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10 Films and Shows to Binge-Watch if You Have a Superhero Hangover

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Anyone who has been on a cinema once in their life knows that superhero movies have been KING over the last decade or so. Production and film studios have made a whole new industry out of them, turning even non-comic fans thirsty for the big screen adaptations of these stories. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we’re pretty sure you’re aware how big this year is for superhero franchises. There are new characters and stories that have been brought to the mix, but there are also adventures concluding the era; you know, that film with a big, purple guy snapping his bedazzled hand—I’m sure you have an idea what that is.

If you’ve already been to the theatres, chances are you’re still reeling from all your #feels right now. We know how hard that is, so we’ve listed ten series and shows you can binge-watch to ease that bleeding little heart of yours.

1. The Flash

Who doesn’t know the red-suited man who moves at the speed of light from the DC Universe? While Justice League’s lippy member Barry Allen aka The Flash has also appeared in the big screen, The CWs interpretation of the hero’s origin story has already been a regular mainstay in the small screen with five seasons under its belt. In the series, CSI Investigator and forensic scientist Barry Allen gets zapped by lightning caused by a particle accelerator. He falls into a coma and wakes up months later with the power of lightning speed and the rest, as you know, is history. While the movie version is still a pretty good take on the superhero, CW’s version is more accurate and loyal to the comic book source material.

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2. Gotham

We all know the caped crusader who glides through the city of Gotham like a shadow. But how was the city like before Batman ever came to be? Gotham, which has five seasons, tells the story of Commissioner Gordon, the crime world’s primary bane before Batman’s rise. Gotham shows Gordon’s rise from rookie detective to a distinguished fixture that keeps the city’s law and order as he tries to wade through corruption and circumstances that gave birth to Gotham’s deadliest villains—Catwoman, The Riddler, The Penguin, and The Joker.

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3. Arrow

Every superhero universe has its own spoiled billionaire, playboy character and Oliver Queen aka The Green Arrow is just one of DC’s heroes that fits the bill. Running for eight seasons now (which, unfortunately, will also be its last), the series focuses on Arrow’s determination to clean up his city when he returned a changed man five years after his shipwreck. The show has received success over its seven-year run that it has inspired the creation of The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow as its spin-off series. The shows share a universe collectively called as Arrowverse.

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4. Vikings

This may not exactly be about superheroes, but the lead character Ragnar may remind you of a certain hammer-wielding hero from the silver screen. Vikings follows the story of hero Ragnar Lothbrok and his adventures as he climbs the ladder to become the King of the Viking tribes. In addition to showcasing the fearless loyalties of Ragnar, the five-season series also showcases Norse traditions and their devotion to their gods. Legend of the story also says that Ragnar is a descendant of Norse God of War, so that’s an additional plot point you can enjoy. 

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5.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Who didn’t love watching these masked, pizza-loving heroes growing up? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles checks off all the classic superhero movie tropes: city heroes, evil politicians, and a secret hideout. The 2014 movie version follows the adventures of Raphael, Donatello, Leonardo, and Michaelangelo as they try to save their city from villain Shredder by teaming up with fearless reporter April (Megan Fox) and her cameraman Vern Fenwick (Will Arnett). 

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6. The Dark Knight Rises

We can’t skip this list without including one of the most popular (and moodiest) characters in the world of superheroes. After abandoning his Batman persona for years, Bruce Wayne was pushed to assume the role of the caped crusader again when merciless villain Bane threatens Gotham with nuclear destruction. The last installment in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy follows Batman as he tries to fight for his city, all while trying to dodge its very own police department who is hot on his tails for crimes he didn't commit. The movie also throws the mysterious Selina Kyle (Catwoman) in the mix. 

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7. Man of Steel

There can’t be Batman without Superman, so we’re including Man of Steel—the 2013 movie that tells the origin story of Clark Kent—here for good measure. The film follows the story of Clark and his hesitant assumption of Superman’s role to battle Kryptonian villain Zod who was wreaking havoc on Earth in search of the Codex. The film was the first installment to the DC Extended Universe and was followed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

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8. Pacific Rim

This movie may not include flying heroes in capes or magical shields, but it does have robots battling sea monsters, which, we think, is pretty cool, too. Pacific Rim shows the battle of humanity against legions of monsters called Kaijus using Jaegers, robots controlled by a pair of pilots mentally linked to each other. After losing his brother on a failed mission, ex-Jaeger pilot Raleigh reluctantly returns to service with trainee Mako in a time when the Jaeger program was in danger of being shut down.  

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9. G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra is a film adaptation of a line of toys created by company Hasbro. The movie, which follows the adventures of soldiers Duke and Ripcord, doesn’t really feature any supernatural powers, but it does have advanced technology (that most of us probably can’t understand, as usual), evil villains, and lots of sword-fighting scenes to make up for it. The film tells the G.I. team's adventures as they try to stop a weapons master's plans of decimating the planet using a nanotech-based weapon that can eat metals and other materials. 

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10. Kick-Ass

This film gives a little twist to the superhero movie genre, delivering black comedy that gives audiences a different type of adrenaline rush. Unlike the origin films that we’re used to, Kick-Ass tells the story of average teenager Dave who dreams of becoming a superhero like the ones he sees on his comic books. His “rise to power”—we put that in quotes for a reason. Watch the movie and you’ll know why—is not at all graceful and is rife with black humor angst, but it is exactly that averageness that draws its viewers in. A note though before you hit stream: the movie has a lot of brutal scenes and use of profanity so you might consider that first if you prefer your films to be on the cleaner side. 

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Now here's the good news: streaming this list can help ease that hungover stage you're going through right now. The bad news? Doing so can cause serious destruction (a.k.a. unwanted additional costs for using up too much data) that you cannot easily snap away, even with a bejeweled gauntlet.

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Now, that’s one, true proof that heroes don't always come in capes. Sometimes, they come in GBs.

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