Comics-based Superhero (and Supervillain) Movies by Gender

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  • First superhero movie: The Mark of Zorro, 1920
  • First D.C. Comics-based movie: Superman and the Mole Men, 1951
  • First female-led superhero movie: Supergirl, 1984
  • Major studio releases of female-led superhero movies since (D.C. properties marked with *):
    • Tank Girl, 1995
    • Barb Wire, 1996
    • Catwoman*, 2004
    • Elektra, 2005
    • Wonder Woman*, 2017
  • Total number of D.C. Comics-based superhero movies: 29
    • Number of Batman movies: 9
    • Number of Superman movies: 8
    • Number of Wonder Woman movies: 1
  • Includes only movies released as of printing.
  • Television movies are not included in statistics.
  • Only movie leads are considered (so, for instance, Batman vs Superman is not counted as a Wonder Woman movie, although she appears in it).

List of American superhero films


Annika Barranti Klein is a writer, knitter, women’s banked track roller derby referee, and radical homeschooling mother. Her work has appeared at The Toast, The Establishment, and on Book Riot. She is a cis, white, bi-furious intersectional feminist.

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