Live-Action Superhero Show Guide

--The Near Comprehensive List of Live-Action Movies Based on Comic Books and Superheroes


Adventures of Captain Marvel (1941)
Batman (1943)
Superman (1948)
Batman and Robin (1949)
Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)
Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
Blackhawk: Fearless Champion of Freedom (1952)
Batman (1966)
Superman (1978)
Superman II (1980) / Superman II - The Richard Donner Cut (2006)
Swamp Thing (1982)
Superman III (1983)
Supergirl (1984)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman and Robin (1997)
Steel (1997)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Catwoman (2004)
Constantine (2005)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Batman Begins (2005)
Superman Returns (2006)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Watchmen (2009)
The Losers (2010)
Jonah Hex (2010)
Red (2010)
Green Lantern (2011)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Man of Steel (2013)
Red 2 (2013)
Man of Steel 2 (2016)
Dark Universe (Rumored)
Justice League (Rumored)


Adventures of Superman (1952-8)
Stamp Day for Superman (1954)
The Adventures of Super Pup (1958)
The Adventures of Superboy (1961)
Batman (1966-8)
Wonder Woman: Who's Afraid of Diana Prince? (1967)
Batgirl (1967)
Wonder Woman (1974)
Shazam! (1974-7)
It's a Bird It's a Plane It's Superman (1975)
Isis (1975-6)
Wonder Woman (1975-9)
Legends of the Super Heroes (1979)
The Adventures of Superboy (1988-92)
The Flash (1990-1)
Swamp Thing (1990-3)
Human Target (1992)
Lois & Clark - The New Adventures of Superman (1993-7)
Justice League of America (1997)
Smallville (2001-11)
Birds of Prey (2002-3)
Global Frequency (2005)
Aquaman (2007)
Human Target (2010-1)
Wonder Woman (2011)
Arrow (2012-)
Constantine (2014)
Flash (2014)
Gotham (2014)
iZombie (2014)


Captain America (1944)
Howard the Duck (1986)
The Punisher (1989)
Captain America (1990)
The Fantastic Four (1994)
Blade (1998)
X-Men (2000)
Blade II (2002)
Spider-Man (2002)
Daredevil (2003)
X2: X-Men United (2003)
Hulk (2003)
The Punisher (2004)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
Blade: Trinity (2004)
Elektra (2005)
Fantastic Four (2005)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
Ghost Rider (2007)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Punisher: War Zone (2008)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2012)
The Avengers (2012)
The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
The Wolverine (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Fantastic Four (2015)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ant-Man (2015)
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Untitled Marvel Movie (2016)
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (2016)
Untitled Marvel Movie (2016)
Wolverine 3
Untitled Marvel Movie (2017)
Fantastic Four 2 (2017)
The Amazing Spider-Man 4 (2018)
Untitled X-Men Movie (2018)


The Amazing Spider-Man (1977-9)
Dr. Strange (1978)
The Incredible Hulk (1978-82)
Captain America (1979)
Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)
The Incredible Hulk Returns (1988)
The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989)
The Death of the Incredible Hulk (1990)
Power Pack (1991)
Generation X (1996)
Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (1998)
Man-Thing (2005)
Blade: The Series (2006)
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-)


The Consultant (2011)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Thor's Hammer (2011)
Item 47 (2012)
Agent Carter (2013)
All Hail the King (2014)

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The Mark of Zorro (1920)
Don Q Son of Zorro (1925)
The Bold Caballero (1936)
Dick Tracy (1937)
Zorro Rides Again (1937)
The Lone Ranger (1938)
The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939)
Mandrake the Magician (1939)
Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939)
The Mark of Zorro (1940)
The Shadow (1940)
Zorro's Black Whip (1944)
Dick Tracy (1945)
The Shadow Returns (1946)
Son of Zorro (1947)
Ghost of Zorro (1949)
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1952)
Mandrake the Magician (1954)
The Lone Ranger (1956)
The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold (1958)
Danger: Diabolik (1968)
Mr. Freedom (1969)
Hero at Large (1980)
Condorman (1981)
The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981)
Zorro, the Gay Blade (1981)
The Return of Captain Invincible (1983)
Sheena (1984)
RoboCop (1987)
Dick Tracy (1990)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990)
Darkman (1990)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
The Rocketeer (1991)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: The Secret of the Ooze (1991)
Doctor Mordrid (1992)
RoboCop 3 (1993)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III (1993)
The Meteor Man (1993) 
Blankman (1994)
The Crow (1994)
The Mask (1994)
The Shadow (1994)
Darkman II: The Return of Durant (1995)
Tank Girl (1995)
Judge Dredd (1995)
Barb Wire (1996)
The Crow: City of Angels (1996)
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996)
The Phantom (1996)
Vampirella (1996)
Men in Black (1997)
Spawn (1997)
The Mask of Zorro (1998)
Mystery Men (1999)
The Crow: Salvation (2000)
The Specials (2000)
Unbreakable (2000)
Ghost World (2001)
Monkeybone (2001)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Men in Black II (2002)
Bulletproof Monk (2003)
Comic Book: The Movie (2004)
Hellboy (2004)
A History of Violence (2005)
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
The Legend of Zorro (2005)
Sin City (2005)
Sky High (2005) 
Son of the Mask (2005)
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D (2005)
300 (2006)
My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Zoom (2006)
Transformers (2007)
Underdog (2007)
Jumper (2008)
Wanted (2008)
Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog (2008)
Hancock (2008)
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)
The Spirit (2008)
Defendor (2009)
Push (2009)
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)
Surrogates (2009)
Super (2010)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Griff the Invisible (2010)
The Green Hornet (2011)
Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)
Cowboy & Aliens (2011)
Chronicle (2012)
Men in Black III (2012)
Alter Egos (2012)
Dredd (2012)
All Superheroes Must Die (2013)
G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Kick-Ass 2 (2013)
The Lone Ranger (2013)
R.I.P.D. (2013)
RoboCop (2014)
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014)
Birdman (2014)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)


The Lone Ranger (1949-57)
The Shadow (1954)
The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1955)
Zorro (1957) 
The Mark of Zorro (1974)
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (1976) 
Mandrake (1979)
The Greatest American Hero (1981-3)
Zorro and Son (1983)
The Greatest American Heroine (1986)
The Spirit (1987)
Zorro (1990)
RoboCop (1994-5)
NightMan (1997-9)
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997-8)
The Crow: Stairway to Heaven (1998)
RoboCop: Prime Directives (2001)
Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (2001)
The Tick (2001-2)
The Lone Ranger (2003)
Stan Lee's Lightspeed (2006) 
Heroes (2006-10)
The Phantom (2009)
The Walking Dead (2010-)
The Cape (2011)
Locke & Key (2011)
Alphas (2011-2)
Heroes Reborn (2015)


  1. I've actually been on a Zorro kick lately. I've picked up the Disney tv series and the 1940 Mark of Zorro. Also the Blu-Rays for the recent films.

    You may want to include these in your list.

    Zorro (1990) (TV series 1990-1993)
    Zorro and Son (1983) (TV mini series)
    Zorro the Gay Blade (1981) (movie)
    Zorro (1957) (TV series 1957-1959)
    Ghost of Zorro (1949) (movie serial)
    Son of Zorro (1947) (movie serial)
    Zorro's Black Whip (1944) (movie serial)
    Zorro's Fighting Legion (1939) (movie serial)
    Zorro Rides Again (1937) (movie serial)
    The Bold Caballero (1936) (movie)
    Don Q Son of Zorro (1925) (movie silent)

    1. Wow, your aid is much appreciated. I had no idea there were so many Zorro shows.

  2. Also the upcoming Joss whedon TV live action TV series S.H.I.E.L.D.

  3. you left out the Super Friends and a few other cartoons, and Judge Dredd is DC but that is a sweet list.

  4. If you include the pre-Superman properties, why not include post-Superman properties, who obviously preceded Superman's gaining ubiquitousness, why not post-Superman properties?

    Incidentally, I find it amusing that people refer to properties such as Zorro as "comic book heroes". These pre-Superman property would perforce not derive or especially resemble the Superman influenced properties (e.g. usually not wearing spandex or having metahuman powers). However, how often do people refer to post-Superman properties such as Luke Skywalker, who obviously debuted after Superman grew ubiquitous in the same way. I would find it interesting what the reaction would occur if someone referred to Luke Skywalker as a "comic book hero", as he does have paranormal powers.

    Also, what of Robocop (admittedly based on Iron Man)?

    1. Yes, obviously the list is somewhat subjective. I can definitely see the argument for including Robocop. I do understand what you are saying about Star Wars, but I think that belongs more to the Fantasy genre than to the realm of superheroes and comic books.

  5. "I do understand what you are saying about Star Wars, but I think that belongs more to the Fantasy genre than to the realm of superheroes and comic books".

    I appreciate your patience in reading my comments, but since Superman (an extraterrestrial), Wonder Woman (an Amazon with actual powers from the Olympian pantheon), the Avengers (which features member of the Asgardian pantheon), and so forth in the genre, this genre largely forms part of the fantasy genre anyway. In fact, I would not anticipate that someone who enjoys Star Wars and wants a similar experience would enjoy an episode of the Lone Ranger radio show, yet you have various Lone Ranger adaptations listed which lacked the paranormal.

    The Lone Ranger has largely not had peculiar adventures. John Clute decided to note him in the Masked Avenger entry in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy as outside of the fantasy genre (as well as his grand-nephew the Green Hornet, the Scarlet Pimpernel and Zorro).