Hidden DC Heroes: 5 Secret DC Films You Didn’t Know Existed

There are few hidden gems of the DC universe that many fans do not even know are a part of the superhero universe

Hidden DC Heroes: 5 Secret DC Films You Didn't Know Existed


  • Movies based on DC comics have often associated by fans as the DCEU or movies and series on Superman, Batman, and Wonder
  • There are few superhero movies based on the comics that do not receive a similar limelight and fans do not even know they are DC
  • Unveiling few hidden gems from the DC universe that would surprise many DC fans
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When you think of DC Comics, your mind likely conjures up images of caped crusaders and iconic superheroes like Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. While these beloved characters have certainly dominated the DC Universe and the silver screen, there’s a whole treasure trove of lesser-known properties hidden in the shadows. In this article, we’re going to peel back the curtain on a selection of films that you probably never realized were part of the DC family. These movies span a wide range of genres, from gritty crime dramas to offbeat adaptations, and they showcase the sheer diversity of stories that DC has brought to the big screen. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, and delighted by these cinematic gems that have quietly carried the DC insignia.


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5. RED (2010)

RED (2010)

From Homage Comics, an imprint of DC Comics. RED is based on the three-issue limited comic book series of the same name by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner. While the film takes some liberties with the source material, the core concept of retired spies coming out of retirement for one last mission is retained. The comic provides a more serious tone than the movie and focuses on the psychological effects of being a retired spy, whereas the film leans into its comedic elements while still delivering thrilling action.


RED is known for its mix of action and humor. It’s a thrilling, often hilarious, and slightly over-the-top take on the action genre, with a cast of veteran actors who clearly had a lot of fun with their roles. The chemistry between the actors, especially the interactions between Bruce Willis and John Malkovich, adds an extra layer of charm to the film. The action sequences are well-executed, and the plot keeps you engaged from start to finish.

4. The Losers (2010)

The Losers (2010)

Based on a comic book series of the same name created by writer Andy Diggle and artist Jock. The comic, published by DC’s Vertigo imprint, is a gritty and suspenseful tale of betrayal, vengeance, and survival. Led by Clay, the team includes Roque, Jensen, Pooch, and Cougar. They are joined by Aisha, a mysterious woman with her own agenda. Together, they embark on a mission to expose the conspiracy and seek revenge against the powerful figure responsible for their predicament, Max. The chemistry between the team members is a standout feature, with Chris Evans, in particular, providing comedic relief in his role as Jensen.

While the film adaptation retains the core premise and characters, it takes a more light-hearted and comedic approach compared to the darker and more mature themes of the comic series. The characters in the comic version are typically more morally ambiguous, which contrasts with the film’s more heroic portrayal. The Losers is a fast-paced action-comedy that combines high-octane set pieces with a healthy dose of humor. It’s a story of camaraderie and revenge as this group of misfits takes on a seemingly unstoppable adversary. The film doesn’t take itself too seriously, offering an enjoyable blend of action and humor. It’s a fun, popcorn-munching action movie that doesn’t aim to be overly profound but succeeds in entertaining its audience.


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3. Road to Perdition (2002)

Road to Perdition (2002)

A crime drama set during the Great Depression. The film follows Michael Sullivan, a hitman for an Irish mob boss, John Rooney. Sullivan is highly regarded for his efficiency and loyalty to Rooney, even though they’re not blood-related. Sullivan’s son, Michael Jr., inadvertently witnesses a violent incident, which sets off a chain of events leading to a tragic rift between Sullivan and Rooney. Fearing for their lives, Michael Sullivan and his son embark on a perilous journey, a literal “road to perdition,” seeking both revenge and redemption. Pursued by the ruthless assassin Harlen Maguire and Rooney’s enforcers, the father and son must navigate a world of crime and violence while trying to maintain their humanity.

Road to Perdition is based on a graphic novel of the same name, written by Max Allan Collins with artwork by Richard Piers Rayner. The graphic novel was initially published by DC Comics’ Paradox Press imprint. It takes inspiration from real historical events and characters while presenting a fictional narrative. The comic and the film both share the core premise of a hitman seeking vengeance while protecting his son, but they differ in certain aspects, including the character motivations and the setting. The graphic novel is also notable for its stark and moody black-and-white artwork. Director Sam Mendes crafts a visually stunning and emotionally resonant film that explores themes of family, loyalty, and the consequences of violence.


2. A History of Violence (2005)

A History of Violence (2005)

Mild-mannered and quiet family man Tom Stall runs a small diner in a small town. His life takes a dark turn when two dangerous criminals attempt to rob his diner, and Tom defends himself and his customers with unexpected and lethal proficiency. Tom becomes a local hero, but this notoriety draws the attention of menacing gangsters from his past. The film delves into themes of identity, the consequences of one’s past actions, and the blurred lines between good and evil. As Tom’s dark history is gradually revealed, his family is drawn into a world of violence, and he must confront his own demons to protect them.

Based on a graphic novel written by John Wagner and illustrated by Vince Locke. Published under the Paradox Press imprint of DC Comics, the graphic novel is a stark and gritty examination of violence, identity, and redemption. The film adaptation takes the core concept of a man with a hidden, violent past but makes certain changes, including the setting and character motivations. While the source material focuses more on Tom’s psychological journey, the film emphasizes the impact of his actions on his family and community.

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1. V for Vendetta (2006)

V for Vendetta (2006)

A young woman Evey Hammond becomes involved with a mysterious freedom fighter known as “V”. V wears a Guy Fawkes mask and a cape, and he’s on a mission to inspire the people to revolt against the oppressive government. He uses elaborate schemes, theatrics, and acts of terrorism to send a message that change is necessary. Evey gets caught up in V’s campaign, and as their paths become intertwined, she begins to question her own beliefs and the nature of the regime she lives under. The film explores themes of political oppression, individuality, and the consequences of an apathetic society, and it follows Evey and V as they embark on a journey of rebellion against a totalitarian government.

V for Vendetta is based on the graphic novel of the same name written by Alan Moore and illustrated by David Lloyd. The graphic novel was originally published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint. Alan Moore is known for his complex and socially conscious storytelling, and “V for Vendetta” is no exception. The film adaptation captures the essence of the graphic novel while making some changes and streamlining the story for the medium of the film. Both versions have had a significant cultural impact, with the mask worn by V becoming an emblem of protest and resistance movements worldwide.

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Written by David Moya

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