ByKaleb Koho, writer at Creators.co
Producer, Writer, Director, Actor, Singer/Songwriter & die hard Whovian
Kaleb Koho

Hello moviepilot, Kaleb Koho here with another article. Today I'm going to give you, in very brief fashion, an overview of all the Marvel and DC Films made up to thus far. This only detailing live action, theatrically released films. If you would like to see future releases you can read my article on that here (https://moviepilot.com/posts/2014/10/29/updated-all-superhero-films-up-to-2020-2389690?lt_source=external,manual) Alright, let's get it on.

Superman & The Mole Men (1951)

"The All-Time ACE OF ACTION! In His First Film!"
"The All-Time ACE OF ACTION! In His First Film!"

Director: Lee Sholem

Starring: George Reeves, Phyllis Coates, Jeff Corey, and Walter Reed

Description: When underground beings explore the surface world from a deep oil well and inadvertently cause a panic, only Superman can prevent a tragedy.

Studio: (Pre-WB) DC

Superman: The Movie (1978)

"You'll Believe A Man Can Fly"
"You'll Believe A Man Can Fly"

Director: Richard Donner

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, Gene Hackman, and Marlon Brando

Description: An alien orphan is sent from his dying planet to Earth, where he grows up to become his adoptive home's first and greatest superhero.

Studio: WB/DC

Superman II (1980)

"The Adventure Continues"
"The Adventure Continues"

Director: Richard Lester & Richard Donner

Starring: Gene Hackman, Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder, and Ned Beatty

Description: Superman agrees to sacrifice his powers to marry Lois, unaware that three Kryptonian criminals he inadvertently released are conquering Earth.

Studio: WB/DC

Superman III (1983)

"Superman vs. The King of Computerized Crime"
"Superman vs. The King of Computerized Crime"

Director: Richard Lestor

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Richard Pryor, Margot Kidder, and Jackie Cooper

Description: Synthetic kryptonite laced with tobacco tar splits Superman in two: good Clark Kent and bad Man of Steel.

Studio: WB/DC

Supergirl (1984)

"Adventure Runs In The Family"
"Adventure Runs In The Family"

Director: Jeannot Szwarc

Starring: Helen Slater, Faye Dunaway, Peter O'Toole, and Hart Bochner

Description: After losing a powerful orb, Kara, Superman's cousin, comes to Earth to retrieve it and instead finds herself up against a wicked witch.

Studio: WB/DC

Howard The Duck (1986)

"More Adventure Than Humanly Possible"
"More Adventure Than Humanly Possible"

Director: Willard Huyck

Starring: Lea Thompson, Jeffery Jones, Tim Robbins, and Ed Gale

Description: A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his home world to Earth where he must stop an alien invader.

Studio: NBC Universal (A Marvel Property)

Superman IV : The Quest for Peace (1987)

Nuclear Power. In the best hands, it is dangerous. In the hands of Lex Luthor, it is pure evil. This is Superman's greatest battle. And it is for all of us.
Nuclear Power. In the best hands, it is dangerous. In the hands of Lex Luthor, it is pure evil. This is Superman's greatest battle. And it is for all of us.

Director: Sidney J. Furie

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder, and Jackie Cooper

Description: The Man of Steel crusades for nuclear disarmament and meets Lex Luthor's latest creation, Nuclear Man.

Studio: WB/DC

Batman (1989)

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, and Robert Wuhl

Description: The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker.

Studio: WB/DC

Batman Returns (1992)

"The Bat, The Cat, The Penguin"
"The Bat, The Cat, The Penguin"

Director: Tim Burton

Starring: Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Christopha Walken

Description: When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda.

Studio: WB/DC

Batman Forever (1995)

"Courage Now, Truth Always..."
"Courage Now, Truth Always..."

Director: Joel Schumacher

Starring: Val Kilmer, Tommy Lee Jones, Jim Carrey, and Nicole Kidman

Description: Batman must battle Two-Face and The Riddler with help of an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.

Studio: WB/DC

Batman & Robin (1997)

Strength. Courage. Honor. And loyalty. On June 20, it ALL comes together...
Strength. Courage. Honor. And loyalty. On June 20, it ALL comes together...

Director: Joel Schumacher

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, George Clooney, Chris O'Donell, and Uma Thurman

Description: Batman & Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing Gotham City.

Studio: WB/DC

Steel (1997)

"Man. Metal. Hero."
"Man. Metal. Hero."

Director: Kenneth Johnson

Starring: Shaquille O'Neal, Annabeth Gish, Judd Nelson, and Richard Roundtree

Description: John Henry Irons designs weapons for the military. When his project to create weapons that harmlessly neutralize soldiers is sabotaged, he leaves in disgust. When he sees gangs are using his weapons on the street, he uses his brains and his Uncle Joe's junkyard know-how to fight back, becoming a real man of steel.

Studio: WB/DC

Blade (1998)

"Part Man. Part Vampire. All Hero."
"Part Man. Part Vampire. All Hero."

Director: Stephen Norrington

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, and N'Bushe Wright

Description: A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires.

Studio: A Marvel Property Distributed by Warner Bros.

X-Men (2000)

"Join The Evolution."
"Join The Evolution."

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, and Famke Janssen

Description: Two mutants come to a private academy for their kind whose resident superhero team must oppose a terrorist organization with similar powers.

Studio: Fox

Blade II (2002)

"One Man Is Still Cutting Edge."
"One Man Is Still Cutting Edge."

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Ron Perlman, and Leonor Varela

Description: Blade forms an uneasy alliance with the vampire council in order to combat the Reaper vampires who feed on vampires.

Studio: New Line Cinema (A Marvel Property)

Spider-Man (2002)

"An Ordinary Man. An Extraordinary Power."
"An Ordinary Man. An Extraordinary Power."

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, and James Franco

Description: When bitten by a genetically modified spider, a nerdy, shy, and awkward high school student gains spider-like abilities that he eventually must use to fight evil as a superhero after tragedy befalls his family.

Studio: Sony/Columba Pictures (A Joint Property of Marvel)

Daredevil (2003)

"When Justice Is Blind, It Knows No Fear."
"When Justice Is Blind, It Knows No Fear."

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Starring: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Collin Farrell, and Michael Clarke Duncan

Description: A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.

Studio: Fox (A Marvel Property)

X2 (2003)

"Evolution Continues."
"Evolution Continues."

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Ian McKellen

Description: The X-Men band together to find a mutant assassin who has made an attempt on the President's life, while the Mutant Academy is attacked by military forces.

Studio: Fox

Hulk (2003)

"Rage. Power. Freedom."
"Rage. Power. Freedom."

Director: Ang Lee

Starring: Eric Bana, Jennifer Connelly, Sam Elliot, and Josh Lucas

Description: Bruce Banner, a genetics researcher with a tragic past, suffers an accident that causes him to transform into a raging green monster when he gets angry.

Studio: NBC Universal (A Marvel Property)

The Punisher (2004)

"The Punishment Has Begun"
"The Punishment Has Begun"

Director: Jonathan Hensleigh

Starring: Thomas Jane, John Travolta, Samantha Mathis, and Laura Harring

Description: An undercover FBI agent becomes a vigilante assassin and sets out to unleash vengeance upon the corrupt businessman who slew his family.

Studio: Lionsgate (A Marvel Property)

Catwoman (2004)

"CATch Her In IMAX"
"CATch Her In IMAX"

Director: Pitof

Starring: Halle Berry, Sharon Stone, Benjamin Bratt, and Lambert Wilson

Description: A shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes, and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.

Studio: WB/DC

Spider-Man 2 (2004)

"Sacrifice. Destiny. Choice."
"Sacrifice. Destiny. Choice."

Director: Sam Raimi

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Alfred Molina, and James Franco

Description: Peter Parker is beset with troubles in his failing personal life as he battles a brilliant scientist named Doctor Otto Octavius.

Studio: Sony/Columbia Pictures (A Joint Property of Marvel)

Blade: Trinity (2004)

"The Final Hunt Begins"
"The Final Hunt Begins"

Director: David S. Goyer

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kris Kristofferson, Parker Posey, and Ryan Reynolds

Description: Blade, now a wanted man by the FBI, must join forces with the Nightstalkers to face his most challenging enemy yet: Dracula

Studio: New Line Cinema (A Marvel Property)

Elektra (2005)

"Born to Fight, Trained to Kill"
"Born to Fight, Trained to Kill"

Director: Rob Bowman

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Goran Visnjic, Will Yun Lee, and Kristen Prout

Description: Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.

Studio: Fox (A Marvel Property)

Man-Thing (2005)

"When Nature Fights Back!"
"When Nature Fights Back!"

Director: Brett Leonard

Starring: Jack Thompson, Matthew Le Nevez, Steve Bastoni, and Rachael Taylor

Description: Agents of an oil tycoon vanish while exploring a swamp marked for drilling. The local sheriff investigates and faces a Seminole legend come to life: Man-Thing, a shambling swamp-monster whose touch burns those who feel fear.

Studio: Marvel Studios

Batman Begins (2005)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Ken Wantanabe, and Liam Neeson

Description: After training with his mentor, Batman begins his war on crime to free the crime-ridden Gotham City from corruption that the Scarecrow and the League of Shadows have cast upon it.

Studio: WB/DC

Fantastic Four (2005)

"Prepare for the Fantastic"
"Prepare for the Fantastic"

Director: Tim Story

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, and Jessica Alba

Description: A group of astronauts gain superpowers after a cosmic radiation exposure and must use them to oppose the plans of their enemy, Doctor Victor Von Doom.

Studio: Fox

X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)

"Take A Stand"
"Take A Stand"

Director: Brett Ratner

Starring: Patrick Stewart,Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, and Famke Janssen

Description: When a cure is found to treat mutations, lines are drawn amongst the X-Men, led by Professor Charles Xavier, and the Brotherhood, a band of powerful mutants organized under Xavier's former ally, Magneto.

Studio: Fox

Superman Returns (2006)

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: Brandon Routh, Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth, and James Marsden

Description: Superman reappears after a long absence, but is challenged by an old foe who uses Kryptonian technology for world domination.

Studio: WB/DC

Ghost Rider (2007)

"Hell Is About To Be Unleashed"
"Hell Is About To Be Unleashed"

Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Sam Elliot, and Matt Long

Description: Stunt motorcyclist Johnny Blaze gives up his soul to become a hell blazing vigilante, to fight against power hungry Blackheart, the son of the devil himself.

Studio: Sony/Columbia Pictures (A Marvel Property)

Spider-Man 3 (2007)

"The Battle Within"
"The Battle Within"

Director: Sami Raimi

Starring: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, and Thomas H. Church

Description: A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker and causes inner turmoil as he contends with new villains, temptations, and revenge.

Studio: Sony/Columbia Pictures (A Joint Property of Marvel)

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)

"Rise"
"Rise"

Director: Tim Story

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis

Description: The Fantastic Four learn that they aren't the only super-powered beings in the universe when they square off against the powerful Silver Surfer and the planet-eating Galactus.

Studio: Fox

Iron Man (2008)

"Heroes Aren't Born. They're Built."
"Heroes Aren't Born. They're Built."

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Terrence Howard, and Jeff Bridges

Description: After being held captive in an Afghan cave, an industrialist creates a unique weaponized suit of armor to fight against evil. This leads him to conflict within his own company. (MCU/Phase 1/Film 1)

Studio: Marvel Studios

The Incredible Hulk (2008)

"You'll Like Him When He's Angry"
"You'll Like Him When He's Angry"

Director: Louis Leterrier

Starring: Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, Tim Roth, and William Hurt

Description: Bruce Banner, a scientist on the run from the U.S. Government must find a cure for the monster he emerges whenever he loses his temper. However, Banner then must fight a soldier whom unleashes himself as a threat stronger than he. (MCU/Phase 1/Film 2)

Studio: NBC Universal (A Marvel Property)

The Dark Knight (2008)

"Why So Serious?"
"Why So Serious?"

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, Aaron Eckhart, and Michael Caine

Description: When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the caped crusader must come to terms with one of the greatest psychological tests of his ability to fight injustice.

Studio: WB/DC

Punisher: War Zone (2008)

"Vengeance Has A Name"
"Vengeance Has A Name"

Director: Lexi Alexander

Starring: Ray Stevenson, Dominic West, Julie Benz, and Doug Hutchison

Description: After hunting down and killing hundreds of violent criminals, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, faces his most deadly foe yet: Jigsaw.

Studio: Lionsgate ( A Marvel Property)

Watchmen (2009)

"Who Watches the Watchmen?"
"Who Watches the Watchmen?"

Director: Zack Snyder

Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, and Malin Akerman

Description: In an alternate 1985 where former superheroes exist, the murder of a colleague sends active vigilante Rorschach into his own sprawling investigation, uncovering something that could completely change the course of history as we know it.

Studio: WB/DC

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

"Wolverine"
"Wolverine"

Director: Gavin Hood

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Live Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, and Danny Huston

Description: A look at Wolverine's early life, in particular his time with the government squad Team X and the impact it will have on his later years.

Studio: Fox

Iron Man 2 (2010)

Director: Jon Favreau

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle

Description: With the world now aware of his identity as Iron Man, Tony Stark must contend with both his declining health and a vengeful mad man with ties to his father's legacy. (MCU/Phase 1/Film 3)

Studio: Marvel Studios

Jonah Hex (2010)

"Revenge Gets Ugly"
"Revenge Gets Ugly"

Director: Jimmy Hayward

Starring: Josh Brolin, Megan Fox, John Malkovich, and Michael Fassbender

Description: The U.S. military makes a scarred bounty hunter with warrants on his own head an offer he cannot refuse: in exchange for his freedom, he must stop a terrorist who is ready to unleash Hell on Earth

Studio: WB/DC

Thor (2011)

"Courage is Immortal"
"Courage is Immortal"

Director: Kenneth Branagh

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Hopkins, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hiddleston

Description: The powerful but arrogant god Thor is cast out of Asgard to live amongst humans in Midgard (Earth), where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders. (MCU/Phase 1/Film 4)

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures (Home of Marvel Studios)

X-Men: First Class (2011)

"Witness The Beginning"
"Witness The Beginning"

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Kevin Bacon

Description: n 1962, the United States government enlists the help of Mutants with superhuman abilities to stop a malicious dictator who is determined to start world war III.

Studio: Fox

Green Lantern (2011)

"In Our Darkest Night, There Will Be Light"
"In Our Darkest Night, There Will Be Light"

Director: Martin Campbell

Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Peter Sarsgaard, and Mark Strong

Description: Reckless test pilot Hal Jordan is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps

Studio: WB/DC

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

"When Patriots Become Heroes"
"When Patriots Become Heroes"

Director: Joe Johnston

Starring: Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L. Jackson, and Hayley Atwell

Description: Steve Rogers, a rejected military soldier transforms into Captain America after taking a dose of a "Super-Soldier serum". But being Captain America comes at a price as he attempts to take down a war monger and a terrorist organization. (MCU/Phase 1/Film 5)

Studio: Marvel Studios

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)

"He Rides Again"
"He Rides Again"

Directors: Mark Neveldine and Brain Taylor (as Neveldine and Taylor)

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ciaran Hindis, Idris Elba, and Violante Placido

Description: As Johnny Blaze hides out in Eastern Europe, he is called upon to stop the devil, who is trying to take human form.

Studio: Sony/Columbia Pictures (A Marvel Property)

The Avengers (2012)

"Assemble"
"Assemble"

Director: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner

Description: Earth's mightiest heroes must come together and learn to fight as a team if they are to stop the mischievous Loki and his alien army from enslaving humanity. (MCU/Phase 1/Film 6)

Studio: Walt Disney Studios

The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

"The Untold Story Begins"
"The Untold Story Begins"

Director: Marc Webb

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, and Irrfan Khan

Description: After Peter Parker is bitten by a genetically altered spider, he gains newfound, spider-like powers and ventures out to solve the mystery of his parent's mysterious death.

Studio: Sony/Columbia Pictures (A Joint Property of Marvel)

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

"A Fire Will Rise"
"A Fire Will Rise"

Director: Christopher Nolan

Starring: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, and Gary Oldman

Description: Eight years after the Joker's reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight is forced to return from his imposed exile to save Gotham City from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane with the help of the enigmatic Catwoman.

Studio: WB/DC

Iron Man 3 (2013)

"Even Heroes Fall"
"Even Heroes Fall"

Director: Shane Black

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle

Description: When Tony Stark's world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, he starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. (MCU/Phase 2/Film 1)

Man of Steel (2013)

Director: Zack Snyder

Starring: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Diane Lane

Description: Clark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction. (DCCU/Phase 1/Film 1)

Studio: WB/DC

The Wolverine (2013)

"The Fight of His Life Will Be For His Own"
"The Fight of His Life Will Be For His Own"

Director: James Mangold

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto, and Rila Fukushima

Description: When Wolverine is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, he is embroiled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.

Studio: Fox

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Director: Alan Taylor

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, & Stellan Skarsgard

Description:When Dr Jane Foster gets cursed with a powerful object, Thor must protect it before an army and its ruthless leader try to get their hands on it to take over the remains of Earth. (MCU/Phase 2/Film 2)

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

"In Heroes We Trust"
"In Heroes We Trust"

Directors: Joe & Anthony Russo

Staring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, & Robert Redford

Description: As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with another super soldier, the black widow, to battle a new threat from old history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. (MCU/Phase 2/Film 3)

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

"Rise of Electro"
"Rise of Electro"

Director: Marc Webb

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, & Paul Giamatti

Description: When New York is put under siege by Oscorp, it is up to Spider-Man to save the city he swore to protect as well as his loved ones.

Studio: Sony/Columbia Pictures (A Joint Property of Marvel)

X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

"Change The Past, Save The Future"
"Change The Past, Save The Future"

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, & James McAvoy

Description: The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Studio: Fox

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

"All Heroes Start Somewhere"
"All Heroes Start Somewhere"

Director: James Gunn

Starring: Chris Pratt, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, & Zoe Saldana

Description: A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. (MCU/Phase 2/Film 4)

And The Next Superhero Release Is...

Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)

"Assemble Again"
"Assemble Again"

Director: Joss Whedon

Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, and Chris Hemsworth

Description: When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and it is up to the Avengers to stop the villainous Ultron from enacting his terrible plans. (MCU/Phase 2/Film 5)

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures

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