Best Netflix Instant Movies for Readers: Films Based on Comic Books

By Jason Boog Comment

netflixlogo.pngAre you watching instant movies on Netflix? What’s your favorite comic book adaptation on the streaming movie list?

Thousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.

Add your favorite in the comments section. We’ve been building helpful Instant Movies for Readers lists all summer long, from the best streaming movies based on contemporary lit to the best Netflix instant movies adapted from plays. Keep adding your suggestions as we update the lists. Our handpicked favorites follow below…

Batman Returns: “Trouble returns to Gotham in director Tim Burton’s sequel as Batman (Michael Keaton) battles three new villains plotting to take over the city, including corrupt businessman Max Shreck (Christopher Walken), the hideous Penguin (Danny DeVito) and the mysterious Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer).”

Swamp Thing: “The botanical experiments of Dr. Alec Holland (Ray Wise) go awry and a lab explosion renders him more plant than man … Horror-meister Wes Craven takes a sabbatical from decapitations and gore with this campy adaptation of the DC Comics favorite.”

Art School Confidential: “When his pure genius goes ignored and a brainless jock tempts his dream girl (Sophia Myles), ambitious art school student Jerome Platz (Max Minghella) sets in motion a brazen plan to become an art world hero and win his beloved’s heart.”

Popeye: “Robert Altman’s deft hand at the helm made this 1980 film a classic. Based on E.C. Segar’s comic strip, Popeye stars Robin Williams as the super-strong, spinach-scarfing sailor man who’s searching for his father.”

X-Men: “Amid increasing fear and bigotry, Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) provides a safe haven for powerful outcasts like Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Storm (Halle Berry), who are genetically gifted mutants — and the world’s newest, most persecuted minority group.”

Tank Girl: “In the year 2033, a comet has turned Earth into a rainless wasteland, and a mega-corporation controls all of the remaining water. In an attempt to end the evil reign of the company’s CEO (Malcolm McDowell), Rebecca (Lori Petty) and her shy friend (Naomi Watts) hijack a stolen tank and jet — at once becoming Tank Girl and Jet Girl.”

Batman: The Movie: “In director Leslie H. Martinson’s campy action comedy based on the tongue-in-cheek 1960s TV series, Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) battle sharks, Catwoman (Lee Meriwether), The Joker (Cesar Romero), The Penguin (Burgess Meredith) and The Riddler (Frank Gorshin) on the big screen.”

The Mask: “A meek, milquetoast bank teller (Jim Carrey) discovers a magical ancient mask that unleashes his deepest desires — and gives him the superhuman ability to act on them. Accompanied by his canine sidekick, the mischievous action hero goes gaga for a singer (Cameron Diaz).”