once and for all! Thankfully, some of these titles are now streaming.

Justice League Unlimited (2004) Featuring an ensemble that contains Green Lantern, The Flash, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and of course the Man of Steel (plus many, many more), this animated series came highly recommended by Superman fans. Seasons one and two are now available, and within are tons of match-ups of colorful heroes and menacing villains. Plus there's loads of smirking banter and finely crafted action sequences. Oh, and guys, Batman sings the blues in one ep. Literally. Kevin Conroy, George Newbern, and Phil LaMarr are just a few of the actors who lend their voices to this epic animated series.

Superman vs. The Elite (2012) In an age where its not super villains but terrorists that strike fear in the hearts of civilians, is Superman's version of justice out of date? When a team of vigilante heroes called The Elite arise and take terrorist to task by playing judge, jury, and executioner, Superman has to stand against them. But it's a battle that will force him to reconsider his own principles. This animated movie is dark, and clued me into an intriguing side of Superman I'd never seen before. George Newbern, Pauley Perrette, and Robin Atkin Downes lend their voices. Michael Chang directs.

Superman Cartoons (1942) If you're looking to go old-school, check out this collection of ten cartoons from the 1940s with a total combined running time is just shy of an hour and a half. The animation is Looney Toons level, but there is something undeniably charming about these animated adventures that utilize Superman standards from The Daily Planet, scoop-seeking Lois Lane, and Krypton. Also, there's a T-Rex trouncing Metropolis, and Superman doesn't fly yet! He literally leaps from one tall building to another to traverse the skyline. While the previous Superman offerings might be too much for younger audiences, this one is suitable for the whole family.
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