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The Very Best DC Comics Movies

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List RulesFilms 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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    The Dark Knight
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    The Dark Knight

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2008

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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    Batman
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    Batman

    Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger

    Released1989

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 3
    Shazam!
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    Shazam!

    Zachary Levi, Mark Strong

    Released2019

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

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  • 4
    Wonder Woman
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    Wonder Woman

    Gal Gadot, Chris Pine

    Released2017

    Directed byPatty Jenkins

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    Justice League: the Flashpoint Paradox
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    Justice League: the Flashpoint Paradox

    Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion

    Released2013

    Directed byJay Oliva

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  • 6
    Batman Returns
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    Batman Returns

    Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken

    Released1992

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • 7
    The Dark Knight Rises
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    The Dark Knight Rises

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2012

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 8
    Batman: Under the Red Hood
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    Batman: Under the Red Hood

    Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles

    Released2010

    Directed byBrandon Vietti

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    Batman Begins
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    Batman Begins

    Christian Bale, Michael Caine

    Released2005

    Directed byChristopher Nolan

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  • 10
    Man of Steel
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    Man of Steel

    Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

    Released2013

    Directed byZack Snyder

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  • 11
    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
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    Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

    Mark Hamill, Dana Delany

    Released1993

    Directed byBruce Timm, Eric Radomski

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  • 12
    Superman II
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    Superman II

    Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

    Released1980

    Directed byRichard Lester, Richard Donner

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    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
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    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker

    Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill

    Released2000

    Directed byCurt Geda

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  • 14
    Aquaman
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    Aquaman

    Jason Momoa, Amber Heard

    Released2018

    Directed byJames Wan

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    Superman
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    Superman

    Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Donner

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  • 16
    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
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    Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

    Ariel Winter, Michael Emerson

    Released2012 - 2013

    Directed byJay Oliva

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  • 17
    V for Vendetta
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    V for Vendetta

    Natalie Portman, John Hurt

    Released2006

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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  • 18
    Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
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    Superman/Batman: Apocalypse

    Summer Glau, Ed Asner

    Released2010

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

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  • 19
    Batman: Assault on Arkham
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    Batman: Assault on Arkham

    Matthew Gray Gubler, Neal McDonough

    Released2014

    Directed byJay Oliva, Ethan Spaulding

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  • 20
    Justice League: Doom
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    Justice League: Doom

    Nathan Fillion, Olivia d'Abo

    Released2012

    Directed byLauren Montgomery

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  • 21
    Superman and the Mole Men
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    Superman and the Mole Men

    George Reeves, Jeff Corey

    Released1951

    Directed byLee Sholem

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  • 22
    Justice League: War
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    Justice League: War

    Michelle Monaghan, Shemar Moore

    Released2014

    Directed byJay Oliva

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  • 23
    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths
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    Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths

    James Woods, Mark Harmon

    Released2010

    Directed bySam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

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    Swamp Thing
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    Swamp Thing

    Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan

    Released1982

    Directed byWes Craven

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    Watchmen
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    Watchmen

    Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino

    Released2009

    Directed byZack Snyder

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