|DC Universe Animated Original Movie|
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The DC Universe Animated Original Movies (DCUAOM; also known as DC Universe Original Movies or DC Universe Movies or DC Animated Movies) are a series of American direct-to-video superhero animated films based on the DC Comics characters and stories produced primarily by Warner Bros. Animation. The films are usually stand-alone projects that are either adaptations of popular works or original stories. From 2013 to 2020, the DC Animated Movie Universe was a subset of this series featuring several movies that took place in a shared universe, influenced predominantly by The New 52. They are usually made for an older audience compared to that of the DC animated universe and other projects, and also featuring DCAU alumni such as Bruce Timm, who mainly served as executive producer or as producer until Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, before returning for Justice League: Gods and Monsters.
Since it first began with 2007's Superman: Doomsday, the series has been well received by fans, critics, with consistently good sales.
Unlike earlier animated DC films (most of which also involved Bruce Timm and were part of the DC animated universe), the films in the line are aimed at a more adult audience, often containing profane language, stronger violence, sexual scenes and more mature themes. The art styles for the films are also generally more realistically proportionate. The majority of the films are rated PG-13 by the MPAA with the exception of All-Star Superman and Green Lantern: Emerald Knights, which are rated PG, and Batman: The Killing Joke, Justice League Dark, Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, Batman: Soul of the Dragon, Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two, and Injustice, which are rated R. Many of the films are adapted from stories originally featured in DC print comics and graphic novels. As of 2021[update], 45 feature films and fourteen short films have been released, with additional films slated for future releases until 2022.
In terms of continuity, the films are usually stand-alone, with exceptions being Batman: Gotham Knight (which takes place between Batman Begins and The Dark Knight), Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and its sequel Superman/Batman: Apocalypse, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths and its sequel Justice League: Doom, the DC Animated Movie Universe and the DCAU-related films Batman and Harley Quinn and Justice League vs. the Fatal Five, which also feature several role reprises from various actors. The usual runtime is around 75 minutes.
From 2007 to 2015, most of the films were voice directed by Andrea Romano, the last one being Justice League: Gods and Monsters, while the films since 2016 starting with Batman: Bad Blood were voice directed by Wes Gleason.
The films are generally released direct-to-video, but Batman: The Killing Joke, Batman and Harley Quinn, The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen were also given limited releases in theaters.
|No||Title||Release date||Continuity||Adapted from|
|1||Superman: Doomsday||September 21, 2007||Standalone||"The Death of Superman"|
|2||Justice League: The New Frontier||February 26, 2008||Standalone||DC: The New Frontier|
|3||Batman: Gotham Knight||July 8, 2008||Nolanverse (unofficial)||Batman: "The Batman Nobody Knows"|
|4||Wonder Woman||March 3, 2009||Standalone||Wonder Woman: "Gods and Mortals"|
|5||Green Lantern: First Flight||July 28, 2009||Standalone|
|6||Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||September 29, 2009||Superman/Batman||Superman/Batman: "Public Enemies"|
|7||Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||February 23, 2010||Crisis on Two Earths / Doom||"Crisis on Earth-Three!" / JLA: Earth 2|
|8||Batman: Under the Red Hood||July 7, 2010||Standalone||Batman: "Under the Hood"|
|9||Superman/Batman: Apocalypse||September 28, 2010||Superman/Batman||Superman/Batman: "The Supergirl from Krypton"|
|10||All-Star Superman||February 22, 2011||Standalone||All-Star Superman|
|11||Green Lantern: Emerald Knights||July 7, 2011||Standalone||"New Blood" / "What Price Honor?" / |
"Mogo Doesn't Socialize" / "Tygers"
|12||Batman: Year One||October 18, 2011||Year One / Dark Knight Returns||Batman: "Year One"|
|13||Justice League: Doom||February 28, 2012||Crisis on Two Earths / Doom||JLA: "Tower of Babel"|
|14||Superman vs. The Elite||June 12, 2012||Standalone||"What's So Funny About Truth, |
Justice & the American Way?"
|15||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1||September 25, 2012||Year One / Dark Knight Returns||The Dark Knight Returns|
|16||Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2||January 29, 2013||Year One / Dark Knight Returns|
|17||Superman: Unbound||May 7, 2013||Standalone||Superman: "Brainiac"|
|18||Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||July 30, 2013||DCAMU||Flashpoint|
|19||Justice League: War||February 4, 2014||DCAMU||Justice League: "Origin"|
|20||Son of Batman||May 6, 2014||DCAMU||Batman: "Batman and Son"|
|21||Batman: Assault on Arkham||July 29, 2014||Arkhamverse|
|22||Justice League: Throne of Atlantis||January 13, 2015||DCAMU||"Throne of Atlantis"|
|23||Batman vs. Robin||April 7, 2015||DCAMU||Batman: "Night of the Owls"|
|24||Justice League: Gods and Monsters||July 28, 2015||Standalone|
|25||Batman: Bad Blood||January 20, 2016||DCAMU|
|26||Justice League vs. Teen Titans||March 29, 2016||DCAMU|
|27||Batman: The Killing Joke||July 22, 2016||Standalone||Batman: The Killing Joke|
|28||Justice League Dark||January 24, 2017||DCAMU|
|29||Teen Titans: The Judas Contract||March 31, 2017||DCAMU||Teen Titans: "The Judas Contract"|
|30||Batman and Harley Quinn||August 15, 2017||DCAU|
|31||Batman: Gotham by Gaslight||January 23, 2018||Standalone||Gotham by Gaslight|
|32||Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay||March 27, 2018||DCAMU|
|33||The Death of Superman||July 24, 2018||DCAMU||"The Death of Superman"|
|34||Reign of the Supermen||January 15, 2019||DCAMU||"Reign of the Supermen!"|
|35||Justice League vs. the Fatal Five||March 30, 2019||DCAU|
|36||Batman: Hush||July 20, 2019||DCAMU||Batman: "Hush"|
|37||Wonder Woman: Bloodlines||October 5, 2019||DCAMU|
|38||Superman: Red Son||February 25, 2020||Standalone||Superman: Red Son|
|39||Justice League Dark: Apokolips War||May 5, 2020||DCAMU||"Darkseid War" / "Final Crisis" / "Futures End"|
|40||Superman: Man of Tomorrow||August 23, 2020||Tomorrowverse||Superman: Birthright / Superman: American Alien|
|41||Batman: Soul of the Dragon||January 12, 2021||Standalone|
|42||Justice Society: World War II||April 27, 2021||Tomorrowverse|
|43||Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One||June 22, 2021||Tomorrowverse||Batman: The Long Halloween|
|44||Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two||July 27, 2021||Tomorrowverse|
|45||Injustice||October 19, 2021||Standalone||Injustice: Gods Among Us (comic / video game)|
|46||Catwoman: Hunted||February 8, 2022||Standalone|
|47||Green Lantern: Beware My Power||July 26, 2022||Tomorrowverse|
Announced at DC Fandome in October 2021, the film is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2022 and will be fully CGI. The voice cast will feature Jack Dylan Grazer and Jack Griffo as Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, Troy Baker as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Travis Willingham as Superman/Clark Kent, Laura Bailey as Lois Lane, Darin De Paul as Lex Luthor and Starro, Tom Kenny as Green Arrow and Penguin, Zeno Robinson as Jimmy Olsen and Melvin Masters, Nolan North as Jor-El, and Myrna Velasco as Wonder Girl and Lara. Matt Peters will direct from a screenplay by Jeremy Adams and Sam Register.
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2022. Adapted from the comics of the same name.
Legion of Super-Heroes was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2022. Set in the Tomorrowverse continuity.
Justice League: Warworld was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on July 22, 2022. Set in the Tomorrowverse continuity.
An animated film featuring characters from the Milestone Media imprint was announced at DC Fandome in October 2021. The film will be written by Brandon Thomas and will feature "more than one character" according to Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan. The announcement included promotional concept art of Static, Hardware, Icon, and Rocket.
|2010||The Spectre||Featuring the Jim Corrigan version of the Spectre (voiced by Gary Cole). The short has Det. Jim Corrigan investigating the murder of a high-end movie executive, ultimately becoming the Spectre to hunt down his killers. The short features supporting cast members Alyssa Milano, Jeff Bennett, Rob Paulsen and Jon Polito.||Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection|
|Jonah Hex||Featuring Jonah Hex (voiced by Thomas Jane). Set in the Old West, the short follows a disfigured bounty hunter who must go up against a ruthless swindler in order to retrieve the body of an outlaw. The short features supporting cast members Linda Hamilton, Jason Marsden, Michael Rooker, and Michelle Trachtenberg.||Batman: Under the Red Hood|
|Green Arrow||Featuring Green Arrow (voiced by Neal McDonough). The short follows Oliver Queen, who is waiting for his girlfriend at the airport. Ultimately, he must become Green Arrow in order to foil an assassination plot that sees a young princess become the target of several assailants. The short features supporting cast members Malcolm McDowell as Merlyn, Steve Blum as Count Vertigo, Grey DeLisle reprising her role as Black Canary from Batman: The Brave and the Bold, John DiMaggio and Ariel Winter.||Superman/Batman: Apocalypse|
|Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam||Featuring Superman and Captain Marvel. It features George Newbern and Jerry O'Connell reprising their roles of Superman and Captain Marvel from Justice League Unlimited, as well as featuring Zach Callison as Billy Batson, James Garner as Shazam, Kevin Michael Richardson as Mister Tawky Tawny, Arnold Vosloo as Black Adam, Josh Keaton and Danica McKellar. The short film sees a young orphan being targeted by an otherworldly figure. He ultimately discovers an ancient wizard who gives him the ability to transform into a powerful hero, thus allowing him to team-up with Superman in order to properly fight back. The short is 24 minutes.||DC Showcase Original Shorts Collection|
|2011||Catwoman||Featuring Catwoman in a continuation of her storyline in Batman: Year One. The short features Eliza Dushku reprising her role as Catwoman, Liliana Mumy as Holly Robinson and John DiMaggio as Rough Cut. The film also stars Kevin Michael Richardson, Cree Summer and Tara Strong. The short was directed and produced by Lauren Montgomery and written by Paul Dini. The short sees Selina Kyle confronting an illegal diamond trafficking operation that has also resulted in the disappearance of several women. A special feature presentation was shown at the New York Comic Con.||Batman: Year One|
|2019||Sgt. Rock||Featuring Karl Urban voicing the eponymous character. The short follows the title character, a worn-out veteran, suddenly finding himself leading a platoon of legendary monsters against an army of Nazi zombies. Keith Ferguson, William Salyers, and Audrey Wasilewski also star.||Batman: Hush||DC Showcase Animated Shorts - Batman: Death in the Family|
|Death||Featuring Jamie Chung as the title character. The short follows Death as she meets a down on his luck artist named Vincent (voiced by Leonardo Nam) to help him to make peace with his inner demons and his death.||Wonder Woman: Bloodlines|
|2020||The Phantom Stranger||Starring Peter Serafinowicz as the Phantom Stranger. In the 1970s, a young adult named Marcie, along with her friends, attend a party at an abandoned mansion hosted by the enigmatic Seth. However, when weird things start to happen, the Phantom Stranger must save her. Supporting cast includes Michael Rosenbaum (as Seth), Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin, and Roger Craig Smith.||Superman: Red Son|
|Adam Strange||Starring Charlie Weber as the titular hero. The short sees Strange living in an asteroid mining colony with its population seeing him as an interplanetary derelict. He reveals his true nature by saving them from alien insects, while his origin story is revealed in flashbacks. Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase, and Fred Tatasciore also star. Butch Lukic confirmed in 2022 that the short is part of Tomorrowverse, it shows the backstory of Adam Strange featured in Green Lantern: Beware My Power.||Justice League Dark: Apokolips War|
|Batman: Death in the Family||An interactive, long-form animated short that is based on the comic storyline of the same name by Jim Starlin and Jim Aparo, and is a sequel to Batman: Under the Red Hood. Reprising their roles are Bruce Greenwood (as Batman), Vincent Martella (young Jason Todd), John DiMaggio (Joker) and Gary Cole (Commissioner James Gordon), respectively. Cole also provides the voice for Two-Face. Additionally, Zehra Fazal joins the cast as Talia al Ghul.||DC Showcase Animated Shorts - Batman: Death in the Family|
|2021||Kamandi: The Last Boy on Earth!||Starring Cameron Monaghan as the titular hero. The short that is based on Kamandi #29 follows Kamandi and his friends Prince Tuftan (voiced by Steve Blum) of the Tiger Kingdom and nuclear man Ben Boxer (voiced by Armen Taylor) as they are kidnapped by a gorilla cult led by Golgan (also voiced by Blum) dedicated to finding the reincarnation of their god The Mighty One. From there, they're forced into a series of harrowing challenges alongside their representative Zuma (voiced by Adam Gifford) that serve to prove their belief.||Justice Society: World War II||DC Showcase Animated Shorts - Constantine: The House of Mystery|
|The Losers||The short tells the story of titular team consisting of World War II outcasts like Captain Storm (voiced by Dean Winters), Johnny Cloud (voiced by Martin Sensmeier), Henry "Mile a Minute" Jones (voiced by Eugene Byrd), Gunner (voiced by Dave B. Mitchell), and Sarge (also voiced by Mitchell) as they find themselves marooned on Dinosaur Island where they work with Fan Long (voiced by Ming-Na Wen) to rescue the scientists that were studying the space-time anomaly there.||Batman: The Long Halloween - Part One|
|Blue Beetle||Starring Matt Lanter as the titular hero. The short (Produced as a tongue-in-cheek homage to the 1967 Spider-Man animated series featuring Steve Ditko's Charlton Comics characters.) tells the story of how Blue Beetle collaborated with Captain Atom (voiced by Jeff Bennett), Nightshade (voiced by Ashly Burch), and Question (voiced by David Kaye) to fight Doctor Spectro (voiced by Tom Kenny).||Batman: The Long Halloween - Part Two|
|2022||Constantine: The House of Mystery||Immediately following the ending of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, where Constantine (voiced by Matt Ryan) sent the Flash back in time to create a new Flashpoint, Constantine wakes up in the House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there. Each room he enters, he is set upon and murdered by his friends who become demons. When Constantine escapes from the House of Mystery, the Spectre (voiced by Lou Diamond Phillips) appears before him and explains that he put Constantine in the House of Mystery as a merciful imprisonment, a dream realm where could be very happy among his friends. It was Constantine's deep self-hatred and guilt that transformed his friends into demons as a subconscious form of self-punishment. The Spectre imprisoned Constantine in the House of Mystery to spare him from the punishment the Universe had prepared for him for his time-travel violations. The Universe is a living force and was harmed by Constantine's abuses and now the Universe will exact its own punishment. Constantine is dragged screaming into the light.||DC Showcase Animated Shorts - Constantine: The House of Mystery|
|2015||Nightwing and Robin||A 45-second short film set during the events of the DC Animated Movie Universe film Justice League: Throne of Atlantis. The two main characters are called upon by Batman to find and capture the Scarecrow (voiced by Michael Rosenbaum) since he had to help the Justice League. While Jason O'Mara reprises Batman in this short, only his voice is heard while Nightwing and Robin have no dialogue. Talon (who would be featured in Batman vs. Robin) makes a silent cameo in the film.|
Beyond the list of announced projects, creators involved in various levels at DC Comics have brought up names of possible future projects.
Plans for sequels to the 2009 films Wonder Woman and Green Lantern: First Flight were shelved, as well as a planned film based on the 2003 miniseries Batgirl: Year One. Slower sales of the Wonder Woman film were cited, although sales figures indicate that it was at least the #8 best-selling of the 25 DC Universe films released as of August 2015[update] (4 of the films that ranked higher than it include Blu-ray sales which have not been released for Wonder Woman).
In 2010, Timm stated that the production team originally planned to make an Aquaman film, but at the end, the executives of Warner Bros. cancelled the project because their expectations about marketing were very low.
During an interview in October 2016, Jay Oliva revealed that he had an idea for a sequel to Batman: Assault on Arkham, but following Oliva's departure from Warner Bros. Animation in 2017, the project may have been pulled.
Sales figures below represent, when available, DVD and Blu-ray sales in the United States. Theatrical ticket, digital, and rental sales are not included.
|Superman: Doomsday||September 18, 2007||$10,102,202|||
|Justice League: The New Frontier||February 26, 2008||$5,735,377|||
|Batman: Gotham Knight||July 8, 2008||$8,539,068|||
|Wonder Woman||March 3, 2009||$9,904,313|||
|Green Lantern: First Flight||July 28, 2009||$8,484,729|||
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||September 29, 2009||$11,014,346|||
|Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||February 23, 2010||$8,636,868|||
|Batman: Under the Red Hood||July 27, 2010||$12,411,958|||
|Superman/Batman: Apocalypse||September 28, 2010||$8,839,887|||
|Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam||November 9, 2010||$5,983,521|||
|All-Star Superman||February 22, 2011||$7,539,076|||
|Green Lantern: Emerald Knights||June 8, 2011||$5,749,225|||
|Batman: Year One||October 18, 2011||$6,137,182|||
|Justice League: Doom||February 28, 2012||$7,539,282|||
|Superman vs. The Elite||June 12, 2012||$3,184,408|||
|Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1||September 25, 2012||$6,006,141|||
|Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2||January 29, 2013||$4,315,736|||
|Superman: Unbound||May 7, 2013||$3,523,760|||
|Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||July 30, 2013||$5,260,646|||
|Justice League: War||February 4, 2014||$5,802,728|||
|Son of Batman||May 6, 2014||$7,023,969|||
|Batman: Assault on Arkham||August 12, 2014||$5,946,258|||
|Justice League: Throne of Atlantis||January 27, 2015||$4,657,085|||
|Batman vs. Robin||April 14, 2015||$4,657,085|||
|Justice League: Gods and Monsters||July 21, 2015||$2,972,092|||
|Batman: Bad Blood||February 2, 2016||$4,865,442|||
|Justice League vs. Teen Titans||March 26, 2016||$4,865,442|||
|Batman: The Killing Joke||October 10, 2016||$8,994,247|||
|Justice League Dark||January 24, 2017||$3,318,438|||
|Teen Titans: The Judas Contract||March 31, 2017||$3,272,927|||
|Batman and Harley Quinn||August 15, 2017||$2,247,876|||
|Batman: Gotham by Gaslight||January 23, 2018||$4,697,126|||
|Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay||March 27, 2018||$2,865,568|||
|The Death of Superman||July 24, 2018||$6,546,576|||
|Reign of the Supermen||January 13, 2019||$3,773,664|||
|Justice League vs. the Fatal Five||April 16, 2019||$2,185,458|||
|Batman: Hush||July 20, 2019||$3,597,264|||
|Wonder Woman: Bloodlines||October 5, 2019||$1,718,374|||
|Superman: Red Son||February 25, 2020||$2,032,174|||
|Justice League Dark: Apokolips War||May 5, 2020||$5,513,095|||
|Superman: Man of Tomorrow||October 5, 2020||$3,400,133|||
|Batman: Death in the Family||October 13, 2020||$3,675,151|||
|Batman: Soul of the Dragon||January 12, 2021||$2,421,468|||
|Justice Society: World War II||May 10, 2021||$3,617,118|||
|Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One||June 22, 2021||$3,607,779|||
|Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two||July 27, 2021||$2,551,203|||
|Injustice||October 29, 2021||$2,668,958|||
|Catwoman: Hunted||February 8, 2022||$397,129|||
|Constantine: The House of Mystery||May 3, 2022||$232,393|||
Each film is linked to the "Critical response" section of its article.
|Superman: Doomsday||50% (6 reviews)|
|Justice League: The New Frontier||N/A|
|Batman: Gotham Knight||75% (8 reviews)|
|Wonder Woman||83% (12 reviews)|
|Green Lantern: First Flight||50% (6 reviews)|
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||N/A|
|Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||N/A|
|Batman: Under the Red Hood||100% (7 reviews)|
|Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam||N/A|
|Green Lantern: Emerald Knights||N/A|
|Batman: Year One||88% (8 reviews)|
|Justice League: Doom||N/A|
|Superman vs. The Elite||80% (5 reviews)|
|Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 1||100% (5 reviews)|
|Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - Part 2||N/A|
|Superman: Unbound||100% (5 reviews)|
|Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||100% (5 reviews)|
|Justice League: War||50% (6 reviews)|
|Son of Batman||64% (11 reviews)|
|Batman: Assault on Arkham||75% (8 reviews)|
|Justice League: Throne of Atlantis||57% (7 reviews)|
|Batman vs. Robin||100% (5 reviews)|
|Justice League: Gods and Monsters||88% (8 reviews)|
|Batman: Bad Blood||100% (5 reviews)|
|Justice League vs. Teen Titans||80% (5 reviews)|
|Batman: The Killing Joke||39% (41 reviews)|
|Justice League Dark||78% (9 reviews)|
|Teen Titans: The Judas Contract||83% (6 reviews)|
|Batman and Harley Quinn||45% (11 reviews)|
|Batman: Gotham by Gaslight||75% (12 reviews)|
|Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay||88% (8 reviews)|
|The Death of Superman||92% (13 reviews)|
|Reign of the Supermen||N/A|
|Justice League vs. the Fatal Five||100% (8 reviews)|
|Batman: Hush||88% (17 reviews)|
|Wonder Woman: Bloodlines||88% (8 reviews)|
|Superman: Red Son||88% (16 reviews)|
|Justice League Dark: Apokolips War||100% (18 reviews)|
|Superman: Man of Tomorrow||100% (13 reviews)|
|Batman: Soul of the Dragon||93% (14 reviews)|
|Justice Society: World War II||81% (16 reviews)|
|Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One||100% (19 reviews)|
|Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two||100% (13 reviews)|
|Injustice||60% (5 reviews)|
The following films are stand-alone, and do not share continuity with each other or other films (note exceptions)
This continuity is based on the Superman/Batman storyline.
This continuity is based on JLA storylines published in 2000.
This continuity is based on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One arc and The Dark Knight Returns.
Main article: DC Animated Movie Universe
A shared universe, with influences from The New 52 continuity and various DC eras and productions.
A shared universe, with influences from various DC eras and productions which focuses on the early years of the heroes.
Main article: DC Animated Universe § Films
This continuity is set in the DC Animated Universe (although the canonicity is open-ended)
[Justice League: War] is the first true "New 52" DCU that we've done. Flashpoint kind of was the old universe, and at the end we hinted at the New 52 universe. I'm hoping that somewhere down the line, we can do some other films that will hopefully connect the events from Flashpoint into Justice League: War and any other films we do in the New 52 universe, which would be kind of cool.