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The Best Adaptation Movies and TV Shows on DC Universe

Finding a good Adaptation movie and TV show to watch can be hard, so we've ranked the best ones and included where to watch them. Check out our list of the best Adaptation movies and TV shows of all time streaming on DC Universe.

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1. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

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8.0/10
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90/100
Released: 2012Rated: PG-13
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & DC Universe) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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2. Stargirl

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7.3/10
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71/100
Year: 2020-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: Courtney Whitmore, a smart, athletic and above all else kind girl, discovers her step-father has a secret: he used to be the sidekick to a superhero. "Borrowing" the long-lost hero’s cosmic staff, she becomes the unlikely inspiration for an entirely new generation of superheroes.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (100%) are available to watch free online (The CW). 13 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & DC Universe). 12 episodes (92%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 1 service (Vudu).

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3. Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2

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8.4/10
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77/100
Released: 2013Rated: PG-13
Drama, Animation

What it's about: Batman has stopped the reign of terror that The Mutants had cast upon his city. Now an old foe wants a reunion and the government wants The Man of Steel to put a stop to Batman.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & DC Universe) & rent or buy from $2.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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4. Swamp Thing

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7.6/10
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69/100
Year: 2019-2021Rated: TV-MASeasons: 1
Horror, Action & Adventure

What it's about: CDC researcher Abby Arcane investigates what seems to be a deadly swamp-born virus in a small town in Louisiana but she soon discovers that the swamp holds mystical and terrifying secrets. When unexplainable and chilling horrors emerge from the murky marsh, no one is safe.

Where to Watch: 10 episodes (91%) are available to watch free online (The CW). 1 episodes (9%) are available to stream on a subscription service (DC Universe). 10 episodes (91%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 3 services (Google Play, Vudu & YouTube).

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5. Young Justice

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8.6/10
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80/100
Year: 2010-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 4
Action & Adventure, Animation

What it's about: Teenage superheroes strive to prove themselves as members of the Justice League.

Where to Watch: 77 episodes (99%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & DC Universe). 73 episodes (94%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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6. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

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73/100
Year: 1993-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 4
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: A much more lavish version of the popular Superman television series which had first aired forty years earlier, Lois & Clark focused more on the Man of Steel's early adult years in Metropolis. With the unknowing help of Lois Lane, Clark Kent created Superman there in Metropolis after finding work at the world-famous Daily Planet newspaper, where he meets fellow reporter Lois Lane.

Where to Watch: 86 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a subscription service (DC Universe). 88 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $0.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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7. Wonder Woman

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7.1/10
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70/100
Year: 1975-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Drama, Action & Adventure

What it's about: With the strength of Hercules, the wisdom of Athena, the speed of Mercury and the beauty of Aphrodite, she’s Wonder Woman. Beautiful Amazon princess Wonder Woman travels to 1940s America disguised as Diana Prince, assistant to handsome but trouble-prone Major Steve Trevor. Using her golden belt, which imbues her with astonishing strength, her bullet-deflecting bracelets, a golden lasso that dispels dishonesty and an invisible supersonic plane, Wonder Woman combats evil.

Where to Watch: 60 episodes (98%) are available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & DC Universe). 61 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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8. Krypton

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6.9/10
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70/100
Year: 2018-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 2
Documentary, Animation

What it's about: Set two generations before the destruction of the legendary Man of Steel’s home planet, Krypton follows Superman’s grandfather — whose House of El was ostracized and shamed — as he fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos.

Where to Watch: 20 episodes (95%) are available to watch free online (CW Seed). 20 episodes (95%) are available to stream on a subscription service (DC Universe). 21 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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9. Birds of Prey

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60/100
Year: 2002-2021Rated: TV-14Seasons: 1
Comedy, Animation

What it's about: Huntress, Dinah, Oracle are determined to carry on Batman's fight for justice against the ruthless criminals of New Gotham City.

Where to Watch: 13 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (DC Universe). 13 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 6 services (iTunes, Google Play & 4 others).

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10. The Flash

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7.2/10
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66/100
Year: 1990-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: When a bolt of lightening crashes through a police crime lab, a mix of electrically charged substances bathes chemist Barry Allen, transforming him into the fastest man alive--The Flash.

Where to Watch: 22 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (DC Universe). 22 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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11. The New Adventures of Superman

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Year: 1966-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 3
Comedy, Action & Adventure

What it's about: The New Adventures of Superman is a series of six-minute animated Superman adventures produced by Filmation that were broadcast on CBS between 1966 and 1970. The 68 segments appeared as part of three different programs during that time, packaged with similar shorts featuring The Adventures of Superboy and other DC Comics superheroes.

Where to Watch: 34 episodes (40%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 34 episodes (40%) are available to stream on a subscription service (DC Universe). 18 episodes (21%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 4 services (iTunes, Google Play & 2 others).

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12. Legion of Super Heroes

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55/100
Year: 2006-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 2
Action & Adventure, Animation

What it's about: Legion of Super Heroes is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. Animation that debuted on September 23, 2006, and is based on characters owned by DC Comics. The series centers on a young Superman's adventures in the 31st century, fighting alongside a group of futuristic superheroes known as the Legion of Super-Heroes. The show was produced by its main designer James Tucker, a co-producer of the Justice League Unlimited series, for the Kids' WB line on The CW network. The series drew on the rich history of the Legion of Super-Heroes, taking inspiration from stories set during all time periods of the team's nearly 50-year history in comics. Continuity is internally consistent but is not shared with any previous incarnation of the Legion, either animated or in print. The series was cancelled after its second season.

Where to Watch: 5 episodes (19%) are available to stream on a subscription service (DC Universe). 26 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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13. The New Adventures of Batman

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51/100
Year: 1977-2021Rated: TV-PGSeasons: 1
Action & Adventure, Animation

What it's about: The New Adventures of Batman is an animated series produced by Filmation in 1977 featuring the DC Comics superheroes Batman and Robin, and Batgirl. In The New Adventures of Batman, the "Dynamic Duo" fights crime in Gotham City, encountering the classic Batman rogues gallery as well as some original villains. Complicating matters is Bat-Mite, a well meaning imp from another dimension called Ergo, who considers himself Batman's biggest fan. As a result, he wears a variant of Batman’s costume and attempts to help him, only to often create more problems (although he is occasionally an asset). Missing is Alfred, the faithful butler of Batman's alter ego Bruce Wayne.

Where to Watch: 14 episodes (88%) are available to watch free online (Tubi). 16 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (DC Universe). 16 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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14. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

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84/100
Released: 1993Rated: PG
Family, Animation

What it's about: When a powerful criminal, who is connected to Bruce Wayne's ex-girlfriend, blames the Dark Knight for killing a crime lord, Batman decides to fight against him.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & DC Universe) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play & 3 others).

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15. Batman: Gotham by Gaslight

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63/100
Released: 2018Rated: R
Animation, Action & Adventure

What it's about: In an alternative Victorian Age Gotham City, Batman begins his war on crime while he investigates a new series of murders by Jack the Ripper.

Where to Watch: Available to stream on a popular subscription service (HBO MAX & DC Universe) & rent or buy from $3.99 on 3 services (iTunes, Microsoft & Vudu).

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