Top 13 series and movies based on comic books available on Showmax

Superheroes, supernatural or just plain super – many incredible stories started their lives as comic books or graphic novels. Here are some of the top series and movies they’ve inspired, ready to stream on Showmax. 

Series 

Deadly Class S1

Marcus is a homeless teenager recruited to join an elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their children. Set against the backdrop of late 1980s counterculture. Based on the comic book series of the same name created by Rick Remender and Wesley Craig and published by Image Comics. Watch now »

HBO’s Watchmen S1

An all-star cast including Regina King, Don Johnson and Jeremy Irons leads this adaptation of the DC graphic novel. The series is set in an alternate history where superheroes and villains are outlawed. Watch now »

Marvel’s Runaways S1-3 

When six teenagers realise their parents are super-villains and hiding dark secrets, they must band together to stop them – before it’s too late. It’s set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and shares continuity with other Marvel series and movies. Watch now »

Cloak & Dagger S1-2

Tandy and Tyrone have two things in common: they’re in love and they have superpowers. But these only work well when they are together, which makes things complicated.

In the second seasons, Having come to terms with their superpowers and how they work better together, Tandy and Ty take a new approach to fighting evil. They also discover how to strengthen their powers. Watch now »

Legion S1-2

This visually stunning series is based on Marvel Comics’ character David Haller (AKA Legion). David is a troubled young man who’s spent his life in and out of psychiatric care until a strange encounter reveals his special powers. Watch now »

Outcast S1-2

A man who has experienced demonic possessions his whole life teams up with a priest to help a young boy who shows signs of being possessed. Through this work, he gains insight into his past. The series is based on the comics of the same name by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta and published by Image Comics. Watch now »

The Walking Dead S1-9

The definitive zombie horror series. When Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes from a coma to find that his town is overrun with “Walkers”, he joins a motley group of survivors and heads out to find his wife and son. Based on the Image graphic novels. Watch now »

Movies 

Shazam! (2019)

A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected superpowers and soon gains a powerful enemy. The movie, which scored 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and was a box office hit, is based on the DC Comics about the character of the same name. Watch now »

Aquaman (2018)

Jason Momoa stars as Arthur Curry, also known as Aquaman, in this visually stunning adventure film. He goes on a life-changing quest to prevent a potentially devastating war. Based on the DC Comics. Watch now »

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Based on the French comic books, this was the most expensive European film and the most expensive indie movie ever made. Expect stunning effects, a fun, fast-paced storyline, and appearances by the likes of Clive Owen and Rihanna. Watch now »

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is on Showmax
Image: Paramount

The Turtles have been advised by their rat sensei to stay in the shadows and never reveal themselves above ground. But when the kingpin Shredder starts terrorising New York, they come into the light to save their home. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Watch now »

Kick-Ass 2 (2013) 

In the second movie inspired by Kick-Ass’s heroics, everyday people are donning costumes and masks to become superheroes. But there’s also an army of supervillains gaining momentum as followers of Red Mist. It’s based on the comic book of the same name created by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr published by Marvel Comics. Watch now »

Animated series 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles S1-3 

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Leo, Donnie, Raph and Mikey are mutant turtles who have been trained in the art of ninjutsu by their rat sensei, Master Splinter. Emerging from their sewer lair, the reptile brothers confront the wondrous world of New York City, facing villains more dangerous and pizza more delicious than anything they could have imagined.

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