DC Comics Adaptations

by deano11 | created - 16 Aug 2011 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

These live-action films, short films, TV movies, TV series and serials based on one of the largest and most successful companies operating in the market for American comic books, DC Comics. DC started in 1934 as National Allied Publications, then in the 1937, it formed as Detective Comics, Inc with the founder of the American comic book, Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz. The two merged on September 30, 1946 to become National Comics Publications, Inc. (renamed National Periodical Publications, Inc. in 1961). Despite the official names "National Comics" and "National Periodical Publications", the company began branding itself as "Superman-DC" as early as 1940, and the company became known colloquially as DC Comics for years before the official adoption of that name in 1977.

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1. Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)

Passed | 216 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.6
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To protect a magic talisman from being used for evil, a teenage boy named Billy Batson is given the power to become an adult superhero, Captain Marvel, with a single magic word: "Shazam!"

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Tom Tyler, Frank Coghlan Jr., William 'Billy' Benedict, Louise Currie

Votes: 772

2. Spy Smasher (1942)

Passed | 215 min | Action, Adventure

7.1
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Alan Armstrong, aka Spy Smasher, battles a Nazi villain known as The Mask, who heads a gang of saboteurs determined to spread destruction across America.

Director: William Witney | Stars: Kane Richmond, Marguerite Chapman, Sam Flint, Hans Schumm

Votes: 194

3. Batman (1943)

Approved | 260 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.5
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Japanese spymaster Prince Daka operates a covert espionage organization located in Gotham City's now-deserted Little Tokyo which turns American scientists into pliable zombies.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Lewis Wilson, Douglas Croft, J. Carrol Naish, Shirley Patterson

Votes: 1,506

4. Hop Harrigan America's Ace of the Airways (1946)

Approved | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Hop Harrigan (William Bakewell) and his pal "Tank" Tinker (Sumner Getchell) operate a small airport and flying service, and are hired by J. Westly Arnold (Emmett Vogan) to fly an eccentric ... See full summary »

Director: Derwin Abrahams | Stars: William Bakewell, Jennifer Holt, Robert 'Buzz' Henry, Sumner Getchell

Votes: 32

5. The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West (1947)

Approved | 285 min | Action, Crime

7.3
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The Vigilante, a masked government agent, is assigned to investigate the case of the "100 Tears of Blood", a cursed string of rare blood red pearls sought by a gang led by the unknown X-1 that may have been smuggled into the country.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Ralph Byrd, Ramsay Ames, Lyle Talbot, George Offerman Jr.

Votes: 62

6. Superman (1948)

Approved | 244 min | Sci-Fi

7.2
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Superman comes to Earth as a child and grows up to be his home's first superhero with his first major challenge being to oppose The Spider Lady.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr | Stars: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Tommy Bond, Carol Forman

Votes: 743

7. Congo Bill (1948)

Approved | 270 min | Adventure, Action

7.3
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A girl is about to inherit a fortune, but she is missing in Africa. Only then, family charges Congo Bill, an adventurer, to find her, and bring her back to civilization. He follows a legend about some White Queen, but his path is full of difficulties, by an inhospitable jungle, and the man who will lose the fortune if the girl is found alive.

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Thomas Carr | Stars: Don McGuire, Cleo Moore, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley

Votes: 43

8. Batman and Robin (1949)

Approved | 263 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.2
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The caped crusaders versus The Wizard, black-hooded mastermind.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Robert Lowery, Johnny Duncan, Jane Adams, Lyle Talbot

Votes: 1,329

9. Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)

Approved | 252 min | Sci-Fi

7.1
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Superman battles Lex Luthor who is using a teleportation device and a new identity as Atom Man in his criminal plans.

Director: Spencer Gordon Bennet | Stars: Kirk Alyn, Noel Neill, Lyle Talbot, Tommy Bond

Votes: 496

10. Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)

Not Rated | 58 min | Action, Drama, Family

5.9
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When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertantly cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy.

Director: Lee Sholem | Stars: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey, Walter Reed

Votes: 1,341

11. Adventures of Superman (1952–1958)

TV-G | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.8
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The Man of Steel fights crime with help from his friends at the Daily Planet.

Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, John Hamilton, Bill Kennedy

Votes: 2,519

12. Blackhawk: Fearless Champion of Freedom (1952)

Approved | 242 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.9
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Based on a successful comic book that began in 1941, the Blackhawks were seven flyers who banded together during WW II to fight the Nazis. After the war, they continued to fight evil where ... See full summary »

Directors: Spencer Gordon Bennet, Fred F. Sears | Stars: Kirk Alyn, Carol Forman, John Crawford, Michael Fox

Votes: 91

13. Stamp Day for Superman (1954)

18 min | Short, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Superman's commitment to promote US Savings Stamps is temporarily delayed when Lois is kidnapped.

Director: Thomas Carr | Stars: George Reeves, Noel Neill, Jack Larson, John Hamilton

Votes: 192

14. The Adventures of Superboy (1961 TV Short)

26 min | Action, Short

7.4
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Jimmy, Clark Kent and Lana Lang's friend, is ashamed that his father works as a doorman at the Smallville theater. His opinion changes when Superboy is able to thwart a robbery with Jimmy's... See full summary »

Director: George Blair | Stars: John Rockwell, Bunny Henning, Ross Elliott, Monty Margetts

Votes: 100

15. Batman (1966–1968)

TV-G | 25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

7.5
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The Caped Crusader and his young ward battlle evildoers in Gotham City in a bombastic 1960s colorized and updated versions of the 1940's black and white tv show based of the comic book hero's exploits.

Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 15,005

16. Batman: The Movie (1966)

PG | 105 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

6.5
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The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Adam West, Burt Ward, Lee Meriwether, Cesar Romero

Votes: 25,801

17. Batgirl (1967 TV Short)

8 min | Short

7.0
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At the Gotham City library, Barbara Gordon helps Bruce Wayne find a book on butterflies so he can prove a point to a friend, a millionaire explorer. As Bruce and his youthful ward, Dick ... See full summary »

Stars: Yvonne Craig, William Dozier, Neil Hamilton, Tim Herbert

Votes: 190

18. Wonder Woman: Who's Afraid of Diana Prince? (1967 TV Short)

4 min | Comedy, Short, Fantasy

3.4
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Add a Plot

Director: Leslie H. Martinson | Stars: Ellie Wood Walker, William Dozier, Linda Harrison, Maudie Prickett

Votes: 120

19. Wonder Woman (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy

4.8
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A super-hero uses her powers to thwart an international spy ring.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Cathy Lee Crosby, Kaz Garas, Andrew Prine, Ricardo Montalban

Votes: 583

20. Shazam! (1974–1977)

30 min | Action, Family, Fantasy

7.0
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A young boy, able to transform into the superhero Captain Marvel, travels the country fighting evil and helping people.

Stars: Michael Gray, Les Tremayne, Jackson Bostwick, John Davey

Votes: 832

21. It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman! (1975 TV Movie)

Comedy, Fantasy, Musical

3.8
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TV adaptation of the campy 1960s Broadway musical about the Man of Steel, his friends, his enemies, and his self-image problems.

Director: Jack Regas | Stars: George Chandler, Stuart Goetz, Danny Goldman, Geoffrey Horne

Votes: 147

22. Isis (1975–1976)

30 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

6.9
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An archaeologist gains an amulet that allows her to transform into the superheroine goddess Isis and fight evil.

Stars: JoAnna Cameron, Brian Cutler, Joanna Pang, Ronalda Douglas

Votes: 672

23. Wonder Woman (1975–1979)

TV-G | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

Stars: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil, Richard Eastham

Votes: 5,196

24. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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86 Metascore

An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando

Votes: 138,240 | Gross: $134.22M

25. Legends of the Superheroes (1979)

100 min | Action, Comedy, Adventure

6.2
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A teamup of some of DC Comics' greatest superheroes together, for 2 specials: a race to stop the united supervillains' plot to destroy the earth, then later a roast in tribute to all of the heroes hosted by Ed McMahon.

Stars: Jeff Altman, Charlie Callas, Gabriel Dell, Howard Morris

Votes: 361

26. Superman II (1980)

PG | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.8
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87 Metascore

Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Lester, Richard Donner | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Ned Beatty

Votes: 84,297 | Gross: $108.19M

27. Swamp Thing (1982)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.4
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After a violent incident with a special chemical, a research scientist is turned into a swamp plant monster.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Louis Jourdan, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, David Hess

Votes: 10,625

28. Superman III (1983)

PG | 125 min | Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

4.9
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42 Metascore

Synthetic kryptonite laced with tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Director: Richard Lester | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 55,188 | Gross: $59.95M

29. Supergirl (1984)

PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.3
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After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.

Director: Jeannot Szwarc | Stars: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Hart Bochner

Votes: 15,605 | Gross: $13.60M

30. Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)

PG | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

3.7
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22 Metascore

The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Director: Sidney J. Furie | Stars: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, Jackie Cooper

Votes: 36,470 | Gross: $15.68M

31. The Spirit (1987 TV Movie)

74 min | Action

5.7
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A legally dead police detective decides to battle crime as a masked superhero.

Director: Michael Schultz | Stars: Sam J. Jones, Nana Visitor, Bumper Robinson, Garry Walberg

Votes: 141

The comic book of a crime-fighting masked vigilante is published by Eisner & Iger (a comic book "packager") during 1940s but after the creator, Will Eisner's death, The Spirit returned in comic books published by DC Comics.

32. Superboy (1988–1992)

30 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.5
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The adventures of the Man of Steel in his teenage years.

Stars: Stacy Haiduk, Gerard Christopher, Peter Jay Fernandez, Zevi Wolmark

Votes: 888

33. The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

PG-13 | 88 min | Sci-Fi, Horror, Comedy

4.5
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The Swamp Thing returns to battle the evil Dr. Arcane, who has a new science lab full of creatures transformed by genetic mutation, and chooses Heather Locklear as his new object of ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Dick Durock, Heather Locklear, Louis Jourdan, Sarah Douglas

Votes: 3,129 | Gross: $0.19M

34. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

7.6
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69 Metascore

The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl

Votes: 293,673 | Gross: $251.19M

35. The Flash (1990–1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

7.3
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A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash".

Stars: John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Désert, Vito D'Ambrosio

Votes: 5,179

36. Swamp Thing (1990–1993)

30 min | Sci-Fi

6.7
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The adventures of a man-turned-muck monster. Swamp Thing was once a man named Alec Holland, but after being caught on fire, doused with strange chemicals, and dumped into the Louisiana ... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Lindsay Chapman, Dick Durock, Scott Garrison, Kevin Quigley

Votes: 487

37. The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster (1991 Video)

88 min | Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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Every super hero has his nemesis - and this time Flash has that murderous mischief maker the Trickster (Hamill).

Director: Danny Bilson | Stars: John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Désert, Mark Hamill

Votes: 779

This direct-to-video film was compiled from footage from the following two episodes of the short-lived weekly TV series: The Flash: The Trickster (1991) and The Flash: Trial of the Trickster (1991).

38. Batman Returns (1992)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.0
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68 Metascore

When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

Votes: 236,256 | Gross: $162.83M

39. Human Target (1992– )

60 min | Action, Adventure

7.0
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The cases of a unique bodyguard/detective who protects his clients from murder by impersonating them to draw the killer's fire.

Stars: Rick Springfield, Kirk Baltz, Sami Chester, Signy Coleman

Votes: 103

40. Flash III: Deadly Nightshade (1992 Video)

88 min | Action, Sci-Fi

7.5
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The Scarlet Speedster teams up with the city's previous superhero, The Nightshade, in two adventures.

Director: Bruce Bilson | Stars: John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Désert, Richard Belzer

Votes: 266

This direct-to-video film was compiled from footage from the following two episodes of the short-lived weekly TV series: The Flash: Ghost in the Machine (1990) and The Flash: Deadly Nightshade (1991).

41. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993–1997)

TV-PG | 46 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.8
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In addition to fighting evil, Superman has a burning romance with Lois Lane in both his identities.

Stars: Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith, K Callan

Votes: 17,258

42. Batman Forever (1995)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

5.4
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51 Metascore

Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, Nicole Kidman

Votes: 207,212 | Gross: $184.03M

43. Steel (1997)

PG-13 | 97 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

2.8
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John Henry Irons designs weapons for the military. When his project to create weapons that harmlessly neutralize soldiers is sabotaged, he leaves in disgust. When he sees gangs are using ... See full summary »

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Stars: Shaquille O'Neal, Annabeth Gish, Judd Nelson, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 9,422 | Gross: $1.71M

44. Batman & Robin (1997)

PG-13 | 125 min | Action, Sci-Fi

3.7
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28 Metascore

Batman and Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Uma Thurman

Votes: 205,226 | Gross: $107.33M

45. Justice League of America (1997 TV Movie)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

3.1
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An evil Weather Man intent on destroying New Metro City with a series of malevolent meteorological mishaps? Can the super-powered (and semi-employed) Justice League of America save the day?... See full summary »

Directors: Félix Enríquez Alcalá, Lewis Teague | Stars: Matthew Settle, Kimberly Oja, John Kassir, Michelle Hurd

Votes: 873

46. Smallville (2001–2011)

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.5
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A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville, Kansas.

Stars: Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, Kristin Kreuk

Votes: 103,566

47. Birds of Prey (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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In the future, long after the Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey--Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress.

Stars: Ashley Scott, Dina Meyer, Rachel Skarsten, Shemar Moore

Votes: 3,668

48. Catwoman (2004)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

3.3
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27 Metascore

A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.

Director: Pitof | Stars: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson

Votes: 94,661 | Gross: $40.20M

49. Batman Begins (2005)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

8.3
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70 Metascore

After training with his mentor, Batman begins his fight to free crime-ridden Gotham City from the corruption that Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Watanabe, Liam Neeson

Votes: 1,096,992 | Gross: $206.85M

50. Superman Returns (2006)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.1
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72 Metascore

Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination.

Director: Bryan Singer | Stars: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, James Marsden

Votes: 251,899 | Gross: $200.08M

51. Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (2006 Video)

PG | 115 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

7.7
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Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to start a relationship with Lois Lane, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Directors: Richard Donner, Richard Lester | Stars: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Marlon Brando, Ned Beatty

Votes: 11,310

52. Aquaman (2006 TV Short)

42 min | Short, Action, Adventure

7.3
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A young twenty-something diver living in the Florida Keys discovers he has the power to breathe underwater.

Director: Greg Beeman | Stars: Justin Hartley, Lou Diamond Phillips, Denise Quiñones, Rick Peters

Votes: 1,671

53. The Dark Knight (2008)

PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama

9.0
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82 Metascore

When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,876,975 | Gross: $534.86M

54. The Spirit (2008)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

4.8
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30 Metascore

Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

Director: Frank Miller | Stars: Gabriel Macht, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Jaime King

Votes: 55,968 | Gross: $19.78M

Published by Eisner & Iger (a comic book "packager") during 1940s but after the creator, Will Eisner's death, The Spirit returned in comic books published by DC Comics.

55. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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56 Metascore

In 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Malin Akerman

Votes: 425,190 | Gross: $107.51M

56. Under the Hood (2009 Video)

PG | 38 min | Short, Action, Adventure

7.2
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A television interview with Hollis Mason, The first Nite-Owl, about his life and the superhero community.

Director: Eric Matthies | Stars: Ted Friend, Stephen McHattie, William S. Taylor, Glenn Ennis

Votes: 1,271

57. Jonah Hex (2010)

PG-13 | 81 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

4.7
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33 Metascore

The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth.

Director: Jimmy Hayward | Stars: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich, Michael Fassbender

Votes: 49,113 | Gross: $10.54M

58. Human Target (2010–2011)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.8
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An unique bodyguard protects his clients by secretly infiltrating their lives in order to draw out and eliminate threats.

Stars: Mark Valley, Chi McBride, Jackie Earle Haley, Indira Varma

Votes: 16,117

59. Green Lantern (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

5.6
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39 Metascore

Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, Mark Strong

Votes: 238,644 | Gross: $116.60M

60. Wonder Woman (2011 TV Movie)

45 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

4.5
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It's the modern day, and being Wonder Woman is complicated. Diana is leading a triple life - running a large corporation out of costume and fighting crime in costume in one identity.

Director: Jeffrey Reiner | Stars: Adrianne Palicki, Pedro Pascal, Cary Elwes, Elizabeth Hurley

Votes: 1,595

61. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

8.4
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78 Metascore

Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman, with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman

Votes: 1,277,201 | Gross: $448.14M

62. Arrow (2012– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

7.8
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Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Votes: 348,657

63. Man of Steel (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.1
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55 Metascore

Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane

Votes: 604,047 | Gross: $291.05M

Debut film of DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

64. Gotham (2014– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.9
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The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova

Votes: 169,493

65. The Flash (2014– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he's been given the power of super speed, becoming the Flash, fighting crime in Central City.

Stars: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes

Votes: 239,372

A spin-off from TV's Arrow.

66. Constantine (2014–2015)

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.6
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A man struggling with his faith who is haunted by the sins of his past is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.

Stars: Matt Ryan, Harold Perrineau, Charles Halford, Angélica Celaya

Votes: 42,009

67. Superhero Fight Club (2015 TV Short)

4 min | Short, Action, Fantasy

8.9
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Oliver introduces Barry to his own little fight club which features such members as Roy Harper, Laurel Lance, Malcolm Merlyn and Ra's Al Ghul.

Stars: Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, Colton Haynes, Brandon Routh

Votes: 2,258

TV's Arrow and The Flash crossover superheroes vs supervillains.

68. Supergirl (2015– )

TV-PG | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.5
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The adventures of Superman's cousin in her own superhero career.

Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh, Jeremy Jordan

Votes: 77,386

69. Batman Beyond (2015– )

Action

7.3
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Bruce Wayne passes the torch of BATMAN to Terry McGinnis in the futuristic megalopolis, Neo-Gotham.

Stars: Mike Voutsinos, Robert L. Wilson, Rachel Leyco, Shani Drake

Votes: 48

70. Legends of Tomorrow (2016– )

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.0
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Focuses on time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter, who has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time.

Stars: Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz, Amy Louise Pemberton, Dominic Purcell

Votes: 64,549

A spin-off from TV's Arrow and The Flash.

71. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

PG-13 | 151 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

6.6
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44 Metascore

Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg

Votes: 517,898 | Gross: $330.36M

72. Suicide Squad (2016)

PG-13 | 123 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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40 Metascore

A secret government agency recruits some of the most dangerous incarcerated super-villains to form a defensive task force. Their first mission: save the world from the apocalypse.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis

Votes: 459,724 | Gross: $325.10M

73. Superhero Fight Club 2.0 (2016 Video)

5 min | Short, Action, Fantasy

8.3
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Barry and Oliver introduce Supergirl to the new fight club, Felicity and Cisco applying additional features to the fight in which The Flash, Green Arrow, Supergirl, White Canary, Firestorm and Atom need to fight to stay alive.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Melissa Benoist, Franz Drameh, Grant Gustin

Votes: 578

TV's Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow crossover superheroes together and welcomes Supergirl for an even flashier, more high-tech battle.

74. The Flash: Chronicles of Cisco (2016)

TV-PG | 2 min | Short, Action, Adventure

8.1
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Follows "The Flash" character Cisco Ramon as he works late at S.T.A.R. Labs making improvements to the Flash's suit.

Stars: Carlos Valdes, Britne Oldford

Votes: 405

75. Powerless (2017)

21 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

6.4
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Follow the staff of an insurance company, specialising in products to protect defenseless bystanders from the collateral damage of Superheroes and Supervillains.

Stars: Vanessa Hudgens, Danny Pudi, Christina Kirk, Ron Funches

Votes: 5,140

76. Wonder Woman (2017)

PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.6
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76 Metascore

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis

Votes: 362,907 | Gross: $412.56M

77. Justice League (2017)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.0
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45 Metascore

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller

Votes: 173,600 | Gross: $227.58M

78. Black Lightning (2018– )

60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A retired superhero becomes a vigilante for justice.

Stars: William Catlett, Gregg Henry, Cress Williams, Skye P. Marshall

Votes: 1,546

79. Titans (2018– )

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Pre-production

A team of young superheroes led by Nightwing (formerly Batman's first Robin) form to combat evil and other perils.

Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Teagan Croft, Anna Diop, Lindsey Gort

80. Aquaman (2018)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Post-production

Arthur Curry learns that he is the heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, and must step forward to lead his people and to be a hero to the world.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Nicole Kidman, Willem Dafoe

81. Shazam! (2019)

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | Pre-production

A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, Jack Dylan Grazer, Ron Cephas Jones

82. Suicide Squad 2 (2019)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

Plot is unknown.

Director: Gavin O'Connor | Stars: Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Dwayne Johnson, Jared Leto

83. Wonder Woman 2 (2019)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

Plot unknown. A sequel to the 2017 super hero film 'Wonder Woman'.

Director: Patty Jenkins | Star: Gal Gadot

84. Green Lantern Corps (2020)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Pre-production

A group of humans join the Green Lantern Corps, an alien interstellar police force that protects the universe.

85. Flashpoint (2020)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

The super-fast hero the Flash travels into a timeline where Earth is a mess and its heroes are lost and scattered. It's up to him to put things right.

Directors: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein | Stars: Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Kiersey Clemons, Billy Crudup

86. Cyborg (2020)

Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | Announced

Plot is unknown.

Star: Ray Fisher

87. Krypton (2018– )

Action, Adventure, Drama | Completed

The story of Superman's grandfather as he fights for justice on his home planet.

Stars: Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney, Elliot Cowan

88. Justice League Part Two

Action, Sci-Fi | Announced

The plot is unknown.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck

89. Batgirl

Action, Adventure, Crime | Announced

Based upon the popular DC character, Barbara Gordon dons the guise of Batgirl to fight crime.

Director: Joss Whedon

90. The Batman

Action, Crime, Drama | Pre-production

The plot is unknown.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Ben Affleck, Joe Manganiello, J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons

91. Justice League Dark

Action, Fantasy, Horror | Announced

Plot details are being kept under wraps. The film is considered to center on a dark 'Justice League' team that consists of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna and Etrigan the Demon.

92. Untitled Superman Project

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

Plot unknown.

Star: Henry Cavill

93. Gotham City Sirens

Action, Adventure, Comedy | Announced

Following three of Gotham City's most notorious female criminals on one of their most dangerous missions yet.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto

94. Nightwing

Action | Announced

Plot is unknown.

Director: Chris McKay

95. Black Adam

Action | Pre-production

Plot unknown. A spin-off from 'Shazam!' centering on the film's anti-hero, Black Adam.

Star: Dwayne Johnson

96. Untitled Joker-Harley Quinn Project

Action, Adventure, Fantasy | Announced

A criminal love story between Harley Quinn and the Joker.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa | Stars: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto

97. Watchmen (2018– )

Action, Drama, Mystery | Pre-production

The television series is based on the comic-book 'Watchmen', which was published by DC Comics in 1986 - 1987.

98. Deathstroke

Action, Crime | Announced

The movie is based on the popular character from DC Comics.

Director: Gareth Evans | Star: Joe Manganiello

99. Untitled Joker Origin Movie

Action, Adventure, Crime | Announced

Plot kept under wraps. Film will center on how the popular comic book villain known as The Joker came to be.

Director: Todd Phillips