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]

Year Title Production studio(s) Notes
1951 Superman and the Mole Men Lippert Pictures Theatrically-released pilot for the 1950s Adventures of Superman television series
1954 Stamp Day for Superman United States Department of the Treasury Government-produced short film in the public domain
1966 Batman: The Movie 20th Century Fox Related to the 1960s Batman television series
1978 Superman Warner Bros. Won 1 Special Oscar, nominated for 3 more
1980 Superman II
1982 Swamp Thing Embassy Pictures
1983 Superman III Warner Bros.
1984 Supergirl
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Golan-Globus/Cannon Films/Warner Bros.
1989 The Return of Swamp Thing Millimiter Films
Batman Warner Bros. Won 1 Oscar
1992 Batman Returns Nominated for 2 Oscars
1995 Batman Forever Nominated for 3 Oscars
1997 Batman & Robin
Steel
2004 Catwoman
2005 Batman Begins Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc. Reboot; nominated for an Oscar
2006 Superman Returns Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures Related to Superman and Superman II; nominated for an Oscar
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Warner Bros. Re-edited, direct-to-video film
2008 The Dark Knight Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc. Won 2 Oscars, nominated for 6 more
2009 Watchmen Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures
2010 Jonah Hex
2011 Green Lantern Warner Bros.
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc.
2013 Man of Steel Reboot
In production
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Warner Bros./Dune Entertainment Filming[1]
Announced
Untitled Justice League film Warner Bros. Without release date yet[2]

Warner Bros. also has release dates for nine untitled DC films revealed: August 5, 2016; June 23 and November 17, 2017; March 23 and July 27, 2018; April 5 and June 14, 2019; April 3 and June 19, 2020.[3] In September 2014, it was announced that writer Darren Lemke was hired to work on a Shazam film, with Dwayne Johnson set to appear as Black Adam.[4]

From DC imprints[edit]

Year Title Production studio Notes
Paradox Press
2002 Road to Perdition DreamWorks Based on the series by Max Allan Collins. Won 1 Oscar, nominated for 5 more
2005 A History of Violence New Line Cinema Based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke. Nominated for 2 Oscars
Vertigo
2005 Constantine Warner Bros. Loosely based on the Hellblazer character
2006 V for Vendetta Creator, Alan Moore, not credited
2007 Stardust Paramount Pictures Storybook by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
2010 The Losers Warner Bros. Based on the re-imagined series by Andy Diggle and Jock
WildStorm
1998 Gen¹³ Buena Vista Pictures Animated film; never released in the United States
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 20th Century Fox Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore
2010 RED Summit Entertainment Based on the miniseries by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner
2013 RED 2

Animated films[edit]

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

Year Title Notes
1993 Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Theatrical release. Related to Batman: The Animated Series
1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero Related to Batman: The Animated Series
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Related to the Batman Beyond TV series
2003 Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman Related to The New Batman Adventures TV series
2005 The Batman vs. Dracula Related to The Batman TV series
2006 Superman: Brainiac Attacks Somewhat related to Superman: The Animated Series
2007 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Related to Teen Titans TV series
Superman: Doomsday Loosely based on The Death of Superman storyline
2008 Justice League: The New Frontier Based on DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
Batman: Gotham Knight Collection of six shorts. Set between the events of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight
2009 Wonder Woman
Green Lantern: First Flight
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies Based on Superman/Batman: Public Enemies storyline by Jeph Loeb
2010 Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths Adapted 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 Hood Loosely based on the Batman: Under the Hood storyline by Judd Winick
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse Superman/Batman: Public Enemies direct sequel. Based on Superman/Batman: The Supergirl from Krypton storyline by Jeph Loeb
2011 All-Star Superman Based on All-Star Superman series by Grant Morrison
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Collection of six shorts. Coincided with the release of the Green Lantern film
Batman: Year One Based on the Batman: Year One storyline by Frank Miller
2012 Justice League: Doom Loosely based on the JLA: Tower of Babel storyline by Mark Waid
Superman vs. The Elite Based on the What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way? storyline by Joe Kelly
The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 Based on the The Dark Knight Returns series by Frank Miller
2013 The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2
Superman: Unbound Based on the Superman: Brainiac storyline by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Based on the Flashpoint storyline by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert
2014 JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time
Justice League: War Based on The New 52's Justice League: Origin story by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee
Son of Batman Inspired by the Batman and Son storyline by Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert
Batman: Assault on Arkham Based on the universe of the Batman: Arkham video game franchise
Announced
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Based on The New 52 Aquaman crossover story Throne of Atlantis by Geoff Johns
Batman vs. Robin
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Not based on any before written storyline. It will be written by Alan Burnett and directed by Sam Liu.

Shorts[edit]

Year Title Production studio Collection Notes
1941 Superman Fleischer Studios Superman Theatrical release
In public domain
The Mechanical Monsters
1942 Billion Dollar Limited
The Arctic Giant
The Bulleteers
The Magnetic Telescope
Electric Earthquake
Volcano
Terror on the Midway
Japoteurs Famous Studios
Showdown
Eleventh Hour
Destruction, Inc.
1943 The Mummy Strikes
Jungle Drums
The Underground World
Secret Agent
2003 Chase Me Warner Bros. Animation None Silent film
2008 Have I Got a Story for You Studio 4°C Batman: Gotham Knight
Crossfire Production I.G
Field Test Bee Train
In Darkness Dwells Madhouse
Working Through Pain Studio 4°C
Deadshot Madhouse
2010 The Spectre Warner Bros. Animation DC Showcase
Jonah Hex
Green Arrow
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam
2011 Catwoman

Lego versions[edit]

Year Title Production studio Notes
2013 Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite TT Animation Based on Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
2014 The Lego Movie Animal Logic Theatrical release; featuring Lego versions of several DC heroes

Serial films (1941–1952)[edit]

Year Title Production studio Notes
1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel Republic Pictures Published at that time by Fawcett Comics
1942 Spy Smasher
1943 Batman Columbia Pictures
1946 Hop Harrigan
1947 The Vigilante
1948 Superman
Congo Bill
1949 Batman and Robin
1950 Atom Man vs. Superman
1952 Blackhawk Published at that time by Quality Comics

Television films[edit]

Year Title Notes
1974 Wonder Woman
1975 It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman TV adaptation of the 1960s Broadway musical
1997 Justice League of America

Miscellaneous films[edit]

Year Title Production studio Notes
2006 Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman Warner Home Video Features interviews actors, directors, and producers involved with the Superman media. Narrated by Kevin Spacey.
2009 Under the Hood Detailing the back stories of the characters in the 2009 Watchmen film
2010 Secret Origins: The History of DC Comics Combines excerpts from comics, films, and television series with comments by comic book creators and editors.
2013 Necessary Evil: Super-Villains of DC Comics Narrated by Christopher Lee.[5]

Fan and unofficial films[edit]

Year Title Notes
1964 Batman Dracula By Andy Warhol; it was screened only at his art exhibits
1965 Alyas Batman at Robin
1966 James Batman
The Wild World of Batwoman Jerry Warren re-released the film under the title She Was a Hippy Vampire
1967 Batman Fights Dracula
1973 Fight Batman Fight!
1991 Alyas Batman en Robin Spoofs the 1960s Batman TV series
2002 Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special Made with a budget of $2,400
2003 Batman: Dead End Made with a budget of $30,000; Batman is cornered into fighting Xenomorphs and Predators.
Batman: Revenge Premiered in 2003, nearly three years before Lego officially announced their Batman product line
2004 Grayson Original screenplay for a full-length picture is available for download at the Untamed Cinema official website
World's Finest
2005 Batman: New Times Intended to help sales of the Minimates toy line
Robin's Big Date
2009 Saturday Morning Watchmen An animated parody of Watchmen
2010 City of Scars Made with a budget of $27,000
2011 Superman Classic
Seeds of Arkham Sequel to City of Scars. The Batmobile in the film is the 1989 replica
2012 Bizarro Classic A sequel to Superman Classic
The Death and Return of Superman Short film by Chronicle writer Max Landis.
Batman: Death Wish Styled after the Joel Schumacher films Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.
Batman Revealed

Reception[edit]

Box office performance[edit]

Title Distributor(s) Release date
(United States)
Budget
(in millions)
Box office gross[6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Opening weekend
(North America)
North America Worldwide
Superman and the Mole Men Lippert Pictures November 23, 1951 Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown
Batman: The Movie 20th Century Fox July 30, 1966 $1,5 Unknown Unknown $1,7
Superman Warner Bros. December 10, 1978 $55 $6,535,784 $134,218,018 $300,218,018
Superman II December 4, 1980 $54 $14,100,523 $108,185,706 $108,185,706
Swamp Thing Embassy Pictures February 19, 1982 $3 Unknown Unknown Unknown
Superman III Warner Bros. June 17, 1983 $39 $59,959,623 $59,950,623 $70,656,090
Supergirl 21 November 1984 $35 $5,738,249 $14,296,438 $14,296,438
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace July 24, 1987 $17 $5,683,122 $15,681,020 $15,681,020
The Return of Swamp Thing Millimiter Films May 12, 1989 Unknown Unknown $192,816 $192,816
Batman Warner Bros. June 23, 1989 $48 $40,489,746 $251,188,924 $411,348,924
Batman Returns June 19, 1992 $80 $45,687,711 $162,831,698 $266,822,354
Batman Forever June 16, 1995 $100 $52,784,433 $184,031,112 $336,529,844
Batman & Robin June 20, 1997 $140 $42,872,605 $107,325,195 $238,207,122
Steel August 15, 1997 $16 $870,068 $1,710,972 $1,710,972
Catwoman July 23, 2004 $100 $16,728,411 $40,202,379 $82,102,379
Batman Begins June 28, 2006 $204 $48,745,440 $206,852,432 $391,081,192
Superman Returns June 20, 1997 $140 $52,535,096 $200,081,192 $391,081,192
The Dark Knight July 18, 2008 $185 $160,887,295 $534,858,444 $1,004,558,444
Watchmen March 6, 2009 $130 $55,214,334 $107,509,799 $185,258,983
Jonah Hex June 18, 2010 $47 $5,379,365 $10,547,117 $10,903,312
Green Lantern June 17, 2011 $200 $53,174,303 $116,601,172 $219,851,172
The Dark Knight Rises June 17, 2011 $250 $160,887,295 $448,139,099 $1,084,439,099
Man of Steel June 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]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic BFCA
Superman and the Mole Men
Stamp Day for Superman
Batman 79% (29 reviews)[15]
Superman 93% (59 reviews)[16] 86% (11 reviews)[17]
Superman II 89% (45 reviews)[18] 87% (11 reviews)[19]
Swamp Thing 64% (33 reviews)[20]
Superman III 26% (43 reviews)[21] 42% (9 reviews)[22]
Supergirl 8% (25 reviews)[23]
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace 12% (41 reviews)[24] 22% (10 reviews)[25]
The Return of Swamp Thing 33% (6 reviews)[26]
Batman 72% (67 reviews)[27] 66% (17 reviews)[28]
Batman Returns 81% (67 reviews)[29]
Batman Forever 41% (58 reviews)[30] 51% (23 reviews)[31]
Batman & Robin 11% (85 reviews)[32] 28% (21 reviews)[33]
Steel 12% (25 reviews)[34]
Catwoman 9% (191 reviews)[35] 27% (35 reviews)[36]
Batman Begins 85% (266 reviews)[37] 70% (41 reviews)[38] 91% (Recommended)[39]
Superman Returns 76% (258 reviews)[40] 72% (40 reviews)[41] 89% (Recommended)[42]
The Dark Knight 94% (315 reviews)[43] 82% (39 reviews)[44] 96% (Recommended)[45]
Watchmen 65% (294 reviews)[46] 56% (39 reviews)[47] 75% (Recommended)[48]
Jonah Hex 12% (145 reviews)[49] 33% (32 reviews)[50] 52% (Recommended)[51]
Green Lantern 26% (227 reviews)[52] 39% (39 reviews)[53] 62% (Recommended)[54]
The Dark Knight Rises 88% (306 reviews)[55] 78% (45 reviews)[56] 91% (Recommended)[57]
Man of Steel 56% (288 reviews)[58] 55% (47 reviews)[59] 77% (Recommended)[60]

From DC imprints[edit]

Title Distributor(s) Rotten
Tomatoes
Metacritic BFCA Budget
(in millions)
Box Office
Road to Perdition DreamWorks 81% 72% 99% $80 $181,001,478
A History of Violence New Line Cinema 87% 81% 89% $32 $60,740,827
Constantine Warner Bros. 46% 50% 73% $100 $230,884,728
V for Vendetta 90% 62% 87% $54 $132,511,035
Stardust Paramount Pictures 76% 66% 90% $88 $135,553,760
The Losers Warner Bros. 49% 44% 70% $25 $29,379,723
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 20th Century Fox 17% 30% 67% $78 $179,265,204
RED Summit Entertainment 71% 60% $58 $199,006,387
RED 2 42% 47% 73% $84 $148,075,565

See also[edit]

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