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The Very Best DC Comics Movies 

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List Rules Films from DC and its imprints (Vertigo, Wildstorm, and Paradox Press included). Vote up your favs!

(If you're looking for the new films, check out the best DC Extended Universe movies here!) DC Comics is one of the two mainstream comic distributors in the world (the other, of course, being Marvel Comics). They publish dozens of titles and have invented thousands of characters. Warner Brothers acquired DC and strengthened their film department. Unlike Marvel Studios, Warners has all the DC characters legally under one umbrella. This allows them to (theoretically) assemble a film universe encompassing all DC heroes, from the fan favorites to the obscure, with ease.

Christopher Nolan was certainly an asset in rebuilding the DC film-verse after those Joel Schumacher Batman films happened, and below we celebrate Nolan's films, along with all of the others that gave us faith in DC's larger than life heroes once again. They taught us that a man could fly, that bats really were frickin' scary, and that we really should remember, remember the fifth of November.

These are the best movies from DC Comics, both live-action and best DC animated movies. Vote up the greatest DC Comics flicks! 

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen

Released: 2017

Directed by: Patty Jenkins

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

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Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles, Kelly Hu

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brandon Vietti

Batman: Under the Red Hood is a 2010 American superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and released by Warner Home Video. It is the eighth animated feature in the DC Universe Animated ...more

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Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jay Oliva

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Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

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Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Donner

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Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

Released: 1980

Directed by: Richard Lester, Richard Donner

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Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill, Melissa Joan Hart

Released: 2000

Directed by: Curt Geda

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Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

Released: 1993

Directed by: Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is a 1993 American animated superhero mystery film featuring the DC Comics character Batman, and is based on the 1990s Batman: The Animated Series. Produced by ...more

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Released: 2019

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

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Nathan Fillion, Olivia d'Abo, Juliet Landau

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

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Summer Glau, Ed Asner, Andre Braugher

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

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Released: 2010

Directed by: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

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Malin Ã…kerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Released: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Released: 2011

Directed by: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

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Released: 2005

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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Released: 2016

Directed by: Zack Snyder

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Aquaman Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Wan

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Released: 2014

Directed by: Jay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding

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