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Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Superman Returns (2006)

Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel comes back to Earth in the epic action-adventure Superman Returns, a soaring new chapter in the saga of one of the world's most beloved superheroes. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman's bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space. (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Characters:villain, warrior, alien
Story:giant monster, alien monster, super villain, alien invasion, action hero, one man crusade, heat vision, urban combat, christ figure, keysi fighting method, dual identity, spin off from film, christ allegory, cape, urban decay, super strength, secret identity, dc comics, fighting game, damsel in distress

Hulk (2003)
Action, Sci-fi

Hulk (2003)

Bruce Banner, a brilliant scientist with a cloudy past about his family, is involved in an accident in his laboratory causing him to become exposed to gamma radiation and Nanomeds (A tiny life-form that is supposed to heal wounds but has killed everything with which they have made contact). Confused and curious about his survival, Banner discovers that since the accident, whenever he becomes angry he transforms into a giant green monster destroying everything in sight in an act of fury. Bruce's mysterious past and the answer to why the radiation had this effect becomes revealed to him as his Birth Father David Banner intervenes with hopes to continue experimenting on him. (Read More)

Themes:monster, superhero
Characters:villain, warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, spin off from film, super strength, fighting game, action game, giant, spin off, based on film, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, hero, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Van Helsing (2004)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Van Helsing (2004)

Van Helsing is in the world to rid all evil, even if not everyone agrees with him. The Vatican sends the monster hunter and his ally, Carl, to Transylvania. They have been sent to this land to stop the powerful Count Dracula. Whilst there they join forces with a Gypsy Princess called Anna Valerious, who is determined to end an ancient curse on her family by destroying the vampire. They just don't know how! (Read More)

Themes:monster, superhero
Characters:warrior
Story:giant monster, super villain, action hero, spin off from film, fighting game, action game, villainess, spin off, flying, based on film, one against many, one man army, tough guy, hero, martial arts, character name in title

Man Of Steel (2013)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Man Of Steel (2013)

A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior, alien
Story:alien invasion, action hero, hero, christ allegory, cape, super strength, secret identity, dc comics, damsel in distress, villainess, flying, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, beating, surprise ending

Thor (2011) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Thor (2011)

The warrior Thor (Hemsworth) is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard by his father Odin (Hopkins) for his arrogance and sent to Earth to live among humans. Falling in love with scientist Jane Foster (Portman) teaches Thor much-needed lessons, and his new-found strength comes into play as a villain from his homeland sends dark forces toward Earth. (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Characters:warrior, villain
Story:giant monster, super villain, action hero, hero, cape, super strength, giant, flying, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016)

The general public is concerned over having Superman on their planet and letting the "Dark Knight" - Batman - pursue the streets of Gotham. While this is happening, a power-phobic Batman tries to attack Superman.,Meanwhile Superman tries to settle on a decision, and Lex Luthor, the criminal mastermind and millionaire, tries to use his own advantages to fight the "Man of Steel". This is why Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Characters:warrior, alien
Story:giant monster, action hero, heat vision, christ allegory, cape, urban decay, super strength, secret identity, dc comics, damsel in distress, flying, love interest, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight

The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

Depicting the events after the Gamma Bomb. 'The Incredible Hulk' tells the story of Dr Bruce Banner, who seeks a cure to his unique condition, which causes him to turn into a giant green monster under emotional stress. Whilst on the run from military which seeks his capture, Banner comes close to a cure. But all is lost when a new creature emerges; The Abomination. (Read More)

Themes:monster, superhero
Characters:villain, warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, spin off from film, giant, spin off, love interest, based on film, one against many, one man army, rescue, hero, martial arts

Quantum Of Solace (2008)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Quantum Of Solace (2008)

Is there solace in revenge? Bond and "M" sniff a shadowy international network of power and corruption reaping billions. As Bond pursues the agents of an assassination attempt on "M," all roads lead to Dominic Greene, a world-renowned developer of green technology. Greene, a nasty piece of work, is intent on securing a barren area of Bolivia in exchange for assisting a strongman stage a coup there. The CIA looks the other way, and only Bond, with help from a retired spy and from a mysterious beauty, stands in Greene's way. "M" wonders if she can trust Bond, or if vengeance possesses him. Beyond that, can anyone drawn to Bond live to tell the tale? (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:action hero, keysi fighting method, spin off from film, love interest, based on film, one against many, one man army, brawl, tough guy, hero, fistfight, martial arts, violence

Spider-man 2 (2004) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Adventure

Spider-man 2 (2004)

Peter Parker is an unhappy man: after two years of fighting crime as Spider-Man, his life has begun to fall apart. The girl he loves is engaged to someone else, his grades are slipping, he cannot keep any of his jobs, and on top of it, the newspaper Daily Bugle is attacking him viciously, claiming that Spider-Man is a criminal. He reaches the breaking point and gives up the crime fighter's life, once and for all. But after a failed fusion experiment, eccentric and obsessive scientist Dr. Otto Octavius is transformed into super villain Doctor Octopus, Doc Ock for short, having four long tentacles as extra hands. Peter guesses it might just be time for Spider-Man to return, but would he act upon it? (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain, warrior
Story:super villain, hero, action hero, secret identity, flying, based on film, one against many, one man army, brawl, tough guy, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Ghost Rider (2007)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Ghost Rider (2007)

When the motorcyclist Johnny Blaze finds that his father Barton Blaze has a terminal cancer, he accepts a pact with the Mephistopheles, giving his soul for the health of his beloved father. But the devil deceives him, and Barton dies in a motorcycle accident during an exhibition. Johnny leaves the carnival, his town, his friends and his girlfriend Roxanne. Years later Johnny Blaze becomes a famous motorcyclist, who risks his life in his shows, and he meets Roxanne again, now a TV reporter. However, Mephistopheles proposes Johnny to release his contract if he become the "Ghost Rider" and defeat his evil son Blackheart, who wants to possess one thousand evil souls and transform hell on earth. (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Story:giant monster, action hero, spin off from film, fighting game, action game, spin off, based on film, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, hero, fistfight, character name in title, violence

Iron Man 2 (2010)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Iron Man 2 (2010)

With the world now aware of his dual life as the armored superhero Iron Man, billionaire inventor Tony Stark faces pressure from the government, the press, and the public to share his technology with the military. Unwilling to let go of his invention, Stark, along with Pepper Potts, and James "Rhodey" Rhodes at his side, must forge new alliances - and confront powerful enemies. This is why Iron Man 2 (2010) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, spin off from film, fighting game, action game, spin off, flying, love interest, tough guy, hero, martial arts, violence

Hancock (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi

Hancock (2008)

The powerful superhero John Hancock has become a joke because of his alcoholism and clumsiness. He has also become the most hated man in Los Angeles. Though he has saved many lives, he also destroyed a lot of property, costing the city millions every time he goes into action. When he saves the life of PR expert Ray Embrey from an oncoming train, the executive is thankful and believes he can restore Hancock's image as a true superhero. He brings the anti-hero home for dinner and introduces him to his son Aaron, a big fan, and to his wife, Mary. But for some mysterious reason Mary doesn't want Hancock anywhere near her or her family. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain
Story:action hero, super strength, secret identity, flying, brawl, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi

Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008)

In this continuation to the adventure of the demon superhero, an evil elf breaks an ancient pact between humans and creatures, as he declares war against humanity. He is on a mission to release The Golden Army, a deadly group of fighting machines that can destroy the human race. As Hell on Earth is ready to erupt, Hellboy and his crew set out to defeat the evil prince before The Golden Army can destroy humanity's existence. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Story:super villain, action hero, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, hero, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Priest (2011)
Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Priest (2011)

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Characters:warrior, villain
Story:action hero, christ allegory, damsel in distress, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight, beating, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Batman Begins (2005)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Batman Begins (2005)

When his parents are killed, billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne relocates to Asia where he is mentored by Henri Ducard and Ra's Al Ghul in how to fight evil. When learning about the plan to wipe out evil in Gotham City by Ducard, Bruce prevents this plan from getting any further and heads back to his home. Back in his original surroundings, Bruce adopts the image of a bat to strike fear into the criminals and the corrupt as the icon known as 'Batman'. But it doesn't stay quiet for long. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain, warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, keysi fighting method, urban decay, dc comics, flying, love interest, based on film, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, urban setting, brawl, tough guy, hero, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title

Batman Returns (1992)
Action, Adventure

Batman Returns (1992)

In the sewers of gotham city to the rooftops of the gotham city the penguin wants to know where he came from well in his villain ways catwoman plans to kill rich man of gotham max shreak but as he battles with millionaire Bruce Wayne both ladies men have their own secrets Bruce Wayne is back as Bat man trying to stop the penguin Max is helping penguin steal gotham city while selina Kyle/catwoman tries to help penguin not knowing her man murder target also her murder is helping him but all four men have their goals taking gotham from crime winning gotham city assassination for two men and more money to be gotham citys number one rich man. This is why Batman Returns (1992) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain
Story:super villain, action hero, cape, dc comics, damsel in distress, villainess, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, hero, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Blade II (2002) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade II (2002)

A rare mutation has occurred within the vampire community. The Reaper. A vampire so consumed with an insatiable bloodlust that they prey on vampires as well as humans, transforming victims who are unlucky enough to survive into Reapers themselves. Now their quickly expanding population threatens the existence of vampires, and soon there won't be enough humans in the world to satisfy their bloodlust. Blade, Whistler (Yes, he's back) and an armory expert named Scud are curiously summoned by the Shadow Council. The council reluctantly admits that they are in a dire situation and they require Blade's assistance. Blade then tenuously enters into an alliance with The Bloodpack, an elite team of vampires trained in all modes of combat to defeat the Reaper threat. Blade's team and the Bloodpack are the only line of defense which can prevent the Reaper population from wiping out the vampire and human populations. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, super strength, spin off, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, hero, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

After saving Xandar from Ronan's wrath, the Guardians are now recognized as heroes. Now the team must help their leader Star Lord (Chris Pratt) uncover the truth behind his true heritage. Along the way, old foes turn to allies and betrayal is blooming. And the Guardians find that they are up against a devastating new menace who is out to rule the galaxy. (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Characters:warrior, alien
Story:giant monster, alien monster, action hero, cape, super strength, giant, flying, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, violence

Wonder Woman (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi, War

Wonder Woman (2017)

Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when a pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, super strength, secret identity, dc comics, villainess, love interest, one against many, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, beating, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

The Dark Knight (2008)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

The Dark Knight (2008)

Set within a year after the events of Batman Begins, Batman, Lieutenant James Gordon, and new district attorney Harvey Dent successfully begin to round up the criminals that plague Gotham City until a mysterious and sadistic criminal mastermind known only as the Joker appears in Gotham, creating a new wave of chaos. Batman's struggle against the Joker becomes deeply personal, forcing him to "confront everything he believes" and improve his technology to stop him. A love triangle develops between Bruce Wayne, Dent and Rachel Dawes. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain, warrior
Story:super villain, hero, action hero, dual identity, christ allegory, cape, urban decay, secret identity, dc comics, damsel in distress, flying, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, urban setting, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, beating

Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Jupiter Ascending (2015)

Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people's houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine Wise, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along - her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos. This is why Jupiter Ascending (2015) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Themes:monster
Characters:warrior, alien
Story:action hero, christ allegory, damsel in distress, flying, love interest, one against many, one man army, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

X-men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Two mutant brothers, Logan and Victor, born 200 years ago, suffer childhood trauma and have only each other to depend on. Basically, they're fighters and killers, living from war to war through U.S. history. In modern times, a U.S. colonel, Stryker, recruits them and other mutants as commandos. Logan quits and becomes a logger, falling in love with a local teacher. When Logan refuses to rejoin Stryker's crew, the colonel sends the murderous Victor. Logan now wants revenge. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero, spin off from film, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, tough guy, hero, martial arts, character name in title, violence

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:monster
Characters:warrior
Story:action hero, christ allegory, super strength, giant, one against many, one man army, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, beating, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Megamind (2010)
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family, Sci-fi

Megamind (2010)

After super-villain Megamind (Ferrell) kills his good-guy nemesis, Metro Man (Pitt), he becomes bored since there is no one left to fight. He creates a new foe, Tighten (Hill), who, instead of using his powers for good, sets out to destroy the world, positioning Megamind to save the day for the first time in his life. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain, alien
Story:super villain, cape, flying, love interest, hero, surprise ending, character name in title

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Guardians Of The Galaxy (2014)

After stealing a mysterious orb in the far reaches of outer space, Peter Quill from Earth, is now the main target of a manhunt led by the villain known as Ronan the Accuser. To help fight Ronan and his team and save the galaxy from his power, Quill creates a team of space heroes known as the "Guardians of the Galaxy" to save the world. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain, warrior, alien
Story:super villain, action hero, super strength, giant, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, violence

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)
Action, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Resident Evil: Retribution (2012)

Alice awakes at home with her daughter Becky and her husband. But soon she realizes that she is actually in an Umbrella Corporation's underground facility. Out of the blue, the computer security system shuts-down and Alice flees to the central control room of the facility. She meets Ada Wong, who works with Albert Wesker, and she learns that a five-man team has been sent by Wesker to rescue them. However, the Red Queen sends Jill Valentine and Rain to hunt them down. This is why Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Themes:monster
Characters:warrior
Story:giant monster, action hero, super strength, giant, one against many, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, violence

The Amazing Spider-man (2012)
Action, Adventure

The Amazing Spider-man (2012)

Peter Parker (Garfield) is an outcast high schooler who was abandoned by his parents as a boy, leaving him to be raised by his Uncle Ben (Sheen) and Aunt May (Field). Like most teenagers, Peter is trying to figure out who he is and how he got to be the person he is today. Peter is also finding his way with his first high school crush, Gwen Stacy (Stone), and together, they struggle with love, commitment, and secrets. As Peter discovers a mysterious briefcase that belonged to his father, he begins a quest to understand his parents' disappearance - leading him directly to Oscorp and the lab of Dr. Curt Connors (Ifans), his father's former partner. As Spider-Man is set on a collision course with Connors' alter-ego, The Lizard, Peter will make life-altering choices to use his powers and shape his destiny to become a hero. (Read More)

Themes:monster
Characters:villain
Story:action hero, fighting game, action game, flying, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, hero, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Rambo III (1988)
Action, Adventure, Thriller, War

Rambo III (1988)

John Rambo's former Vietnam superior, Colonel Samuel Trautman, has been assigned to lead a mission to help the Mujahedeen rebels who are fighting the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, but the Buddhist Rambo turns down Trautman's request that Rambo help out. When the mission goes belly up and Trautman is kidnapped and tortured by Russian Colonel Zaysen, Rambo launches a rescue effort and allies himself with the Mujahedeen rebels and gets their help in trying to rescue Trautman from Zaysen. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:action hero, rescue, one against many, one man army, brawl, tough guy, hero, fistfight, beating, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Batman & Robin (1997) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Sci-fi

Batman & Robin (1997)

Batman and Robin are back working side-by-side to stop the villains of Gotham City, but is there tension appearing between them, especially when one villainess who calls herself Poison Ivy can make anyone fall in love with her...literally. Along with Poison Ivy, the icy Mr. Freeze is freezing anything which gets in his way from achieving his goal. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain
Story:villainess, super villain, action hero, super strength, dc comics, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

The Scorpion King (2002)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Scorpion King (2002)

In an ancient time, predating the pyramids, the evil king Memnon is using the psychic powers of his sorceress Cassandra to fortell his great victories. In a last ditch effort to stop Memnon from taking over the world, the leaders of the remaining free tribes hire the assassin Mathayus to kill the sorceress. But Mathayus ends up getting much more than he bargained for. Now with the help of the trickster Arpid, tribal leader Balthazar and an unexpected ally, it's up to Mathayus to fufill his destiny and become the great Scorpion King. (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:action hero, spin off, one man army, brawl, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Clash Of The Titans (2010)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Clash Of The Titans (2010)

Princess Andromeda is the daughter of King Cepheus, who has gained a victory against the gods. The vengeful god of the underworld, Hades, demands that Andromeda is offered as a sacrifice or he will unleash the Kraken against Argos. A desperate King Cepheus asks demi-god Perseus to find a way to defeat the Kraken. Perseus accepts the challenge because Hades was responsible for his family's death. He discovers that the way to kill the Kraken lies with getting the head of the gorgon Medusa. This is why Clash Of The Titans (2010) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Themes:monster
Characters:warrior
Story:giant monster, spin off from film, fighting game, giant, spin off, martial arts, violence

The Avengers (2012)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

The Avengers (2012)

Nick Fury is the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., an international peace-keeping agency. The agency is a who's who of Marvel Super Heroes, with Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When global security is threatened by Loki and his cohorts, Nick Fury and his team will need all their powers to save the world from disaster. (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Characters:warrior, alien
Story:alien invasion, action hero, super strength, giant, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, beating, martial arts

Batman (1989) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Adventure

Batman (1989)

Gotham City. Crime boss Carl Grissom (Jack Palance) effectively runs the town but there's a new crime fighter in town - Batman (Michael Keaton). Grissom's right-hand man is Jack Napier (Jack Nicholson), a brutal man who is not entirely sane... After falling out between the two Grissom has Napier set up with the Police and Napier falls to his apparent death in a vat of chemicals. However, he soon reappears as The Joker and starts a reign of terror in Gotham City. Meanwhile, reporter Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger) is in the city to do an article on Batman. She soon starts a relationship with Batman's everyday persona, billionaire Bruce Wayne. (Read More)

Characters:villain
Story:super villain, action hero, spin off from film, action game, love interest, based on film, based on comic book, brawl, hero, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title

Blade: Trinity (2004)
Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller

Blade: Trinity (2004)

Blade finds himself alone surrounded by enemies, fighting an up hill battle with the vampire nation and now humans. He joins forces with a group of vampire hunters whom call themselves the Nightstalkers. The vampire nation awakens the king of vampires Dracula from his slumber with intentions of using his primitive blood to become day-walkers. On the other side is Blade and his team manifesting a virus that could wipe out the vampire race once and for all. In the end the two sides will collide and only one will come out victorious, a battle between the ultimate vampire whom never knew defeat, facing off against the greatest vampire slayer. (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Characters:villain
Story:super villain, action hero, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, hero, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Suicide Squad (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Suicide Squad (2016)

It feels good to be bad...Assemble a team of the world's most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government's disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren't picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it's every man for himself? (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Characters:warrior
Story:giant monster, super villain, action hero, super strength, dc comics, villainess, one against many, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, beating, surprise ending, martial arts, violence

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004)

Riddick, now a hunted man, finds himself in the middle of two opposing forces in a major crusade. 'Colm Feore' (qv) plays Lord Marshal, a warrior priest who is the leader of a sect that is waging the tenth and perhaps final crusade 500 years in the future. 'Judi Dench' (qv) is Aereon, an ambassador from the Elemental race. She is an ethereal being who helps Riddick unearth his origins. This is why The Chronicles Of Riddick (2004) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:alien invasion, action hero, one against many, one man army, brawl, tough guy, hero, fistfight, beating, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Daredevil (2003) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Daredevil (2003)

Fate deals young orphan Matt Murdock a strange hand when he is doused with hazardous waste. The accident leaves Matt blind but also gives him a heightened "radar sense" that allows him to "see" far better than any man. Years later Murdock has grown into a man and becomes a respected criminal attorney. But after he's done his "day job" Matt takes on a secret identity as "The Man Without Fear," Daredevil, the masked avenger that patrols the neighborhood of Hell's Kitchen and New York City to combat the injustice that he cannot tackle in the courtroom. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:villain, warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, hero, dual identity, secret identity, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title, violence

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Action, Thriller

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Despite his tarnished reputation after the events of The Dark Knight, in which he took the rap for Dent's crimes, Batman feels compelled to intervene to assist the city and its police force which is struggling to cope with Bane's plans to destroy the city.

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, christ allegory, super strength, dc comics, villainess, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, urban setting, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, beating, surprise ending, martial arts

Batman Forever (1995)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Batman Forever (1995)

The Dark Knight of Gotham City confronts a dastardly duo: Two-Face and the Riddler. Formerly District Attorney Harvey Dent, Two-Face incorrectly believes Batman caused the courtroom accident which left him disfigured on one side; he has unleashed a reign of terror on the good people of Gotham. Edward Nygma, computer-genius and former employee of millionaire Bruce Wayne, is out to get the philanthropist; as The Riddler he perfects a device for draining information from all the brains in Gotham, including Bruce Wayne's knowledge of his other identity. Batman/Wayne is/are the love focus of Dr. Chase Meridan. Former circus acrobat Dick Grayson, his family killed by Two-Face, becomes Wayne's ward and Batman's new partner Robin the Boy Wonder. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, cape, secret identity, dc comics, damsel in distress, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Superman (1978)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi

Superman (1978)

Just before the destruction of the planet Krypton, scientist Jor-El sends his infant son Kal-El on a spaceship to Earth. Raised by kindly farmers Jonathan and Martha Kent, young Clark discovers the source of his superhuman powers and moves to Metropolis to fight evil. As Superman, he battles the villainous Lex Luthor, while, as novice reporter Clark Kent, he attempts to woo co-worker Lois Lane (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:alien
Story:super villain, dual identity, christ allegory, super strength, secret identity, dc comics, damsel in distress, flying, based on comic book, urban setting, rescue, hero, character name in title

Green Lantern (2011) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Green Lantern (2011)

In a mysterious universe, the Green Lantern Corps, an elite defense force of peace and justice have existed for centuries. Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan acquires superhuman powers when he is chosen by the Ring, the willpower-fed source of power. Reluctantly at first, he takes on the challenge after the death of Abin Sur, the finest Green Lantern. Putting his self-doubts aside, and spurred on by his sense of duty and love for his beautiful, intellectually equal, colleague, Carol Ferris, he is soon called to defend mankind from Parallax, a powerful, evil being who feeds on fear. Hal Jordan is the universe's last chance, as many Green Lanterns have been killed and the Corps is weakened. And he might just be the right Green Lantern for the duty of keeping the world safe from harm. This is why Green Lantern (2011) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Themes:superhero, monster
Characters:warrior, alien
Story:super villain, alien invasion, dc comics, giant, flying, one against many, one man army, based on comic book, rescue, martial arts, character name in title

Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Action, Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

It's the story about a lazy, irreverent slacker panda, named Po, who is the biggest fan of Kung Fu around...which doesn't exactly come in handy while working every day in his family's noodle shop. Unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, Po's dreams become reality when he joins the world of Kung Fu and studies alongside his idols, the legendary Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- under the leadership of their guru, Master Shifu. But before they know it, the vengeful and treacherous snow leopard Tai Lung is headed their way, and it's up to Po to defend everyone from the oncoming threat. Can he turn his dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master into reality? Po puts his heart - and his girth - into the task, and the unlikely hero ultimately finds that his greatest weaknesses turn out to be his greatest strengths. (Read More)

Characters:villain, warrior
Story:action hero, hero, fighting game, based on film, brawl, fistfight, martial arts, violence

Spider-man 3 (2007)
Action, Adventure

Spider-man 3 (2007)

Peter Parker has finally managed to piece together the once-broken parts of his life, maintaining a balance between his relationship with Mary-Jane and his responsibility as Spider-Man. But more challenges arise for our young hero. Peter's old friend Harry Obsourne has set out for revenge against Peter; taking up the mantle of his late father's persona as The New Goblin, and Peter must also capture Uncle Ben's real killer, Flint Marko, who has been transformed into his toughest foe yet, the Sandman. All hope seems lost when suddenly Peter's suit turns jet-black and greatly amplifies his powers. But it also begins to greatly amplify the much darker qualities of Peter's personality that he begins to lose himself to. Peter has to reach deep inside himself to free the compassionate hero he used to be if he is to ever conquer the darkness within and face not only his greatest enemies, but also...himself. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:alien, villain, warrior
Story:super villain, action hero, hero, secret identity, flying, one against many, one man army, brawl, tough guy, fistfight, martial arts, violence

Last Action Hero (1993)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Last Action Hero (1993)

Young Danny Madigan is a big fan of Jack Slater, a larger-than-life action hero played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. When his best friend, Nick the projectionist, gives him a magic ticket to the new Jack Slater film, Danny is transported into Slater's world, where the good guys always win. One of Slater's enemies, Benedict the hitman, gets hold of the ticket and ends up in Danny's world, where he realises that if he can kill Schwarzenegger, Slater will be no more. Slater and Danny must travel back and stop him. (Read More)

Characters:villain, warrior
Story:action hero, hero, brawl, tough guy, fistfight, beating, martial arts, violence

Knight And Day (2010) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Comedy, Romance

Knight And Day (2010)

June has a garage in Boston. At an airport heading home, a man bumps into her a few times and tries to keep her off the plane. He's under FBI surveillance; they wonder if he and she are working together, so they let both on a flight full of armed men wanting to arrest the stranger. He's Roy, he shoots his way out of trouble and tells her she's in danger. She's home the next day, miraculously, when agents pick her up; Roy saves her again, and a transcontinental chase ensues with Roy convincing her that he's the good guy, protecting an energy source that a rogue agent wants to sell on the black market. Can she trust Roy, and will trust matter when the bullets start flying? (Read More)

Story:action hero, damsel in distress, flying, one against many, one man army, brawl, tough guy, rescue, hero, fistfight, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Ying Xiong (2002)
Action, Adventure, History

Ying Xiong (2002)

In ancient China, before the reign of the first emperor, warring factions throughout the Six Kingdoms plot to assassinate the most powerful ruler, Qin. When a minor official defeats Qin's three principal enemies, he is summoned to the palace to tell Qin the story of his surprising victory. This is why Ying Xiong (2002) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006). (Read More)

Characters:warrior
Story:flying, action hero, christ allegory, one against many, one man army, tough guy, hero, surprise ending, martial arts, violence

Justice League (2017)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Justice League (2017)

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes-Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash-it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior, alien
Story:super villain, action hero, super strength, secret identity, dc comics, based on comic book, tough guy

Iron Man Three (2013)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

Iron Man Three (2013)

Marvel's "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? (Read More)

Themes:superhero
Characters:warrior, alien
Story:alien invasion, action hero, super strength, damsel in distress, villainess, flying, love interest, one man army, based on comic book, brawl, rescue, fistfight, beating, surprise ending, martial arts, character name in title, violence

Ghostbusters (2016) is one of the best movies like Superman Returns (2006)
Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi

Ghostbusters (2016)

Themes:monster
Story:giant monster, giant, flying, based on film, uniform, one against many, brawl, rescue, fistfight, surprise ending

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Adventure, Fantasy

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)

After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfill his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south? (Read More)

Themes:monster
Characters:warrior
Story:giant monster, action hero, giant, brawl, tough guy, rescue, fistfight, martial arts, character name in title, violence

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