The legend told again and again: Relive the story of Hercules in these movies
There’s a long list of Hercules movies from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond. The legendary story of Hercules has obviously been going on for much longer than that! Hercules is a popular hero from Greek mythology who overcomes rough obstacles to come out on top. Some of the Olympian gods & goddesses he spends time with include Zeus (his father), Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Hermès, and Athena.
What makes the story of Hercules so much more interesting is the fact that he’s considered to be a demigod. Some of his powers include strength, durability, speed, stamina, and endurance. Compare Hercules to Thor and you’re in the right realm for sure. Thor isn’t part of Greek mythology, but they could almost be brothers if you ask us. Hercules is able to fight back against powerful creatures including lions & bears.
The Adventures of Hercules (1985)
In 1985, The Adventures of Hercules was released starring Lou Ferrigno as Hercules himself. In this movie, viewers get to see Zeus come down from Mount Olympus to take back seven thunderbolts that have been stolen from him by furious goddesses. The three goddesses are considered traitors for stealing the thunderbolts, meaning things aren’t looking bright for them.
Hercules has to step up to the plate in order to save the day and be there for his father, Zeus. The Adventures of Hercules sheds light on what life is like for Zeus without his powers. He’s totally weak without his seven thunderbolts which means he’s fully relying on Hercules to handle business. The moon is on its way to collide with planet earth if something isn’t done immediately.
The animated Hercules movie of 1997 will never be forgotten. This is a movie that has gotten a lot of respect from children and their parents alike. When kid movies appeal to the adults in the room also – that’s how you know it’s a winner!
Tate Donovan is the man who did the voice acting for the character of Hercules in this underrated Disney classic. Hercules must learn how to control his strength & power as he begins getting a handle on his capabilities. He has romantic feelings for Megara who’s been scorned & heartbroken before, so he has to break down her walls.
Hercules: Zero to Hero (1999)
In 1999, the first animated Hercules movie got a second installment with Hercules: Zero to Hero. In this prequel, Hercules does whatever it takes to get through school so that he can be accepted by other people without having any mythological powers. Tate Donovan returns as the voice of Hercules in this movie with music composed by Adam Barry. This prequel didn’t get as much attention as the first movie did but it definitely deserves more respect.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays Hercules in the 2014 movie about a man whose reputation precedes him. Hercules is already famous in his ancient world for some of the crazy rescue missions he’s embarked on. After tragically losing his wife & children, he’s decided to make a change in life.
Instead of fighting for honor, he only wants to fight for gold as he travels from town to town with a group of loyal disciples. In the end, it’s revealed that some of the craziest exploits Hercules has accomplished we’re only made possible because of his companions.
The Legend of Hercules (2014)
Kellen Lutz, the same actor who plays the role of Emmett Cullen in the Twilight Saga, plays the role of Hercules in the 2014 movie The Legend of Hercules. This movie is not to be confused with The Legend of Tarzan which was released just a couple years later in 2016.
The Legend of Hercules tells the harrowing story of a demigod who’s been exiled by his own father and sold off into slavery. He’s forced to fight back against gladiators at arenas in front of massive crowds. Eventually, he’s able to create peace in the land where he lives.