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10 of the Best Superhero Movies on HBO Right Now

There is never a bad time to watch superhero movies. Below you will find a list of the best superhero movies on HBO right now! From the award winning Joker to the original X-Men, to Disney’s Sky High, there is a movie for everybody.

*Sidenote: now would be a good to to make sure you’re up to date with all of the content coming to HBO Max!

Check out the list below:

Aquaman 

Check out our Aquaman review (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

The story finds Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) caught between the surface world that ravages the sea, and the underwater Atlanteans who are ready to revolt. In a few ways, Aquaman reminded me of Man of Steel. Kal was meant to be the bridge between the Kryptonians and humans, while Arthur is meant to bring the sea, the Atlanteans and the humans together. In this way, the film was a great nod to the original movie that birthed the DC’s extended universe.

Shazam! 

(Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

For those not familiar with the premise, Shazam! is about a 14-year-old kid named Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who is a streetwise orphan. One day, he is magically transformed into the adult superhero named Shazam (Zachary Levi). It is essentially the movie Big (starring Tom Hanks), but with the addition of cool superpowers. If you haven’t watched Big, I highly suggest you do that before you see Shazam! as there are definitely some scenes which pay homage to the classic film.

Joker 

(Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Something that always made the DCEU movies stand out to me, was the use of iconic and memorable shots delivered throughout their movies, and while Joker is not part of the DCEU continuity, the use of iconic shots within the film is no different. As this movie doesn’t have to rely on supernatural creatures or heavy visual effects, director Todd Philips was sure to make use of the city’s backdrop in order to help tell the story. One of the things I noticed is the character’s clothing and it how it felt like a nod to the 1982 Martin Scorsese flick, The King of Comedy

Sky High 

(Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures)

Sky High is a coming-of-age superhero movie about a school in the sky where teens learn how to become superheroes. The protagonist, Will Stronghold, is the son of two of the greatest superheroes in the world: The Commander and Jetstream. But when it comes time for him to start school, he doesn’t have his powers. As the story unravels, you learn that he ultimately does have powers and that’s what he’ll need to save the day. Here’s why it should also be a Disney+ series!

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies 

Hynden Walch, Tara Strong, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes, and Khary Payton are back voicing the Teen Titans (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)

Teen Titans Go! To The Movies is truly a Deadpool for kids. It is a fun adventure with our favourite teen superhero team as they go full meta and subversive in their quest to have their own movie. It is exactly what the trailers promised.

Glass 

(Courtesy of Binding Edge Pictures)

Through its many ups and downs, Glass still stands as a decent sequel to two of M. Night Shyamalan’s best entries. For being such an unconventional filmmaker, a lot of what works in the film is quite conventional by today’s superhero movie standards.

Alita: Battle Angel 

Check out our review here (Courtesy of 20th Century Studios)

In a world set centuries into the future (specifically the year 2563), humanity has left another war behind them. However, much like any war, the loss of life and the change it brought still has an effect on all the people who remain. Still coping with the aftermath of “The Fall”, Dr. Ido Dyson (Christoph Waltz) searches the scrapyard of Iron City, looking for anything that is useful and salvageable. It is during this hunt for working parts that Dr. Dyson comes across a torso of a female cyborg (Rosa Salazar), who still has her very human brain intact.

Unbreakable 

(Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures)

After being the sole survivor of a high-fatality train crash, a security guard (Bruce Willis) finds himself at the centre of a mysterious theory that explains his consistent physical good fortune. When news of his survival is made public, a man whose own body is excessively weak tracks him down in an attempt to explain his unique unbreakable nature. Unbreakable is one of the most important superhero thrillers of all time.

X-Men

(Courtesy of 20th Century Studios)

X-Men is a superhero film series based on the fictional superhero team of the same name, who originally appeared in a series of comic books created by icons Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, published by Marvel Comics. One of the most influential movies of the superhero genre, it will celebrate its 20-year anniversary later this year. The film still holds up and is always a great watch. That is all.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

(Courtesy of 20th Century Studios)

I’m going to keep it real, Dark Phoenix is on the list because ‘9 of the Best Superhero Movies on HBO’ doesn’t sound as good. If you have HBO and haven’t seen Dark Phoenix, I say say give it a watch. It’s not as bad as some people make it out to be, and it’s better than some of the other films in the franchise. There are some cool fights scenes worth giving a little bit of your time for.


Honorary Mention 

Green Lantern

(Courtesy of DC Entertainment/Warner Bros.)

It’s 2020, we all can admit we have a special spot in our hearts for the 2011’s Green Lantern starring Ryan Reynolds. 

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