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.


Live-action[edit]

Year Film Publisher Director Distributor Worldwide Gross Notes
1951 Superman and the Mole Men DC Comics Lee Sholem Lippert Pictures Inc. Based on Adventures of Superman TV series
1966 Batman DC Comics Leslie H. Martinson 20th Century Fox $1,700,000 (est.
US/ Canada rentals)[1]
Based on Batman TV series
1977 Abar, the First Black Superman Original Frank Packard Mirror Releasing
1978 Superman DC Comics Richard Donner Warner Bros. $300,218,018
Dr. Strange Marvel Comics Philip DeGuere MCA Home Video Television film
Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park Hanna-Barbera Gordon Hessler NBC Television film Based on the rock band Kiss
1980 Superman II DC Comics Richard Lester Warner Bros. $108,185,706 Sequel to 1978's Superman
Hero at Large Original Martin Davidson Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $15,934,737
1981 Condorman Original Charles Jarrott Walt Disney Pictures $287,434
1982 Swamp Thing DC Comics Wes Craven Embassy Pictures $287,434
1983 Superman III DC Comics Richard Lester Warner Bros. $70,656,090 Sequel to 1980's Superman II
1984 Supergirl DC Comics Jeannot Szwarc TriStar Pictures, Warner Bros. $14,296,438 Spin-off to 1978's Superman
The Toxic Avenger Original Lloyd Kaufman Troma Entertainment, $800,000
1986 Howard the Duck Marvel Comics Willard Huyck Universal Pictures $37,962,774
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace DC Comics Sidney J. Furie Warner Bros. $15,681,020 Sequel to 1983's Superman III
1989 The Toxic Avenger Part II Original Lloyd Kaufman Troma Entertainment, $792,966 Sequel to 1984's The Toxic Avenger
The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
Original Lloyd Kaufman Troma Entertainment, $363,561 Sequel to 1989's The Toxic Avenger Part II
Batman DC Comics Tim Burton Warner Bros. $411,348,924
The Return of Swamp Thing DC Comics Jim Wynorski Millimeter Films $192,816 Sequel to 1982's Swamp Thing
The Punisher Marvel Comics Mark Goldblatt Artisan Entertainment $287,434 Direct-to-video in North America
1990 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage Comics Steve Baron New Line Cinema $201,965,915
Darkman Original Sam Raimi Universal Studios $48,878,502
Captain America Marvel Comics Albert Pyun 21st Century Film Corporation $675,437
1991 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze Mirage Comics Michael Pressman New Line Cinema $78,656,813 Sequel to 1990's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Guyver Chuang Yi Publishing Steve Wang New Line Cinema
The Rocketeer Pacific Comics Joe Johnston Walt Disney Pictures $62,000,000
1992 Batman Returns DC Comics Tim Burton Warner Bros. $266,822,354 Sequel to 1989's Batman
1993 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III Mirage Comics Stuart Gillard New Line Cinema $42,273,609 Sequel to 1991's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II
The Meteor Man Original Robert Townsend Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $8,023,147
1994 The Fantastic Four Marvel Comics Oley Sassone Constantin Film Unreleased
The Crow Caliber Comics Alex Proyas Miramax Films $144,693,129
Blankman Original Mike Binder Columbia Pictures $7,941,977
The Shadow Street and Smith Publications Russell Mulcahy Universal Studios $48,063,435
The Mask Dark Horse Comics Chuck Russell New Line Cinema $351,583,407
Guyver: Dark Hero Chuang Yi Publishing Steve Wang New Line Cinema Sequel to 1991's The Guyver
1995 Batman Forever DC Comics Joel Schumacher Warner Bros. $336,529,844 Sequel to 1992's Batman Returns
Judge Dredd IPC Media Danny Cannon Hollywood Pictures $113,493,481
Tank Girl Dark Horse Comics Rachel Talalay United Artists $4,064,495
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Original Bryan Spicer 20th Century Fox $66,433,194 Based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV series/
Characters created by Saban Entertainment
Black Scorpion Original Jonathan Winfrey Showtime Television film
Darkman II: The Return of Durant Original Bradford May Universal Studios Direct-to-video Sequel to 1990's Darkman
1996 The Crow: City of Angels Caliber Comics Tim Pope Miramax Films $17,917,287 Sequel to 1994's The Crow
Barb Wire Dark Horse Comics David Hogan Universal Studios $3,793,614
Prey of the Jaguar Original David DeCoteau HIT Entertainment
The Phantom Various Simon Wincer Paramount Pictures $17,323,326
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die Original Bradford May Universal Studios Direct-to-video Sequel to 1995's Darkman II: The Return of Durant
1997 Black Scorpion II: Aftershock Original Jonathan Winfrey Showtime Television film Sequel to 1995's Black Scorpion
Batman & Robin DC Comics Joel Schumacher Warner Bros. $238,207,122 Sequel to 1995's Batman Forever
Spawn Image Comics Mark A.Z. Dippe New Line Cinema $87,840,042
Steel DC Comics Kenneth Johnson Warner Bros. $1,710,972
Star Kid Original Manny Coto Trimark Pictures $7,029,025
1998 Blade Marvel Comics Stephen Norrington New Line Cinema $131,183,530
1999 Mystery Men Dark Horse Comics Kinka Usher Universal Pictures $33,461,011 Comedy film
2000 The Crow: Salvation Caliber Comics Bharat Nalluri Dimension Films Sequel to 1996's The Crow: City of Angels
X-Men Marvel Comics Bryan Singer 20th Century Fox $296,339,527
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV Original Lloyd Kaufman Troma Entertainment, Sequel to 1989's The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie
The Specials Original Craig Mazin Regent Entertainment $13,276 Comedy film
Unbreakable Original M. Night Shyamalan Touchstone Pictures $248,118,121 Psychological thriller
2002 Blade II Marvel Comics Guillermo del Toro New Line Cinema $155,010,032 Sequel to 1998's Blade
Spider-Man Marvel Comics Sam Raimi Columbia Pictures $821,708,551
2003 Daredevil Marvel Comics Mark Steven Johnson 20th Century Fox $179,179,718
X2: X-Men United Marvel Comics Bryan Singer 20th Century Fox $407,711,549 Sequel to 2000's X-Men
Hulk Marvel Comics Ang Lee Universal Studios $245,360,480
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen WildStorm/DC Comics Stephen Norrington 20th Century Fox $179,265,204
2004 Hellboy Dark Horse Comics Guillermo del Toro Columbia Pictures $99,318,987
The Punisher Marvel Comics Jonathan Hensleigh Lionsgate $54,700,105 Reboot of The Punisher film franchise
Spider-Man 2 Marvel Comics Sam Raimi Columbia Pictures $783,766,341 Sequel to 2002's Spider-Man
Catwoman DC Comics Pitof Warner Bros. $82,102,379
Blade: Trinity Marvel Comics David S. Goyer New Line Cinema $128,905,366 Sequel to 2002's Blade II
2005 Elektra Marvel Comics Rob Bowman 20th Century Fox $56,681,566 Spin-off to 2003's Daredevil
Constantine DC Comics/Vertigo Francis Lawrence Warner Bros. $230,884,728
The Crow: Wicked Prayer Caliber Comics Lance Mungia Dimension Films Sequel to 2000's The Crow: Salvation
Son of the Mask Dark Horse Comics Lawrence Guterman New Line Cinema $57,552,641 Sequel to 1994's The Mask
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D Original Robert Rodriguez Dimension Films/
Columbia Pictures
$69,425,967 Comedy, family film
Batman Begins DC Comics Christopher Nolan Warner Bros. $374,218,673 Reboot of the Batman film franchise
Fantastic Four Marvel Comics Tim Story 20th Century Fox $330,579,719
Man-Thing Marvel Comics Brett Leonard Cinemax Direct-to-video
Sky High Original Mike Mitchell Walt Disney Pictures $86,369,815 Comedy, family film
V for Vendetta DC Comics/Vertigo James McTeigue Warner Bros. $132,511,035
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Marvel Comics Brett Ratner 20th Century Fox $459,359,555 Sequel to 2003's X2: X-Men United
Superman Returns DC Comics Bryan Singer Warner Bros. $391,081,192 Alternative sequel to 1980's Superman II
Lightspeed Original Don E. FauntLeRoy Nu Image Films Direct-to-video Created by Stan Lee
Zoom Original Peter Hewitt Sony Pictures $12,506,188
2007 Ghost Rider Marvel Comics Mark Steven Johnson Columbia Pictures $228,738,393
Spider-Man 3 Marvel Comics Sam Raimi Columbia Pictures $890,871,626 Sequel to 2004's Spider-Man 2
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Marvel Comics Tim Story 20th Century Fox $289,047,763 Sequel to 2005's Fantastic Four
Underdog Various Frederik Du Chau Walt Disney Pictures $65,270,477
2008 Superhero Movie Original Craig Mazin Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer $71,237,351 Spoof film
Iron Man Marvel Comics Jon Favreau Paramount Pictures $585,174,222
Wanted Top Cow Productions Timur Bekmambetov Universal Pictures $341,433,252
The Incredible Hulk Marvel Comics Louis Leterrier Universal Studios $263,427,551 Reboot of the Hulk film franchise
Hancock Original Peter Berg Columbia Pictures $624,386,746 Comedy-drama
Hellboy II: The Golden Army Dark Horse Comics Guillermo del Toro Universal Studios $160,388,063 Sequel to 2004's Hellboy
The Dark Knight DC Comics Christopher Nolan Warner Bros. $1,004,558,444 Sequel to 2005's Batman Begins
Punisher: War Zone Marvel Comics Lexi Alexander Lionsgate $10,100,036 Reboot of The Punisher film franchise
The Spirit DC Comics Frank Miller Lionsgate $39,031,337
2009 Watchmen DC Comics Zack Snyder Warner Bros. $185,258,983
Push Original Paul McGuigan Summit Entertainment $48,808,215
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Marvel Comics Gavin Hood 20th Century Fox $373,062,864 Prequel to the X-Men film trilogy
Defendor Original Peter Stebbings Sony Pictures, Darius Films, Alliance Films $44,462
2010 Kick-Ass Icon Comics/Marvel Comics Matthew Vaughn Lionsgate $96,188,903
Super Original James Gunn IFC Films / StudioCanal $327,716 IFC's most successful VOD film so far[2]
Iron Man 2 Marvel Comics Jon Favreau Paramount Pictures $623,933,331 Sequel to 2008's Iron Man
Jonah Hex DC Comics Jimmy Hayward Warner Bros. $10,903,312
2011 The Green Hornet Holyoke Publishing/
NOW Comics
Michel Gondry Columbia Pictures $227,817,248
Thor Marvel Comics Kenneth Branagh Paramount Pictures $449,326,618
X-Men: First Class Marvel Comics Matthew Vaughn 20th Century Fox $353,624,124 Prequel to the X-Men film trilogy
Green Lantern DC Comics Martin Campbell Warner Bros. $219,851,172
Vs Original Jason Trost Image Entertainment
Captain America: The First Avenger Marvel Comics Joe Johnston Paramount Pictures $370,569,774 Reboot of the Captain America film franchise
2012 Chronicle Original Josh Trank 20th Century Fox $126,636,097 Superhero movie in the 'found-footage' genre
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance Marvel Comics Neveldine/Taylor Columbia Pictures $132,563,930 Sequel to 2007's Ghost Rider
The Avengers Marvel Comics Joss Whedon Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures $1,518,594,910 In 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-Man Marvel Comics Marc Webb Columbia Pictures $752,216,557 Reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise
The Dark Knight Rises DC Comics Christopher Nolan Warner Bros. $1,084,439,099 Sequel to 2008's The Dark Knight
Dredd Rebellion Developments Pete Travis Lionsgate $35,626,525 Reboot of the Judge Dredd film franchise
2013 Iron Man 3 Marvel Comics Shane Black Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures $1,215,439,994 Sequel to 2010's Iron Man 2
Man of Steel DC Comics Zack Snyder Warner Bros. $668,045,518 Reboot of the Superman film franchise
R.I.P.D. Dark Horse Comics Robert Schwentke Universal Pictures $78,324,220
The Wolverine Marvel Comics James Mangold 20th Century Fox $414,828,246 Sequel to the X-Men film trilogy
Kick-Ass 2 Marvel Comics Jeff Wadlow Universal Studios $59,556,104 Sequel to 2010's Kick-Ass
Super Buddies Original Robert Vince Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Direct to Video 7th installment in the Air Buddies franchise
Thor: The Dark World Marvel Comics Alan Taylor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures $629,972,697 Sequel to 2011's Thor
2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier Marvel Comics Anthony and Joseph Russo Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Sequel to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Marvel Comics Marc Webb Columbia Pictures Sequel to 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man
X-Men: Days of Future Past Marvel Comics Bryan Singer 20th Century Fox Sequel to 2011's X-Men: First Class and the X-Men film trilogy
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mirage Comics Jonathan Liebesman Paramount Pictures Reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise
Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Comics James Gunn Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2015 The Fantastic Four Marvel Comics Josh Trank 20th Century Fox Reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise
Avengers: Age of Ultron Marvel Comics Joss Whedon Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Sequel to 2012's The Avengers
Ant-Man Marvel Comics Edgar Wright Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
2016 Third Captain America film Marvel Comics Anthony and Joseph Russo Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Sequel to 2014's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Untitled Man of Steel sequel DC Comics Zack Snyder Warner Bros. Pictures Crossover team up with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman; sequel to 2013's Man of Steel;
X-Men: Apocalypse Marvel Comics Bryan Singer 20th Century Fox Sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Marvel Comics Columbia Pictures Sequel to 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2
2017 Untitled The Wolverine Sequel Marvel Comics 20th Century Fox Sequel to The Wolverine
Untitled The Fantastic Four Sequel Marvel Comics 20th Century Fox Sequel to the reboot of the Fantastic Four film franchise
2018 The Amazing Spider-Man 4[3] Marvel Comics Columbia Pictures Sequel to 2016's The Amazing Spider-Man 3

Animated[edit]

Year Film Publisher Distributor Worldwide Gross Notes
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm DC Comics Warner Bros. $5,617,391 Based on Batman: The Animated Series TV series
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video Based on Batman: The Animated Series TV series
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video Based on Batman Beyond TV series
2002 The Powerpuff Girls Movie Original Warner Bros. $16,426,471 Based on The Powerpuff Girls TV series
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video Based on The New Batman Adventures TV series
2004 The Incredibles Original Walt Disney Pictures $631,442,092 Pixar Animation Studios
2005 The Batman vs. Dracula DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video Based on The Batman TV series
2006 Hellboy: Sword of Storms Dark Horse Comics IDT Entertainment Direct-to-video Series
Ultimate Avengers Marvel Comics Lionsgate Direct-to-video Marvel Animation
Superman: Brainiac Attacks DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video Based on Superman: The Animated Series TV series
Ultimate Avengers 2 Marvel Comics Lionsgate Direct-to-video Marvel Animation/sequel to Ultimate Avengers.
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video Based on Teen Titans TV series
2007 Mosaic POW Entertainment Anchor Bay Direct-to-video Created by Stan Lee
The Invincible Iron Man Marvel Comics Lionsgate Direct-to-video Marvel Animation
Hellboy: Blood and Iron Dark Horse Comics IDT Entertainment Direct-to-video Series
TMNT Mirage Comics Warner Bros., The Weinstein Company $95,608,995 Sequel to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
The Condor POW Entertainment Anchor Bay Direct-to-video Created by Stan Lee
Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme Marvel Comics Lionsgate Direct-to-video Marvel Animation
Superman: Doomsday DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Batman: Gotham Knight DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies/Anthology film/set between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow Marvel Comics Lionsgate Direct-to-video Marvel Animation
2009 Hulk Vs Marvel Comics Lionsgate Direct-to-video Marvel Animation, Crossover event
Wonder Woman DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Green Lantern: First Flight DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
2010 Planet Hulk Marvel Comics Lionsgate Direct-to-video Marvel Animation
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Batman: Under the Red Hood DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies/sequel to Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
Megamind Original Paramount Pictures $317,415,120 DreamWorks Animation
2011 All-Star Superman DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Thor: Tales of Asgard Marvel Comics Lionsgate Direct-to-video Marvel Animation
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies/Anthology film
Batman: Year One DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
2012 Justice League: Doom DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Superman vs. The Elite DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1 DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
2013 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2 DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies/sequel to Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 1
Iron Man: Rise of Technovore Marvel Comics Sony Pictures Entertainment Direct-to-video Madhouse
Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United Marvel Comics Marvel Animation Studios Direct-to-video Marvel Animation
Superman: Unbound DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
2014 Justice League: War DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher Marvel Comics Sony Pictures Entertainment Direct-to-video Madhouse
Son of Batman DC Comics Warner Bros. Direct-to-video DC Universe Animated Original Movies
Big Hero 6 Marvel Comics Walt Disney Pictures Marvel Animation
Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United Marvel Comics Marvel Animation Studios Direct-to-video Marvel Animation

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  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