The 1990s was the time when Marvel and DC haven’t cornered the superhero film market. This decade was filled with superhero films which were made by taking risks and was extremely different from the superhero movies that we see today. We have made a list of superhero movies (including animation films) which ruled the 1990s. Let’s have a look at the top 10 best superhero movies of the 1990s.
Black Mask is directed by Daniel Lee and was released in the year 1996. The star cast of the movie includes Jet Li, Sean Lu, Karen Mok, Francoise Yip, and Anthony Wong Chau-Sang. The movie tells the story of Thui Chik (Jet Li) who undergoes a special surgery, which makes him unable to feel pain. He then becomes Black Mask and sets out on a mission to cleanse the city from evildoers. The movie is filled with intense and well-choreographed action sequences with a superhero twist.
Mystery Men is directed by Kinka Usher and was released in the year 1999. The star cast of the movie includes Ben Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy, and Geoffrey Rush. The movie is a superhero spoof and tells the story of three not so famous superheroes with mediocre powers who sets out a journey to rescue the kidnapped Captain Amazing (The A-list protector). The movie is filled with online liners and has given prior importance to humor. Mystery Men is an enjoyable popcorn flick with minor flaws.
The Rocketeer is directed by Joel Johnston and was released in the year 1991. The star cast of the movie includes Billy Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin, and Paul Sorvino. The movie tells the story of a stunt pilot who uses a Jetpack (which enables him to fly) to fight gangsters, criminals, and even Nazi agents as all of them desperately need that Jetpack. Even though the film failed to impress the audience during its initial release, it received a good fan following after the DVD release.
The Mask is directed by Chuck Russell and was released in the year 1994. The star cast of the movie includes Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Ben Stein, Amy Yasbeck, and Peter Riegert. The movie tells the story of a bank employee who gets transformed into a greenish being after wearing a mysterious mask which is inhibited a Norse God (Loki). The movie is incredibly funny with an unparalleled performance from Jim Carrey. Notable for its special effects, the movie was one of the highest grosser of the year.
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is directed by Bruce Timm &Eric Radomski and was released in the year 1993. The star cast (voices) of the movie includes Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, and Stacy Keach. The movie is based on the Batman TV series and did a commendable job in adapting it to the big screen. The critics and normal viewers equally praised the movie and many consider it as the best animated film of the year. The voice work is excellent and needs a special mention.
The Crow is directed by Alex Proyas and was released in the year 1994. The star cast of the movie includes Brandon Lee, Michael Massee, Michael Wincott, Rochelle Davis, and Sofia Shinas. The movie is an adaptation of the 1989 comic book of the same name. Eric Draven and his fiancée get murdered by a gang of murderers and he rises from the dead to seek his revenge. The movie was very much praised for its stunning visual effects and the stellar performance from the late Brandon Lee. This movie is and will remain as a unique superhero film forever.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is directed by Steve Barron and was released in the year 1990. The star cast of the movie includes Judith Hoag, Elias Koteas, Josh Pais, James Saito, and Sam Rockwell. No one ever thought that a talking rat and four crime-fighting reptiles would rule the box-office. But it happened. Even though, the film didn’t win any Oscars, the wicked fighting moves, the four unconventional heroes (Ninja Turtles) and their lover for pizza took the world by storm. This movie still remains as a nostalgia for many.
The blade is directed by Stephen Norrington and was released in the year 1998. The star cast of the movie includes Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Stephen Dorff, N’Bushe Wright, and Traci Lords. The movie tells the story of a half-man, half-vampire (Blade) who must protect the world from a group of evil vampires who threatens humanity. The movie is filled with lots of kickass action sequences which will blow y
our mind. Blade received positive reviews from both the critics and normal viewers and was a box-office success.
The Mask of Zorro
The Mask of Zorro is directed by Martin Campbell and was released in the year 1998. The star cast of the movie includes Antonio Banderas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., and Tony Amendola. The movie reboots and captures the beauty and charm of the 19th century California. The movie based on the fictional character Zorro created by Johnston McCulley is a must watch for all generations. Excellent action sequences, well-crafted characters, and an impressive display of set pieces made the movie a blockbuster.
Batman Returns is directed by Tim Burton and was released in the year 1992. The star cast of the movie includes Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, Christopher Walken, and Michael Gough. After the success of the 1989 Batman film, it was just a matter of time, which paved for the return of the protector of the Gotham city once again. Powered with great visual effects, mind-blowing background scores, and strong performances from the lead cast, Batman Returns has a special place in the pantheon of superhero flicks.