Complete List of All DC Comics Films, Cartoons, and Television Shows

Its fair to say that DC has been slow on pulling the trigger on its cinematic universe.

Marvel Studios has been far above board with its Avengers, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, and other films and television properties that have a shared cinematic continuity.  DC, on the other hand, only has The Man of Steel released.  Not much of a “shared” universe.  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the second of these next year, and Suicide Squad is filming now, but there really is not much to look to when comparing the two universes.

This does not mean that DC has not had a lot of film and television properties, however.  The Christopher Nolan Batman films may be the greatest superhero films of all time, and recent television shows like The Flash and Arrow are getting people hooked.  There is actually and incredible history of DC films, so we wanted to look at the complete list of what has been released, and what is still waiting to come out, from the various DC comics.

Live-action films

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./Dovemead Film Export A.G./International Film Productions Won 1 Special Oscar, nominated for 3 more
1980 Superman II
1982 Swamp Thing Embassy Pictures
1983 Superman III Warner Bros./Cantharus Productions N.V./Dovemead Films
1984 Supergirl Artistry Ltd/Cantharus Productions/Pueblo Film Group
1987 Superman IV: The Quest for Peace Warner Bros./Golan-Globus/Cannon Films.
1989 The Return of Swamp Thing Lightyear Entertainment Limited theatrical release
Batman Warner Bros./PolyGram Filmed Entertainment Won 1 Oscar
1992 Batman Returns Nominated for 2 Oscars
1995 Batman Forever Nominated for 3 Oscars
1997 Batman & Robin
Steel Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/QDe
2004 Catwoman Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures/Di Novi Pictures/Frantic Films/Maple Shade Films Not directly based on the character of the same name
2005 Batman Begins Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc./Patalex III Productions Reboot; nominated for an Oscar
2006 Superman Returns Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/Legendary Pictures/Bad Hat Harry Productions Somewhat related to Superman and Superman II; nominated for an Oscar.
Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut Warner Bros. Re-edited director’s cut film, direct-to-video release
2008 The Dark Knight Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc. Won 2 Oscars, nominated for 6 more
2009 Watchmen Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/Legendary Pictures/Lawrence Gordon Productions/Cruel and Unusual Films
2010 Jonah Hex Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/Legendary Pictures/Weed Road Pictures
2011 Green Lantern Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/De Line Pictures
2012 The Dark Knight Rises Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Inc.
2013 Man of Steel Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/Legendary Pictures/Cruel and Unusual Films/Syncopy Inc. Reboot; Start of the DC Extended Universe
Upcoming
2016 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/RatPac Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual Films/Atlas Entertainment Post-production
Suicide Squad Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/RatPac Entertainment/Atlas Entertainment Filming
2017 Wonder Woman[1] Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/RatPac Entertainment/Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual Films Pre-production
Justice League Part One[1]
2018 The Flash[1] Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/RatPac Entertainment In development
Aquaman[1] Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/RatPac Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual Films
2019 Shazam[1] Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/RatPac Entertainment/New Line Cinema
Justice League Part Two[1] Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/RatPac Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual Films
2020 Cyborg[1] Warner Bros./DC Entertainment/RatPac Entertainment
Green Lantern Corps[1]

Serial films (1941–1952)

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

From DC imprints

Year Title Production studio Notes
Paradox Press
2002 Road to Perdition DreamWorks/The Zanuck Company Based on the series by Max Allan Collins. Won 1 Oscar, nominated for 5 more.
2005 A History of Violence New Line Cinema/New Line Productions/BenderSpink/München & Company Based on the graphic novel by John Wagner and Vince Locke. Nominated for 2 Oscars.
Vertigo
2005 Constantine Warner Bros./Village Roadshow Pictures/The Donners’ Company/Batfilm Productions/3 Arts Entertainment Free inspired on the Hellblazer character.
2006 V for Vendetta Warner Bros./Virtual Studios/Silver Pictures/Anarchos Productions Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore.
2007 Stardust Paramount Pictures/Marv Films/Ingenious Media Storybook by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess.
2010 The Losers Warner Bros./Dark Castle Entertainment Based on the re-imagined series by Andy Diggle and Jock.
WildStorm
1998 Gen¹³ Buena Vista Pictures/WildStorm Productions/Aegis Entertainment Animated film; never released in the United States and no longer owns rights.
2003 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 20th Century Fox/Angry Films/International Production Company/JD Productions Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore.
2010 RED Summit Entertainment/Homage Entertainment/di Bonaventura Pictures/Cheyenne Enterprises/DMG Entertainment Based on the miniseries by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner.
2013 RED 2 Summit Entertainment/Lionsgate/di Bonaventura Pictures

Television films

Year Title Notes
1974 Wonder Woman Pilot episode for an unproduced TV series.
1975 It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman TV adaptation of the 1960s Broadway musical.
1997 Justice League of America Pilot episode for an unproduced TV series; never aired on the U.S.
2003 Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt Television movie reuniting the cast of the 1960s Batman TV show

Episodes as films

Year Title Notes
1990 The Flash Episodes of the 1990s The Flash television series released as direct to video films.
1991 The Flash II: Revenge of the Trickster
The Flash III: Deadly of the Nightshade

Animated films

All the feature films are 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 Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo Related to Teen Titans TV series.
Superman: Brainiac Attacks Somewhat related to Superman: The Animated Series.
2007 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 Loosely based on the Gods and Mortals storyline by George Pérez.
Green Lantern: First Flight Adaptation of the DC Comics Green Lantern mythology.
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 film 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 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; Start of a DC Animated Shared Universe.
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.
2015 Justice League: Throne of Atlantis Based on The New 52 Aquaman crossover story, Throne of Atlantis, by Geoff Johns.
Batman vs. Robin Partially based on The New 52 Batman crossover story, Court of Owls by Scott Snyder.
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts To be followed by 22 short cartoons.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters Based on an original plot by Alan Burnett. Preceded by the companion microseries of shorts Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles.
Upcoming
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem
2016 Batman: Bad Blood[2]
Batman: The Killing Joke[3] Based on the graphic novel of the same name, by Alan Moore.
Justice League vs. Titans[4]

Shorts

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
2000 The Vault Noodle Soup Productions Gotham Girls Web series; somewhat related to DC animated universe.
Lap Bat
Trick or Trick?, part one & two
A Little Night Magic
More Than One Way
Precious Birthstones
Pave Paradise
The Three Babes
The Gardener’s Apprentice
Lady – X
2001 Hold That Tiger
Miss Un-Congeniality
Strategery
Baby Boom
Cat-n-Mouse
Bat’ing Cleanup
Catsitter
Gotham Noir
Scout’s Dis-Honor
I’m Badgirl
2002 Ms.ing in Action
Gotham in Pink
Hear Me Roar
Gotham in Blue
A Cat in the Hand
Jailhouse Wreck
Honor Among Thieves
No, I’m Batgirl
Signal Fires
Cool Hands, Cold Heart
2003 Chase Me Warner Bros. Animation None Silent film; part of the DC animated universe.
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
2015 John Con Noir Cool Town Claymation Constantine Part of the series’ promotion.
Twisted Blue Ribbon Content Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles Web series
Bomb
Big

Episodes as films

Television series episodes released as direct to video films.

Year Title Notes
1996 Superman: The Last Son of Krypton Each one compilation of three episodes originally aired during first and second season of Superman: The Animated Series.
1997 The Batman Superman Movie: World’s Finest
1999 Batman Beyond: The Movie Compilation of the first two episodes of Batman Beyond.
2001 Justice League: Secret Origins Compilation of three episodes of the Justice League.
2004 Justice League: Starcrossed

Lego versions

All films are released direct to video, except as indicated.

Year Title Production studio Notes
2013 Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite TT Animation Based on video game Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes.
2014 The Lego Movie Animal Logic Theatrical release; featuring Lego versions of several DC heroes.
Lego DC Comics: Batman Be-Leaguered Warner Bros. Animation Television movie
2015 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League
Announced
2015 Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League: Attack of the Legion of Doom Warner Bros. Animation
2017 The Lego Batman Movie[5] Animal Logic Spin-off of The Lego Movie.
2018 The Lego Movie 2[6]

Fan and unofficial films

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
2015 Electrogenesis Based on the character Static Shock
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