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A list of the best DC animated feature length movies including new DC animated movies as well. These are feature length animated films based on DC comics such as Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern, characters that live within the DC Universe. In the 1990s, when live action movies based on DC Comics were in a slump, the Warner Bros' DC animation division took the reins, putting forth great quality animated films led by the likes of Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, and Alan Burnett. Today, animated films based on DC Comics are still popular. 
 

What are the best DC animated movies? Are the animated Batman movies like Batman: Under the Red Hood and Batman Beyond: The Return of the Joker your favorites? DC Comics is currently owned by DC Entertainment, which in turn is owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment. These may not be all the DC animated movies, but they are the greatest.
 

You may think this is a list of DC movies, but in fact it is list of DC animated movies only. So you won’t find the likes of The Dark Knight, or Man of Steel here, but you will for sure see all the Superman animated movies. Maybe once DC makes enough we can have a Justice League movies list.  

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Neil Patrick Harris, Jensen Ackles, Kelly Hu

Released: 2010

Directed by: Brandon Vietti

Year of Release: 2010 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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Dana Delany, Nathan Fillion, Ron Perlman

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jay Oliva

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a direct-to-video animated film adaptation of the 2011 comic book crossover "Flashpoint" by Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert. It is scripted by Jim ...more

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The Dark Knight Returns
Year of Release: 2012
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Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Marilu Henner

Released: 1993

Directed by: Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski

Year of Release: 1993 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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JakeFraser added Nathan Fillion, Olivia d'Abo, Juliet Landau

Released: 2012

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

Year of Release: 2012 Justice League: Doom is a 2012 animation film written by Dwayne McDuffie and directed by Lauren Montgomery.

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James Woods, Mark Harmon, Gina Torres

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

Year of Release: 2010 A good version of Lex Luthor from a parallel Earth comes to the Justice League's dimension for help to fight their evil counterparts.

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Angie Harmon, Mark Hamill, Melissa Joan Hart

Released: 2000

Directed by: Curt Geda

Year of Release: 2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is a 2000 direct-to-video animated film featuring the comic book superhero Batman and his archenemy, the Joker. It is set in the continuity of the animated ...more

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Summer Glau, Ed Asner, Andre Braugher

Released: 2010

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

Year of Release: 2010 Superman/Batman: Apocalypse is a 2010 direct-to-video animated superhero film based on the Superman/Batman comic storyline "The Supergirl from Krypton" and is a sequel to ...more

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Allison Mack, LeVar Burton, Clancy Brown

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Liu

Year of Release: 2009 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is a 2009 original direct-to-video animated superhero film adaptation of "Public Enemies"—the opening story arc of DC Comics' Superman/Batman—which ...more

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Rosario Dawson, Keri Russell, Nathan Fillion

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

Year of Release: 2009 Wonder Woman is a 2009 direct-to-DVD animated superhero film focusing on the superheroine of the same name. The plot of the film is loosely based on George Pérez's reboot of the ...more

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casey.h790 added Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie

Released: 2016

Directed by: David Ayer

Suicide Squad is a 2016 American superhero film directed by David Ayer, based on the DC Comics supervillain team. A secret government agency led by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) recruits ...more

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SimKadBroadband added Justice League: War Michelle Monaghan, Shemar Moore, Sean Astin

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jay Oliva

Justice League: War is an upcoming direct-to-video animated superhero film, an adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee's 2011 Justice League: Origin storyline. It was directed by Jay Oliva and ...more
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Eliza Dushku, Bryan Cranston, Katee Sackhoff

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sam Liu, Lauren Montgomery

Year of Release: 2011 Batman: Year One is a 2011 animated superhero film based on the four-issue story arc Batman: Year One printed in 1987. It premiered at Comic-Con on July 22 and was officially released October ...more

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Tricia Helfer, Christopher Meloni, Michael Madsen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery

Year of Release: 2009 Green Lantern: First Flight is a 2009 direct-to-video animated superhero film adaptation of the DC Comics Green Lantern mythology. Centering on the first mission of Hal Jordan, the first human ...more

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Morena Baccarin, David McCallum, Giancarlo Esposito

Released: 2014

Directed by: Ethan Spaulding

Son of Batman is a direct-to-video animated superhero film which is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. It is an adaptation of Grant Morrison and Andy Kubert's 2006 Batman and Son ...more

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#495 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #161 of 186 The Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time #98 of 187 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made

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JakeFraser added Brooke Shields, Neil Patrick Harris, Lucy Lawless

Released: 2008

Directed by: Dave Bullock

Justice League: The New Frontier is a 2008, direct-to-video, animated, superhero film adapted from the DC Comics limited series DC: The New Frontier. The film was written by Stan Berkowitz and ...more

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#402 of 601 The Best Animated Films Ever #107 of 187 The Best Superhero Movies Ever Made #49 of 95 The Very Best DC Comics Movies

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Anne Heche, Kevin Smith, James Marsters

Released: 2007

Directed by: Bruce Timm, Brandon Vietti, Lauren Montgomery

Year of Release: 2007 Superman: Doomsday is a 2007 American direct-to-video animated superhero film, adapted from the popular DC Comics storyline. The film is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America ...more
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Christina Hendricks, Ed Asner, Linda Cardellini

Released: 2011

Directed by: Sam Liu

Year of Release: 2011 All-Star Superman is a direct-to-video animated superhero film based on the acclaimed comic book series of the same name by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. The film is the tenth in the DC ...more

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wiabux added Danica McKellar, James Garner, Jerry O'Connell

Released: 2010

Directed by: Joaquim Dos Santos

Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam is a 2010 short animated film, directed by Joaquim Dos Santos and written by Michael Jelenic, featuring George Newbern and Jerry O'Connell reprising ...more
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Released: 2015

Directed by: Ethan Spaulding

Year of Release: 2015 
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Godslayer79 added Jason O'Mara, Stuart Allan

Released: 2015

Directed by: Jay Oliva

Batman vs. Robin is a direct-to-video animated superhero film which is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies and DC Animated Movie Universe. The film is partially based on the Batman: ...more
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Pauley Perrette, Laraine Newman, Tara Strong

Released: 2012

Directed by: Michael Chang

Superman vs. The Elite is an animated superhero film based on "What's So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way?," the story published in the comic book Action Comics #775. ...more
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Marilu Henner, Dean Jones, Kevin Conroy

Released: 1998

Directed by: Boyd Kirkland

Year of Release: 1998 Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero is a 1998 direct-to-video animated feature film, the second based on Batman: The Animated Series, serving as a stand-alone sequel to Batman: Mask of the ...more

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Mark Hamill, Dana Delany, Lisa Edelstein

Released: 1997

Directed by: Toshihiko Masuda

The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest is a 1997 animated feature comprised of the Superman: The Animated Series 3-part episode "World's Finest" released on VHS and DVD. It depicts ...more

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Green Lantern: Emerald Knights Kelly Hu, Nathan Fillion, Roddy Piper

Released: 2011

Directed by: Lauren Montgomery, Jay Oliva, Chris Berkeley

Year of Release: 2011 Green Lantern: Emerald Knights is a direct-to-video animated superhero film that tells various stories featuring members of Green Lantern Corps, including Abin Sur, Laira, Kilowog, and Mogo It ...more

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