List of American superhero films

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This is a list of superhero films produced by American film studios by year to the present.

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Live-action[edit]

YearFilmPublisherDirectorDistributorWorldwide GrossNotes
1951Superman and the Mole MenDC ComicsLee SholemLippert Pictures Inc.Based on Adventures of Superman TV series
1966BatmanDC ComicsLeslie H. Martinson20th Century Fox$1,700,000 (est.
US/ Canada rentals)[1]
Based on Batman TV series
1977Abar, the First Black SupermanOriginalFrank PackardMirror Releasing
1978SupermanDC ComicsRichard DonnerWarner Bros.$300,218,018
Dr. StrangeMarvel ComicsPhilip DeGuereMCA Home VideoTelevision film
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the ParkHanna-BarberaGordon HesslerNBCTelevision filmBased on the rock band Kiss
1979Captain AmericaMarvel ComicsRod HolcombCBSTelevision film
Captain America II: Death Too SoonMarvel ComicsIvan NagyCBSTelevision filmSequel to 1979's Captain America
1980Superman IIDC ComicsRichard LesterWarner Bros.$108,185,706Sequel to 1978's Superman
Hero at LargeOriginalMartin DavidsonMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer$15,934,737
1981CondormanOriginalCharles JarrottWalt Disney Pictures$287,434
1982Swamp ThingDC ComicsWes CravenEmbassy Pictures$287,434
1983Superman IIIDC ComicsRichard LesterWarner Bros.$70,656,090Sequel to 1980's Superman II
1984SupergirlDC ComicsJeannot SzwarcTriStar Pictures, Warner Bros.$14,296,438Spin-off to 1978's Superman
The Toxic AvengerOriginalLloyd KaufmanTroma Entertainment,$800,000
1986Howard the DuckMarvel ComicsWillard HuyckUniversal Pictures$37,962,774
1987Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceDC ComicsSidney J. FurieWarner Bros.$15,681,020Sequel to 1983's Superman III
1989The Toxic Avenger Part IIOriginalLloyd KaufmanTroma Entertainment,$792,966Sequel to 1984's The Toxic Avenger
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
OriginalLloyd KaufmanTroma Entertainment,$363,561Sequel to 1989's The Toxic Avenger Part II
BatmanDC ComicsTim BurtonWarner Bros.$411,348,924
The Return of Swamp ThingDC ComicsJim WynorskiMillimeter Films$192,816Sequel to 1982's Swamp Thing
The PunisherMarvel ComicsMark GoldblattArtisan Entertainment$287,434Direct-to-video in North America
1990Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesMirage ComicsSteve BaronNew Line Cinema$201,965,915
DarkmanOriginalSam RaimiUniversal Studios$48,878,502
Captain AmericaMarvel ComicsAlbert Pyun21st Century Film Corporation$675,437
1991Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the OozeMirage ComicsMichael PressmanNew Line Cinema$78,656,813Sequel to 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The GuyverChuang Yi PublishingSteve WangNew Line Cinema
The RocketeerPacific ComicsJoe JohnstonWalt Disney Pictures$62,000,000
1992Batman ReturnsDC ComicsTim BurtonWarner Bros.$266,822,354Sequel to 1989's Batman
1993Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IIIMirage ComicsStuart GillardNew Line Cinema$42,273,609Sequel to 1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
The Meteor ManOriginalRobert TownsendMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer$8,023,147
1994The Fantastic FourMarvel ComicsOley SassoneConstantin FilmUnreleased
The CrowCaliber ComicsAlex ProyasMiramax Films$144,693,129
BlankmanOriginalMike BinderColumbia Pictures$7,941,977
The ShadowStreet and Smith PublicationsRussell MulcahyUniversal Studios$48,063,435
The MaskDark Horse ComicsChuck RussellNew Line Cinema$351,583,407
Guyver: Dark HeroChuang Yi PublishingSteve WangNew Line CinemaSequel to 1991's The Guyver
1995Batman ForeverDC ComicsJoel SchumacherWarner Bros.$336,529,844Sequel to 1992's Batman Returns
Judge DreddIPC MediaDanny CannonHollywood Pictures$113,493,481
Tank GirlDark Horse ComicsRachel TalalayUnited Artists$4,064,495
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The MovieOriginalBryan Spicer20th Century Fox$66,433,194Based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series/
Characters created by Saban Entertainment
Black ScorpionOriginalJonathan WinfreyShowtimeTelevision film
Darkman II: The Return of DurantOriginalBradford MayUniversal StudiosDirect-to-videoSequel to 1990's Darkman
1996The Crow: City of AngelsCaliber ComicsTim PopeMiramax Films$17,917,287Sequel to 1994's The Crow
Barb WireDark Horse ComicsDavid HoganUniversal Studios$3,793,614
VampirellavariousJim WynorskiConcordeDirect to video
Prey of the JaguarOriginalDavid DeCoteauHIT Entertainment
The PhantomVariousSimon WincerParamount Pictures$17,323,326
Darkman III: Die Darkman DieOriginalBradford MayUniversal StudiosDirect-to-videoSequel to 1995's Darkman II: The Return of Durant
1997Black Scorpion II: AftershockOriginalJonathan WinfreyShowtimeTelevision filmSequel to 1995's Black Scorpion
Turbo: A Power Rangers MovieOriginalShuki Levy and David Winning20th Century Fox$8,363,899Based on Power Rangers Turbo TV series/
Characters created by Saban Entertainment
Batman & RobinDC ComicsJoel SchumacherWarner Bros.$238,207,122Sequel to 1995's Batman Forever
SpawnImage ComicsMark A.Z. DippeNew Line Cinema$87,840,042
SteelDC ComicsKenneth JohnsonWarner Bros.$1,710,972
Star KidOriginalManny CotoTrimark Pictures$7,029,025
1998BladeMarvel ComicsStephen NorringtonNew Line Cinema$131,183,530
The Mask of ZorrooriginalMartin CampbellColumbia PicturesAction/adventure
1999Mystery MenDark Horse ComicsKinka UsherUniversal Pictures$33,461,011Comedy film
2000The Crow: SalvationCaliber ComicsBharat NalluriDimension FilmsSequel to 1996's The Crow: City of Angels
X-MenMarvel ComicsBryan Singer20th Century Fox$296,339,527
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IVOriginalLloyd KaufmanTroma Entertainment,Sequel to 1989's The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
The SpecialsOriginalCraig MazinRegent Entertainment$13,276Comedy film
UnbreakableOriginalM. Night ShyamalanTouchstone Pictures$248,118,121Psychological thriller
2002Blade IIMarvel ComicsGuillermo del ToroNew Line Cinema$155,010,032Sequel to 1998's Blade
Spider-ManMarvel ComicsSam RaimiColumbia Pictures$821,708,551
2003DaredevilMarvel ComicsMark Steven Johnson20th Century Fox$179,179,718
X2: X-Men UnitedMarvel ComicsBryan Singer20th Century Fox$407,711,549Sequel to 2000's X-Men
HulkMarvel ComicsAng LeeUniversal Studios$245,360,480
The League of Extraordinary GentlemenWildStorm/DC ComicsStephen Norrington20th Century Fox$179,265,204
2004HellboyDark Horse ComicsGuillermo del ToroColumbia Pictures$99,318,987
The PunisherMarvel ComicsJonathan HensleighLionsgate$54,700,105Reboot of The Punisher film franchise
Spider-Man 2Marvel ComicsSam RaimiColumbia Pictures$783,766,341Sequel to 2002's Spider-Man
CatwomanDC ComicsPitofWarner Bros.$82,102,379
Blade: TrinityMarvel ComicsDavid S. GoyerNew Line Cinema$128,905,366Sequel to 2002's Blade II
2005ElektraMarvel ComicsRob Bowman20th Century Fox$56,681,566Spin-off to 2003's Daredevil
ConstantineDC Comics/VertigoFrancis LawrenceWarner Bros.$230,884,728
The Crow: Wicked PrayerCaliber ComicsLance MungiaDimension FilmsSequel to 2000's The Crow: Salvation
Son of the MaskDark Horse ComicsLawrence GutermanNew Line Cinema$57,552,641Sequel to 1994's The Mask
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-DOriginalRobert RodriguezDimension Films/
Columbia Pictures
$69,425,967Comedy, family film
The Legend of ZorroOriginalMartin CampbellColumbia PicturesSequel to 1998's The Mask of Zorro
Batman BeginsDC ComicsChristopher NolanWarner Bros.$374,218,673Reboot of the Batman film franchise
Fantastic FourMarvel ComicsTim Story20th Century Fox$330,579,719
Man-ThingMarvel ComicsBrett LeonardCinemaxDirect-to-video
Sky HighOriginalMike MitchellWalt Disney Pictures$86,369,815Comedy, family film
V for VendettaDC Comics/VertigoJames McTeigueWarner Bros.$132,511,035
2006X-Men: The Last StandMarvel ComicsBrett Ratner20th Century Fox$459,359,555Sequel to 2003's X2: X-Men United
Superman ReturnsDC ComicsBryan SingerWarner Bros.$391,081,192Alternative sequel to 1980's Superman II
LightspeedOriginalDon E. FauntLeRoyNu Image FilmsDirect-to-videoCreated by Stan Lee
ZoomOriginalPeter HewittSony Pictures$12,506,188
2007Ghost RiderMarvel ComicsMark Steven JohnsonColumbia Pictures$228,738,393
Spider-Man 3Marvel ComicsSam RaimiColumbia Pictures$890,871,626Sequel to 2004's Spider-Man 2
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferMarvel ComicsTim Story20th Century Fox$289,047,763Sequel to 2005's Fantastic Four
UnderdogVariousFrederik Du ChauWalt Disney Pictures$65,270,477
2008JumperOriginalDoug Liman20th Century FoxAction/Adventure
Superhero MovieOriginalCraig MazinMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer$71,237,351Spoof film
Iron ManMarvel ComicsJon FavreauParamount Pictures$585,174,222
WantedTop Cow ProductionsTimur BekmambetovUniversal Pictures$341,433,252
The Incredible HulkMarvel ComicsLouis LeterrierUniversal Studios$263,427,551Reboot of the Hulk film franchise
HancockOriginalPeter BergColumbia Pictures$624,386,746Comedy-drama
Hellboy II: The Golden ArmyDark Horse ComicsGuillermo del ToroUniversal Studios$160,388,063Sequel to 2004's Hellboy
The Dark KnightDC ComicsChristopher NolanWarner Bros.$1,004,558,444Sequel to 2005's Batman Begins
Punisher: War ZoneMarvel ComicsLexi AlexanderLionsgate$10,100,036Reboot of The Punisher film franchise
The SpiritDC ComicsFrank MillerLionsgate$39,031,337
2009WatchmenDC ComicsZack SnyderWarner Bros.$185,258,983
PushOriginalPaul McGuiganSummit Entertainment$48,808,215
X-Men Origins: WolverineMarvel ComicsGavin Hood20th Century Fox$373,062,864Prequel to the X-Men film trilogy
DefendorOriginalPeter StebbingsSony Pictures, Darius Films, Alliance Films$44,462
2010Kick-AssIcon Comics/Marvel ComicsMatthew VaughnLionsgate$96,188,903
SuperOriginalJames GunnIFC Films / StudioCanal$327,716IFC's most successful VOD film so far[2]
Iron Man 2Marvel ComicsJon FavreauParamount Pictures$623,933,331Sequel to 2008's Iron Man
Jonah HexDC ComicsJimmy HaywardWarner Bros.$10,903,312
2011The Green HornetHolyoke Publishing/
NOW Comics
Michel GondryColumbia Pictures$227,817,248
ThorMarvel ComicsKenneth BranaghParamount Pictures$449,326,618
X-Men: First ClassMarvel ComicsMatthew Vaughn20th Century Fox$353,624,124Prequel to the X-Men film trilogy
Green LanternDC ComicsMartin CampbellWarner Bros.$219,851,172
VsOriginalJason TrostImage Entertainment
Captain America: The First AvengerMarvel ComicsJoe JohnstonParamount Pictures$370,569,774Reboot of the Captain America film franchise
2012ChronicleOriginalJosh Trank20th Century Fox$126,636,097Superhero movie in the 'found-footage' genre
Ghost Rider: Spirit of VengeanceMarvel ComicsNeveldine/TaylorColumbia Pictures$132,563,930Sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider
The AvengersMarvel ComicsJoss WhedonWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures$1,518,594,910In continuity with 2008's Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, 2010's Iron Man 2,
and 2011's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger
The Amazing Spider-ManMarvel ComicsMarc WebbColumbia Pictures$752,216,557Reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise
The Dark Knight RisesDC ComicsChristopher NolanWarner Bros.$1,084,439,099Sequel to 2008's The Dark Knight
DreddRebellion DevelopmentsPete TravisLionsgate$35,626,525Reboot of the Judge Dredd film franchise
2013Iron Man 3Marvel ComicsShane BlackWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures$1,215,439,994Sequel to 2010's Iron Man 2
Man of SteelDC ComicsZack SnyderWarner Bros.$668,045,518Reboot of the Superman film franchise
R.I.P.D.Dark Horse ComicsRobert SchwentkeUniversal Pictures$78,324,220
The WolverineMarvel ComicsJames Mangold20th Century Fox$414,828,246Sequel to the X-Men film trilogy
Kick-Ass 2Marvel ComicsJeff WadlowUniversal Studios$59,556,104Sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass
Super BuddiesOriginalRobert VinceWalt Disney Studios Home EntertainmentDirect to Video7th installment in the Air Buddies franchise
Thor: The Dark WorldMarvel ComicsAlan TaylorWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures$644,783,140Sequel to 2011's Thor
2014Captain America: The Winter SoldierMarvel ComicsAnthony and Joseph RussoWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures$709,276,550Sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger
The Amazing Spider-Man 2Marvel ComicsMarc WebbColumbia Pictures$691,317,425Sequel to 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man
X-Men: Days of Future PastMarvel ComicsBryan Singer20th Century Fox$516,203,141Sequel to 2011's X-Men: First Class and the X-Men film trilogy
Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesMirage ComicsJonathan LiebesmanParamount PicturesReboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise
Guardians of the GalaxyMarvel ComicsJames GunnWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
LucyOriginalLuc BessonUniversal Pictures
2015Avengers: Age of UltronMarvel ComicsJoss WhedonWalt Disney Studios Motion PicturesSequel to 2012's The Avengers
Untitled Fantastic Four rebootMarvel ComicsJosh Trank20th Century FoxReboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise
Ant-ManMarvel ComicsPeyton ReedWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2016Third Captain America filmMarvel ComicsAnthony and Joseph RussoWalt Disney Studios Motion PicturesSequel to 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeDC ComicsZack SnyderWarner Bros. PicturesCrossover team up with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman; sequel to 2013's Man of Steel;
X-Men: ApocalypseMarvel ComicsBryan Singer20th Century FoxSequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Amazing Spider-Man 3Marvel ComicsMarc WebbColumbia PicturesSequel to 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2017Untitled The Wolverine sequelMarvel Comics20th Century FoxSequel to The Wolverine
Untitled The Fantastic Four sequelMarvel Comics20th Century FoxSequel to the reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise
2018The Amazing Spider-Man 4[3]Marvel ComicsColumbia PicturesSequel to 2016's The Amazing Spider-Man 3
TBAUntitled Mighty Morphin Power Rangers rebootOriginalLionsgateThe reboot of the Power Rangers film franchise, Based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series/

Characters created by Saban Entertainment

Justice LeagueDC ComicsZack SnyderWarner Bros. PicturesSequel to 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Doctor StrangeMarvel ComicsScott DerricksonWalt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
VenomMarvel ComicsAlex KurtzmanColumbia PicturesSpin-off of The Amazing Spider-Man film franchise
The Sinister SixMarvel ComicsDrew GoddardColumbia PicturesSpin-off of The Amazing Spider-Man film franchise

Animated[edit]

YearFilmPublisherDistributorWorldwide GrossNotes
1993Batman: Mask of the PhantasmDC ComicsWarner Bros.$5,617,391Based on Batman: The Animated Series TV series
1998Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on Batman: The Animated Series TV series
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on Batman Beyond TV series
2002The Powerpuff Girls MovieOriginalWarner Bros.$16,426,471Based on The Powerpuff Girls TV series
2003Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on The New Batman Adventures TV series
2004The IncrediblesOriginalWalt Disney Pictures$631,442,092Pixar Animation Studios
2005The Batman vs. DraculaDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on The Batman TV series
2006Hellboy: Sword of StormsDark Horse ComicsIDT EntertainmentDirect-to-videoSeries
Ultimate AvengersMarvel ComicsLionsgateDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation
Superman: Brainiac AttacksDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on Superman: The Animated Series TV series
Ultimate Avengers 2Marvel ComicsLionsgateDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation/sequel to Ultimate Avengers.
Teen Titans: Trouble in TokyoDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on Teen Titans TV series
2007MosaicPOW EntertainmentAnchor BayDirect-to-videoCreated by Stan Lee
The Invincible Iron ManMarvel ComicsLionsgateDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation
Hellboy: Blood and IronDark Horse ComicsIDT EntertainmentDirect-to-videoSeries
TMNTMirage ComicsWarner Bros., The Weinstein Company$95,608,995Sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
The CondorPOW EntertainmentAnchor BayDirect-to-videoCreated by Stan Lee
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer SupremeMarvel ComicsLionsgateDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation
Superman: DoomsdayDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoLoosely based on "The Death of Superman" storyline
2008Justice League: The New FrontierDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
Batman: Gotham KnightDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoCollection of six shorts. Set between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
Next Avengers: Heroes of TomorrowMarvel ComicsLionsgateDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation
2009Hulk VsMarvel ComicsLionsgateDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation, Crossover event
Wonder WomanDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoLoosely based on the plot "Gods and Mortals" written by George Pérez
Green Lantern: First FlightDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoAdaptation of the DC Comics Green Lantern mythology written by Alan Burnett
Superman/Batman: Public EnemiesDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies" storyline by Jeph Loeb
2010Planet HulkMarvel ComicsLionsgateDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation
Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoAdapted from an unused movie plot meant to bridge Justice League

and Justice League Unlimited. Loosely based on JLA: Earth 2 series by Grant Morrison

Batman: Under the Red HoodDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoLoosely based on the "Batman: Under the Hood" storyline by Judd Winick
Superman/Batman: ApocalypseDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoSequel to Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Based on "Superman/Batman:

The Supergirl from Krypton" storyline by Jeph Loeb

MegamindOriginalParamount Pictures$317,415,120DreamWorks Animation
2011All-Star SupermanDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on All-Star Superman series by Grant Morrison
Thor: Tales of AsgardMarvel ComicsLionsgateDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation
Green Lantern: Emerald KnightsDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoCollection of six shorts. Coincided with the release of the Green Lantern film
Batman: Year OneDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on the "Batman: Year One" storyline by Frank Miller
2012Justice League: DoomDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoLoosely based on the "JLA: Tower of Babel" storyline by Mark Waid
Superman vs. The EliteDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on the "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?"

storyline by Joe Kelly

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1DC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on the The Dark Knight Returns series by Frank Miller
2013Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2DC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoSequel to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1
Iron Man: Rise of TechnovoreMarvel ComicsSony Pictures EntertainmentDirect-to-videoMadhouse
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes UnitedMarvel ComicsMarvel Animation StudiosDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation
Superman: UnboundDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on the "Superman: Brainiac" storyline by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Justice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on the "Flashpoint" storyline by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert
2014Justice League: WarDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on The New 52's Justice League: Origin story by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & PunisherMarvel ComicsSony Pictures EntertainmentDirect-to-videoMadhouse
Son of BatmanDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on "Batman and Son" storyline by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert
Batman: Assault on ArkhamDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on the universe of the "Batman: Arkham" video game franchise
Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes UnitedMarvel ComicsMarvel Animation StudiosDirect-to-videoMarvel Animation
2015Big Hero 6Marvel ComicsWalt Disney PicturesMarvel Animation
TBAAquamanDC ComicsWarner Bros.Direct-to-videoBased on The New 52 Aquaman origin story by Geoff Johns

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Rental Pictures of 1966", Variety, 4 January 1967 p 8
  2. ^ Pond, Steve. "As VOD Explodes, a Flaw Exposed: You Can't Measure It". The Wrap. Retrieved 28 April 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.comicbookmovie.com/fansites/JoshWildingNewsAndReviews/news/?a=81740