The Evolution Of DC Comics’ Characters In Video Games

The Evolution Of DC Comics’ Characters In Video Games

Injustice: Gods Among Us, the latest fighting game based on the DC Universe characters, just hit the shelves today in North America. This gave us a great opportunity to ride back in time and see DC Comics characters featured in video games evolve from large dull pixels to realistic entities.

Since these games are almost as old as the medium itself, there are plenty to choose from, both good and bad. But all are memorable.

Superman (1979 – Atari 2600)

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Batman: The Caped Crusader (1988 – Multiplatform, the screenshot is from the C64 port)

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Superman (Arcade – 1988)

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Batman (1989 NES)

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The Flash (1991 – Game Boy)

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Batman Returns (1993 – SNES / Sega Genesis)

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The Death And Return Of Superman (1994 – SNES / Sege Genesis)

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Justice League Task Force (1995 – Sega CD, Sega Genesis)

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Batman & Robin (1998 – PlayStation)

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Batman: Gotham City Racer (2001 – PlayStation)

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Aquaman: Battle for Atlantis (2003 – GameCube, Xbox)

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Justice League Heroes (2006 – Multiplatform)

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Lego Batman: The video game (2008 – Multiplatform)

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Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008 – PlayStation 3 / Xbox360)

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Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009 – Multiplatform)

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DC Universe Online (2011 – PC, PlayStation 3)

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Batman: Arkham City (2011 – Multiplatform)

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Injustice: Gods Amoung Us (2013 – Multiplatform)

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What was the most memorable video game you’ve played that featured DC characters?

Sources: laffer35, chileanretrogamer, 19Imperial, Lemmy556, GeeKasterTom, arklon22, SwantoNNotnawS, RetroRevivalX, JosUltimate, Batman Wiki

Comments

  • BATMAN : THE MOVIE game on the amiga. It was the first game that ‘stunned’ me with its’ awesome graphics’. Of course now I look at it and balk, but back then it was clearly the height of technology, with the faux 3d driving and flying sections, it was amazing!

  • It’s good to see technology and developers finally being able to make a good game and make heroes seem heroic in those games.

  • If Arkham Asylum’s sequel can make the list, why not Lego Batman 2…. or should I say Lego Justice League. Seems a more appropriate title for the article given it covers a larger number of DC characters than just the one group.

  • The Death And Return Of Superman (1994 – SNES / Sege Genesis)
    (1994 – SNES / Sege Genesis)
    Sege Genesis
    Sege

    Come on! It’s a four-letter word for Christ’s sake!

  • Batman and Robin for the SNES was my most memorable. Surprised its not even on this list.
    Especially the second last level, when you either answer Riddler’s question correctly or get kicked back to the start….Was a kid back then and hadn’t been exposed to looking up stuff on the net.
    Painful!

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