List of television series based on DC Comics

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Below is a list of television series based on properties of DC Comics. This list includes live-action and animated series.

Live-action[edit]

Title Aired Seasons Network Notes Ref
Adventures of Superman 1952–1958 6 seasons Syndication 104 episodes
Batman 1966–1968 3 seasons ABC 120 episodes
Shazam! 1974–1976 CBS 28 episodes
The Secrets of Isis 1975–1976 2 seasons CBS 22 episodes; (Filmation Associates) Originally aired as Isis as part of the Shazam!/Isis Hour. Received new title in syndication.
Wonder Woman 1975–1979 ABC (season 1)
CBS (season 2–3)
3 seasons 60 total episodes
Superboy 1988–1992 4 seasons Syndication 100 episodes
The Flash 1990–1991 1 season CBS 22 episodes
Human Target 1992 ABC 7 episodes
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993–1997 4 seasons 87 episodes
Smallville 2001–2011 10 seasons The WB (seasons 1–5)
The CW (seasons 6–10)
218 episodes
Birds of Prey 2002–2003 1 season The WB 13 episodes
Human Target 2010–2011 2 seasons Fox and CTV 25 episodes
Constantine 2014–2015 1 season NBC 13 episodes
Powerless 2017 9 episodes (+3 unaired) [1]
Ongoing
Arrow 2012–present 6 seasons The CW Part of the Arrowverse. Renewed for a seventh season [2]
The Flash 2014–present 4 seasons Part of the Arrowverse. Renewed for a fifth season [2]
Gotham Fox Renewed for a fifth and final season [3]
Supergirl 2016-present 3 seasons CBS (season 1)
The CW (season 2–present)
Exists on an alternate Earth of the Arrowverse. Renewed for a fourth season [2]
Legends of Tomorrow The CW Part of the Arrowverse. Renewed for a fourth season [2]
Black Lightning 2018–present 1 season Both renewed for a second season [2]
Krypton Syfy [4]
Ordered
Titans 2018 Series order DC Universe [5]
Doom Patrol 2019 [6]
Pennyworth Epix [7]
Watchmen TBA Pilot order HBO [8]
In development
Metropolis TBA TBA DC Universe [9]
Ronin SyFy [10]
#4Hero Machinima Developed by Blue Ribbon Content [11]
DC's Hero Project [11]
Project 13 The CW [12]

From DC Imprints[edit]

Title Aired Seasons Network imprint adapted from Notes Refs
Swamp Thing: The Series 1990–1993 3 seasons USA Network Vertigo 72 episodes
Ongoing
iZombie 2015–present 4 seasons The CW Vertigo Renewed for a fifth and final season [13]
Lucifer 2016–present 3 seasons Fox (season 1–3)
Netflix (season 4–present)
Vertigo Renewed for a fourth season on Netflix [14]
Preacher AMC Vertigo
Ordered
Swamp Thing 2019 Series order DC Universe Vertigo [9]
Y: The Last Man TBA Pilot order FX Vertigo [15]
The Boys 2019 TBA Amazon Video Wildstorm (when DC held Rights) /
Dynamite entertainment (with Dynamic Forces)
Produced by Sony Pictures Television. Based on six-issue limited series published under WildStorm imprint. DC currently does not own media adaptation or publishing rights after they were reverted to creators.
In development
DMZ TBA TBA Syfy Vertigo [16]
Amped USA Network Vertigo [17]
Red NBC Wildstorm [18]
Unfollow ABC Vertigo [19]
Astro City TBA Wildstorm/Vertigo FremantleMedia [20]
V for Vendetta Channel 4 Vertigo [21]

TV specials[edit]

Title Year Network Notes
It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman 1975 ABC
Legends of the Superheroes 1979 NBC 2 TV specials
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt 2003 CBS 90 mins

Television commercials[edit]

Commercial Year Company Notes
Superman Kellogg's 1952 Kellogg's Eight "integrated commercials" starring George Reeves.
Batgirl Equal Pay Public Service Announcement 1974 Public Service Announcement Put out by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Batman Diet Coke 1989 Diet Coke
Catwoman Diet Coke 1992
Hawkman Baby Ruth 1997 Baby Ruth A tongue in cheek commercial.
Batman OnStar commercials 2001 OnStar A series of six television commercials.
The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman 2004 American Express Two short film commercials promoting American Express.
El Palacio de Hierro 2006 El Palacio de Hierro A Mexican commercial starring Wonder Woman, Catwoman, and Batgirl.
Vai que... Batman 2014 Bradesco Seguros A Brazilian commercial starring Batman and The Joker.
Honey Bunches of Oats 2016 Honey Bunches of Oats Features archival footage of Wonder Woman in Superfriends.

Animated series[edit]

Title Original running Production company(s) Network Notes / Refs
The New Adventures of Superman 1966–1970 Filmation CBS Part of The New Adventures of Superman franchise
The Adventures of Superboy 1966–1969
The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure 1967–1968
Aquaman 1968–1970
The Batman/Superman Hour 1968–1969
The Adventures of Batman
Super Friends 1973 Hanna-Barbera ABC Part of the Super Friends franchise
The New Adventures of Batman 1977 Filmation CBS Part of The New Adventures of Batman franchise
The All-New Super Friends Hour Hanna-Barbera ABC Part of the Super Friends franchise
The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour 1977–1978 Filmation CBS Part of The New Adventures of Batman franchise
Challenge of the Super Friends 1978 Hanna-Barbera ABC Part of the Super Friends franchise
Batman and the Super 7 1978–1980 Filmation CBS Part of The New Adventures of Batman franchise
The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show 1979–1981 Ruby-Spears ABC
The World's Greatest Super Friends 1979 Hanna-Barbera Part of the Super Friends franchise
Super Friends 1980–1983
The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! 1981–1982 Filmation NBC
Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show 1984 Hanna-Barbera ABC Part of the Super Friends franchise
The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians 1985
Superman 1988 Ruby-Spears CBS
Swamp Thing 1990–1991 DIC Entertainment Fox Kids
Batman: The Animated Series 1992–1995 Warner Bros. Animation Part of the DC animated universe
The Superman/Batman Adventures 1995–1997 Filmation
Hanna-Barbera
USA Part of The New Adventures of Superman franchise
Part of the Super Friends franchise
Superman: The Animated Series 1996–2000 Warner Bros. Animation Kids' WB Part of the DC animated universe
The New Batman Adventures 1997–1999 Sequel to Batman: The Animated Series, part of the DC animated universe
The New Batman/Superman Adventures 1997–2000 Part of the DC animated universe
Batman Beyond 1999–2001
Static Shock 2000–2004
The Zeta Project 2001–2002 Spin-off of Batman Beyond, part of the DC animated universe
Justice League 2001–2004 Cartoon Network Part of the DC animated universe
Teen Titans 2003–2006 Cartoon Network
Kids' WB
Justice League Unlimited 2004–2006 Cartoon Network Sequel to Justice League, part of the DC animated universe
The Batman 2004–2008 Kids' WB
Krypto the Superdog 2005–2006 Cartoon Network
Legion of Super Heroes 2006–2008 Kids' WB
Batman: The Brave and the Bold 2008–2011 Cartoon Network
Green Lantern: The Animated Series 2011–2013
Beware the Batman 2013–2014 Cartoon Network (episode 1–11)
Adult Swim (episode 12–26)
Justice League Action 2016–2018 A more action-based Justice League series [22]
Ongoing
Young Justice 2010–2013 (original run)
2018
Warner Bros. Animation Cartoon Network (season 1-2)
DC Universe (season 3)
It was canceled in 2013 after two seasons, only to be renewed for a third in 2016 [23]
Teen Titans Go! 2013–present Cartoon Network A light comedy version of original series that aired 2003, renewed for fifth season
In development
DC Super Hero Girls 2018 Warner Bros. Animation Cartoon Network Headed by Lauren Faust and builds off of the DC Super Hero Girls web series and direct-to-video films.[24]

From DC imprints[edit]

Title Original running Episodes Production company(s) Network Notes / Refs
Wild C.A.T.s 1994–1995 13 episodes WildStorm/Nelvana CBS Published at a time by Image Comics.

Pilots[edit]

Title Original running Episodes Production company(s) Network Notes / Refs
Plastic Man 2006 Pilot episode Warner Bros. Animation Cartoon Network Pilot episode, unaired, 10 mins runtime

TV specials[edit]

Title Year Network Notes / Refs
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2012 Cartoon Network
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special 2: Villains in Paradise 2014
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special III: Magical Friendship 2015

Motion comics[edit]

Title Original running Episodes Production company(s) Network Notes / Refs
Video Comic Book 1979-1981 Nickelodeon
Columbus Alive!
Watchmen: Motion Comic 2008 12 episodes Cruel and Unusual Films iTunes Pilot episode, unaired, 10 mins runtime
Batman Black and White 20 episodes Warner Premiere Two seasons
Batgirl: Year One 2009 9 episodes
The Batman Adventures: Mad Love 3 episodes
Superman: Red Son 12 episodes
Jonah Hex 2010 17 episodes

Web series, shorts series[edit]

Title Original running Production company(s) Airing location Notes / Refs
Lobo 2000 Lobo Online website Flash Animation. Part of the DC animated universe
Gotham Girls 2000–2002 Noodle Soup Productions
Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. website
Zatanna 2003 Animated shorts
The Aquaman & Friends Action Hour Wild Hare Studios CN Latin America Spoof continuation of Super Friends
DC Nation Shorts 2011–2014 DC Nation television block on Cartoon Network
Batman Unlimited 2015–2016 YouTube (DC Kids Channel) Season 1 (22 episodes), Season 2 (11 episodes)
DC Super Friends 2015 15 episodes of 3–4 minutes in length
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Warner Bros. Animation
Blue Ribbon Content
YouTube (Machinima channel) Related to the film. Renewed for season 2, but subsequently shelved indefinitely[25]
Vixen 2015–2016 CW Seed Part of the Arrowverse.
Justice League Action 2017 Warner Bros. Animation YouTube (DC Kids Channel)
Ongoing
DC Super Hero Girls 2015–ongoing Warner Bros. Animation
Blue Ribbon Content
YouTube (DC Super Hero Girls channel)
Freedom Fighters: The Ray 2017–ongoing CW Seed Exists on an alternate Earth of the Arrowverse.[26][27]
Constantine: City of Demons 2018–ongoing Part of the Arrowverse.
In development
Harley Quinn 2018 Warner Bros. Animation
Blue Ribbon Content
DC Universe [28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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