JB Hi-Fi has curated a super selection of comic book heroes from the big screen and the small. It’s time to get your cape and spandex on for the ultimate superhero shopping spree!
Aquaman washes away the murky aesthetic of previous DC movies to deliver a vibrant fantasy adventure that resembles a submerged Thor, or The Little Mermaid on steroids. The charismatic Jason Momoa makes the character his own, while director James Wan delivers a visually dazzling spectacle – the underwater realm of Atlantis is worth the price of the disc alone. Plus, you get Willem Dafoe riding a giant hammerhead shark as a bonus.
THE AVENGERS: 4-MOVIE COLLECTION
Arguably the best – and definitely the biggest – movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers quartet begins with an attack on New York City by the meddling Loki and the alien Chitauri, before the misguided creation of A.I. Ultron changes the playing field, with the team held accountable for heavy casualties. Then it’s on to the massive two-part finale, Infinity War and Endgame, which not only wraps up the saga but also ten years of ambitious and masterful cinematic universe building.
BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TELEVISION SERIES
Holy box set! This 18-disc collection rounds up all 120 original broadcast episodes of the barmy and beloved ’60s series starring Adam West and Burt Ward as the dynamic duo, Batman and Robin. And let’s not forget the inspired casting of Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, Cesar Romero as The Joker, and Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt as Catwoman. This indispensable collection also features three hours of bonus material including a candid conversation with Adam West.
BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE
Director Zack Snyder sets these two iconic DC heroes against each other in a busy narrative that also features Wonder Woman, Doomsday and Lex Luthor – moving all the players into position as a prelude to his Justice League movie. The extended cut on Blu-ray and 4K UHD adds 30 minutes of new footage and the result is a much more cohesive version of the film than the one that played in cinemas.
THE BOYS: SEASON 1
This smart, subversive and gleefully R-rated take on the genre is set in a world where superheroes have been corporatised. Seven key crusaders go about their business saving lives, posing for selfies and accruing social media likes, but beneath the heroic veneer they’re a pretty corrupt bunch – a fact that drives the title group of vigilantes (led by Karl Urban, with a dodgy cockney accent) to attempt to take them down. From the creators of Preacher and Supernatural, The Boys will have you hooked from the opening episode, so strap in for a wild, bloody and often hilarious ride.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Who would have thunk that a Marvel movie featuring a bunch of characters we’d never heard of – including a talking raccoon and a walking tree – would be one of the all-time best entries in the MCU? Director James Gunn and a wonderful cast, plus an irreverent tone and awesome mix of ’80s tracks, equals superhero movie perfection. We are Groot!
Conjured during a Nazi experiment to unleash “the Seven Gods of Chaos” upon the world, Hellboy is adopted by a kindly paranormal researcher and joins fishman Abe Sapien and firestarter Liz Sherman at the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defence. Bringing Dark Horse Comics’ red-skinned, blue collar demon hero to the screen was a passion project for the great Guillermo del Toro. Collaborating with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, the result is a wild mix of Men in Black and H.P. Lovecraft, with a fantastic performance by Ron Perlman as the definitive Hellboy.
LEGION: SEASON 1
Hard-hitting and stylish, with a super cast and knockout production values, this surreal venture into the X-Men universe is one of the boldest treatments of comic book superheroes to date. Its genius lies in depicting events largely from the perspective of a mutant protagonist (Dan Stevens) with a fractured psyche. Twin Peaks meets X-Men best describes this trippy and cerebral take on the line between mental illness and superpowers.
Where Deadpool rewrote the rulebook for violence in mainstream superhero movies, Logan throws it out! Kudos to director James Mangold for taking the creative risk of transplanting the Wolverine into a brutal and intense western noir devoid of the usual global threat and visual effects overload we’ve come to expect from the X-Men universe. It’s a fantastic, albeit grim, swan song for Hugh Jackman’s surly, mutton-chopped mutant after five X-Men films and two spin-offs.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
Both a game-changer for the look of animated features and arguably the best Spider-Man film to date, this dazzling 2019 Oscar-winner (Best Animated Feature) combines digital and hand-drawn techniques and resembles a comic book literally leaping off the screen! Nicolas Cage as Spider-Man Noir? Yes please!
Tom Hardy comes to grips with his inner alien symbiote in this stand-alone film for Spider-Man’s toothy nemesis. He also gets to exercise his comedic muscle, and appears to be having an absolute blast. Viewers will too when reporter Eddie Brock fuses with the title character – a gloppy extraterrestrial that likes to wisecrack and snack on human heads. One of Marvel’s coolest creations finally gets the solo outing he deserves in this Jekyll and Hyde tale that’s also a truly bonkers buddy movie.
Prior to entering the DCEU, director Zack Snyder cut his superhero teeth with this dense and dazzling adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ acclaimed graphic novel. A distinctly adult take on the genre set in an alternate 1985, Watchmen speculates on how superheroes would function in everyday society. The result is a challenging, intense and ultra-violent comic book adventure. The Ultimate Cut available on 4K UHD – running an epic 215 minutes – integrates the animated Tales of the Black Freighter side-story into the narrative. Required viewing before you dive into HBO’s series adaptation (available June 3).
Lynda Carter was synonymous with Wonder Woman until statuesque Israeli beauty Gal Gadot made the role her own. Striding confidently into a male-dominated fray and balancing a fierce intelligence with the ferocity of a born warrior, Diana, Princess of Themyscira, sets sail for a date with destiny in a wonderful superhero flick full of humour and heart.