The Best DC Comic Movies and Shows

by jwoehr | created - 13 May 2013 | updated - 06 Jun 2013 | Public
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1. The Dark Knight (2008)

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

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: 1,911,673 | Gross: $534.86M

2. Superman (1978)

PG | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 140,032 | Gross: $134.22M

3. Batman Begins (2005)

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

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: 1,116,875 | Gross: $206.85M

4. Superman II (1980)

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

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: 85,492 | Gross: $108.19M

5. The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

PG-13 | 164 min | Action, Thriller

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: 1,299,697 | Gross: $448.14M

6. Batman (1989)

PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure

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: 297,224 | Gross: $251.19M

7. Arrow (2012– )

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

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: 354,372

8. Superman Returns (2006)

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

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: 253,513 | Gross: $200.08M

9. Smallville (2001–2011)

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

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: 104,504

10. V for Vendetta (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

62 Metascore

In a future British tyranny, a shadowy freedom fighter, known only by the alias of "V", plots to overthrow it with the help of a young woman.

Director: James McTeigue | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Natalie Portman, Rupert Graves, Stephen Rea

Votes: 899,701 | Gross: $70.51M

11. Watchmen (2009)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

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: 429,671 | Gross: $107.51M

12. Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010 Video)

PG-13 | 75 min | Animation, Action, Crime

There's a mystery afoot in Gotham City, and Batman must go toe-to-toe with a mysterious vigilante, who goes by the name of Red Hood. Subsequently, old wounds reopen and old, once buried memories come into the light.

Director: Brandon Vietti | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Jensen Ackles, John DiMaggio, Neil Patrick Harris

Votes: 44,939

13. Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite (2013 Video)

Not Rated | 71 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

When the Joker and Lex Luthor form an alliance, Batman must team up with the Justice League in order to stop them.

Director: Jon Burton | Stars: Clancy Brown, Troy Baker, Christopher Corey Smith, Charlie Schlatter

Votes: 4,106

14. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Batman is wrongly implicated in a series of murders of mob bosses actually done by a new vigilante assassin.

Directors: Eric Radomski, Bruce Timm, Kevin Altieri, Boyd Kirkland, Frank Paur, Dan Riba | Stars: Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Hart Bochner, Stacy Keach

Votes: 35,029 | Gross: $5.62M

15. Batman: The Animated Series (1992–1995)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Dark Knight battles crime in Gotham City with occasional help from Robin and Batgirl.

Stars: Kevin Conroy, Loren Lester, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Robert Hastings

Votes: 66,091

16. Superman (1996–2000)

TV-PG | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The last son of the planet Krypton protects his adoptive home of Earth as the greatest of the superheroes.

Stars: Tim Daly, Joseph Bologna, Dana Delany, David Kaufman

Votes: 10,969

17. Batman Beyond (1999–2001)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Adventure, Animation, Action

Fueled by remorse and vengeance, a high schooler named Terry McGinnis revives the role of Batman. Under supervision of an elderly Bruce Wayne, he fights crime in a harsh futuristic Gotham.

Stars: Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom, Cree Summer

Votes: 20,179

18. Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Crime

The Joker is back with a vengeance, and Gotham's newest Dark Knight needs answers as he stands alone to face Gotham's most infamous Clown Prince of Crime.

Director: Curt Geda | Stars: Will Friedle, Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy, Angie Harmon

Votes: 19,311

19. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?

Director: Jay Oliva | Stars: Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, David Selby, Wade Williams

Votes: 43,603

20. Green Lantern (2011)

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

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: 241,130 | Gross: $116.60M

21. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013 Video)

PG-13 | 76 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Batman has returned after a 10-year absence. The Gotham authorities want to arrest him. An old foe wants a reunion. The Feds want the Man of Tomorrow to put a stop to him.

Director: Jay Oliva | Stars: Peter Weller, Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson, David Selby

Votes: 37,245

22. The Flash (1990–1991)

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

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: 5,277

23. Teen Titans (2003–2006)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

A team of five teenaged superheroes save the world from many villains around their city while experiencing things normal teens face today.

Stars: Hynden Walch, Scott Menville, Greg Cipes, Khary Payton

Votes: 20,496

24. Teen Titans Go! (2013– )

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Comedy

Superhero roommates Robin, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy love saving the day, but what happens when they're done fighting crime?

Stars: Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong

Votes: 11,031

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

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

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: 17,550

26. Superboy (1988–1992)

30 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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

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

Votes: 906

27. Smallville (2001–2011)

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

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: 104,504

I was a huge fan the first 4 seasons, but the writer's looked for too many new ways to use Lana that it felt more like her show. They couldn't even have her leave the series without powers. Plus making Clark afraid of heights right up to the series finale was a weak excuse to why he wasn't Superman yet after 9 years. He got over that fear pretty quick in the finale.