Total Nerd The 20 Worst DC Comics Movies  

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List Rules Vote up the worst films from DC and its imprints (Vertigo, Wildstorm, and Paradox Press).

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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 (not the best animated DC movies), with ease. These are some of the worst comic book movies and the worst superhero movies to date.

Building a universe is easier said than done, and though they seem to have restructured (starting with Man of Steel) and come up with a plan of attack (all the way through 2020, much like Marvel), it wasn't always this way. There have certainly been some follies, and here we celebrate (or at least grumble about) that time when DC didn't have a 10 year plan. These are the days of Richard Pryor in Superman continuity, Halle Berry as Catwoman, and erect Batnipples!

Enjoy this list of abysmal DC movies and vote up the very worst!
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Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Missy Peregrym Catwoman is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Pitof Comar and stars Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, Lambert Wilson, Frances Conroy and Alex Borstein. The film is loosely ...more

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Shaquille O'Neal, Judd Nelson, Ray J Steel is a 1997 American superhero action film based on the DC Comics character John Henry Irons, who first appeared in 1993 during the Reign of the Supermen! storyline in the Superman comic ...more

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Uma Thurman Batman & Robin is a 1997 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the fourth and final installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series. The film was ...more

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Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Jim Broadbent Superman IV: The Quest for Peace is a 1987 American superhero film directed by Sidney J. Furie. It is the fourth and final film in the original Superman film series. This is the first film in ...more

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Heather Locklear, Louis Jourdan, Sarah Douglas The Return of Swamp Thing is a sci-fi-comedy film released in 1989, and directed by Jim Wynorski. It is based on the DC Comics title Swamp Thing and is a sequel to the 1982 horror film Swamp ...more

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Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, Mia Farrow Supergirl is a 1984 British superhero film directed by Jeannot Szwarc. It is based on the DC Comics character of the same name and is a spin-off to Alexander and Ilya Salkind's Superman film ...more

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Richard Pryor, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder Superman III is a 1983 British-American superhero film directed by Richard Lester. It is the third film in the Superman film series based upon the long-running DC Comics superhero. The film is ...more

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Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, Angela Bassett Green Lantern is a 2011 action fantasy film written by Greg Berlanti, Michael Green and Marc Guggenheim and directed by Martin Campbell.

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George Reeves, Jeff Corey, Stanley Andrews Superman and the Mole Men is a 1951 superhero film starring George Reeves as Superman and Phyllis Coates as Lois Lane. The motion picture is the first theatrical feature film based on the DC ...more

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George Reeves, Noel Neill Stamp Day for Superman is a 1954 black-and-white short film starring George Reeves as Superman and Noel Neill as Lois Lane. It was produced by Superman Inc. for the United States Department of ...more

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Gen 13 Mark Hamill, Alicia Witt, Cloris Leachman Gen¹³ is an animated American science-fiction action film based on the Gen¹³ comic book series published by WildStorm Productions. The film, released in 2000, was directed by ...more

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Megan Fox, Michael Fassbender, John Malkovich Jonah Hex is a 2010 American science fiction Western film loosely based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, the film is directed by Jimmy Hayward ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Jim Carrey Batman Forever is a 1995 American superhero film directed by Joel Schumacher and produced by Tim Burton, based on the DC Comics character Batman. It is the third installment of the initial ...more

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Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Karen Price Swamp Thing is a 1982 American science fiction superhero film written and directed by Wes Craven, based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. It ...more

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Marlon Brando, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as an homage sequel to the motion pictures ...more

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Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Shane West 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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Morena Baccarin, David McCallum, Giancarlo Esposito 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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Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren 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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Michelle Monaghan, Shemar Moore, Sean Astin 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