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 DC Comics characters and stories. From 2007 to 2022, films were produced primarily by Warner Bros. Animation, but subsequently fell under DC Studios Animation. Many 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 films that took place in a shared universe, influenced predominantly by "The New 52". Following the DCAMU's conclusion, the Tomorrowverse was launched the same year, beginning with Superman: Man of Tomorrow.

As of 2023, the DCUAOM line released 51 movies that made a total of $253 million in sales in the United States and Canada, an average of $5.4 million per film.[1]

Premise

Original logo from 2007 to 2012

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, Injustice, and Justice League: Warworld, which are rated R. Many of the films are adapted from stories originally featured in DC print comics and graphic novels. As of 2022, 47 feature films and fourteen short films have been released, with additional films slated for future releases until 2023.

In terms of continuity, the films are usually stand-alone, with exceptions being 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 Tomorrowverse.

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.[2]

Released films

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 The Dark Knight trilogy[3] 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 Green Lantern
6 Superman/Batman: Public Enemies September 29, 2009 Superman/Batman[4] 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[4] 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?"
12 Batman: Year One October 18, 2011 Year One / Dark Knight Returns[5][6] 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[5][6] The Dark Knight Returns
16 Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2 January 29, 2013 Year One / Dark Knight Returns[5][6]
17 Superman: Unbound May 7, 2013 Standalone Superman: "Brainiac"
18 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox July 30, 2013 DCAMU[7] 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[8]
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 /
Batman and Robin: Born to Kill /
Detective Comics: Faces of Death
24 Justice League: Gods and Monsters July 28, 2015 Standalone
25 Batman: Bad Blood January 20, 2016 DCAMU Batman and Robin / "Batman, Inc."
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 Constantine: City of Demons October 9, 2018 DCAMU All His Engines
35 Reign of the Supermen January 15, 2019 DCAMU "Reign of the Supermen!"
36 Justice League vs. the Fatal Five March 30, 2019 DCAU[9][10]
37 Batman: Hush July 20, 2019 DCAMU Batman: "Hush"
38 Wonder Woman: Bloodlines October 5, 2019 DCAMU Wonder Woman: "Down to Earth" / "Bitter Rivals" / "Eyes of the Gorgon"
39 Superman: Red Son February 25, 2020 Standalone Superman: Red Son
40 Justice League Dark: Apokolips War May 5, 2020 DCAMU "Darkseid War" / "Final Crisis" / The New 52: Futures End
41 Superman: Man of Tomorrow August 23, 2020 Tomorrowverse Superman: Birthright / Superman: American Alien
42 Batman: Soul of the Dragon January 12, 2021 Standalone
43 Justice Society: World War II April 27, 2021 Tomorrowverse Justice Society of America in "All Star Comics" during World War II, Aquaman in More Fun Comics, Fleischer Studios Superman cartoons, and some battle scenes in the film were inspired from Flashpoint and Throne of Atlantis storylines.
44 Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One June 22, 2021 Tomorrowverse Batman: The Long Halloween
45 Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two July 27, 2021 Tomorrowverse
46 Injustice October 19, 2021 Standalone Injustice: Gods Among Us (comic / video game)
47 Catwoman: Hunted February 8, 2022 Standalone
48 Green Lantern: Beware My Power July 26, 2022 Tomorrowverse Green Lantern/Green Arrow / "Emerald Twilight" /
Zero Hour: Crisis in Time! / Rann–Thanagar War
49 Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons October 18, 2022 Standalone
50 Legion of Super-Heroes February 7, 2023 Tomorrowverse
51 Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham March 28, 2023 Standalone Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham
52 Justice League: Warworld July 25, 2023 Tomorrowverse
53 Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One January 9, 2024 Tomorrowverse "Crisis on Infinite Earths"

Upcoming

Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths: Parts Two & Three

An animated adaptation of Crisis on Infinite Earths was announced at San Diego Comic-Con in 2023.[11] Scheduled for release in 2024 and consists of three separate films.

Watchmen

Warner Bros. announced an R-rated animated adaptation of the Watchmen graphic novel in April 2017 .[12] The animated adaptation was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2023 and is scheduled for release in 2024.[13]

Short films

DC Showcase

No Title Release date Notes Included in Collection
1 The Spectre February 23, 2010 Featuring the Jim Corrigan version of the Spectre (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
2 Jonah Hex July 27, 2010 Featuring Jonah Hex (Thomas Jane). Set in the Old West, the short follows Hex as he faces a ruthless swindler to retrieve the body of an outlaw. The short features supporting cast members Linda Hamilton, Jason Marsden, Michael Rooker, and Michelle Trachtenberg.[14] Batman: Under the Red Hood
3 Green Arrow September 28, 2010 Featuring Green Arrow (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.[15][16][17] Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
4 Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam November 9, 2010 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.[18][19] 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
5 Catwoman October 18, 2011 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.[20] 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
6 Sgt. Rock August 6, 2019 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.[21] Batman: Hush DC Showcase Animated Shorts – Batman: Death in the Family
7 Death October 22, 2019 Featuring Jamie Chung as the title character. The short follows Death as she meets a down on his luck artist named Vincent (Leonardo Nam) to help him to make peace with his inner demons.[21] Wonder Woman: Bloodlines
8 The Phantom Stranger March 17, 2020 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 (Michael Rosenbaum). However, when weird things start to happen, the Phantom Stranger must save her. Supporting cast includes Natalie Lander, Grey Griffin, and Roger Craig Smith.[21] Superman: Red Son
9 Adam Strange May 19, 2020 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.[22] Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
10 Batman: Death in the Family October 13, 2020 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.[21][23] DC Showcase Animated Shorts – Batman: Death in the Family
11 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 (Steve Blum) of the Tiger Kingdom and nuclear man Ben Boxer (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 (Adam Gifford) that serve to prove their belief.[24][25] Jeremy Adams confirmed in 2022 that the short is part of the Tomorrowverse, and connects with Justice Society: World War II.[26] Justice Society: World War II DC Showcase Animated Shorts – Constantine: The House of Mystery
12 The Losers The short tells the story of the titular team consisting of World War II outcasts Captain Storm (Dean Winters), Johnny Cloud (Martin Sensmeier), Henry "Mile a Minute" Jones (Eugene Byrd), Gunner (Dave B. Mitchell), and Sarge (also voiced by Mitchell), as they find themselves marooned on Dinosaur Island and they work with Fan Long (Ming-Na Wen) to rescue the scientists that were studying the space-time anomaly there. Batman: The Long Halloween – Part One
13 Blue Beetle Starring Matt Lanter as the titular hero. The short, in a parody of the 1967 Spider-Man animated series, features Blue Beetle collaborating with Captain Atom (Jeff Bennett), Nightshade (Ashly Burch), and Question (David Kaye) to fight Doctor Spectro (Tom Kenny).[27] Batman: The Long Halloween – Part Two
14 Constantine: The House of Mystery[28] Immediately following the ending of Justice League Dark: Apokolips War,[29] where the Flash travelled back in time to create a new Flashpoint, John Constantine (Matt Ryan) wakes up in the House of Mystery with no recollection of how he got there. Each room he enters, he is set upon and killed by his friends, who have become demons. When Constantine escapes from the House of Mystery, the Spectre (Lou Diamond Phillips) appears and explains that he put Constantine in the House to protect him from the punishment the universe had prepared for his time-travel violations. The House was intended to be peaceful, but Constantine's deep self-hatred and guilt transformed his friends into demons as a subconscious form of self-punishment. Subsequently, Constantine is dragged screaming into the light. DC Showcase Animated Shorts – Constantine: The House of Mystery

Other short films

Year Title Notes
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 (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.[30]

Other projects

Unannounced and possible projects

Beyond the list of announced projects, creators involved in various levels at DC Comics have brought up names of possible future projects.

Cancelled projects

Reception

Sales performance

Sales figures below represent, when available, DVD and Blu-ray sales in the United States. Theatrical ticket, digital, and rental sales are not included.

Title Release date Gross Ref.
Superman: Doomsday September 18, 2007 $10,102,202 [52]
Justice League: The New Frontier February 26, 2008 $5,735,377 [53]
Batman: Gotham Knight July 8, 2008 $8,539,068 [54]
Wonder Woman March 3, 2009 $9,904,313 [55]
Green Lantern: First Flight July 28, 2009 $8,484,729 [56]
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies September 29, 2009 $11,014,346 [57]
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths February 23, 2010 $8,636,868 [58]
Batman: Under the Red Hood July 27, 2010 $12,411,958 [59]
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse September 28, 2010 $8,839,887 [60]
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam November 9, 2010 $5,983,521 [61]
All-Star Superman February 22, 2011 $7,539,076 [62]
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights June 8, 2011 $5,749,225 [63]
Batman: Year One October 18, 2011 $6,137,182 [64]
Justice League: Doom February 28, 2012 $7,539,282 [65]
Superman vs. The Elite June 12, 2012 $3,184,408 [66]
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 September 25, 2012 $6,006,141 [67]
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2 January 29, 2013 $4,315,736 [68]
Superman: Unbound May 7, 2013 $3,523,760 [69]
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox July 30, 2013 $5,260,646 [70]
Justice League: War February 4, 2014 $5,802,728 [71]
Son of Batman May 6, 2014 $7,023,969 [72]
Batman: Assault on Arkham August 12, 2014 $5,946,258 [73]
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis January 27, 2015 $4,657,085 [74]
Batman vs. Robin April 14, 2015 $4,657,085 [75]
Justice League: Gods and Monsters July 21, 2015 $2,972,092 [76]
Batman: Bad Blood February 2, 2016 $4,865,442 [77]
Justice League vs. Teen Titans March 26, 2016 $4,865,442 [78]
Batman: The Killing Joke October 10, 2016 $8,994,247 [79]
Justice League Dark January 24, 2017 $3,318,438 [80]
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract March 31, 2017 $3,272,927 [81]
Batman and Harley Quinn August 15, 2017 $2,247,876 [82]
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight January 23, 2018 $4,697,126 [83]
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay March 27, 2018 $2,865,568 [84]
The Death of Superman July 24, 2018 $6,546,576 [85]
Reign of the Supermen January 13, 2019 $3,773,664 [86]
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five April 16, 2019 $2,185,458 [87]
Batman: Hush July 20, 2019 $3,597,264 [88]
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines October 5, 2019 $1,718,374 [89]
Superman: Red Son February 25, 2020 $2,032,174 [90]
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War May 5, 2020 $5,513,095 [91]
Superman: Man of Tomorrow October 5, 2020 $3,400,133 [92]
Batman: Death in the Family October 13, 2020 $3,675,151 [93]
Batman: Soul of the Dragon January 12, 2021 $2,421,468 [94]
Justice Society: World War II May 10, 2021 $3,617,118 [95]
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One June 22, 2021 $3,607,779 [96]
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two July 27, 2021 $2,551,203 [97]
Injustice October 29, 2021 $2,668,958 [98]
Catwoman: Hunted February 8, 2022 $406,379 [99]
Constantine: The House of Mystery May 3, 2022 $401,011 [100]
Total $253,209,813
Average $5,167,547

Critical response

Each film is linked to the "Critical response" section of its article.

Film Rotten Tomatoes
Superman: Doomsday 50% (6 reviews)[101]
Justice League: The New Frontier N/A
Batman: Gotham Knight 75% (8 reviews)[102]
Wonder Woman 83% (12 reviews)[103]
Green Lantern: First Flight 50% (6 reviews)[104]
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies N/A
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths N/A
Batman: Under the Red Hood 100% (7 reviews)[105]
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse N/A
Superman/Shazam!: The Return of Black Adam N/A
All-Star Superman N/A
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights N/A
Batman: Year One 88% (8 reviews)[106]
Justice League: Doom N/A
Superman vs. The Elite 80% (5 reviews)[107]
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 1 100% (5 reviews)[108]
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – Part 2 N/A
Superman: Unbound 100% (5 reviews)[109]
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox 100% (5 reviews)[110]
Justice League: War 50% (6 reviews)[111]
Son of Batman 64% (11 reviews)[112]
Batman: Assault on Arkham 75% (8 reviews)[113]
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis 57% (7 reviews)[114]
Batman vs. Robin 100% (5 reviews)[115]
Justice League: Gods and Monsters 88% (8 reviews)[116]
Batman: Bad Blood 100% (5 reviews)[117]
Justice League vs. Teen Titans 80% (5 reviews)[118]
Batman: The Killing Joke 39% (41 reviews)[119]
Justice League Dark 78% (9 reviews)[120]
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract 83% (6 reviews)[121]
Batman and Harley Quinn 45% (11 reviews)[122]
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight 75% (12 reviews)[123]
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay 88% (8 reviews)[124]
The Death of Superman 92% (13 reviews)[125]
Reign of the Supermen N/A
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five 100% (8 reviews)[126]
Batman: Hush 88% (17 reviews)[127]
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines 88% (8 reviews)[128]
Superman: Red Son 88% (16 reviews)[129]
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War 100% (18 reviews)[130]
Superman: Man of Tomorrow 100% (13 reviews)[131]
Batman: Soul of the Dragon 93% (14 reviews)[132]
Justice Society: World War II 81% (16 reviews)[133]
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One 100% (19 reviews)[134]
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two 100% (13 reviews)[135]
Injustice 60% (5 reviews)[136]
Catwoman: Hunted 78% (9 reviews)[137]
Green Lantern: Beware My Power 56% (9 reviews)[138]
Batman and Superman: Battle of the Super Sons 100% (9 reviews)[139]
Legion of Super-Heroes 60% (5 reviews)[140]
Batman: The Doom That Came to Gotham 77% (13 reviews)[141]
Justice League: Warworld 50% (6 reviews)[142]
Justice League: Crisis on Infinite Earths – Part One 100% (6 reviews)[143]

Continuities

Stand-alone films

The following films are stand-alone, and do not share continuities with each other or other films (note exceptions).

Superman/Batman

This continuity is based on the Superman/Batman storyline.

Justice League (JLA)

This continuity is based on JLA storylines published in 2000.[144][145]

Dark Knight Returns

This continuity is based on Frank Miller's Batman: Year One arc[5] and The Dark Knight Returns.[6]

DC Animated Movie Universe

Main article: DC Animated Movie Universe

A shared universe, with influences from The New 52 continuity and various DC eras and productions.

DC Animated Universe

Main article: DC Animated Universe § Films

This continuity is set in the DC Animated Universe (although the canonicity is open-ended)[9][10]

Tomorrowverse

Main article: Tomorrowverse

A shared universe, with influences from various DC eras and productions.

Other universes

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