DC Comics is a comic book publishing house, but their stories have been adopted on numerous occasions. Alongside the famous live-action works, a lot of DC Comics’ stories and characters have appeared in animated form and some of these works – be they TV shows or movies – are among the best in their respective categories. Today, we are not going to talk about the TV shows, but rather about the animated movies and their narrative continuities. In today’s article, you are going to find out which DC Comics animated movies are set in the same narrative continuity.
DC Comics, for those of you that are not familiar with the story behind the comics, is a major American comic book publisher founded back in 1934. Along with Marcel Comics, it is the most popular comic book publisher in the United States. DC Comics is a major player in the comic book business and is the “home” of many famous comic book characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and many others.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
The DCAU continuity
The DC Animated Universe (DCAU) – also known as Timmverse or Diniverse – is a shared narrative universe based on the continuity and style envisioned during the 1990s and first used in the cult classic Batman: The Animated Series. Along with the main narration TV shows, several movies set within the continuity have been released, most of them focusing on Batman and one on the Justice League. Here are the movies:
NOTE: Despite using an identical animation style, Superman: Brainiac Attacks is not part of the DCAU continuity.
|Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||December 24, 1993||Eric Radomski|
|Continuation of Batman: The Animated Series.|
|Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero||March 17, 1998||Boyd Kirkland||Continuation of Batman: The Animated Series.|
|Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||October 31, 2000||Curt Geda||Continuation of Batman Beyond, Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.|
|Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman||October 21, 2003||Curt Geda||Continuation of Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.|
|Batman and Harley Quinn||August 14, 2017||Sam Liu||Continuation of Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures.|
|Justice League vs. the Fatal Five||April 16, 2019||Sam Liu||Continuation of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited.|
Now that we’ve listed you these movies, let us see what they are about:
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Someone is killing off some of Gotham’s mob leaders in an eerie costume, vanishing and reappearing like a ghost and eyewitnesses insist that it is Batman. The dark knight is now in serious trouble with the police, accused of being dangerous and unpredictable. Hunted wherever he goes, Batman must solve the mystery of the Phantasm to stop the killing and regain his reputation. Meanwhile, old wounds are opened as Andrea Beaumont (whom Bruce Wayne had had a serious love affair with in the past) returns to the city.
Memories of the past are now preying on Bruce’s mind, memories of a time before Batman where Bruce was drawn between happiness and the promise he made to his parents. The mystery of the Phantasm is really putting Batman’s skills to the test as the police slowly draw in with no mercy. The answer to it all lies somewhere in the past of both Bruce Wayne and another deadly foe, The Joker.
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
Victor Fries, aka Mr. Freeze, has found a home – the Arctic Circle, where he can live as a normal man can live in the tropics, and where his wife Nora remains in cryogenic suspension pending Victor’s discovery of a cure for the illness that will take her life should she be freed too soon. However, a submarine on a scientific expedition surfaces through the ice of Fries’ cave home, destroying the area – and breaching the seals on Nora Fries’ cryo-chamber.
In desperation, Victor dons the frigid battlesuit of Mr. Freeze to find the one doctor who can save Nora’s life, but the doctor needs an organ transplant to pull off the operation. He finds a donor with the right blood type – Barbara Gordon, whose relationship with Dick Grayson is becoming more serious. When Barbara is kidnapped, Grayson and Bruce Wayne don their famous crime fighting costumes to track down Barbara and Freeze, and along the way learn the full story of Nora Fries’ desperate predicament.
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
In latter-21st-century Gotham City, The Jokerz, a street gang enamoured of the city’s infamous Clown Prince Of Crime, is breaking into a high-tech engineering plant to steal a powerful generator, a crime stopped by the new Batman (Terry McGinnis) and which puzzles Terry and his mentor, the elderly original Batman Bruce Wayne. The reason for this and other “geek junk” thefts is a mystery even to The Jokerz gang, who are now working for someone claiming to be the original Joker himself.
When he makes an appearance at a charity function attended by Bruce Wayne (cover to steal another generator), the Joker taunts Wayne, and later sends his minions to attack Terry McGinniswhile he attacks the Batcave. But the original Joker died forty years earlier, and why does this new Joker want high-tech items? When a shaken Barbara Gordon explains the fate of the original Joker, Terry begins to piece the twin mysteries together, culminating in a confrontation with the Joker that literally threatens the very existence of Gotham City.
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
A new superhero appears in Gotham City – Batwoman. The press and Batman are puzzling over the identity of the woman who imitates Batman in appearance and method. Batman and Robin meet her for the first time when she prevents a weapons delivery from the Penguin and his partner Rupert Thorne. Batman initially suspected that Kathy Duquesne, the daughter of crime boss Carlton Duquesne, is behind the whole thing. When they enter the Penguin’s Club together, however, Batwoman appears. A battle develops in which the club is ultimately destroyed. The suspicion now falls on Dr. Roxanne “Rocky” Ballantine, whose fiancé is innocently in jail, but she has an alibi. Batman finally learns the truth: Kathy and Rocky share a secret identity with Detective Bullock’s new partner Sonia Alcana.
Kathy is now on her way to blow up a ship. However, she is captured and exposed by Bane. Batman, Robin, Sonia and Rocky take on the fight against the four villains to free Kathy. However, this blows up the ship and puts everyone in danger. While Batman fights Bane, Sonia and Rocky try to stop the Penguin and Thorne. With the help of Robin, they manage to succeed. After the showdown, Sonia quits her job, but releases Rocky’s fiancé from prison before leaving. Bruce Wayne continues dating Kathy, now reconciled with her father, who is about to testify against his former partners.
Batman and Harley Quinn (2017)
Batman and Nightwing discover that Poison Ivy and Floronic Man (Jason Woodrue) have teamed up. Much to their reluctance, they decide to look for Harley Quinn (Ivy’s best friend and Joker’s usual sidekick) to find out where the duo is hiding. Batman leaves finding Harley to Nightwing, while he gets information from A.R.G.U.S. There, he learns that Ivy and Woodrue stole the information on Swamp Thing’s birth and kidnapped Dr. Harold Goldblum, who could help them turn everyone into plant people. Nightwing finds Harley working as a waitress at a restaurant. Initially reluctant, Harley ultimately decides to help. The trio head to Blüdhaven, where they find the villains. There, Woodrue fatally wounds Dr. Goldblum before he and Ivy escape as their lab catches fire.
However, the dying Dr. Goldblum reveals that the duo is heading to Wainwright Swamp. Contacting A.R.G.U.S., Batman, Nightwing and Harley head after them to convince Ivy to stop her mad plans. Harley resorts to crying to convince Ivy, who is finally swayed by their relationship. Swamp Thing appears, informing Woodrue that he would threaten the Green with his concoction; however, he will not interfere. Batman and Nightwing wonder how to stop Woodrue, until Harley points out he is a plant and asks if they have a match. Grateful, they both give her a kiss on the cheek and Batman just sets Woodrue on fire. In a post-credit scene, Harley has gone back to being Dr. Harleen Quinzel and she now has a reality game show.
Justice League vs. the Fatal Five (2019)
In the 31st century, Mano, Tharok and Persuader of the Fatal Five attack the Legion of Super-Heroes. Star Boy, Saturn Girl and Brainiac 5 try to keep them back but fail. Just as the villains activate the sphere, Star Boy leaps at them and is taken along. Arriving in the 21st Star Boy triggers a boobytrap, trapping the villains inside a stasis field. Star Boy comes down in Gotham City and discovers his supply of medicine was destroyed; his increasingly erratic behaviour gets him apprehended by Batman and sent to Arkham. The stasis-locked time machine is picked up by Superman in Metropolis and brought to the Justice League’s headquarters. Mister Terrific unintentionally brings down the stasis field, freeing its occupants. Superman and Mister Terrific fight them, but the villains escape.
Star Boy’s memory is jogged by a news report of the fight, and he breaks out of Arkham. When the three villains attack Jessica Cruz, Star Boy comes to her rescue, followed by Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Mister Terrific, and Miss Martian. To find out more about their guest from the future, Batman instructs Miss Martian to telepathically link their and Jessica’s minds with Star Boy’s memories, thus learning about the Legion. Upon their awakening, the League receives an ultimatum from Mano: Surrender Jessica or all American cities will be destroyed. In the Watchtower, Jessica is contacted by Tharok through her ring, forcing her to surrender. Despite interference by Kilowog and Salaak on Oa, Emerald Empress and Validus are freed. Afterwards, Emerald Empress has her Emerald Eye of Ekron steal all the energy of the Central Power Battery, and the Five return to Earth to recover the time sphere. The heroes proceed to the time machine’s location, where the Fatal Five force them into battle.
Emerald Empress subdues the Justice League and then initiates her master plan to use the Lantern’s power to destroy Earth’s sun, wipe out humanity, and thus prevent the formation of the Legion in their time. Brought back to her apartment by the ring, Jessica flies to the base and prevents the Fatal Five from escaping by killing the supervillains. Superman, Jessica and Star Boy race after the Eye, but are too late. As the sun cracks apart, Star Boy sacrifices himself. In the final scene as the Justice League members commemorate his heroism, they are joined by the Legion.
The DCAMU continuity
The DC Animated Movie Universe is a sub-continuity of animated movies that lasted from 2013, when Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox came out, until 2020, when Justice League Dark: Apokolips War came out. The DCAMU is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies brand and was a rather complex narrative arc that focused more on the Justice League than individual heroes, although Batman solo movies still dominate the latter group. These are the films from this continuity:
|Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox||July 30, 2013||Jay Oliva||Heath Corson|
|Justice League: War||February 4, 2014||Jay Oliva||Jim Krieg|
|Son of Batman||April 22, 2014||Ethan Spaulding||Joe R. Lansdale|
|Justice League: Throne of Atlantis||January 13, 2015||Ethan Spaulding||Heath Corson|
|Batman vs. Robin||April 7, 2015||Jay Oliva||J.M. DeMatteis|
|Batman: Bad Blood||January 20, 2016||Jay Oliva||J.M. DeMatteis|
|Justice League vs. Teen Titans||March 29, 2016||Sam Liu||Bryan Q. Miller|
|Justice League Dark||January 24, 2017||Jay Oliva||Ernie Altbacker|
|Teen Titans: The Judas Contract||April 4, 2017||Sam Liu||Ernie Altbacker|
|Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay||March 27, 2018||Sam Liu||Alan Burnett|
|The Death of Superman||July 24, 2018||Sam Liu|
|Peter J. Tomasi|
|Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie||October 9, 2018||Doug Murphy||J.M. DeMatteis|
|Reign of the Supermen||January 29, 2019||Sam Liu||Tim Sheridan|
|Batman: Hush||July 20, 2019||Justin Copeland||Ernie Altbacker|
|Wonder Woman: Bloodlines||October 5, 2019||Sam Liu|
|Justice League Dark: Apokolips War||May 5, 2020||Matt Peters|
Now that we’ve listed you these movies, let us see what they are about:
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
Everyone at one time wants to go to the past and change everything. And Barry Allen has that chance. When he was a child, his mother was brutally murdered and when he grew up, lightning struck in his lab turning him into the Fastest Man Alive. However, traveling to the past to change it can distort everything with serious consequences. When he wakes up, it’s in a world he doesn’t even know. This is a world where the Justice League does not exist, where no one has ever heard of Superman, where Aquaman and Wonder Woman have plunged the world into the darkness of war, where no human has ever wielded the Green Lantern’s light, where the Fastest Man Alive is just another man, and where Batman has as much blood on his hands as his enemies do.
Powerless and alone, Barry remembers reality as it once was. He turns to Batman for help to get his powers back and joins forces with the warped versions of the men and women he once fought alongside with to set things back to rights. It will take time, but unfortunately, Barry is running out of it as his memories are starting to fade. Whether Barry succeeds or fails – the world will never be the same.
Justice League: War (2014)
A series of abductions have occurred in Gotham City; Green Lantern stops a kidnapping before attacking the kidnapper, a Parademon, and is almost defeated when Batman appears. The Parademon attacks them both; Batman and Green Lantern chase it into the sewers, where it charges a Mother Box and explodes. A Mother Box, supplied by Flash, is being studied at S.T.A.R. Labs by Silas Stone, father of Victor Stone. Recruiting Superman, trio begin to work together against the Parademons.
On the planet Apokolips, Darkseid orders Desaad to begin an invasion of Earth in response to the superheroes’ discovery of his plans. Superman, Batman and Green Lantern realize an invasion has begun when the box activates and several Boom Tubes appear throughout the world.The Box in S.T.A.R. Labs explodes and creates a Boom Tube when Victor is holding it. The explosion fuses the technology inside the Box to Victor’s wounded, mutilated body. The Box’s technology spliced with Victor’s body fuses itself with the various technologies around the room. Victor is transformed into Cyborg, with a body capable of transforming and adapting itself, including obtaining new features.
Just as the Flash saves the scientists, Cyborg discovers details of Apokolips, Darkseid, and the invasion plan. He learns that the Parademons are actually inhabitants of worlds conquered by Darkseid, spliced with his technology, allowing him to mind-control them into serving as an army for conquering other planets. Billy Batson sees a Parademon outside and mystically turns into the superhero Shazam. Air Force One is attacked in the air, but is saved by the Amazon princess Wonder Woman and Superman. After the heroes gather, Cyborg reveals that the invasion is a prelude to the terraforming of Earth.
Darkseid arrives and proves to be a powerful opponent. Bruce allows himself to be captured to save Superman. Green Lantern has the idea to strip Darkseid of his Omega Beams by destroying his eyes. Bruce goes through a portal to Apokolips, where he escapes the Parademon and stops DeSaad from turning Superman into a Parademon. Superman is left unstable and highly aggressive because of the brainwashing process, resulting in him strangling DeSaad to death and attacking Parademons and Batman. Batman reasons with him, and helps him reassert his own personality.
On Earth, after Darkseid’s eyes are destroyed by the Justice League, Cyborg reopens the Boom Tubes to send Darkseid and his army back to Apokolips. Darkseid fights back, and with Superman and Batman’s assistance, the group eventually force him through the portal. With the world saved, the superheroes gain the public’s trust and are honored at the White House. In a post-credits scene, an Atlantean ship emerges from the ocean and Ocean Master appears carrying the dead body of his king. He believes that the surface dwellers on Earth are responsible, calling it an act of war from the surface, for which he swears revenge
Son of Batman (2014)
Ra’s al-Ghul is dead, slain by former League of Assassin Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke. His victory is not without a cost, the price his right eye; taken by Ra’s own grandson Damien. Fearing for her sons’ safety Talia al-Ghul decides now is the time for the boy to meet his father. Half a world away a trail of chemical plant heists finds the Batman catching the culprit in the very act. The thief is Killer Croc, but Croc has changed mutated by some unseen hand. With the shocking appearance of the lovely but deadly Talia, Croc is quickly taken down. Back at Gotham harbor Talia gives the Detective the news of Ra’s fate along with the surprise of introducing him to Damien, their son.
Talia sets out to handle Slade while Damien falls under the guardianship of Batman. The young man possess great fighting prowess but his cocky self confidence creates friction back at Wayne Manor. Batman’s investigation into Croc’s actions leads him to the home of Dr. Kirk Langstrom, creator of the Man-bat formula. But Langstrom is merely another pawn serving the ambitions of the League of Assassins and their new leader Deathstroke. Deathstroke takes Langstrom’s family hostage moving up the time-table for product delivery. Meanwhile Damien using the Batcave’s resources conducts his own manhunt. One of Slade’s lieutenant’s likes to spend his off time in Gotham. Damien combats the traitor but before he can deliver the final blow, is stopped by Nightwing.
Batman impressed by Damien’s ability and drive allows him to take up the mantel of Robin. Soon the two are hot on the trail of Deathstroke who is aiming to amass an army of ninja Man-bats.
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis (2015)
Cyborg, Flash, Shazam, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Batman inspect the recovered California, a submarine that was destroyed under mysterious circumstances. Diana identifies the enemy as warriors from Atlantis.
In Atlantis, Prince Orm and Black Manta meet with Orm’s mother, Queen Atlanna, where they argue over declaring war on the humans. Orm blames the Justice League for his father’s death, while Queen Atlanna blames Darkseid. Orm wishes to attack first, but Atlanna silences him and asks Mera to bring Arthur Curry (her other son) to Atlantis. Black Manta uses a craft disguised as a US Navy submarine to attack Atlantis using the stolen missiles to frame the humans.
Shin meets Arthur but he is killed by Atlantean soldiers sent by Black Manta. Arthur is blasted out of his collapsing house; Mera saves him and dispatches the soldiers using her hydrokinetic powers. Citizens of Atlantis and Orm demand war following the attack on Atlantis, though Atlanna disagrees. Mera and Arthur are attacked by the Trench at the surface. The creatures overwhelm Arthur and the League helps defeat the Trenchers. Black Manta reports to Orm that the Trench failed to kill Arthur.
When Orm and Atlanna argue over starting a war, she reveals that she knows he attacked Atlantis. Orm stabs her to death from behind, and takes over as the new king of Atlantis. Orm (now using the mantle “Ocean Master”) uses the trident to restrain Arthur, Mera and the League in pods. The group is sent to be consumed by the monstrous Dark Trench, while Ocean Master leads Atlantis’ army to the surface. Arthur taps into the power of the trident to destroy his pod, and with Superman’s help, they save the rest and defeat the monster.
A massive tidal wave conceals the Atlantean army’s arrival in Metropolis. Black Manta attacks Arthur and reveals that he wants to overthrow Ocean Master to take Atlantis for himself. Arthur summons a shark to attack him. The League and Mera battle Ocean Master, with little success. Shazam is transformed back into Billy Batson; Flash, Green Lantern, and Mera are knocked unconscious; and Cyborg is almost impaled, electrocuted and disabled. Wonder Woman is incapacitated by the trident’s electric energy, while Superman is wounded because of its mystical properties.
Batman saves Cyborg from dying by electrocuting him with a taser device. Ocean Master is about to kill Arthur when Cyborg broadcasts the video of Ocean Master confessing to his mother’s murder for Atlantis’ soldiers to hear. Arthur uses the distraction to defeat Ocean Master and convince the soldiers to stand down and to accept him as their king. Arthur is crowned king of Atlantis with the Justice League in the audience. Batman suggests that they need to solidify the team. Arthur joins the League as Aquaman. In the post-credits, Orm is incarcerated at Belle Reve where he is approached by Lex Luthor, who has a proposition for him to consider.
Batman vs. Robin (2015)
The Court of Owls, a long-existing secret organisation, returns to Gotham, taking upon itself the power to execute both criminals and city leaders who don’t do as they please. It turns out that they were the ones who once ordered the murder of Bruce Wayne’s parents. At the same time, Wayne’s relationship with his son Damien, who became the new Robin, deteriorates. The boy was brought up in Ra’s al-Ghul’s clan and is prone to being cruel towards criminals; Batman tries to teach him his personal moral code, but he does not listen to his father, and this becomes the cause of disagreements and multiple escapes from home. The Talon, a pupil and mercenary of the Court of Owls, who shares the same harsh views on justice, meets the boy and lures him over to their side. But instead of Robin, Talon himself has to decide which ideals are more dear to him. Batman soon reconciles with Robin and they defeat the Court of Owls.
Batman: Bad Blood (2016)
Gotham’s new vigilante, Batwoman, interrupts the meeting of some supervillains in a shed; Batman also arrives, who is confronted by the leader of the criminals, who calls himself Heretic. He easily bests Batwoman, who is saved at the last minute by Bruce, before Heretic blows up the place. Two weeks later Bruce has not yet returned home and Alfred, worried, calls Dick, who decides to replace his mentor and is soon joined by Damian, who has returned to Gotham. Dick and Damian then have the opportunity to meet Batwoman, while Heretic and the rest of the criminals attack Wayne Enterprises. Damian and Dick arrive quickly on the scene, but are unable to prevent the theft of a briefcase containing advanced technology. The group of criminals then returns to their lair, where Talia al-Ghul, using the Mad Hatter, is conducting a brainwashing of Bruce to bring him permanently to her side. Shortly after, Heretic kidnaps Damian.
Thanks to the GPS in Robin’s suit, Dick and Batwoman (who, as Bruce discovered, is his childhood friend, Kate Kane) manage to arrive on the spot together with Luke, who, wearing a very advanced hi-tech suit, has taken on the identity of Batwing. The three manage to save Bruce and Damian, but Talia and her men manage to escape; Heretic is killed in the process. A week later, during an international meeting, Talia plans to subdue the world leaders thanks to Tetch and the stolen technology to dominate the world and even surpass her father Ra’s; Dick, Damian, Luke and Kate intervene and manage to stop the crazy project. Nightwing, in particular, manages to bring Bruce to his senses, who apologizes to him and his son for taking part, even if involuntarily, in Talia’s plan.
Some time later the new Bat-family sets off in pursuit of the Penguin, hunted by the police, while, from a nearby building, they are followed by Batgirl.
Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016)
The Justice League defeats the Legion of Doom, led by Lex Luthor. The Weather Wizard, possessed by the demon Trigon’s minions, flees. Despite his father’s ban, Damien Wayne, dressed as a Robin, tries to stop the Wizard, but fails. Leaving Wizard’s body, Trigon’s henchman possesses Superman. To teach his son to work in a team, Batman sends Robin to the Teen Titans. Damien meets the leader of the Titans, Starfire, who is Nightwing’s girlfriend, and the other members of the team – Raven, Beast Boy, and Blue Beetle. Robin clashes with the Titans.
To have fun, young heroes go to the carnival. Superman defeats Atomic Skull and tries to take over the minds of Wonder Woman and Batman, but the latter uses Kryptonite to subdue him. Meanwhile, Raven meets some demons, who want her to bring back Trigon, her father. With the help of the other Titans, she confronts the demonic emissaries. Raven then reveals that she is the daughter of Trigon and after defeating him, she imprisoned his spirit in a crystal. The Justice League members find Raven and are about to take her away.
Suddenly, demons take over Cyborg, Flash and Wonder Woman. Batman manages to inject a toxin into himself, not allowing them to take over his mind. The possessed Justice League members defeat the Teen Titans and take Raven. Blue Beetle frees Cyborg from Trigon’s control. Robin, who has attached a bug to every Titan, finds Raven in the Middle East, where she must open a portal and free Trigon. After passing through a portal opened by Cyborg, Robin attacks Superman with Kryptonite to free him from Trigon’s control, and he then frees Flash and Wonder Woman. The Titans rescue Raven, but Trigon manages to return to his physical form.
While most of the Justice League is fighting Trigon, the Titans and Cyborg teleport to Hell, where Robin has to fight his grandfather, Ra’s al-Ghul, who has become a servant of Trigon. After defeating Ra’s, Raven uses her magic and telepathic connection with Trigon to re-plant him in the shard of the broken crystal. Back at the Tower of the Titans, Robin and Cyborg announce their desire to become Teen Titans.
Justice League Dark (2017)
Throughout Metropolis, Gotham, and Washington, D.C., violent murders are committed by people who think their victims are demonic creatures. The Justice League concludes that magic is the source of the crimes, and Batman decides to investigate. At his mansion, Batman leaves a message for Deadman in one word: “Constantine.” Exorcist and con man John Constantine and Jason Blood take on the Demon Three in a game of poker in Las Vegas for high stakes; the former even offered his home, the House of Mystery, as his share of the pool in exchange for a box of artefacts, including the Dreamstone.
When both parties are caught cheating, Constantine summons Etrigan, a demon forced to share a body with Blood, to send out the demons. Batman summons Zatanna, a magician with a failed romantic history with Constantine, and Deadman to consult Constantine at the House of Mystery. They are joined by Black Orchid, the spiritual incarnation of the House. The group meets to share information and form a team to investigate the cause and reason for these supernatural events.
Teen Titans: The Judas Contract (2017)
The Teen Titans, composed of Robin (Dick Grayson), Speedy (Roy Harper), Kid Flash (Wally West), Beast Boy (Garfield Logan) and Bumblebee (Karen Beecher), rescue Princess Koriand’r (Starfire) from the planet Tamaran. Since Starfire cannot return to her home planet, the Titans offer her to stay with them. Five years later, the Titans, now consisting of Starfire, Beast Boy, Robin (Damien Wayne), Blue Beetle (Jamie Reyes), Raven (Rachel Roth), Terra (Tara Markov) and Nightwing (Dick Grayson), hunt down terrorists led by Brother Blood, who plans to steal the powers of young superheroes. Someone warns the villains and the Titans are left with nothing. Blood Brother hires Deathstroke to capture the Titans.
The mercenary, in addition to money, also has his own interest – to take revenge on Damian Wayne for the fact that Ra’s al-Gul appointed him as his successor. To do this, he introduces Terra to the heroes – the girl he once saved. Brother Blood conducts an experiment on Joseph William Wilson, who, having received the power of six people, becomes Jericho, but the leader’s mistress and assistant, Mother Mayhem, shoots him. One by one, Terra and Deathstroke capture the Titans; only Nightwing manages to escape. Brother Blood does not want to terminate the contract, because he is missing one Titan, and Deathstroke gives Terra to him.
Having started the machine accumulating the power of superheroes, the leader of the brotherhood begins to absorb it. At this time, Nightwing bursts in and destroys the unit. The Titans are freed, and Starfire, Blue Beetle, Raven, and Beast Boy battle the powerful Brother Blood, while Robin and Nightwing battle Deathstroke. When Terra wakes up, she stops both villains, and Raven takes the powers from the Brother Blood. Mother Mayhem then kills her lover. Meanwhile, Terra destroys the vaults of the cave and buries herself and Deathstroke. The Titans barely have time to get out. Terra survives and later joins the Titans.
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay (2018)
After Ocean Master’s defeat by the Justice League, Amanda Waller – after discovering she has only six months to live – assembles a new Task Force X (consisting of Deadshot, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn, Copperhead, Killer Frost and Bronze. Tiger) for another suicide mission: recover a special card, once belonging to Nabu, which allows those who hold it in their hand at the moment of death access to Paradise.
The card, however, is also the subject of research by Vandal Savage and Reverse Flash, who survived the being killed by Batman in another timeline (“Flashpoint”) by sacrificing his powers almost entirely. The Task Force manages to recover the card but Savage, sacrificing the life of Knockout (companion of his daughter Scandal, who will betray him because of this), manages to get hold of it and, thanks to Professor Pyg, implants it in his body in such a way that whoever extracts it activates its power, thus making it unusable; Thawne, however, manages to convince Frost to go over to his side and thanks to her help, he is able to recover it. After a close fight, Deadshot manages to kill Thawne and use the card for Bronze Tiger. Now a free man, Floyd visits his daughter Zoe.
The Death of Superman (2018)
After stopping a robbery by the Intergang, Superman finds some fragments of technology coming from Apokolips and therefore, together with the Justice League, takes it all to the S.T.A.R. to discover its characteristics; in the meantime he decides to show the reporter Lois Lane the spacecraft on which he arrived on Earth. Namely, the alter ego of the Kryptonian, Clark Kent, has long been Lois’ boyfriend, but he still hasn’t told her the truth about him. After discovering that the fragments are composed of an alien and terrestrial alloy, Superman interrogates Lex Luthor, subjected to house arrest, about it, without, however, obtaining anything useful; at the same time, the space mission led by Hank Henshaw and his wife is marred by a meteor shower that unleashes on them after the opening of a boom tube.
The largest of these rocks is deposited on the seabed and, shortly afterwards, a creature emerges, capable of killing some Atlantean guards with bare hands. The being, driven by an unstoppable fury, leaves behind an unprecedented trail of blood and destruction and therefore the Justice League has to intervene. But, even the group cannot do anything against the devastating strength of the entity and therefore reveals the need for the intervention of Superman, who shortly before these events, had confessed the truth and his love to Lois. Superman and the creature, nicknamed Doomsday by Lois Lane, fight in the streets of Metropolis. Luthor also intervenes in the fight, protected by high-tech armor, but not even he can do anything.
A moment before Doomsday turns against Lois, Clark manages to kill him at the cost of his own life, dying in the arms of his beloved. The whole world mourns the disappearance of the Man of Steel, when suddenly his spacecraft is activated and reaches his grave, from which a figure similar to that of Superman emerges shortly after, and together the two head to the North Pole. There, the glider terraforms the polar ice creating a fortress. Shortly thereafter, one of the Kryptonian’s clones escapes from the secret laboratory where Luthor performs his experiments, while one of the scientists at S.T.A.R.Laboratories, John Henry Irons, creates a steel Superman logo, and a cyborg resembling Kal-El flies through the atmosphere.
Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie (2018)
John Constantine awakes from a dream of whispers from around the world. He finds himself in his apartment surrounded by miniature trench-cloaked projections of his inner demons. They attack John, who then uses magic to absorb the demons back into his subconscious. He is visited by his old friend, Chas Chandler, whom he has not seen in a decade. Chas asks John to help his daughter Trish, who has unexpectedly fallen into a coma, which Chas suspects to be the result of dark magic. John uses magic on Trish and discovers that her aura is tainted. He summons Asa, the Nightmares Nurse, to help pinpoint a diagnosis but Asa cannot find Trish’s soul. Trish is briefly able to communicate through Asa before a demonic entity takes over and gives John an address.
As John and Chas travel to Los Angeles to get Trish’s soul back, Asa and Chas’ wife Renee stay with Trish. Asa magically compels Renee to tell the story of Newcastle that John will not talk about. Renee reveals that John and Chas had been best friends since they were kids and even formed a band together as young adults. When they found out that their mentor Alex Logue was using his daughter Astra to enact a dark spell below his Newcastle night club, John, having practiced occultism since he was a boy, attempted to save Astra by conjuring a real demon. The demon Nergal killed Alex and his followers, but also slaughtered the club-goers and took Astra with him to Hell. His trauma regarding the incident even lead him to be committed to a psychiatric institute.
However, Renee does not remember sharing this information with Asa. John has a dream of the worldwide whispers again and suspects that someone is messing with his mind. Chas drives them to the address and they are greeted at a mansion by an anthropomorphic pig butler. Inside the mansion, John stumbles upon a pool of decaying corpses before the monstrous demon Beroul presents himself. The demon explains that his soul-snatching scheme was just a ploy to enlist John’s services. Beroul reveals that he intends to create his own branch of Hell, but needs John to eliminate his demon competitors.
After surviving being chased on the road by demonic dogs and being saved by an apparently possessed driver, John meets with Beroul again, who reveals himself to be Nergal, and that he is behind the plague of coma victims. The demon forces John to aid him by showing that he has Trish’s soul trapped inside his body. Afterwards, John meets Angela, the collective consciousness of Los Angeles, who had been following John ever since he arrived by possessing various people, including the driver that rescued him.
Seducing him, she admits that she unleashed his inner demons as a test, and tells him that she will not allow demons of despair to poison a city of hope. Returning to Chas, John admits that he doesn’t have the power to defeat Nergal’s enemies on his own. He then hatches a plan. He first entices the Aztec death god Mictlantecuhtli to attack the demons for him. He then lures the demons to an unconsecrated church by promising to hand over Nergal, traps them inside with holy water, and allows the god and demons to fight each other, then finishes off the victorious god with a spell. Returning to the hospital, John summons Nergal.
He attempts a bluff: cutting Nergal off from his wards, harassing him with the inner Constantine demons, and opening all of the gates between Hell and Los Angeles, leaving Nergal with 5000 competitors to face instead of 5. Nergal calls John’s bluff, forcing him to use his fallback plan: the Camdever Curse. Unleashing all of Trish’s and Renee’s love for Chas blasts the demon apart, since Trish’s soul is locked inside him. This frees the girl, saves the coma victims, and destroys the demon. But later, at a diner, John reveals to Chas that love was the sacrifice that powered the curse: Trish and Renee will never again remember Chas, and, further, Chas will not remember John. Angela appears in the form of an old man, thanks John, and promises to take care of Chas.
John heads off to return to London, with one surviving inner demon to keep him company.
Reign of the Supermen (2019)
Six months after Superman’s death in the terrifying confrontation with Doomsday, Lois tries to overcome the pain with the help of the Kents and Diana Prince, whom she befriends after Clark’s death. The world, however, is still tied to the Kryptonian thanks to the presence of four entities that have taken on the inheritance: Superboy, Steel, Eradicator and Cyborg Superman.
When Lex Luthor presents “his” Superman to the press, a clone of the original created using the tycoon’s DNA, the four successors clash with each other. Lex continues its Superboy marketing campaign, managing to earn him a spot in a mission of the Justice League in which the group must protect the President of the United States during the launch of the new Control Tower. During the launch, a boom tube opens that sends the Justice League on Apokolips.
Shortly thereafter, Lois discovers that Cyborg Superman has visited Terri Hanshaw’s grave, thus deducing that he is in reality the missing astronaut Hank Henshaw, who is under the control of Darkseid. The tyrant of Apokolips is in fact the author of the plan that led to the death of Superman and the disappearance of the Justice League in order to conquer the Earth, which he plans on implementing by convincing the citizens of Metropolis to become a special troop subjected to Cyborg Superman to better control them. Meanwhile, John, thanks to the indications of Lois and Lex, manages to reach the Fortress of Solitude.
Eradicator attacks him but the battle is interrupted by the real Superman, who survived thanks to the technology of his planet but is still far from the maximum of his powers. Superboy soon joins the group, tired of being considered a mere subordinate of Lex. Back in Metropolis, Superman, Steel and Superboy begin to fight against Henshaw’s troops. The latter manages to lead Superman to the new Control Tower and begins to fight with him, wishing in this way to avenge the death of his wife (of which he accuses the Kryptonian).
However, thanks to Lois’s intervention and the use of a crystal, Superman manages to stop Henshaw while Lex, by breaking the technology of the mother boxes present in the militia uniforms, manages to bring the Justice League back to Earth and to stop the invasion of Darkseid. The world then embraces both the real Superman and Clark Kent while Conner (name assumed by Superboy) goes to live with the Kents.
Batman: Hush (2019)
After Batman rescues an abducted child from Bane for a ransom, Lady Shiva approaches Batman to inform him of an unknown Lazarus Pit intruder and requests his help in identifying the intruder. Batman agrees to do so as Catwoman steals the ransom. While pursuing her, a masked vigilante shoots through Batman’s grapple line, causing him to fall to the sidewalk. Catwoman rescues him from a gang of criminals who tried to unmask him, but Batgirl rescues him from Catwoman. Batgirl takes him back to the Batcave where Bruce’s butler Alfred and Nightwing create an alibi for how Bruce Wayne suffered a cracked skull.
Alfred contacts Bruce’s childhood friend Thomas Elliot, who is now a renowned brain surgeon, to aid his skull. When Bruce declares himself ready to be Batman again two weeks earlier than Dr. Elliott advised him to be up and around, Alfred gives him a new bulletproof batsuit with a padded cowl for better skull protection. Meanwhile, Catwoman delivers the ransom to Poison Ivy, who has been controlling her with a hypnotic kiss. The same masked vigilante who shot Batman confronts Ivy about the ransom and gives her Kryptonite.
Batman helps Amanda Waller retrieve Bane from police custody in return for information. She uses the special tranquilizers he supplied her to stop him from escaping his prison transfer from Blackgate Penitentiary and to take custody of him herself, presumably for her Suicide Squad. Batman reluctantly teams up with Catwoman to find Poison Ivy. Her information leads them to Metropolis. While there, Batman confronts Lex Luthor, now a probationary member of the Justice League after helping them defeat Cyborg Superman, about the information on a delivery list of an ethylene compound utilized by Ivy.
Ivy uses Kryptonite lipstick to take control of Superman and orders him to kill Catwoman and Batman. Catwoman threatens to push Lois Lane down a building to free Superman from the mind control. Selina interrogates Ivy, who reveals she was hired by a mysterious vigilante calling himself “Hush”.
Hush later kidnaps the Joker to persuade Harley Quinn into attacking an opera Bruce, Selina, and Thomas are attending, allowing him to murder the latter outside and frame the Joker, which angers Batman. Following the Joker’s arrest and Thomas’ funeral, Bruce deduces that Hush knows he is Batman. While on patrol, Hush grabs Batman’s attention and confronts him, although Hush tricks him by using mirrors.
He then threatens to hurt everyone close to him, prompting Batman to reveal his identity to Catwoman. Bruce takes Selina to the Batcave, where she meets Dick Grayson and Alfred, and learns of Bruce’s son Damian. The two become a crime-fighting couple, but Hush later lures Dick and Selina to Thomas’ grave, where they are attacked by Scarecrow. Dick is incapacitated by Scarecrow’s fear toxin, allowing Hush to kidnap her.
Shortly after, Commissioner James Gordon informs Bruce of a break-in at Thomas’ office. While investigating, Batman learns that one of Thomas’ patients was someone using the alias of crossword puzzle inventor Arthur Wynne, leading him to suspect the Riddler was behind the break-in.
While interrogating Riddler at Arkham Asylum, Batman realizes that he is actually Clayface in disguise, and learns that Riddler was Hush all along, having used the Lazarus Pit to cure his inoperable brain tumor and learn Batman’s secret identity. He then deduces that Arthur Wynne was just an anagram of the factory where Selina is being held captive.
Batman finds the factory and confronts Hush/Riddler, who is growing weaker as the effects from the Lazarus Pit wear off. Batman frees Selina and they defeat Riddler, who nearly falls to his death. Batman catches him with a grapple line, but when Selina realizes that Batman was going to stay there and try to save the Riddler even though the building was about to explode, she cuts the line and lets Riddler fall to his death. She and Batman argue when they reach safety and decides to call off her relationship with Bruce due to his moral codes.
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (2019)
When Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor, it’s a choice that will change her world and ours. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. But her heart is as strong as her will as she is determined to help a troubled and embittered young girl whom has fallen in with a deadly organization known only as Villainy, Inc. This is an origin story of this universe’s Wonder Woman, which explains how she became the superheroine she is today.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War (2019)
Darkseid, the evil tyrant from Apokolips, is conquering one planet after another. The Justice League recruits other superheroes and decides to attack the infernal planet in order to stop its ruler forever. Darkseid, however, spies on the attack plan by exploiting the connection Cyborg still has with the mother boxes and the mission ends in tragedy; many heroes lose their lives (such as the Green Lantern Corps, Aquaman and Zatanna, who is inexplicably abandoned by John Constantine) while others suffer a fate that is, perhaps, even worse.
Superman is deprived of his powers; Batman is brainwashed thanks to the Mobius Chair and becomes Darkseid’s lieutenant; Lex Luthor becomes the Dark Knight’s Earth referent; Wonder Woman, Mera, Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Starfire become the new Furies (completely transformed by combining what remains of their bodies with mechanical parts); Flash is used as a power generator for the planet; and Cyborg becomes the security mechanism of Darkseid’s palace.
Two years later, the Earth is now a domain of Darkseid, who is preparing to steal the magma of the core through three machines in order to revive his own planet. In order to stop him, Superman and Raven go to London and recruit Constantine and the demon Etrigan as part of the resistance led by Lois Lane, who convinces Harley Quinn and her Suicide Squad to join her too, having contact with a spy inside of Darkseid’s army. Raven and Clark ask John to take them to Damien Wayne, who has become the leader of the League of Assassins; he agrees to help them so he can avenge himself (during the siege of Earth, all the Teen Titans were killed while Nightwing, who was killed during the clash, was brought back to life thanks to the Lazarus Pit but has gone mad).
While the rest of the heroes on Earth sacrifice themselves to destroy the three machines (including Shazam, Batwoman and Superboy), the Squad and the others arrive at Luthor’s (except Black Manta and Deadshot), who is revealed to be the spy, palace, and use the facility’s boom tube to send Superman and the others to Apokolips (taking advantage of the absence of Darkseid, who personally took the field to conquer Oa), while they sacrifice themselves to face the “Paradooms”, the Parademons crossed with Doomsday that Darkseid created and exploited to win the first time. On Apokolips Superman, Raven and John face off against the ex-heroes, now loyal soldiers of Darkseid but John brings Diana to her senses thanks to her Lasso; later the group frees Flash from the generator and Constantine uses his magic to exorcise Cyborg, making him come to his senses.
Once in the central room, the group faces Batman and Darkseid. Damien fights with his father, trying to make him come to his senses, but it is only after his murder at the hands of Darkseid that Batman snaps from his mind control. John then frees Trigon from Raven’s crystal and the demon takes possession of Superman, who then fights against the tyrant of the planet. During the clashes, John loses his life and so he has the opportunity to talk to Zatanna, who confesses that she pushed him to leave her with a spell to save his life and then sent him back to Earth; Raven later resurrects him and Damien, who confesses his love for her.
Superman frees himself from the control of the demon and John frees Trigon altogether, who then immolates himself with Cyborg to send Darkseid into the void, thanking his daughter and then returning to limbo, while the rest of the heroes return to Earth. Unfortunately, the damage caused to the planet is irreversible and therefore John convinces Barry to create a new Flashpoint to start from scratch; the sprinter, albeit reluctant, accepts while Damien, Raven (who give each other their first and last kiss) and the group observe the new horizon.
The LEGO continuity
The LEGO continuity is a narrative continuity currently consisting of 12 movies, that combines DC Comics’ lore with the fun atmosphere of LEGO-based movies. Despite being direct-to-video releases, these movies are very popular and are lighter and more entertaining than the ones in other narrative continuities.
Note that these movies are not connected to The Lego Batman Movie, which, although being a LEGO-based movies, is not connected to this narrative continuity. So, the movies in this continuity are:
|Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite||21 May 2013||Jon Burton||Jon Burton|
David A. Goodman
|Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered||October 27, 2014||Rick Morales||Jim Krieg|
|Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League||February 10, 2015||Brandon Vietti||Michael Jelenic|
|Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Attack of the Legion of Doom||August 25, 2015||Rick Morales||Jim Krieg|
|Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash||February 9, 2016||Rick Morales||Jim Krieg|
|Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout||June 21, 2016||Matt Peters|
|Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain||July 25, 2017||Todd Grimes||Jeremy Adams|
|Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash||February 13, 2018||Ethan Spaulding||Jim Krieg|
|Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High||May 1, 2018||Elsa Garagarza||Jeremy Adams|
|Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis||July 22, 2018||Matt Peters||Jim Krieg|
|Lego DC: Batman – Family Matters||July 21, 2019||Matt Peters||Jeremy Adams|
|Lego DC: Shazam!: Magic and Monsters||April 28, 2020||Matt Peters||Jeremy Adams|
Now that we’ve listed you these movies, let us see what they are about:
Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)
In Gotham City, a ceremony is held in honor of Bruce Wayne, who wins the Man of the Year award. The party turns to complete chaos when the Joker makes a sensational entry on the scene accompanied by his horde of psychopaths including the Riddler, the Penguin, Two-Face and Catwoman. As a result, Batman intervenes and trie to corner his surprise guest,s but one of them manages to escape. Desperate to become the frontrunner in the presidential elections against Wayne, Lex Luthor, armed with a destructive cannon, joins the Joker in an effort to end peaceful life in Gotham. Batman and Robin have a hard time facing the Luthor gang on their own, but luckily the Justice League of America will come to their rescue.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Batman Be-Leaguered (2014)
In Gotham City, Batman is fighting Man-Bat at the museum when he is then ambushed by Penguin. Superman arrives in Gotham City where he wants Batman to join his new superhero team called the Justice League, but Batman declines. To Batman’s annoyance, Superman aids him in the fight, even when Joker joins in. After he defeats Penguin, Man-Bat, and Joker, Superman flies out, but he then disappears along with the villains and the gem. Because of his disappearance which is even reported by Lois Lane, Batman calls in the Flash to help with his search for Superman. The Flash travels around the world with Batman following in the Batwing until they find Captain Cold trying to steal an obelisk in Egypt.
Flash and Batman fight him, but Flash disappears mid fight while Batman is frozen solid without his utility belt. Batman thaws and defeats Cold, but he and the obelisk disappear. Batman then asks Aquaman for help. They find Black Manta and his robot sharks trying to steal the Trident of Poseidon. Batman once again wins the fight, but Aquaman, Black Manta, and the trident all disappear. Batman then goes to Metropolis where Wonder Woman and Cyborg are fighting Lex Luthor who is trying to steal the Daily Planet Globe. Once again, the Justice League members disappear, Batman defeats Lex Luthor, but he and the globe disappear. Batman deduces who is behind it, and travels to the Justice League headquarters (the last place he wanted to go). Once there, he identifies Bat-Mite as the culprit. Batman does nothing which Bat-Mite did not expect.
But he did hint them that since the cage was immune to their powers, they shouldn’t use them, and they escaped by opening the door. Batman promptly accepts the invitation to the Justice League. Bat-Mite summons the villains, but they are easily defeated by the combined might of the Justice League.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League (2015)
The residents of Metropolis are frightened by the destruction of a playground by Bizarro, a dimwitted clone of Superman who mistook the carousel for a terrible octopus and tried to save the children. Superman calms down Bizarro, who does not understand his actions, and flies with him to a distant cube planet, where Bizarro could live normally. A year later, Gorilla Grodd, using a telepathic helmet, forces the Giganta to attack Metropolis.
Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Arrow, Plastic Man and the new Justice League members – Green Lantern Guy Gardner and Cyborg – defeat the villains. Back in the Hall of Justice, Batman and Wonder Woman watch a news story about Superman falling into Lex Luthor’s corporation. Superman, on the other hand, was making sandwiches in the kitchen. After seeing the news footage, he realizes that this is Bizarro, and is going to settle everything himself, but the incredulous Batman, along with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Cyborg, goes with him.
At the crime scene, they discover that Bizarro intends to kidnap the duplicator, with which he was created from Superman. Bizarro creates clones from Batman, Cyborg, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman using the duplicator beam, named Batzarro, Cyzarro, Greenzarro and Bizarra, respectively. After freezing the members of the Justice League, Bizarro takes the clones to his planet, taking a Kryptonite bomb with him. FInally free, the members of the Justice League go after the Bizarro League. Arriving on the planet, they are faced with the fact that not all of their superpowers work. There, they also discover how the clones are trying to prevent Darkseid and his henchman Desaad from collecting stones scattered around the planet that can distort the laws of physics.
The Justice League and the Bizarro League team up to oppose Darkseid’s plans to destroy Earth. Superman battles Darkseid when, suddenly, Bizarro throws a Kryptonite bomb at him, incorrectly believing it will help Superman. Darkseid thanks the hapless clone for his help and attacks Earth, turning the Moon into a cube. Hawkman manages to protect the planet. The dying Superman invites his friends to use more stones to overload the energy source of Darkseid’s weapon. Darkseid’s ship explodes from excessive energy, but he manages to escape. Bizarro absorbs Kryptonite energy from Superman and brings him back to life. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor finds mention of an alien who can help him defeat the Justice League.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Attack of the Legion of Doom (2015)
After the Justice League has successfully fought crime, Lex Luthor, Sinestro and Black Manta decide to form their own super-villain team – the Legion of Doom. They conduct a casting, which is successfully passed by Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd and Captain Cold.
Meanwhile, Batman is elected leader of the Justice League. Cyborg – the youngest member of the team – dreams of becoming a great hero, but, having failed to capture the Trickster, begins to doubt his role in the Justice League. The Legion of Doom breaks into Area 52. While the villains are fighting the Justice League members who arrive, Darkseid teleports Lex Luthor to the vault, from where they retrieve the alien capsule. It turns out to be a Martian named J’onn J’onzz. Lex Luthor tricks him to join his side. Back in the Hall of Justice, Cyborg begins to wonder what he must do to get better. After talking to Wonder Woman, he misunderstands her words and arms himself to the teeth.
Walking down the hallway, he meets Batman twice. It turns out one of them was J’onn, who hacks into a computer to create a false alarm at the Metropolis power plant. When the Justice League arrives at the power plant, only Cyborg sees that the station appears to be completely unharmed. This is because J’onn used his telepathy to create the illusion of an accident and frame the heroes. The United Nations and General Sam Lane give the order to send the Justice League into space. Suspecting that something is wrong, J’onn takes the guise of Black Manta and learns that Lex plans to get rid of him. In space, Sinestro attempts to send the Justice League into a black hole, leading to the destruction of Cyborg. Batman realizes that this is not Cyborg, but his robot assistant. The real Cyborg is still in the Hall of Justice and finds a chip that was used to hack into their computer.
Sinestro finds Cyborg and defeats him, but J’onn comes to the aid of the hero. Using telepathy, the Martian forces Sinestro to return the rest of the Justice League. After defeating the Legion of Doom, the Justice League welcomes J’onzz into its ranks as the Martian Hunter. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor demands Darkseid to get him out of prison. He refuses, deciding to find another ally – Brainiac.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Cosmic Clash (2016)
Cyborg alien Brainiac travels to Earth with the intention to shrink it and add it to its collection of miniature cities and planets. However, the Justice League spoils his plans. Brainiac then dispatches Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Superman to different timelines. Batman and Flash create a time machine to save their colleagues.
Cyborg calls Supergirl for help. First, Batman and The Flash travel to the Stone Age for Wonder Woman, who has became the leader of the Stone Age people and established matriarchy. With the help of the Lasso of Truth, Batman manages to restore Wonder Woman’s memories and she returns to the present. Then, Batman travels to 1741, where he finds the Green Lantern on a pirate ship. With the help of the Ring of Power, Batman restores Green Lantern’s memories, and he also teleports back.
Finally, Batman and The Flash travel to the future, but they are attacked by Superman, who is controlled by Brainiac of the future. During the attack, Superman partially destroys the time machine, sending Flash into the present. Batman is rescued by a squad of future superheroes called the Resistance. They help Batman defeat Superman, restore his memories and return to the present. The Resistance also helps Batman return. In the present, the Justice League fights the forces of Brainiac, but Brainiac finishes studying the planet, shrinks the Earth and places it in a jar.
Cyborg constructs air vehicles for the Justice League, which they use to remove the lid of the can and exit it. While most of the Justice League are fighting Brainiac, Batman sneaks into his head and reverses the polarity of the reduction beam. Unaware of this, Brainiac accidentally enlarges Earth and the Justice League to their normal size, thereby defeating himself.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout (2016)
Batman and Robin stop Penguin and Harley Quinn from robbing a jewelry store. Bruce Wayne deduces that the ninja present on the crime scene is a disguised Nightwing, who lured him to a secret Batman anniversary party attended by Robin, Batgirl, Superman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Starfire.
As a gift, Batman is offered to take a vacation, leaving the post of protector of Gotham City to Superman. Bruce Wayne, reluctantly, agrees and, along with Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson, goes on vacation. In Arkham, the Joker sees Batman flying away and escapes from the Asylum with a spoon. Superman learns of the escape and, ignoring Robin’s advice, tries to catch the criminal. The Joker deceives the Kryptonian, and he unwittingly destroys part of a hospital wall, from where Harley Quinn, Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Scarecrow escape. Superman calls Cyborg for help.
Meanwhile, having figured out Nightwing’s vacation plans, Batman and his friends land on the island, where he was trained by Madame Mantis. An excellent detective, Bruce Wayne discovers Deathstroke’s henchman in the guise of his mentor. In pursuit of the mercenary, the Batman trinity ends up in the underworld. It turns out that the underground people was enslaved by Bane, who unsuccessfully tried to find out the “forbidden technique” from Madam Mantis. Grabbing Batman and his team, Bane tries to get the information from Bruce Wayne. Meanwhile, in Gotham City, Poison Ivy defeats Superman and Cyborg, and they have to call Wonder Woman for help. Ivy also attacks Diana Prince with her pheromones, and three members of the Justice League find themselves tied up in the Joker’s amusement park.
The Scarecrow-gassed heroes are dipped into a tank of molten Kryptonite. Watching what is happening from the monitors in the Bat Cave, Robin goes to help his friends. Following Damien Wayne’s advice, the freed members of the Justice League defeat the criminals and send them to Arkham. In the prison of the underworld, Nightwing and Batgirl meet the real Madame Mantis. Bruce Wayne rescues everyone from the dungeon, but they are again defeated by Bane, who manages to overcome Batman’s willpower and learn the secret of the “forbidden technique”.
Deathstroke arrives and helps Batma, as they have to fight an army of underground inhabitants. Meanwhile, Bane is defeated by having his Venom vessels torn. Madame Mantis gives the changed Deathstroke the knowledge of the “forbidden technique” and he says goodbye to Batman, stating that they are still not friends.
Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Brain Drain (2017)
The entire planet is in peril as Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl have to battle an unknown villain as well as short-term amnesia. The trio thought they all had the same bizarre dream where they witnessed Katana and Bumblebee stealing diamonds. They gave chase, but then they all woke up. Turns out the events didn’t only happen in their heads, and the three girls slowly started to understand they lost some time—a whole day. Others remember their missing 24 hours. The girls all acted extremely out of character, doing things like uploading an embarrassing video of Harley Quinn without her permission and replacing the school’s Amethyst with Principal Waller’s car. Their activities get them expelled. That makes them realize not everything is as it seems and leads them on a chase towards the hidden mastermind behind the plot, Eclipso.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash (2018)
Atom visits the Hall of Justice, where he meets Batman, Superman, Ace, Krypto, as well as Cyborg. They are joined by Wonder Woman, Plastic Man, and Firestorm, and they invite Atom to join the Justice League. Suddenly, an alarm goes off and Lois Lane reports that the Joker has attacked Metropolis. He hits the townspeople with a laughing gas and heads for the Daily Planet. Batman sends an alarm to Flash and the Justice League heads to Metropolis. The Joker attacks most of its members with his gas and climbs the Daily Planet globe. The Atom shrinks to find an antidote for the Joker’s gas, while Batman pursues the villain.
Meanwhile, having woken up at exactly 8 a.m., Flash assists the residents of Central City, neutralizing Captain Cold and Captain Boomerang. Belatedly discovering Batman’s missed signal, he goes to Metropolis, where Atom found the antidote and cured the victims. Flash returns to the converted Daily Planet building and stops the Joker. Suddenly, someone appears, outwardly similar to Flash, but with the reverse color of the suit. Flash tries to catch up with the stranger, but jumps in time and ends up in his bed at 8 a.m. Realizing that he was caught in a time loop set up by a stranger, Flash tries to catch up with him over and over again. One day he manages to overtake the stranger and he breaks out of the time loop, losing his Speedster ability.
Having barely reached the Hall of Justice, The Flash is condemned by the members of the League. Atom says that he is not going to join them and shrinks to an invisible size. Batman and the rest of the members retire Barry Allen. Returning home, the Flash discovers the culprit of his troubles there. Calling himself the Reverse Flash, he came from the future to become the greatest superhero. He shackles Allen and leaves. Atom, who has been clinging onto Flash’s suit that whole time, is trying to help the superhero. He cannot enlarge, but he manages to dial Doctor Fate’s number on Allen’s smartphone. Surprised that someone knows about his problem and can help, Flash contacts the dialed caller and finds himself in the world of Doctor Fate and his assistant, Zatanna.
The wizards tell Flash that he needs to reconnect with the Speed Force and send him to another dimension. Meanwhile, Reverse Flash is preventing crime across the country, becoming the most popular superhero. He also managed to imprison the Justice League members at their headquarters, but are soon freed. Together, the heroes defeat the Reverse Flash and, using his own method, deprive him of his superpowers. Flash has the opportunity to single-handedly wield the Force of Speed, but he realizes how dangerous it can be, and lets go of it, leaving only his former superpowers.
Lego DC Super Hero Girls: Super-Villain High (2018)
The teen superheroines of this story are faced with a bitter rival – the mysterious Uber High, which advertises that less schoolwork is more fun for students, aiming to become more popular than Super Hero High. When some of the students of Superhero High decide to enroll in the new school, Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl decide to take a closer look at this new institution. Meanwhile, Catwoman, Cheetah and Poison Kiss, who migrated to Uber High, thoroughly enjoy this new place, where everyone can – supposedly – be who they are. But is that really the case, or are teens being used for some dark purpose? Students of the Superhero High, including a new Green Lantern, are tasked with finding out the truth about Uber High.
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: Aquaman: Rage of Atlantis (2018)
The Justice League is in a hurry to neutralize the bounty hunter Lobo, who is busy searching for an alien artifact storage warehouse. Lobo deals with the heroes with ease and manages to find the glowing ball and fly away with it. Later, Aquaman invites his friends to Atlantis to celebrate the anniversary of his coronation. However, Aquaman’s half-brother, who calls himself Ocean Master, gathers the Atlanteans and turns them against the king, declaring him a usurper.
Aquaman agrees and abdicates in favour of his half-brother, who introduces everyone to his new adviser, Atrocitus of the Red Lantern Corps. Members of the Justice League discover that the Red Lanterns are dehydrating the worlds and the same fate awaits the Earth. Unable to withstand an unequal battle with Atrocitus’s henchmen, the heroes wander through the desert, using Aquaman’s ability to be attracted to water, until they find themselves in a bar, the only place on a drained planet where water can be obtained. There they meet Lobo, who is looking for his friend, the dolphin Fishy.
They team up and return to Earth. Meanwhile, members of the Justice League have destroyed the Red Lantern factory, but Fishy and Atrocitus’ other minions escape through the portal to Earth and close it. The frustrated Lobo flies away, and the heroes return to Earth. Atrocitus and Ocean Master defeat them and imprison them in a cage. Sometime later, after having realised his mistake, Ocean Master helps the members of the Justice League escape and, using his magic, protects them from the red glow. Snatching the legendary Poseidon’s trident, Aquaman gains a formidable weapon that allowed him to defeat Atrocitus and destroy the source of his power. After that, Superman returns the drained water from space to Earth.
Taking possession of the trident, Aquaman regains the right to be called the King of Atlantis. Lobo takes the shackled Red Lanterns to receive a reward, and leaves Earth with FIshy. During the celebration of their victory, members of the Justice League learn about Gorilla Grodd’s attack on Kathmandu and set off to neutralize the villain.
Lego DC: Batman – Family Matters (2019)
After recently foiling the schemes of Solomon Grundy, Batman heads off to his company Wayne Enterprises in his civilian identity where his employees discuss a new AI system named Brother Eye.
Later, Batman decides to sell Wayne Enterprises. This news is discovered by Two-Face, who teams up with Red Hood to get revenge on Batman and Bruce Wayne (as Two-Face is unaware that they are one and the same). Returning home, Batman receives a message to meet at a particular alleyway in Gotham, a message also received by Nightwing, Batgirl and Batwoman. Batman agrees to this message with Robin eventually joining in with the rest of the Bat Family, despite Batman’s demands.
After being ambushed by and defeating Red Hood’s robotic minions, Red Hood reveals that he is aware of the Bat-Family’s secret identities and announces that he has placed 5 bombs across Gotham, one of which will only be revealed if the rest are disarmed. The Bat Family split up to disarm the bombs. Batman eventually arrives at his destination, the Monarch theatre. There, he meets Billy Batson, an orphan whose orphanage is experiencing financial problems and was hoping to have Bruce appear on his podcast to solve them. At that moment, Two-Face shows up and reveals the fourth bomb. As Batman fights off against Two-Face, Billy manages to disarm the bomb with help from an unknown individual. Two-Face is defeated but he manages to escape. Batman is then told by Red Hood to return to the Batcave.
At the Batcave, Batman is able to deduce that Red Hood is his former protege Jason Todd, who left after believing that Batman did not care for him. Batman apologizes and then reveals that after Jason left, he proceeded to look for him until the Batcomputer lost track of him. However, their reunion is cut short when Two-Face informs via video that he bought Wayne Enterprises and proceeds to cause havoc and unleash the OMAC drones through Gotham. He then demands to see Batman and Bruce Wayne to exact his revenge. At Wayne Industries, Batman struggles to keep his dual identity a secret until Red Hood arrives disguised as him.
Having dealt with Two-Face, Batman joins Red Hood in the OMAC factory and the two reconcile. When Brother Eye denies Batman’s request to stop, bringing up Bruce’s earlier dismissal of him, Batman apologizes and admits that he failed to see the good Wayne Enterprises was doing to Gotham. Moved by Batman’s words, Brother Eye shuts down and halts his attempt to blow up the power core. Following this, Batman decides to be more considerate towards his proteges. Red Hood moves back into the Batcave and the Bat Family celebrate their victory as Batman and Red Hood bond over video games.
Lego DC: Shazam!: Magic and Monsters (2020)
A new hero known as Shazam has made his debut and is attracting the attention of the media for his sudden arrival and polite mannerisms. Unbeknownst to the public, he is actually a young orphan boy named Billy Batson. Impressed by Shazam’s capabilities, the Justice League invite him to the Hall of Justice where they offer Shazam membership. Shazam dismisses their offer, believing that they will reject him if they discover his true age.
Consulting The Wizard who gave him his powers for advice, Shazam is told that relationships are built on trust and that he should be more open to the Justice League. Sensing a disturbance, the Wizard then tells Shazam to go help the Justice League when they follow the Monster Society to their warehouse hideout, which Shazam agrees to do. Unfortunately, Mister Mind manages to capture the Justice League and, using a chemical concocted by Doctor Sivana, transforms them into children, making them more susceptible to his mind control. Although de-aged, Batman manages to avoid being mind-controlled and escapes to the Batcave with Shazam’s help. Learning that Batman is reluctant to trust him, Shazam reveals his secret identity to Batman while also recounting his origin story to him. Relating to Billy’s status as an orphan, Batman reveals his secret identity to Billy and explains that he too is an orphan and becomes more trusting of Billy.
Across the world, the mind-controlled Justice Leaguers proceed to steal large quantities of food for Mister Mind, but one by one they are located by Batman and Shazam and freed from Mister Mind’s control. Reunited, the Justice League devise a plan to infiltrate the Monster Society’s lair. Unfortunately, they are swiftly exposed and forced to fight their way to Mister Mind, ultimately defeating the Monster Society. When Shazam and the Justice League encounter Mister Mind, they discover that he has undergone a metamorphosis and grown into a giant moth.
The group attempt to escape to the Rock of Eternity to gain help from the Wizard, but Mister Mind follows them and proceeds to devour the Rock, resulting in him increasing in size and freeing Black Adam from his imprisonment. Black Adam betrays Mister Mind by using his powers to reduce Mister Mind to his caterpillar form and send him hurtling through space.
Seeking vengeance against the Wizard, Black Adam attacks the Rock. The Wizard attempts to hold Black Adam back long enough for Shazam and the Justice League to escape back to Earth. Returning to Earth, knowing Black Adam will be coming for them, the Justice League make preparations.
Arriving on Earth, Black Adam announces his intentions to rule over it with an iron fist. The Justice League and Shazam arrive and face him. Remembering the Wizard’s advice and how Black Adam was able to depower Mr. Mind, Shazam shares his power among the Justice League, enhancing their abilities and returning them to their normal age, while revealing his secret identity to them in the process. The Justice Leaguers are not upset. Using their enhanced abilities, the Justice League is able to defeat Black Adam. The Justice League shows their gratitude by reuniting Billy with his sister Mary and their Uncle Dudley. In a mid-credit scene, Lobo manages to apprehend Mister Mind and plans to collect a $1,000,000,000,000 bounty placed on his head, much to Mister Mind’s dismay.
This section contains all the other movies that are, roughly, part of a larger DC Animated Fictional Universe, but are not part of the above-mentioned continuities and are completely original and/or original stories. These movies are:
|The Batman vs. Dracula||October 18, 2005||Michael Goguen||Set in the universe of The Batman TV series.|
|Superman: Brainiac Attacks||June 20, 2006||Curt Geda||Somewhat related to Superman: The Animated Series, but not considered as part of the DCAU.|
|Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo||September 15, 2006||Michael Chang|
|Set in the universe of the Teen Titans TV series. Released first on television.|
|Superman: Doomsday||September 18, 2007||Bruce Timm|
|Stand-alone adaptation of The Death of Superman, but only loosely.|
|Justice League: The New Frontier||February 26, 2008||Dave Bullock||Stand-alone story based on the DC: The New Frontier story.|
|Batman: Gotham Knight|
July 8, 2008
|Shōjirō Nishimi (#1)|
Futoshi Higashide (#2)
Hiroshi Morioka (#3)
Yasuhiro Aoki (#4)
Toshiyuki Kubooka (#5)
Jong-Sik Nam (#6)
Yoshiaki Kawajiri (#6, uncredited)
|Collection of six shorts set between the events of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, which are part of the universe of The Dark Knight trilogy of live-action films, although the producers consider it not necessarily canon to it.|
|Wonder Woman||March 3, 2009||Lauren Montgomery||Stand-alone, loose adaptation of the Gods and Mortals story.|
|Green Lantern: First Flight||July 28, 2009||Lauren Montgomery||Stand-alone, unrelated to Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Adaptation of the DC Comics Green Lantern mythology.|
|Superman/Batman: Public Enemies||September 29, 2009||Sam Liu||Stand-alone adaptation based on the Superman/Batman: Public Enemies story.|
|Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths||February 23, 2010||Sam Liu|
|Adapted from an unused film plot meant to bridge Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Loosely based on JLA: Earth 2.|
|Batman: Under the Red Hood||July 27, 2010||Brandon Vietti||Stand-alone, loose adaptation of the Batman: Under the Hood story.|
|Superman/Batman: Apocalypse||September 28, 2010||Lauren Montgomery||Sequel to Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. Based on the Superman/Batman: The Supergirl from Krypton story.|
|All-Star Superman||February 22, 2011||Sam Liu||Stand-alone adaptation of the All-Star Superman comic.|
|Green Lantern: Emerald Knights||June 8, 2011||Christopher Berkely|
|Stand-alone collection of six short movies.|
|Batman: Year One||October 18, 2011||Sam Liu|
|Stand-alone adaptation of the Batman: Year One story.|
|Justice League: Doom||February 28, 2012||Lauren Montgomery||Sequel to Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. Loosely based on the JLA: Tower of Babel story.|
|Superman vs. The Elite||June 12, 2012||Michael Chang||Stand-alone adaptation of the What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice & the American Way? story.|
|The Dark Knight Returns||September 25, 2012 (Part 1)|
January 29, 2013 (Part 2)
|Jay Oliva||Two-part, stand-alone adaptation of The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller.|
|Superman: Unbound||May 7, 2013||James Tucker||Stand-alone adaptation of the Superman: Brainiac story.|
|JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time||January 21, 2014||Giancarlo Volpe|
|Batman: Assault on Arkham||August 12, 2014||Jay Oliva|
|Set in the universe of the Batman: Arkham video game franchise.|
|Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts||May 12, 2015||Butch Lukic||First film set in the universe of Batman Unlimited, a line of action figures.|
|Justice League: Gods and Monsters||July 21, 2015||Sam Liu||Set in the same universe as the companion microseries of shorts Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles.|
|Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem||August 18, 2015||Butch Lukic||Second film set in the universe of Batman Unlimited, a line of action figures.|
|DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High||March 19, 2016||Jennifer Coyle||Set in the DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts universe.|
|Batman: The Killing Joke||October 10, 2016||Sam Liu||Stand-alone adaptation of The Killing Joke comic book with additional plot elements.|
|DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year||24 July 2016||Cecilia Aranovich||Set in the DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts universe.|
|Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants||July 24, 2016||Curt Geda||Third film set in the universe of Batman Unlimited, a line of action figures.|
|Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders||October 6, 2016||Rick Morales||First animated film set in the universe of the 1960s Batman TV series.|
|The Lego Batman Movie||January 29, 2017||Chris McKay||Spin-off of The Lego Movie, not set in the LEGO continuity.|
|DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games||9 May 2017||Cecilia Aranovich||Set in the DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts universe.|
|Batman vs. Two-Face||October 8, 2017||Rick Morales||Second animated film set in the universe of the 1960s Batman TV series.|
|Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold||January 6, 2018||Jake Castorena||Crossover with Scooby-Doo. Related to the Batman: The Brave and the Bold TV series.|
|Batman: Gotham by Gaslight||January 23, 2018||Sam Liu||Stand-alone, loose adaptation of the Gotham by Gaslight comic book.|
|Batman Ninja||April 24, 2018||Junpei Mizusaki||Stand-alone anime adaptation.|
|Teen Titans Go! To the Movies||July 22, 2018||Peter Reda Michail|
|Set in the universe of the Teen Titans Go! TV series.|
|DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis||July 22, 2018||Cecilia Aranovich|
|Set in the DC Super Hero Girls animated shorts universe.|
|Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles||March 31, 2019||Jake Castorena||Based on the Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book.|
|Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans||July 21, 2019||Jeff Mednikow||A crossover film between Teen Titans Go! and the original Teen Titans animated series.|
|Superman: Red Son||February 25, 2020||Sam Liu||Stand-alone, loose adaptation of the Superman: Red Son comic book.|
|Superman: Man of Tomorrow||August 23, 2020||Chris Palmer|
Now that we’ve listed you these movies, let us see what they are about:
The Batman vs. Dracula (2005)
Joker and Penguin escape Arkham Asylum and go after money hidden in a crypt in Gotham Cemetery. Batman appears and the Joker apparently dies when he falls into a river and is electrocuted by one of his electronic devices. The Penguin goes alone to the cemetery but finds a body in the coffin instead of money. The body is that of Count Dracula, who hypnotizes the villain and turns him into his slave, who also takes care of his coffin during the day. Several people start to disappear and the police blame Batman after witnesses say that a giant bat was responsible for the kidnapping of the victims.
The hero, in turn, is suspicious of a certain Dr. Alucard (“Dracula”, written in reverse), a new European anthropologist he had met at a society party and who had shown an interest in the reporter Vicki Vale. By deducing who his enemy was, Batman goes after him and while having to face an army of the undead, the Penguin and a vampire version of the Joker, in addition to rescuing Vicki Vale, who was kidnapped by Count Dracula.
Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006)
Lex Luthor announces the creation of a protective weapon, which will render Superman’s services useless for mankind. Brainiac dodges this weapon, arrives on Earth and in the form of a robot breaks into Lex Luthor’s laboratory. With the knowledge and access to Luthor’s weapons, Brainiac fights Superman and loses the fight. Lois Lane, who arrived at the scene of the battle, almost dies, but is once again rescued by Superman. Lex Luthor takes the board with Brainiac’s memory and, using a particle of Kryptonite and Clark Kent’s DNA, creates a robot-hunter for Superman based on them. Meanwhile, Clark Kent has a crush on Lois Lane and worries that she has given her heart to Superman.
He decides to open up to her in a restaurant, but Brainiac finds him. Fighting the robot, Superman is defeated, and Lois Lane is poisoned with his blood. To save his beloved, Superman travels to the Phantom Zone and retrieves an antidote. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor announces the defeat of Superman and tries to defeat Brainiac, who has arrived in Metropolis in the robotic body. Believing that he has power over the alien genius, Lex Luthor discovers that Brainiac has, in fact, long been out of his control and he is powerless to defeat him. Returning from the Phantom Zone, Superman defeats Brainiac and heals Lois Lane. Clark Kent finally opens up to his sweetheart.
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo (2006)
The high-tech ninja, Saico-Tek, attacks the Titans and destroys their tower, but is stopped by Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Beast Boy. Robin finds out, by interrogating the villain, that he is working for the Japanese criminal boss “Brushogun”, who has sent a ninja to collect information about the Teen Titans. The group immediately leaves for Tokyo in search of the mysterious enemy, but is completely befuddled by the environment of a, for them, confusing city. They meet the local police commissioner, Uehara Daizo, who considers Robin’s story of “Brushogun” to be a Tokyo urban myth.
Later, the group assumes they have been deceived until Saico-Tek, who attacked Robin, further confirms Robin’s suspicions. However, he is arrested for a violent clash with Saico-Tek. While Robin is in prison, the other Titans will soon be attacked themselves. The group gets to gather themselves together and, with the help of Cyborg, find a clue leading to a local abandoned comic book factory, where “Brushogun” plans to finally deal with the the Teen Titans.
Superman: Doomsday (2007)
Lois Lane and Superman are romantically involved, but Lois is not happy with him not revealing his secret identity to her. While digging, workers from LexCorp unearth the spaceship of Doomsday, a genetically-engineered super-soldier that is highly hostile toward any life form it comes across. It kills the digging crew and begins a rampage towards Metropolis, killing animals and humans on sight. When Doomsday reaches Metropolis, it decimates the military until Superman arrives. Superman and Doomsday engage in a fierce battle across Metropolis until Superman breaks Doomsday. But the victory is short-lived as Superman seems to succumb to his wounds and die in Lois’ arms.
Lex Luthor kills his personal assistant to ensure no one else knows of LexCorp’s involvement with Doomsday’s release. The world mourns Superman and Metropolis honours him with a memorial. Superman’s friends cope with his death in various ways. Jimmy Olsen takes a job at a tabloid newspaper The National Voyeur, Perry White becomes an alcoholic, and Lois, having realized that Clark was Superman, visits Martha Kent for counsel.
In Superman’s absence, Metropolis is overwhelmed by criminals.
A resurrected Superman appears, but it is revealed to be a clone created by Luthor who is keeping the real Superman’s body preserved in a tube, unaware that Superman is, although barely, still alive. Meanwhile, the clone’s attitude darkens when he hears that Toyman killed a child. In retaliation, the clone drops him from a height so that he falls to his death in front of the police station. This convinces Lois and Martha that this is not the real Superman. Lex berates the clone, orders him to find Superman’s corpse, and threatens to kill him if he misbehaves again.
Superman is revived and resolves to confront the clone, although his powers are not fully restored. To improve his odds, he dons a “solar suit” and brings a Kryptonite gun. The two battle and Lois manages to hit the clone with a kryptonite blast. The clone destroys the gun, but the Kryptonite canister sticks to the clone’s chest and Superman vaporizes it with his heat vision. Before dying, the clone tells Superman to protect the people. Lois is sure of the real Superman once he kisses her, and the crowd is similarly happy now that they know that the real Superman is alive. At Lois’ apartment, Superman reveals himself to be Clark Kent, and Lois embraces him with elation.
At LexCorp, Lex is revealed to be critically injured and in a wheelchair, but still alive. He smiles, musing that there may still be a way for him to destroy Superman.
Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
An unknown entity has decided to eradicate humanity due to its proneness to violence. At the end of the Korean War, US Air Force pilot Hal Jordan and his navigator Kyle Morgan are attacked by enemy pilots, but survive. In Las Vegas, Captain Cold tries to rob a casino, but Flash comes running from Central City, called by his girlfriend Iris West. The last surviving Martian, J’onn J’onzz, is teleported to Gotham City; two years later, he becomes detective John Jones. Together with Batman, he stops a ritual sacrifice by a End-of-Days cult.
Meanwhile, Hal Jordan trains under the command of Colonel Rick Flag for a flight to Mars, not knowing that his rocket carries a destructive weapon. The rocket takes off damaged and faulty. Hal gets out of the cockpit and is saved by Superman. On Paradise Island, Wonder Woman trains with the Amazons. Suddenly they are attacked by the “Center”, the leader of the Gotham-based cult. Abin Sur gives his ring to Hal and tells him about the “Center”, a monstrous creature that seeks to destroy people. “Center”, a huge flying island guarded by an army of mutant dinosaurs, attacks Florida. Superman tries to get closer to the “Center”, but he fails, and he drowns in the ocean. Inspired by his deed, the heroes plan to use Ray Palmer’s beam to destabilize the island, along with a frontal attack and bombardment.
The air assault yields no results, and the dinosaurs overwhelm the ground forces. Hal and Kyle Morgan make their way to the core of “Center”, but a hallucinogenic attack disorients them. Jordan’s ring turns out to be a powerful weapon from the Guardians of the Universe. Using it, the pilot becomes a Green Lantern. Meanwhile, Flash jumps to the surface of “Center” and runs across it, causing him to shrink. Hal envelops the island in green energy and propels it into space, where it explodes. As the team of superheroes celebrate their victory, a submarine emerges from the water, containing Aquaman and Superman, whom he had saved.
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Have I Got a Story for You
A street kid meets with his three friends at a skate park, to which all three of them claim to have seen Batman earlier that day. Batman’s battle with the Man in Black, a high-tech criminal, is told in reverse chronological order with three very different interpretations of Batman’s form and abilities (in the style of the 1950 film Rashomon): one describes him as a living shadow that can melt away and reappear at will (similar to Vampire Batman from Batman & Dracula trilogy); another describes him as a half-human, half-bat creature (similar to Man-Bat); and lastly, one describes him as a combat robot that can leap tall buildings in a single bound. At the end, Batman pursues the Man in Black to the skate park and captures him with the help of the fourth street kid. The fourth kid is able to see what Batman truly is after seeing him sustain injuries from the battle: a human warrior in a costume. He then proceeds to tell his experience about seeing Batman to his friends after Batman disappears.
Crispus Allen and Anna Ramirez are partners and members of the Major Crimes Unit that have been hand-picked by Lieutenant James Gordon. The two are assigned to take the recently captured Man in Black (who was captured previously on Have I Got A Story For You), revealed to be Jacob Feely, an escaped inmate from Arkham Asylum with an expertise in advanced electronics and explosives back to Arkham Asylum (which most of the Narrows has been converted into following the incident in Batman Begins). On their way, they argue over whether Batman can be trusted with Allen saying that they are just running errands for a vigilante while Ramirez replies that Batman has changed Gotham for the better. As they are heading back, Allen declares his intention to leave the MCU and Ramirez pulls into a vacant lot to confront Allen. However, the two get caught in a very large gunfight between gangs, The Russian Mob and Sal Maroni‘s gang. Maroni’s men are gunned down and Maroni takes refuge behind Allen and Ramirez’s patrol car which The Russian subsequently destroys with a rocket launcher. Ramirez and Maroni manage to get clear in time while Allen is rescued by Batman who proceeds to take out The Russian and his men. Sal Maroni then threatens to kill Ramirez, but he is dispatched by Batman. Batman recognizes Allen and Ramirez as Gordon’s hand-picked officers and remarks that Gordon is a good judge of character, and disappears.
An accident involving a new WayneCom satellite’s gyroscopic electromagnetic guidance system gives Lucius Fox an idea to create a device with the satellite’s gyro with an advanced sound sensor that will electromagnetically deflect small-arms fire. Bruce Wayne takes the device and attends a charity golf tournament being held by land developer Ronald Marshall, with whom he discusses the mysterious death of a community activist named Teresa Williams, who had opposed some of Marshall’s plans. During the tournament, Wayne secretly takes Marshall’s PDA device. Later that night as Batman, he hijacks a boat owned by Sal Maroni and drives it alongside a boat owned by the Russian Mob’s leader The Russian and proceeds to attack both gangs at once with assistance from his new device. He attempts to force a truce between the two gang leaders until he can get evidence against them and that Sal Maroni and the Russian can then argue who gets the top bunk at Blackgate Penitentiary. The discussion is disrupted when one of Maroni’s men fires at him. The bullet deflects and instead hits one of The Russian’s men. Distressed, Batman takes the injured man to the hospital. Later, he returns the device to Fox, stating: “…It works too well: I’m willing to put my life on the line to do what I have to. But it has to be mine, no one else’s.”
The police respond to a riot in a cathedral where Cardinal O’Fallon was giving a sermon. According to eyewitness testimony, the Cardinal was abducted by a large monster and taken down into the crypts below the cathedral. Lieutenant Gordon, Crispus Allen, and Anna Ramirez investigate. Gordon has a brief conversation with Batman, who agrees with Gordon’s theory that the Scarecrow’s fear toxin is behind the riot as the doctor has been at large since the riot at the Narrows (during the event of Batman Begins). Batman gives Gordon an earpiece that will allow them to stay in contact and descends below ground, trying to find Cardinal O’Fallon and his abductor. A homeless man living in an abandoned subway station identifies the abductor as Killer Croc. Batman and Gordon briefly discuss the villain’s past, but are cut off when Killer Croc ambushes Batman. During the fight, Batman discovers Croc is under the influence of the Scarecrow’s fear toxin. Batman defeats him, but not before sustaining a bite that transfers some of the toxin to him. He then finds Cardinal O’Fallon being put on trial and sentenced to death by the Scarecrow (who is unhappy with O’Fallon’s efforts to help the homeless). Batman leaps in to defend the Cardinal. Using the methane already present in the room, he sparks an explosion that destroys several water pipes, flooding the area and allowing him to escape with the Cardinal. While Scarecrow escapes, Gordon appears in a helicopter to retrieve the Cardinal. Gordon offers to help Batman, but Batman refuses, saying: “Maybe next time.”
Working Through Pain
Taking place after In Darkness Dwells, Batman is shot in the stomach by a man hallucinating in the sewers of Gotham. Severely injured, Batman cauterizes the wound and then desperately searches for a way out, reflecting on his experiences with managing pain as he does so (before the events of Batman Begins). First, he remembers volunteering with a relief effort and assisting a doctor in performing surgery without anesthesia. Next, he reflects on the lessons he learned from a woman named Cassandra who was cast out of her community for disguising herself as a boy in an attempt to become a Fakir. Over several months, she teaches him to minimize his pain to the point where he can control it, sleeping on a bed of needles or standing on hot coals without reacting. One night, several young men appear to harass Cassandra, who takes their blows without seeming to feel them. Bruce steps in to defend her, not only demonstrating his ability to withstand their attacks but defeating them all with his martial arts skills. Cassandra then tells him to leave, saying that he has learned what he came to learn. She then comments on how Bruce’s pain was beyond her or possibly even his ability to handle, but how it also appeared to be leading him down a path he desired. Back in the present, Batman ends up in a gutter where he discovers a cache of guns buried in the garbage. Alfred then arrives to assist him and tells Batman to reach out his hand so he can pull him out of the gutter but Batman, whose arms are full of guns, replies that he cannot.
Bruce Wayne has a flashback to the murder of his parents. In his penthouse, he examines the firearms he took from the underground tunnel’s gutter (during the events of Working Through Pain) which he intends to turn in to the police. Wayne admits to Alfred that even though he vowed never to use them in the memory of his parents, he can still understand the temptation to use one. Meanwhile, in another city, a prodigious assassin known as Deadshot carries out an assassination on Mayor Manning with a spectacularly difficult shot from a moving ferris wheel literally miles away from the man and returns to his tropical base.
There, one of his associates hires him to carry out a hit in Gotham. It is revealed that The Russian has put out a hit on Lieutenant Gordon, and Batman is called in to protect him. Batman gives Crispus Allen Ronald Marshall’s handheld PDA device (which he stole as Bruce Wayne in Field Test), containing a link to encrypted e-mails proving that Ronald Marshall hired Deadshot in the past. He then follows Gordon’s motorcade, with Alfred providing satellite-imagery assistance using the new WayneCom satellites.
Deadshot attempts to shoot Gordon from a moving train, but Batman deflects the bullet. Deadshot then gleefully reveals that Batman was his real target the entire time and that the threat against Gordon was merely a ruse to draw him out. He opens fire as the train enters a tunnel and as Batman attempts to charge at Deadshot, he gets shot and falls off the train. Deadshot advances to where he saw Batman fall while gloating about shooting Batman, but is suddenly ambushed and disarmed from behind by Batman.
Now terrified, Deadshot confesses that he was hired by the Russians to kill Batman and tries to talk Batman out of killing him since he was “only doing his job.” Infuriated with Deadshot’s cowardice, Batman knocks him out and Deadshot and Ronald Marshall are later arrested afterwards. Later, Wayne confides to Alfred about how similar the fight in the tunnel seemed to the night his parents were murdered and comments that “I’ve been trying to stop those two bullets all my life.” He expresses discouragement and Alfred agrees, but then adds that he thinks Bruce has a higher purpose. The film ends with Bruce looking up at the sky and seeing the Bat-Signal.
Wonder Woman (2009)
Queen Hippolyta and the Amazons are in conflict with Ares, the god of war, and his army. They win the fight and Hippolyta cuts off the head of Thrax, the son of Ares. Zeus and Hera then appear to the Queen of the Amazons to spare Ares’ life. In exchange, the Amazons receive the island of Themyscira to live there without men and keep Ares prisoner. After building their city, Hippolyta goes to the beach to have a girl there with the help of Zeus, Diana. Many years later, when Princess Diana has become a proud warrior, Ares unleashes the plan he hatched in his cell and corrupts an Amazons to release him. But for this escape to be successful, he must create a diversion by luring to the island Steve Trevor, a boastful pilot who could prove to be a decisive asset for Diana to end the threat posed by the fallen god.
Green Lantern: First Flight (2009)
Before any living beings appeared on Earth, there was a race in the universe called the Guardians of the Universe, who owned great power and imprisoned it in a Battery of Power, which became the source of power for the Green Lanterns throughout the Universe. But it had one weakness – the green energy could not resist the yellow energy, which is why the Guardians concealed it, in order to prevent the use of this power for evil purposes. Ferris Aircraft test pilot Hal Jordan joins the Green Lantern Corps, the intergalactic police force, after the death of Abin Sur, who gave Hal his ring of power. His mentor becomes a respected member of the Corps, the guardian of the rules Sinestro, who is investigating the murder of Abin Sur. Hal soon realizes that Sinestro’s beliefs are not as perfect as they seem – Sinestro believes that the Guardians of the Universe do not have a proper plan for maintaining security in the Universe. Sinestro and his plans become the main problem of the Corps, as he intends to destroy the Guardians of the Universe, but defeating him is not an easy task, as he obtains the powers of the Yellow Ring of Fear.
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
LexCorp CEO, Lex Luthor, is elected President of the United States during an economic crisis. Luthor becomes popular by saving the country’s economy and gets several superheroes to collaborate with him: Captain Atom, Star, Katana, Black Lightning, Powerful and Major Force. However, Superman and Batman do not trust Luthor. The American government discovers that a large Kryptonite meteor is on a collision course with Earth. Luthor thinks he can stop the threat on his own and prevents other heroes from interfering, but Batman and Superman make their own efforts to stop the threat. Lex pretends to try to make a deal with Superman, but the hero ends up having to face the cyborg presidential bodyguard named Metallo, who has a Kryptonite fragment in his heart.
After a devastating fight, Superman is saved by Batman, but Metallo appears to have died and Lex accuses Superman of being the murderer. He publicly claims that the meteor’s proximity was affecting the hero’s mental balance and immediately offers a prize of $1,000,000,000 to whoever captures Superman and Batman, whom Luthor accuses of being the Man of Steel’s partner in crime. Several villains try to defeat Superman and Batman, and then the heroes who support Luthor also seek to imprison the duo (except Power Girl, who is the only one on the president’s team who knows the truth and intends to help the duo). However, when Luthor’s attempt to stop the meteor fails, several people begin to doubt the president’s abilities. Batman and Superman go and ask Toyman, who has a ship ready to blow up the meteorite, for help.
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
The story begins in an alternative universe, when heroic versions of Lex Luthor and The Joker (called Jester) invade America’s Crime Syndicate’s secret base and steal a detonating device called a “quantum trigger”. Jester ends up sacrificing himself by being cornered by the villains J’edd J’arkus (a version of Martian Manhunter) and Angelique (a version of the Hawkgirl). Lex Luthor manages to escape to Prime-Earth, where he asks the Justice League for help. Earth’s heroes agree to help and accompany Lex back to his universe, except for Batman, who remains to look after the League’s satellite headquarters. The Justice League faces its evil counterparts while the President of the United States, Slade Wilson, is reluctant to confront the villains, because he does not want to use nuclear weapons against them. This also prevents the Crime Syndicate from taking it out of power. But they have a plan: Owl (the villainous version of Batman) is building a bomb with which the Crime Syndicate intends to force the president out of office. But the criminals are unaware that the Owl has his own plans and that they can put humanity in mortal danger. It is up to Batman to defeat his evil counterpart.
Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
The Joker has captured Jason Todd, the second Robin, and tortures him until Batman arrives to save his apprentice. The rescue fails when the building explodes and Jason dies. Five years later, Batman is struggling to recover from the death of his sidekick, when what appears to be gang warfare breaks out in Gotham. In the city of Gotham, a masked man known as Red Hood takes command of the drug trade, assuring eight prominent leaders of his protection against Batman and another underworld boss. Black Mask. It eventually turns out that Red Hood is in fact Jason Todd, the former Robin, who came back to life thanks to Ra’s al-Ghul. Red Hood attacks the Joker and, in an abandoned apartment, puts him through the same violent torture the Clown Prince of Crime had put him through earlier. Batman arrives and saves his old enemy as the apartment blows up; the Red Hood has disappeared without leaving any trace. In the epilogue, in the Batcave, Alfred, Batman’s butler, asks him if it is necessary to remove the memorial dedicated to Jason Todd. Batman refuses, saying nothing has changed.
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
Weeks after the events that led to Lex Luthor’s arrest after his impeachment , and Batman’s success in saving the world from the impact of a meteor, a spaceship crashes in Gotham City Bay. On board was a teenage-looking young woman who manifested super-powers identical to Superman’s when being chased by police, scaring the population. Batman manages to stop her using a fragment of a Kryptonite meteor he found near the ship. Superman appears to help him investigate and the pair discover that the girl’s name is Kara Zor-El, Jor-El’s niece and Superman’s biological cousin. For the next two weeks, Superman teaches Kara the English language and reveals his Clark Kent identity until Wonder Woman and Lyla (Precursor) arrive and convince the superhero that his cousin should remain in training on Themyscira to learn how to control her powers. On the planet Apokolips, Darkseid searches for a replacement for Big Barda in the leadership of his personal guard, the Female Furies. When he senses Kara’s presence on Earth, he orders Granny Goodness and the Furies to kidnap the Kryptonian and bring her to Apokolips.
All-Star Superman (2011)
Superman rescues Dr. Leo Quintum’s expedition to the Sun and receives a lethal dose of radiation. Wanting to spend as much of his remaining time as possible with her, Clark Kent opens up to Lois Lane. On her birthday, he takes her to the Fortress of Solitude, where Superman gives her a serum that can make her Superwoman for 24 hours. Together, they rush stop an attack of the lizard-like monsters that live under Metropolis, but time-travelling heroes Samson and Atlas are already there. Meanwhile, Lex Luthor is on death row, as it is revealed that it was he who faked the accident that caused Superman to overdose with sunlight. Clark Kent arrives at the prison to interview Luthoer, but they have to deal with the escaped Parasite. Despite getting an opportunity to escape, Lex remains in prison, knowing that Superman will die first. Superman tells Lois Lane that he will die soon and leaves Earth. Returning, he discovers that the Earth is ruled by his distant relatives – the Kryptonians Bar-El and Lilo.
On the day of his execution, Lex accepts a serum stolen by one of Superman’s reprogrammed robots from the Fortress of Solitude, and becomes super-human for 24 hours. He collides with the super-computer Solaris, which changes the yellow sunlight to red – destructive for Superman. Superman destroys Solaris and uses the gravity cannon to speed up Luthor’s biological clock to make the serum run out faster. Upon learning that Solaris made the Sun blue, Superman travels to the star to restore its original color, and dies. Lois Lane believes that he will return as soon as everything is fixed.
Green Lantern: Emerald Knights (2011)
The First Lantern
Avra, a scribe of the Guardians, is chosen by one of the first four energy rings created by the Guardians to fight against a huge alien army that attacks peaceful and defenseless planets. When one of the four is killed in battle and the others want to escape, Avra shows his worth by using the power of the rings in a way that the Guardians themselves did not foresee. Then Hal and Arisia meet Kilowog, the recruit’s instructor. Hal decides to tell the newcomer the story of how Kilowog became the main instructor for the Lanterns.
Sgt. Deegan trains recruit Kilowog and others, then putting them in very dangerous situations. Kilowog rebels against Deegan and accuses him of putting the recruits’ lives at risk but the discussion is interrupted when everyone is called to defend a planet under attack. Hal and Arisia arrive to patrol the sun when they find Laira and Hal decides to tell her story.
Princess Laira was sent on her first solo mission to her home planet, to investigate reports that her people had become hostile. Laira realizes that her father now leads a warrior cult and threatens other peoples and it is up to her to stop him and also other members of her family. All the Lanterns are called to wait for Krona’s attack and Mogo is the only one who doesn’t show up. Hal decides to explain Arisia’s story.
Mogo Doesn’t Socialize
Bolphunga travels the universe in search of duels against the most powerful warriors to prove his superiority. He learns that the Green Lantern Mogo was never defeated and decides to go to meet him. His computer reports Mogo’s whereabouts and Bolphunga sees only a large green planet. Bolphunga drops bombs all over the planet waiting for the Lantern to appear and is surprised when he finds out that Mogo is the planet itself. Hal and Arisia are attacked by Krona’s dark demons and rescue Sinestro. The Lantern then speaks of the prophecy that Oa will be destroyed and tells the story of Abin Sur.
Abin Sur is the Green Lantern who previously wore Hal Jordan’s ring. He fought Atrocitus, a criminal alien who told him a dark prophecy. Sinestro helps Abin to capture the villain. When Abin took Atrocitus to prison, the villain tells him about his impending death. And Sinestro’s betrayal, which Lanterna refuses to believe.
Krona finally reaches Oa’s sun. All the Lanterns fight the dark demons while a huge figure grows inside the sun. Arisia finds out how to stop the villain and Green Lantern Mogo uses all his power in the fight.
Batman: Year One (2011)
After 12 years of studying and training abroad in martial arts and science, billionaire orphan Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City on the same day that Lieutenant James Gordon moved in with his pregnant wife, Barbara, from Chicago. The two men find a completely corrupted police force, led by Commissioner Loeb, and with former detective Flass and SWAT officer Branden as their main operatives. Disguised, Bruce Wayne watches over the city’s East Side, a place of crime and prostitution, and ends up wounded after a fight with a pimp and several prostitutes, including Selina Kyle, the future Catwoman). Gordon soon becomes a target of his corrupt colleagues, but gets the support of the media and the public, which treat him as a hero. Soon enough, the recovered Bruce decides to become the masked vigilante Batman and he allies himself with district attorney Harvey Dent, who gives him clues about organized crime bosses.
Justice League: Doom (2012)
The story begins when the Royal Flush gang tries to rob a bank. The League arrives and, after a fight, puts them out of harm’s way. Each member then returns home, including Batman. However, once the Batmobile is parked and Batman has gone up to the mansion, the Mirror Master comes out of the rearview mirror of the Batmobile and takes the opportunity to hack the Bat-computer, where Batman has stored all the data relating to the League, including all of the weaknesses and strengths of his teammates.
At the same time, we learn that Vandal Savage had in fact planned everything and that he took the opportunity to summon every supervillain enemy of the members of the League: Ma’alefa’ak for Martian Manhunter, Bane for Batman, Cheetah for Wonder Woman, Metallo for Superman, Mirror Master for Flash and Star Sapphire for Green Lantern. Thus, the members of the League find themselves threatened by their sworn enemies, dubbed the Legion of Doom by Vandal Savage. Batman, helped by a newcomer, Cyborg, will then try everything to thwart the traps set by the Legion of Doom, aware that his information helped create it.
Superman vs. The Elite (2012)
The adventure begins with the Englishman Manchester Black watching TV, hearing news of countless cases of villains who have received a second chance. Black turns off the TV and begins implementing his plan to ensure the safety of the world. Meanwhile, in Metropolis, Lois and Clark witness murders of several people on the streets by the hands of the insane Atomic Skull. After stopping the monster, Superman goes to the United Nations, but his speech is interrupted by the discussion between the ambassadors of Bialya and Pokolistan who threaten to break the peace treaty between the countries.
Superman goes to Bialya to prevent the war and a new team of superheroes, the Elite (a group formed by the young and powerful metahumans Manchester Black, Cold Fusion, Zoo and Hat, whose base of operations is a living ship capable of travel between dimensions) comes to assist him. After returning, Superman and Lois go to England to investigate the new group and discover that Manchester Black, the leader of the Elite, had first manifested his powers at puberty by saving his sister, Vera. Shortly after, the group announces to the world that it will go after the villains and kill them. The Elite attacks the leaders of countries at war and Superman opposes the murders. Atomic Skull escapes from prison and the Elite wants to execute him, with the support of the people who do not accept Superman’s stances.
The Man of Steel does not give up trying to take the group on trial for the murders and Manchester Black decides that the Elite should get rid of Superman. The Elite and Superman clash on the Moon.
The Dark Knight Returns (2012/2013)
After the death of his protégé Jason Todd, Bruce Wayne retired his Batman persona. Ten years later, in mid-1986, Gotham City is overrun with crime and terrorized by a gang known as the Mutants. The 55-year-old Wayne maintains a friendship with 70-year-old retiring Police Commissioner James Gordon (who knows Wayne was Batman), while the Joker (Batman’s archenemy) has been catatonic in Arkham Asylum since Wayne’s retirement. Arkham inmate and former district attorney Harvey Dent undergoes plastic surgery to repair his disfigured face.
Although he is declared sane, he quickly goes into hiding following his release. Dent’s disappearance, news stories of the crime epidemic, and the memory of his parents’ deaths drive Wayne to become Batman once more. He combats serious crimes, rescuing 13-year-old Carrie Kelley, but now struggles with the physical limitations of age.
Public reaction to his return is divided. Dent’s psychologist Bartholomew Wolper blames Batman for creating his own rogues gallery. Dent resurfaces, threatening to blow up a building unless he is paid a ransom. Batman defeats Dent’s henchmen, learning that the bombs will explode even if the ransom is paid; he realizes that Dent intends to kill himself. Batman disables one bomb, and the other detonates harmlessly. He defeats Dent, who reveals that he thinks the reconstructive surgery was botched, as he considered his undamaged half as disfigured.
Kelley dresses as Robin and looks for Batman, who attacks a gathering of the Mutants with a tank-like Batmobile (incapacitating most of them). The Mutant leader challenges Batman to a duel. He accepts to prove to himself that he can win. The Mutant leader (who is in his prime) nearly kills Batman, but Kelley distracts him long enough for Batman to subdue him. The leader and many gang members are arrested. Injured, Batman returns to the Batcave with Kelley, and allows her to become his protégée in spite of protests from his butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
Batman has Kelley disguise herself as a Mutant, and she lures the gang to a sewer outlet at the West River. At the Gotham City Police Department, the Mutant leader murders the mayor during negotiations. Commissioner Gordon deliberately releases the leader, providing an escape from the building, which leads to the sewer outlet.
Before the amassed Mutants, Batman fights the leader in a mud pit; the mud slows the leader, removing his physical advantage, and Batman overpowers him. Seeing their leader’s defeat, the Mutants divide into smaller gangs, with one becoming the “Sons of Batman”, a violent vigilante group. Batman’s victory becomes public and the city’s inhabitants are inspired to stand up against crime. Gordon retires after meeting his anti-Batman successor, Ellen Yindel. In Arkham, televised reports about Batman bring the Joker out of his catatonic state.
In late 1986, feigning remorse for his past, Joker convinces Wolper to take him on a talk show to tell his story, and makes plans for his escape with Abner, an old henchman who supplies him with mind-controlling lipstick. Meanwhile, Superman, who works as a government operative in exchange for being allowed to covertly help people, is asked by President Ronald Reagan to end Batman’s vigilante activities. Framing these events is a growing hostility between the USA and the Soviet Union over possession of the island of Corto Maltese. As Batman’s continued presence humiliates the national authorities, incoming commissioner Yindel orders Batman’s arrest, and Superman warns Batman that the government will not tolerate him much longer.
Joker makes his talk show appearance on David Endochrine’s show as Batman fights with the GCPD on the studio roof; while they fight, Joker kills Wolper, gasses everyone in the studio to death and escapes. He finds Selina Kyle and uses one of her escorts and his lipstick to take control of a congressional representative, who calls for a nuclear strike on the Soviets before falling to his death. Batman’s investigation leads him to Selina, whom he finds bound and dressed like Wonder Woman. Kelley notices cotton candy on the floor, and Batman deduces that Joker is at the fairgrounds.
There Kelley accidentally kills Abner while Batman pursues the Joker, who indiscriminately guns down dozens of people. As Batman corners a wounded and partially blinded Joker, he admits to feeling responsible for every murder Joker has committed and intends to stop him permanently. In the ensuing fight, Joker stabs Batman repeatedly, and Batman breaks Joker’s neck in front of witnesses. However, Joker is still alive, albeit paralyzed from the neck-down. Content that Batman will be branded a murderer, the Joker finishes twisting his neck, killing himself. The GCPD arrive and Batman, bleeding profusely, fights his way to Kelley and escapes.
Superman deflects a Soviet nuclear missile, but is hit with the blast and badly injured. The detonation creates an electromagnetic pulse that wipes out all electrical equipment in the United States and causes a nuclear winter. As Gotham descends into chaos, Batman, Kelley and Gordon rally the Sons of Batman and the citizens of Gotham to restore order, and Yindel accepts that Batman has become too powerful to take down.
While the rest of America is powerless and overrun with crime, Gotham becomes the safest city in the country, embarrassing the President’s administration. Frustrated they weren’t able to bring stability, Superman and troops are sent to finally stop Batman. Batman and Superman agree to meet in Crime Alley.
Superman can’t help but feel remorse for disregarding Batman throughout the years, and humbly asks him not to go through the fight. Wearing a powerful exoframe and supported by Kelley and former superhero Oliver Queen (Green Arrow), Batman fights Superman, using various tactics to make the fight even. When Superman gains the advantage, Queen hits him with an arrow made with synthetic Kryptonite, severely weakening him. Batman savagely beats Superman, claiming that he intentionally made the Kryptonite weak, and tells Superman never to forget that Batman could have killed him whenever he wanted.
Batman then apparently dies of a heart attack, while Wayne Manor self-destructs, and Alfred dies of a stroke. Superman holds Batman’s body, and orders the soldiers to stand down.
In the aftermath, the world learns that Bruce was Batman; all of his secrets are destroyed with the manor and his finances disappear. As Superman leaves Wayne’s funeral, he gives Kelley a knowing wink after hearing a faint heartbeat coming from Bruce’s coffin. In a cave, Bruce is revealed to have faked his death to make preparations to continue his mission more discreetly, allied with Kelley, Queen, and his followers.
Superman: Unbound (2013)
Supergirl tries to free Lois Lane, who is held captive by terrorists. Superman intervenes and frees his girlfriend. Later, the journalist convinces Clark Kent to divulge their relationship, but the report of a meteor falling on Arizona forces Superman to postpone the conversation. The space object turns out to be a robot, which Superman defeats and, upon discovering the transmitter inside, takes it to the Fortress of Solitude.
Supergirl arrives there and recognizes Brainiac’s henchman. Kara Zor-El reveals that Brainiac has shrunk her city of Kandor for his collection and is apparently flying towards Earth. Superman determines the frequency of the transmitter and sets out to find Brainiac. His search leads him to one of the planets where Brainiac had already launched his activities to collect information. Superman tries to stop him, but finds himself at the mercy of the alien. Waking up on Brainiac’s ship, Superman discovers many smaller cities. Coming into contact with Superman, Brainiac discovers intelligent life on planet Earth and, having captured the hero, sends him to Kandor.
There, Superman meets his uncle Zor-El and aunt Alura, Supergirl’s parents. They explain that Brainiac was tasked with learning everything about the universe. As a cyborg, he literally interpreted his task, but realizing that he could not achieve this goal, because life continues to change, Brainiac destroys civilizations after studying them so that they cannot change further. Using robots, Superman escapes from Kandor. He temporarily neutralizes Brainiac and returns home with the miniaturized city.
Brainiac recovers and attacks Earth. Despite Superman and Supergirl’s attempts to stop him, the alien shrinks Metropolis and fires a rocket capable of blowing up the Sun. Remembering Brainiac’s weakness, Superman rips him out of the ship and they land. The cyborg is mentally and physically stressed and explodes. Meanwhile, Supergirl catches up with the rocket and prevents the Sun from being destroyed. After the restoration of Metropolis and the transfer of Kandor to another planet, Superman returns to the editorial office of The Daily Planet, where Clark Kent proposes to Lois Lane.
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014)
Lex Luthor commands the Legion of Doom, which is divided into two groups, one at the North Pole and the other in Space; he plans to completely subdue humanity, this time through changes in the climate. They are surprised by the Justice League and during the fight, Luthor falls into the Arctic Ocean and is frozen. A thousand years later, his body is trapped in an ice block and kept in a museum maintained by the Legion of Superheroes. The villain breaks free and uses the Eternity Glass, the power source of the evil entity Time Trapper, to return to the time of his freeze and to be reunited with his minions from the Legion of Doom. He comes up with a new plan, which consists of going back to the past and preventing Clark Kent from becoming Superman and forming the Justice League. But two would-be legionaries, Vesper and Karate Kid, travelled back in time as well and warned the League’s heroes about the villain’s new power.
Batman: Assault on Arkham (2014)
After Batman’s arrest of the Riddler and his return to Arkham Asylum, Amanda Waller, director of A.R.G.U.S., a secret paramilitary federal organization commanding Task Force X (Suicide Squad), reformed the unit, which this time was made up of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Frost, King Shark, Black Spider and KGBeast. The group, led by Deadshot, must infiltrate Arkham and then find the Riddler’s cane, where sensitive information stolen from Amanda Waller is hidden. However, Waller is unaware that one of the team members is, at the same time, on a very different mission, while obeying her orders under penalty of seeing their heads explode because of the mini-bombs placed in their necks. Their mission must be done with the utmost discretion so that it doesn’t alert Batman, who is already busy looking for the bomb that the Joker, freshly returned to Arkham, has hidden in Gotham City.
Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts (2015)
Gotham City is being attacked by the Beast Squad, consisting of Killer Croc, Cheetah, Gorilla Grood and Man-Bat. Batman, Nightwing, Red Robin, Flash and Green Arrow try to stop the villains, but a mechanized tiger, a wolf and a bat come to the aid of the criminals. At the opening of the tallest building in Gotham, “The Birdhouse”, heir to a wealthy family, Oswald Cobblepot, demonstrates the cyborg animals created by Dr. Kirk Langstrom, in which Bruce Wayne and Oliver Queen, who have been invited to the ceremony, recognize the robots that attacked them. Green Arrow attaches a bug to Dr. Langstrom.
After a fight, Batman and his companions manage to neutralize and capture the mechanized animals in order to find out how they work, but they cannot get full access to the controls. For that, they need Dr. Langstrom personally. After attacking the Beast Squad, Batman discovers that Man-Bat is actually Dr. Langstrom. In his cave, Batman creates a serum that will restore Dr. Langstrom to human form for 3 hours. It turns out that Cobblepot, under the pseudonym of Penguin, is going to use a laser device to attract the asteroid Midas, consisting of pure gold.
He assembled the Beast Squad so that its members would place devices around the perimeter of the Aviary to create a shield that would protect Cobblepot from an asteroid that had fallen on Gotham. Having captured the asteroid with the beam and starting its attraction, the Penguin activates the force field. Batman, in a special suit, and Flash manage to break through the protective screen and deactivate it. Langstrom reprograms the captured cyborgs and they engage the cyborgs of the Penguin. After averting a disaster, Batman’s team sends members of the Beast Squad to Arkham Asylum. The Penguinleaves Gotham and finds refuge in the Antarctic ice.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015)
The story takes us to an alternative reality, where the Justice League protects the planet – but answers only to itself. Using methods of intimidation and fear, these Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman use brute force in the name of justice. In this alternate universe, Superman was not “created” by the Kents in Smallville, the Dark Knight is not Bruce Wayne, and Wonder Woman is not an Amazon warrior from Themyscira. When a group of famous scientists go through “accidents”, a government task force is launched that follows a trail of clues that leads them to the League.
Here, Wonder Woman is actually Bekka, a ruler of New Genesis. She arrived on Earth after rising up against Izaya, who waged a massacre against the rulers of Apokolips shortly after the marriage of Beca and Orion. Batman is Dr. Kirk Langstrom, who in an attempt to cure a genetic disease ends up becoming a kind of vampire, and started to feed on the blood of bandits in an attempt to use his condition for good. Superman is the son of General Zod, and when he arrived on Earth he was welcomed and raised by a couple of Mexican immigrants. His name is Hernan Guerra.
Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (2015)
On Halloween, the Scarecrow, Solomon Grundy, Silver Banshee and Clayface are rampaging the streets of Gotham City. Batman, Red Robin, Nightwing and Green Arrow try to stop them, but the criminals manage to escape. Clayface kidnaps programmer Gogo Shoto, who is engaged in the production of games based on virtual reality. The Joker plotted to create a virus that would disable all electronics. Following Joker’s orders, Solomon Grundy steals a powerful power unit. Batman sets off in pursuit, but fails again.
At a social evening dedicated to the discovery of the energy stone, Bruce Wayne meets Cyborg. The Joker suddenly appears with his henchmen and steals the relic. Batman chases after him, but the Joker escapes again. Cyborg is defeated by Clayface and, together with Batman’s motorcycle and plane, falls into the hands of criminals who infect them with the virus. After analysing the facts, Batman and his associates locate the Joker’s gang, where they have to fight Cyborg. By preventing the spread of the virus, the heroes defeat the villains.
DC Super Hero Girls: Super Hero High (2016)
School is in session for DC Super Hero Girls! This is where students master their super powers, brain power, and will power to become the Super Heroes of tomorrow. When Supergirl crash lands into the cafeteria, it is evident that though she has incredible power, she has a long way to go before she becomes a Super Hero. As Supergirl learns to harness her powers, the Junior Detective Club investigates a mysterious rash of security breaches. Could it all be because of reformed Super-Villain and Super Hero High Vice-Principal Gorilla Grodd – or something far worse?
Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
During a patrol, Batgirl fails in an attempt to stop a robbery but manages, together with Batman, to question one of the criminals and get some useful information. Given that Batgirl is personally involved with the case, Bruce takes it away from her and, after a fight, the two have sex. This causes even more problems in their relationship and, after cracking the case, Barbara quits being Batgirl.
Some time later, detective Bullock informs Batman of a murder seemingly connected to the Joker, but that seems to be impossible as he is locked up in Arkham; Bruce discovers that his nemesis has escaped and that he plans to prove his theory, according to which any man can go mad because of a single bad day. The Joker’s origin is revealed. He was once a failed comedian who, in order to gain money for his pregnant wife, let himself be persuaded into becoming Red Hood by two criminals.
Shortly before the crime, however, he was informed that his wife and unborn child had died in an accident; later, in the chemical factory where the theft was to take place, he fell in a tank of chemical liquids after seeing Batman. Later, after seeing his new appearance – green hair, white skin and red lips – the man has a complete breakdown and becomes the Joker. Back to the present, the Joker has picked James Gordon as his intended victim; he plans on making him lose his mind.
Firstly, he shoots Barbara in the spine, which puts her in a wheelchair, and then takes the commissioner through a gallery of horrors in the carnival, forcing him to see photos of his daughter. Batman comes on time to save him from insanity and goes after the Joker. The two have a confrontation, at the end of which Batman defeats his archenemy; in a last desperate attempt to redeem him, Bruce asks the Joker to accept his help but the latter, after a moment’s hesitation, refuses saying that there is no hope for him now. In the closing credits scene, Barbara assumes her new identity as Oracle, Bruce’s tech-savvy aide.
DC Super Hero Girls: Hero of the Year (2016)
It’s almost the “Heroine of the Year” ceremony at Super Hero High and the girls are more motivated than ever to win the title. But the event is spoiled by Eclipso who wants to create the ultimate weapon by appropriating precious objects from different planets of the universe. Accompanied by a mysterious sidekick, Dark Opal, she is ready to do anything to succeed in her plan. The girls will have to join together to save not only their school but also the world.
Batman Unlimited: Mechs vs. Mutants (2016)
When the evil scientist Mr. Freeze activates his latest invention on two of Gotham City’s most formidable criminals, Killer Croc and Chemo, things go from bad to worse. After having been transformed into super-sized mutant monsters, the supervillains begin to attack the streets of Gotham City with no end in sight. It is up to Batman and his team of superheroes to save the day using their new giant robot mechs, but it will be an uphill battle when they face huge enemies. Meanwhile, Freeze and his partner in crime, Penguin, have their own plans for Freeze’s invention and two of his subjects Bane and Clayface.
Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016)
At stately Wayne Manor, Bruce Wayne and his youthful ward Dick Grayson watch their favorite show, Gotham Palace. During the programming, a band that was supposed to play on the show is revealed to be hidden and replaced by four of the Dynamic Duo’s greatest villains; the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Catwoman. Bruce and Dick suit up as Batman and Robin and head towards the Gotham City Police Department, where they receive a riddle from Commissioner Gordon and Chief O’Hara.
They discover that the crooks are robbing the Acme Atomic Energy Laboratory of the Replication Ray that was invented by Dr. Nichols. The Replication Ray has the power to make a perfect duplicate out of anything. After a brief fight, the criminals manage to escape Batman, but leave behind a clue that leads the Caped Crusaders to their lair in an abandoned TV dinner factory. While discussing what to do with the Replication Ray, Catwoman reveals her plan to make Batman join their side with a scratch from a substance called “Batnip”. After Batman and Robin break in, they are defeated by the criminals and trapped on a frozen food tray heading towards a large oven. Catwoman uses her Batnip on Batman, but he is supposedly unaffected by it. The two escape the trap after the villains leave the factory.
Back at stately Wayne Manor, Bruce starts showing signs of aggression after Aunt Harriet nearly discovers the Batcave. He blames Alfred Pennyworth for the incident and fires him, leaving the butler to wander on the streets homeless. After days of not finding Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman, Batman figures out that the four crooks are no longer on Earth and have hijacked a space station. The two heroes go into space with the help of their Bat-Rocket.
At the space station, Joker, Penguin and Riddler betray Catwoman as they do not trust her to be on their side due to her feelings for Batman. They try to throw her out into space. She is rescued by the Dynamic Duo and aids them in defeating her former allies for revenge. Batman savagely beats the three men and recovers the Replication Ray, but Catwoman escapes in an escape pod in the process.
After the mission, Dick expresses concern towards Bruce for his behavior in the space station and at the Gotham City Police Department (where he left when Gordon was not looking without a word). Bruce kicks Dick out of the house and takes a break from being Batman, resulting in a crime spree in Gotham City.
A few weeks later, Batman returns to the Gotham City Police Department and blames the police for the increase in crime. He uses the Replication Ray on himself to replace Gordon and O’Hara as police commissioner and police chief respectively.
Batman soon replaces most of the government, jobs and citizens in Gotham with his replicas and plans to take over the world. Dick realizes that the Batnip had a delayed effect on Batman and was slowly making him eviler over time. He then suits up as Robin and goes to Catwoman’s lair to request her help in curing Batman which she agrees to do as she thinks the effects of the Batnip were more severe than she had planned.
The two take the Catmobile to the Batcave, where Catwoman attempts to give Batman the antidote, but Batman anticipated it and took the Bat Anti-Antidote. Batman defeats the two in a fight and leaves them to die in the Atomic Pile, but they survive thanks to Robin’s Bat Anti Isotope Spray. Knowing they cannot take on an army of Batmen by themselves, Robin and Catwoman disguise themselves as prison inspectors and break most of Batman’s rogues gallery from Gotham State Penitentiary; Archer, Black Widow, Bookworm, Clock King, Egghead, False Face, King Tut, Louie the Lilac, Mad Hatter, Minstrel, Mr. Freeze, Sandman, Shame and Siren by claiming to Warden Crichton that the ball and chains and pickaxes are not in good shape. This resulted in the replaced versions carrying the villains out of the prison. While a prison guard tells Warden Crichton that Joker, Penguin and Riddler did not escape, the three of them mysteriously turn into a pile of dust.
The two confront Batman and his army on the Gotham Palace set, but they still lose even with the help of the criminals. Before Batman kills Robin and Catwoman, a disguised Alfred arrives and gives Batman a strong enough antidote to counter the Bat Anti-Antidote. Batman returns to normal, and the rest of his clones turn to dust as the Replication Ray was not strong enough to make perfect clones.
Batman realized that his behavior change was used as a distraction by Joker, Penguin and Riddler, and that the ones they arrested were fake copies. Joker had spiked the Batnip Catwoman was using. The real ones were using the opportunity to rob the Gotham Art Museum. Joker, Penguin and Riddler just wanted to get Batman out of the way first. Batman, Robin and Catwoman (who came as vengeance for what they did at the space station) chase them to Penguin’s blimp, where the villainous trio is defeated after they are knocked off the blimp to a safe location to be arrested. Catwoman tries to escape with the stolen paintings, but Batman recovers them. Unwilling to be put in a cage again, Catwoman allows herself to fall into a smokestack.
Bruce and Dick then throw Aunt Harriet a surprise birthday party acting as if that is the secret they have been hiding from her. During the party, Bruce and Dick are called away by the Bat-Signal.
The Lego Batman Movie (2017)
In the Lego Universe, Batman continues to protect Gotham City and fight crime. During his latest mission to stop Joker from destroying the city, he hurts his arch-rival’s feelings by telling him he is not as important in his life as he thinks he is, leading Joker to seek the ultimate revenge on him. The following day, Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne, attends the city’s winter gala, which is celebrating both the retirement of Commissioner Gordon and the ascension of his daughter Barbara as the city’s new police commissioner, only to be infuriated by Barbara’s plans to restructure the police to function without the need of Batman. Without warning, Joker crashes the party with the city’s other villains, all of whom surrender, with the exception of Harley Quinn who disappears during the confusion. Suspecting his arch-rival is up to something, Batman plots to steal Superman’s Phantom Zone Projector, a device that can banish anyone to the Phantom Zone which houses some of the most dangerous villains in the Lego multiverse.
DC Super Hero Girls: Intergalactic Games (2017)
Supergirl, Bumblebee and Batgirl are all excited for the Intergalactic Games and win the championship for Super Hero High. However, they are interrupted by a call for help in the city. Supergirl, Bumblebee and Batgirl investigate to find humans being attacked by three robots; two male and one female called Platinum. With the arrival of Starfire, the robotic trio give Batgirl an idea to magnetize them. At Super Hero High School, it is revealed that Platinum and her cronies were part of an experiment to give machines more human emotion and free will, to make them superheroes as well.
Batman vs. Two-Face (2017)
At Gotham State Penitentiary, in the presence of Batman, Robin and district attorney Harvey Dent, Dr. Hugo Strange and his assistant. Dr. Harleen Quinzel, do an experiment to drain the Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Egghead and Mr. Cold with the Evil Extractor. The experiment goes wrong and Harvey Dent is exposed to the gas in the Evil Extractor’s collector, despite Batman’s intervention. The effects of the gas cause Harvey Dent to become Two-Face when he becomes a player in the underworld of Gotham City. Now, Batman and Robin must work to defeat Two-Face.
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2018)
Batman drives a ghost which the gang is chasing away, and warns the gang to keep away from this case for their own safety. When the Puppeteer attacks again, Fred overpowers Perpetto and his hench-puppet, and the gang unmasks them as Martian Manhunter and Detective Chimp. As Batman and his associates reveal afterwards, the Puppeteer scam was actually an initiation test for Mystery Inc. to join the ranks of Mystery Analysts of Gotham. Later, Batman and Mystery Inc. visit the Riddler at Arkham Asylum. Batman, Fred, Daphne and Velma re-encounter Crimson Cloak, who releases the other inmates from their cells. The investigators just barely manage to escape their clutches and seal them inside the asylum.
As they return to the Mystery Machine, they are intercepted by Harvey and the other Mystery Analysts (sans Aquaman), who attempt to arrest them for the isotope theft due to fake evidence planted in the van. Batman and Mystery Inc. make a run for it. While Batman searches for clues, Mystery Inc. deduces the villain’s true identity for themselves: Clayface. They try to inform Batman, but learn that he has been captured by the Cloak; and after equipping themselves with the old costumes and gadgets of Batman’s former sidekicks, they arrive just in time to stop the teleporter and incapacitate Clayface with the Dehydrator. Defeated and exposed, Clayface admits that he restored the machine for the Riddler and stole the isotopes to power it, in return for a cure against the gradual decay of his body.
The Riddler sitting in Arkham is revealed to be a clay decoy, and the Question is unmasked as the real Riddler, who had taken Question’s place during the fight before the Analysts’ meeting.
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight (2018)
In a Victorian-era Gotham City, Bruce Wayne is operating as a bat-clad vigilante, Batman, who is feared by the guilty and the innocent alike. One night, Batman saves a millionaire marriage from being mugged by three orphaned children (Dickie, Jason and Timmy) and defeats Big Bill Dust. At the same time, Poison Ivy, an orphan who works as an exotic dancer, becomes Jack the Ripper’s latest victim. The murders continue night after night; The people of Gotham believe that Batman and Jack the Ripper are the same person, while ex-circus woman and beast trainer, exotic dancer and actress Selina Kyle, a protector of the victims of “Skinner End’s”, attacks the police of Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon and Chief Bullock for their inaction in trying to catch Jack. Later in the evening, Selina acts as bait for Jack. Her plan works and she fights Jack until Batman arrives. After running away, Batman enlists Gordon for help apprehending Jack the Ripper without suspecting that the commissioner will turn out to be the Ripper.
Batman Ninja (2018)
Batman, along with his allies and opponents, finds himself in feudal Japan. There, he is pursued by a samurai working for the villain Joker. During his escape, Batman encounters Catwoman, who reveals that everyone else arrived two years earlier (due to Batman being in the area affected by the earthquake). He learns from her that all the main criminals of Gotham City became feudal lords after deceiving the Sengoku, fighting each other until a single state remains.
To stop the villains from changing history, Batman and Catwoman must reach the Earthquake Gear at Arkham Castle (formerly a hideout). Batman discovers that Alfred Pennyworth is also in the past and has built a Cave outside Edo. When the Joker’s troops ambush the hideout, Batman makes his way in his Batmobile to Arkham Castle, which is being transformed into a giant robot fortress. But Batman loses and is saved by the ninja.
He learns that the Bat Clan helped his friends upon their arrival, and that the clan followed the prophecy that the arriving ninja would restore order to the land. To resist evil, the Dark Knight, “the world’s greatest detective,” becomes a secret avenger – a ninja. A month later, villains from Gotham mobilize their castle robots for battle. Batman leads the clan of bats on the battlefield. Wounded Grodd gives Batman control of his army of monkeys; Robin allows them to team up into one giant samurai monkey to fight the Joker robot. The samurai monkey then teams up with a swarm of bats to form Batgoda. When the castle falls, Batman and Joker engage in sword fighting.
Using his ninjutsu skills, Batman wins. In the end, feudal Japan returned to its original state, and the bat clan brought the villains back to our day.
Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018)
The Teen Titans can’t believe it – nobody knows them or takes them seriously. When they ask director Jade Wilson in the studio, she says that even if there weren’t any other superheroes in the world, she would only make one film with them. The Titans take care of this by travelling back in time to prevent the other DC characters from becoming superheroes.
However, when they get back to their time, they find that the world is now full of crime and instead try to work more seriously. So they go after the supervillain Slade when he tries to steal a crystal from a research institute. They manage to steal the crystal from him, but Slade escapes. Nevertheless, Miss Wilson is so impressed by this experience that she now wants to make a film with the Titans after all. When the Titans notice a strange device that the other superheroes are building, they are convinced that it is a doomsday machine and they want to destroy it.
However, Miss Wilson explains that it is a special film projector and tells Robin that she now wants to make a film that is only about him. Driven by the idea of gaining fame, he accepts. Miss Wilson uses a trick to get Robin to hand her the crystal. Then she reveals herself to be the disguised Slade and reveals his plan: he wants to use the crystal to hypnotise the world and subdue it to his will. Robin gathers his teammates back around him and exposes Slade at the premiere of the film, which is attended by all of the other DC superheroes.
Unfortunately, Slade can bring them under his control with the hypnosis symbol on the big screen. When Robin tries to destroy the crystal, Slade hypnotizes him too, but thanks to the encouragement of his friends, he comes to his senses again. Through the combined strength of the Teen Titans they manage to stop Slade. The other heroes, now relieved of Slade’s control, come over and congratulate the Titans.
DC Super Hero Girls: Legends of Atlantis (2018)
An uneventful day at school until the powerful Book of Legends is suddenly stolen from Super Hero High. In order to uncover the mystery, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Bumblebee and the rest of the Super Crew must journey through the depths of the ocean to Atlantis. There, the girls encounter Mera and Siren, the ocean-dwelling thieves, who prove to be a formidable match. In order to recover the stolen tome and return it to its rightful place, DC Super Hero Girls must band together and use their collective powers to successfully get back to land.
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)
Someone has stolen some experimental technology in Gotham city and Batman soon starts working on the case. In another robbery, Batman meets the Foot Clan and Shredder. Shredder defeats Batman in a fight. At the same time, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stop the Penguin, who was also planning the same robbery. When the Turtles meet Batman, a fight ensues. Shredder has teamed up with Ra’s al-Ghul, who wants to use the process that transformed the Turtles into what they are to transform the people of Gotham into human-animal hybrids. To do this, he has a machine built. The Turtles find the Batcave, where here they meet Robin, Batman and Batgirl.
They decide to work together on defeating their enemies. Meanwhile, Shredder breaks into Arkham Asylum with Ra’s al-Ghul. There, they give the Joker a dose of the mutagen drug and in return receive the formula for the Joker poison. The Joker transforms himself and the other inmates into mutants with the drug. Batman, Batgirl and Robin come to Arkham Asylum with the Turtles and can stop the Joker. But Ra’s manages to finish his machine and is intent on starting it. Batman, Batgirl and Robin attack together with the Turtles and manage to stop Ra’s al Ghul and Shredder. The machine is destroyed by Donatello and Raphael. Finally, the heroes eat pizza with Alfred in the Batcave.
Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans (2019)
The film opens with the Teen Titans Go! team battling the Gentleman Ghost as he attempts to rob a bank. He manages to possess Robin and then Starfire, but when attempting the same trick on Raven, he unintentionally cracks her gem, which unleashes some of her inner demonic power and results in his defeat. Trigon reveals that Raven’s demonic half is slowly taking over her and offers to take it away, but she refuses to give it to him.
Suddenly, the Titans are abducted by the Master of Games, a being who explores the multiverse with his Worlogog to find the best versions of particular heroes. He pits the 2013 Titans against the original 2003 animated Titans, who agree to fight after the Master of Games threatens to destroy their Earths. 2003 Robin and Cyborg manage to take out all of the 2013 Titans with the exception of Raven. She is coerced into unleashing her demonic power against the 2003 Raven, who snaps her out of it when she realizes the Master of Games is siphoning her demonic energy. The Master of Games then reveals himself to be 2013 Trigon, who uses Raven’s energy to resurrect 2003 Trigon. The two Trigons kidnap the Ravens and escape to the 2003 Earth to finish absorbing 2013 Raven’s powers so they can conquer the multiverse.
The two Titans teams agree to work together to stop the Trigons and rescue their Ravens. Meanwhile, fed up with his counterpart’s insults, 2013 Trigon consumes 2003 Trigon and transforms into a new powerful being named Hexagon.
To combat this new threat, 2003 Robin uses their Worlogog to summon Titans teams throughout the multiverse to form the “Titans of Infinite Earths”, but to no avail. 2013 Raven evens the odds by absorbing all of her counterparts and transforms into a dragon known as “The Unkindness”. The Titans destroy Trigon’s Worlogog and assist Raven in getting her powers back, which sends 2003 Trigon into limbo while 2013 Robin uses their Worlogog to send 2013 Trigon to a zombie dimension.
After 2013 Raven accepts her demonic half, all of the Titans are sent home to their respective dimensions. Upon returning to their Earth, the 2013 Titans express relief that they do not have to endure another multiverse-threatening crossover for at least another year. Just then, they are attacked by Darkseid, but refuse to battle him out of exhaustion.
In a post-credit scene, the 2013 Titans relax at their headquarters, ignoring Darkseid’s attack upon Jump City.
Superman: Red Son (2020)
During the Cold War, Superman, a little Ukrainian boy who discovered his powers, decides, at the instigation of his friend Svetlana, to put them at the service of the communist regime of Joseph Stalin. His appearance worries the American government, which decides to call on Lex Luthor to counter this new threat. The latter decides to turn Superman against the regime by revealing to him the reality of the gulag, which has unexpected effects. Indeed, having learned the truth about the gulags and having witnessed the death of his childhood friend Svetlana in these same camps, Superman brutally massacres Joseph Stalin and becomes the supreme master of the Soviet Union. With the help of Wonder Woman, he will have to face the anarchist terrorist known as Batman; as well as a once decadent America, now recovering under the presidency of Lex Luthor, who created his own Green Lantern Corps.
Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020)
Growing up, Clark Kent becomes isolated around humanity due to his inhuman abilities. As a young adult, Clark is an intern for the Daily Planet, covering the launch of a Lexcorp telescope meant to discover other lifeforms from space. Grad student Lois Lane reveals the fraud Lex Luthor has given to the President. The rocket is launched, but soon explodes in the air; but then, up in the sky, Clark appears and flies the rocket into space, saving the day. Unbeknownst to him, he is watched by a mysterious man. Confirming the disaster is based on Lois’ sources, Luthor is arrested, and Lois moves from grad student to ace reporter.
S.T.A.R. Labs reveals something coming to Earth, to which Clark flies to intercept, and encounters a Czarnian bounty hunter named Lobo, who is after the last Kryptonian. Battling all over the city, Clark surprises Lobo at every turn, because the bounty hunter never knew Kryptonians had superpowers on Earth. The fight moves to S.T.A.R. Labs; Rudy is pinned from debris, just as Lobo throws a bomb but misses Clark, instead of infecting Rudy with its strange purple liquid. Outside, Lobo reveals his Kryptonite ring, nearly killing Clark in the process, until the mysterious man reveals himself to be a Martian, and attacks Lobo. Healing from the yellow sun, Clark manages to finally beat Lobo, saving the Martian in the process.
Returning to Smallville with his issues, Clark gets advice from his adopted parents. At the hospital, an infected Rudy wakes up and murders the people around him, stealing their energy like a Parasite. Driving home, the mysterious man appears, telepathically attacking Jonathan until Clark intervenes. Revealing to be not an enemy, he introduces himself as J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter. He tells his story. J’onn surprises Clark with the revelation that he is Kal-El, the Last Son of Krypton. Clark learns of his Kryptonian heritage, and the last moments of his biological parents, Jor-El and Lara.
The next morning, Martha gives Clark an upgrade: a red and blue costume with the “S” from the crystal. At S.T.A.R. Labs, Lois meets Lobo in his electrified cell, who feeds her lies and would rather sexually harass her than talk. Then, Parasite shows up, killing the guards and scientists, and gains energy from Lobo’s cell, freeing him and becoming a monster. Parasite escapes, while Lois is saved by Superman. Superman fights Parasite while J’onn rescues civilians from a train that the monster crashed. Superman’s powers do nothing but strengthen him, then the monster absorbs his energy, learning everything about the Man of Steel. J’onn comes to save him, but Parasite does the same with him, and lights him on fire, seemingly killing him. Retreating, Clark is bedridden as his powers have been drained. Lois comes to check on him. He takes her advice and meets with someone that can help him: Lex Luthor.
Returning to LexCorp, Luthor reveals the Parasite would have Superman’s weaknesses along with his strengths and he brings in his new partner Lobo, and his Kryptonite ring. From there, they form a plan. It works, and a giant monster-sized Parasite reveals himself to Superman, Luthor, and Lobo. Despite their best efforts, Superman is still powerless, and Lobo is seemingly killed. The military arrive, but their attacks only make himself stronger.
Superman decides to become the bait and lure him away from the plant, just as Luthor grabs the Kryptonite for a weapon he designed. Just as Superman is grabbed by Parasite, Luthor double-crosses him and shoots his Kryptonite weapon, nearly killing both Superman and Parasite until J’onn (who had faked his death with his telepathic powers) intervenes. As J’onn chases Luthor, Superman tries to reason with Parasite and getting Rudy to come out. Just then, the reactor inside the power plant overloads, attracting the Parasite. Superman is too weak to stop it as Parasite absorbs the power, but is overwhelmed, disintegrating into ashes in the progress.
Superman and J’onn meet up on top of the Daily Planet along with Lobo who had survived by reassembling his limbs. Before he leaves, he reveals the truth of his lie: there are more Martians and possibly more Kryptonians too. J’onn decides to leave, in hopes of finding more of his people. Superman is met by Lois, whom in a power play, decides to reschedule their interview. Lois goes back inside with nothing, while Clark smiles in the background.
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