Superhero series to watch: Amazon Prime, HBO, Netflix

Superhero series to watch: Amazon Prime, HBO, Netflix

In many ways, superhero comics are living in a golden age. Whether as games, films, tv series or on-demand on streaming platforms, these superhero adventures are ever present in our lives and include everyone from the famous Marvel characters, to the more independent Dark Horse label. If you're a fan of superheroes (and realistically, who isn't?!), then check out our list below of the best superhero series available on streaming platforms.

Guardians of Justice (Netflix)

This satirical show, a parody of DC comics, which premiered on Netflix in 2022, takes us to a post-apocalyptic future where the third world war has ended. Still, the fourth may well begin when the Wonder Man, who protected the world, dies under mysterious circumstances. In the face of such danger, the superhero The Speed, with the help of Hawk Knight, who closely resembles Batman, tries to shed light on his death and prevent a nuclear catastrophe.

Doom Patrol (HBO Max)

Doom Patrol is a team of bumbling superheroes from another DC universe fighting Mr. Nobody, Candlemaker, and other forces of evil. These are Cliff, who, after the accident, left only the brain placed in the body of a robot; Jane, who suffers from dissociative identity disorder; Rita, whose body tends to spread; and Larry, who carries a negative charge of energy. They are subsequently joined by Dorothy, who can bring her imaginary friends to life. Three seasons of unrestrained fun await you.

​​​​​Jupiter's Legacy (Netflix)

Based on the Image Comics series by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, this Netflix original is not just another superhero show but a social family drama. The family's father creates a team of superheroes called the Union of Justice, which undertakes not to kill anyone or engage in political intrigues. But the murder of one of the enemies by his son creates a severe controversy in this family, while other enemies are on the alert. The series was not continued, but we think it is entertaining and non-standard.

​​​​​​The Boys (Amazon Prime)

This is the third season of the series that has become a cult hit on Amazon Prime. The Boys, a series based on the comics by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, is a new take on the genre. The squad of good heroes named "The Boys" must repulse "The Seven," the main team of the corporation Vought International, which uses superheroes to achieve their own selfish goals.

​​​​​​The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

Seven siblings form the dysfunctional family of superheroes known as The Umbrella Academy. After many years of separation due to family problems, the mysterious death of their adoptive father reunites them again, and together, they must try to prevent an apocalypse that will end all humanity. During the series, more and more of the disturbing reasons for the apocalypse are revealed. The series is based on the comic version by author Gerard Way and, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse. The publisher is well-known for titles such as The Mask, Hellboy, and Sin City. The superheroes in The Umbrella Academy are played by Hollywood stars, including Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, and Mary J. Blige.

​​​​​​Raising Dion (Netflix)

The first season of Raising Dion was a great success on the streaming platform in many countries, and the second season should be released soon. An eight-year-old boy named Dion, raised by a single mom, suddenly gets superpowers. Raising a "superman" who remains a child becomes a daunting task.

​​​​​​​Watchmen (HBO Max)

Watchmen, the brainchild of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon, is considered a masterpiece in the comic book world and was the only comic featured on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 best English language novels. The comic book series, edited by DC Comics, tells of an alternative past where superheroes fought in the cold war between the Soviet Union and the US and helped the American Government to establish a position of power in the world. However, not long after, they feel betrayed by the Government. The tv series from HBO does the original absolute justice. Both the comic book and the television series address very real ethical and political problems from the perspective of science fiction.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Peacemaker (HBO Max)

Peacekeeper is an HBO Max superhero comedy television series based on the DC Comics character of the same name and is an indirect sequel to the 2021 Suicide Squad film. The series takes place five months after the events of Suicide Squad. Christopher Smith, aka Peacemaker (John Cena), is recruited for a mission to exterminate parasitic butterfly-like creatures.

​​​​​​Lucifer (Netflix)

Lucifer, based on the comic by Mike Carey and inspired by Sandman, is one of the most famous titles from Vertigo, DC Comics’ adult label. The series features the adventures of Lucifer Morningstar, the Devil (Tom Ellis), who leaves hell to live in Los Angeles, where he runs a nightclub and collaborates with the LAPD. The screenplay is similar to that of Californication, which is no surprise, as Tom Kapinos is the author behind both. Unfortunately, after three series on Fox and two on Netflix, the future of the series is, as of yet, unknown.

​​​​​​Misfits (Hulu)

Misfits is our only inclusion on the list, neither based on a comic nor produced in the USA. This brilliant British series broadcast between 2009 and 2013 tells the tale of a group of young offenders sentenced to community service who are struck by lightning during a storm, resulting in them gaining superpowers. However, these powers prove to be more of a curse than a blessing, and the Misfits go through numerous challenges and adventures to help many people. Misfits is a new series full of dark humor. It has also acted as a springboard for some actors to launch their international careers, notably Iwan Rheon, who became famous for playing Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones.

​​​​​​​The Flash (Netflix)

This series is based on the DC comics from the Arrowverse series. Its main character is Barry Allen, aka The Flash, a police investigator who, as a result of an accident, gains the ability to move at supersonic speeds. Then plot interweaving begins, intrigues and battles with evil superheroes develop, and the plot twists so that you will sit for hours watching this series.


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