List of films based on DC Comics

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Below is a list of feature films based on DC Comics characters and properties including its various imprints. It includes serials, live action and animated films, direct-to-video releases, television movies, fan-made films, and documentary films.

Live-action films[edit]

YearTitleProduction studio(s)Notes
1951Superman and the Mole MenLippert PicturesTheatrically-released pilot for the 1950s Adventures of Superman television series
1954Stamp Day for SupermanUnited States Department of the TreasuryGovernment-produced short film in the public domain
1966Batman: The Movie20th Century FoxRelated to the 1960s Batman television series
1978SupermanDovemead Film Export A.G./International Film ProductionsWon 1 Special Oscar, nominated for 3 more
1980Superman II
1982Swamp ThingEmbassy Pictures
1983Superman IIICantharus Productions N.V./Dovemead Films
1984SupergirlArtistry Ltd/Cantharus Productions/Pueblo Film Group
1987Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceGolan-Globus/Cannon Films/Warner Bros.
1989The Return of Swamp ThingMillimiter Films
BatmanWarner Bros.Won 1 Oscar
1992Batman ReturnsNominated for 2 Oscars
1995Batman ForeverNominated for 3 Oscars
1997Batman & Robin
Steel
2004Catwoman
2005Batman BeginsWarner Bros./Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc.Reboot; nominated for an Oscar
2006Superman ReturnsWarner Bros./Legendary PicturesSomewhat related to Superman and Superman II; nominated for an Oscar
Superman II: The Richard Donner CutWarner Bros.Re-edited director's cut movie, direct-to-video release
2008The Dark KnightWarner Bros./Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc.Won 2 Oscars, nominated for 6 more
2009WatchmenWarner Bros./Legendary Pictures
2010Jonah Hex
2011Green LanternWarner Bros.
2012The Dark Knight RisesWarner Bros./Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc.
2013Man of SteelReboot; Start of the DC Comics' shared universe films
In production
2016Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeWarner Bros./Dune EntertainmentFilming[1]
Announced
2016Suicide Squad[2]Warner Bros.
2017Wonder Woman[2]
Justice League Part One[2]
2018The Flash[2]
Aquaman[2]
2019Shazam[2]
Justice League Part Two[2]
2020Cyborg[2]
Green Lantern[2]Reboot

From DC imprints[edit]

YearTitleProduction studioNotes
Paradox Press
2002Road to PerditionDreamWorksBased on the series by Max Allan Collins. Won 1 Oscar, nominated for 5 more
2005A History of ViolenceNew Line CinemaBased on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke. Nominated for 2 Oscars
Vertigo
2005ConstantineWarner Bros.Loosely based on the Hellblazer character
2006V for VendettaCreator, Alan Moore, not credited
2007StardustParamount PicturesStorybook by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
2010The LosersWarner Bros.Based on the re-imagined series by Andy Diggle and Jock
WildStorm
1998Gen¹³Buena Vista PicturesAnimated film; never released in the United States
2003The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen20th Century FoxBased on the graphic novel by Alan Moore
2010REDSummit EntertainmentBased on the miniseries by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner
2013RED 2

Animated films[edit]

All the feature films are produced by Warner Bros. Animation and are released direct-to-video, except the first as indicated.

YearTitleNotes
1993Batman: Mask of the PhantasmTheatrical release. Related to Batman: The Animated Series
1998Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZeroRelated to Batman: The Animated Series
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerRelated to the Batman Beyond TV series
2003Batman: Mystery of the BatwomanRelated to The New Batman Adventures TV series
2005The Batman vs. DraculaRelated to The Batman TV series
2006Superman: Brainiac AttacksSomewhat related to Superman: The Animated Series
2007Teen Titans: Trouble in TokyoRelated to Teen Titans TV series
Superman: DoomsdayLoosely based on The Death of Superman storyline
2008Justice League: The New FrontierBased on DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
Batman: Gotham KnightCollection of six shorts. Set between the events of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
2009Wonder Woman
Green Lantern: First Flight
Superman/Batman: Public EnemiesBased on Superman/Batman: Public Enemies storyline by Jeph Loeb
2010Justice League: Crisis on Two EarthsAdapted 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 HoodLoosely based on the Batman: Under the Hood storyline by Judd Winick
Superman/Batman: ApocalypseSuperman/Batman: Public Enemies direct sequel. Based on Superman/Batman: The Supergirl from Krypton storyline by Jeph Loeb
2011All-Star SupermanBased on All-Star Superman series by Grant Morrison
Green Lantern: Emerald KnightsCollection of six shorts. Coincided with the release of the Green Lantern film
Batman: Year OneBased on the Batman: Year One storyline by Frank Miller
2012Justice League: DoomLoosely based on the JLA: Tower of Babel storyline by Mark Waid
Superman vs. The EliteBased on the What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way? storyline by Joe Kelly
The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1Based on the The Dark Knight Returns series by Frank Miller
2013The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2
Superman: UnboundBased on the Superman: Brainiac storyline by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Justice League: The Flashpoint ParadoxBased on the Flashpoint storyline by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert
2014JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
Justice League: WarBased on The New 52's Justice League: Origin story by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
Son of BatmanInspired by the Batman and Son storyline by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert
Batman: Assault on ArkhamBased on the universe of the Batman: Arkham video game franchise
Announced
2015Justice League: Throne of AtlantisRelated to Justice League: War. Based on The New 52 Aquaman crossover story, Throne of Atlantis, by Geoff Johns
Batman vs. RobinRelated to Justice League: War
Justice League: Gods and Monsters

Shorts[edit]

YearTitleProduction studioCollectionNotes
1941SupermanFleischer StudiosSupermanTheatrical release
In public domain
The Mechanical Monsters
1942Billion Dollar Limited
The Arctic Giant
The Bulleteers
The Magnetic Telescope
Electric Earthquake
Volcano
Terror on the Midway
JapoteursFamous Studios
Showdown
Eleventh Hour
Destruction, Inc.
1943The Mummy Strikes
Jungle Drums
The Underground World
Secret Agent
2003Chase MeWarner Bros. AnimationNoneSilent film
2008Have I Got a Story for YouStudio 4°CBatman: Gotham Knight
CrossfireProduction I.G
Field TestBee Train
In Darkness DwellsMadhouse
Working Through PainStudio 4°C
DeadshotMadhouse
2010The SpectreWarner Bros. AnimationDC Showcase
Jonah Hex
Green Arrow
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
2011Catwoman

Lego versions[edit]

YearTitleProduction studioNotes
2013Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes UniteTT AnimationBased on video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
2014The Lego MovieAnimal LogicTheatrical release; featuring Lego versions of several DC heroes

Serial films (1941–1952)[edit]

YearTitleProduction studioNotes
1941Adventures of Captain MarvelRepublic PicturesPublished at that time by Fawcett Comics
1942Spy Smasher
1943BatmanColumbia Pictures
1946Hop Harrigan
1947The Vigilante
1948Superman
Congo Bill
1949Batman and Robin
1950Atom Man vs. Superman
1952BlackhawkPublished at that time by Quality Comics

Television films[edit]

YearTitleNotes
1974Wonder WomanPilot episode for an unproduced TV series
1975It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's SupermanTV adaptation of the 1960s Broadway musical
1997Justice League of AmericaPilot episode for an unproduced TV series; never aired on the U.S.

Miscellaneous films[edit]

YearTitleProduction studioNotes
2006Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of SupermanWarner Home VideoFeatures interviews actors, directors, and producers involved with the Superman media. Narrated by Kevin Spacey.
2009Under the HoodDetailing the back stories of the characters in the 2009 Watchmen film
2010Secret Origins: The History of DC ComicsCombines excerpts from comics, films, and television series with comments by comic book creators and editors.
2013Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC ComicsNarrated by Christopher Lee.[3]

Fan and unofficial films[edit]

YearTitleNotes
1964Batman DraculaBy Andy Warhol; it was screened only at his art exhibits
1965Alyas Batman at Robin
1966James Batman
The Wild World of BatwomanJerry Warren re-released the film under the title She Was a Hippy Vampire
1967Batman Fights Dracula
1973Fight Batman Fight!
1991Alyas Batman en RobinSpoofs the 1960s Batman TV series
2002Lobo Paramilitary Christmas SpecialMade with a budget of $2,400
2003Batman: Dead EndMade with a budget of $30,000; Batman is cornered into fighting Xenomorphs and Predators.
Batman: RevengePremiered in 2003, nearly three years before Lego officially announced their Batman product line
2004GraysonOriginal screenplay for a full-length picture is available for download at the Untamed Cinema official website
World's Finest
2005Batman: New TimesIntended to help sales of the Minimates toy line
Robin's Big Date
2009Saturday Morning WatchmenAn animated parody of Watchmen
2010City of ScarsMade with a budget of $27,000
2011Superman Classic
Seeds of ArkhamSequel to City of Scars. The Batmobile in the film is the 1989 replica
2012Bizarro ClassicA sequel to Superman Classic
The Death and Return of SupermanShort film by Chronicle writer Max Landis.
Batman: Death WishStyled after the Joel Schumacher films Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
Batman Revealed

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

TitleDistributor(s)Release date
(United States)
Budget
(in millions)
Box office gross[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]
Opening weekend
(North America)
North AmericaWorldwide
Superman and the Mole MenLippert PicturesNovember 23, 1951UnknownUnknownUnknownUnknown
Batman: The Movie20th Century FoxJuly 30, 1966$1,5UnknownUnknown$1,7
SupermanWarner Bros.December 10, 1978$55$6,535,784$134,218,018$300,218,018
Superman IIDecember 4, 1980$54$14,100,523$108,185,706$108,185,706
Swamp ThingEmbassy PicturesFebruary 19, 1982$3UnknownUnknownUnknown
Superman IIIWarner Bros.June 17, 1983$39$59,959,623$59,950,623$70,656,090
Supergirl21 November 1984$35$5,738,249$14,296,438$14,296,438
Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceJuly 24, 1987$17$5,683,122$15,681,020$15,681,020
The Return of Swamp ThingMillimiter FilmsMay 12, 1989UnknownUnknown$192,816$192,816
BatmanWarner Bros.June 23, 1989$48$40,489,746$251,188,924$411,348,924
Batman ReturnsJune 19, 1992$80$45,687,711$162,831,698$266,822,354
Batman ForeverJune 16, 1995$100$52,784,433$184,031,112$336,529,844
Batman & RobinJune 20, 1997$140$42,872,605$107,325,195$238,207,122
SteelAugust 15, 1997$16$870,068$1,710,972$1,710,972
CatwomanJuly 23, 2004$100$16,728,411$40,202,379$82,102,379
Batman BeginsJune 28, 2006$204$48,745,440$206,852,432$374,218,673
Superman ReturnsJune 20, 1997$140$52,535,096$200,081,192$391,081,192
The Dark KnightJuly 18, 2008$185$160,887,295$534,858,444$1,004,558,444
WatchmenMarch 6, 2009$130$55,214,334$107,509,799$185,258,983
Jonah HexJune 18, 2010$47$5,379,365$10,547,117$10,903,312
Green LanternJune 17, 2011$200$53,174,303$116,601,172$219,851,172
The Dark Knight RisesJune 17, 2011$250$160,887,295$448,139,099$1,084,439,099
Man of SteelJune 14, 2013$225$116,619,362$291,045,518$668,045,518
Total$2.209 billion$2,460,420,066$5,649,996,525

Critical reception[edit]

FilmRotten TomatoesMetacriticBFCA
Superman and the Mole Men
Batman79% (29 reviews)[13]
Superman93% (59 reviews)[14]86% (11 reviews)[15]
Superman II89% (45 reviews)[16]87% (11 reviews)[17]
Swamp Thing64% (33 reviews)[18]
Superman III26% (43 reviews)[19]42% (9 reviews)[20]
Supergirl8% (25 reviews)[21]
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace12% (41 reviews)[22]22% (10 reviews)[23]
The Return of Swamp Thing33% (6 reviews)[24]
Batman72% (67 reviews)[25]66% (17 reviews)[26]
Batman Returns81% (67 reviews)[27]
Batman Forever41% (58 reviews)[28]51% (23 reviews)[29]
Batman & Robin11% (85 reviews)[30]28% (21 reviews)[31]
Steel12% (25 reviews)[32]
Catwoman9% (191 reviews)[33]27% (35 reviews)[34]
Batman Begins85% (266 reviews)[35]70% (41 reviews)[36]91% (Recommended)[37]
Superman Returns76% (258 reviews)[38]72% (40 reviews)[39]89% (Recommended)[40]
The Dark Knight94% (315 reviews)[41]82% (39 reviews)[42]96% (Recommended)[43]
Watchmen65% (294 reviews)[44]56% (39 reviews)[45]75% (Recommended)[46]
Jonah Hex12% (145 reviews)[47]33% (32 reviews)[48]52% (Recommended)[49]
Green Lantern26% (227 reviews)[50]39% (39 reviews)[51]62% (Recommended)[52]
The Dark Knight Rises88% (306 reviews)[53]78% (45 reviews)[54]91% (Recommended)[55]
Man of Steel56% (288 reviews)[56]55% (47 reviews)[57]77% (Recommended)[58]

From DC imprints[edit]

TitleDistributor(s)Rotten
Tomatoes
MetacriticBFCABudget
(in millions)
Box Office
Road to PerditionDreamWorks81%72%99%$80$181,001,478
A History of ViolenceNew Line Cinema87%81%89%$32$60,740,827
ConstantineWarner Bros.46%50%73%$100$230,884,728
V for Vendetta90%62%87%$54$132,511,035
StardustParamount Pictures76%66%90%$88$135,553,760
The LosersWarner Bros.49%44%70%$25$29,379,723
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen20th Century Fox17%30%67%$78$179,265,204
REDSummit Entertainment71%60%$58$199,006,387
RED 242%47%73%$84$148,075,565

See also[edit]

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