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The Best Movies Based on DC Comics 

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List Rules Only movies based on DC comic books.

A list of DC Comics movies. These are films based on DC comics such as Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern, characters that live within the DC Universe. Unlike other comic book companies which really didn't start having films made until the turn of the century, DC Comics have been a bit more popular with several films being released in the 80s and a number of movies and serials dating all the way back to 1951.

Ironically, movies based on DC Comics almost put the comic book movie genre out of business during the 1990's (the Batman sequels). Today though, DC Comics films are in the middle of a renaissance. DC Comics is currently owned by DC Entertainment, which in turn is owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment and they have been putting out some excellent DC Comics movies as of late.

If you're into movies based on comic books, check out the best Marvel comic movies and the best DC animated movies for more awesome comic book movie action.

What the best movies based on DC Comics? It's up to you to decide.

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger

Released: 2008

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Films The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character, Batman. Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale), Police Lieutenant James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Michael Keaton

Released: 1989

Directed by: Tim Burton

Studio: Warner Bros. Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character. The Dark Knight of Gotham City (Michael Keaton) begins his war on crime with his first major ...more

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures/Syncopy Films Batman Begins is a 2005 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. After training with his mentor (Liam Neeson), Batman (Christian Bale) begins his fight to ...more

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Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Gary Oldman

Released: 2012

Directed by: Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 superhero film directed by Christopher Nolan, based on the DC Comics character. Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, Batman (Christian Bale), with the ...more

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Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Donner

Studio: Warner Bros. Superman is a 1978 superhero film directed by Richard Donner. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and stars Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, ...more

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Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Danny DeVito

Released: 1992

Directed by: Tim Burton

Studio: Warner Bros. Batman Returns is a 1992 American superhero film, directed and produced by Tim Burton, based upon the Batman character appearing in comics published by DC Comics. It is the second installment of ...more

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Natalie Portman, John Hurt, Hugo Weaving

Released: 2005

Directed by: James McTeigue

Studio: Warner Bros. V for Vendetta is a 2006 American political thriller film directed by James McTeigue and written by the Wachowski Brothers, based on the 1988 Vertigo graphic novel of the same name by Alan Moore ...more

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Malin Åkerman, Carla Gugino, Billy Crudup

Released: 2009

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures/Paramount Pictures/Legendary Pictures Watchmen is a 2009 American neo-noir superhero film directed by Zack Snyder and starring Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Patrick ...more

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midnightq2 added Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon

Released: 2013

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Man of Steel is a 2013 superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics character. Clark Kent (Henry Cavill), one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable ...more

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Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp

Released: 1980

Directed by: Richard Lester, Richard Donner

Studio: Warner Bros. Superman II is a 1980 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is a sequel to the 1978 film Superman and stars Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Terence Stamp, Ned Beatty, ...more

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Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2005

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

Studio: Warner Bros. Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, ...more

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wiabux added Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren

Released: 2010

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Red is a 2010 American action comedy film directed by Robert Schwentke, inspired by the comic book series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech ...more

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-1451013938142 added Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams

Released: 2016

Directed by: Zack Snyder

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero film directed by Zack Snyder, based on the DC Comics characters. Fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman ...more

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Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Paul Newman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Sam Mendes

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teddybear1029 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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Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris

Released: 2005

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Shane West

Released: 2003

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

Studio: 20th Century Fox The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, also promoted as LXG, is a 2003 superhero film loosely based on the first volume of the comic book series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey

Released: 1995

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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Aquaman Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson

Released: 2018

Directed by: James Wan

Aquaman is a 2018 American superhero film, based on the DC Comics character, directed by James Wan. The ruler of Atlantis, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) is caught between land dwellers that are ...more

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Dean Parisot

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Released: 1998

Directed by: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

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mmccarver01 added Zoe Saldana, Idris Elba, Chris Evans

Released: 2010

Directed by: Sylvain White

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Jason Isaacs, Tara Strong, Travis Willingham

Released: 2020

Directed by: Sam Liu

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Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett

Released: 2011

Directed by: Martin Campbell

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Bryan Singer

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