DC Universe Shows on HBO Max

Our resident TV geeks tell you all about the —POW!—streaming delights of the DC Universe hub on HBO Max.

What is the DC Universe hub on HBO Max?

The DC Universe hub—included with your HBO Max subscription—lets you stream 140+ live-action and animated series and movies based on DC comic books. You won’t find every DC film or TV adaptation, but there’s enough content to satisfy hardcore DC fans.

Now, compelled by Wonder Woman’s golden lasso, we’ll tell you the juicy details about the DC Universe in the following guide.

How to stream DC Universe

It’s easy. Just subscribe to HBO Max (if you haven’t already), navigate to the Hubs section, select “DC,” and choose an adventure.

But, of course, you’ll need an internet connection. HBO Max suggests a minimum of 5 Mbps for HD streaming and at least 50 Mbps to stream in 4K.

DC Universe movies and shows

Like we said, the DC Universe hub doesn’t have every movie and show based on DC comics titles. But it’s still quite the library, and all future DC titles will land here. Some new Warner Bros.–produced DC movies will even premiere on HBO Max (but most will come to the service after a 45-day theatrical window).

Let’s break down the current library (and see where to stream some of the missing DC shows and movies).

DC Universe content breakdown

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DC movies on HBO Max (complete list)

It’s not often that we can list every movie on a service. But we’re showing you all 27 of the live-action DC Universe movies so you can see that it’s a quality-rich lineup. You can relive the memories of the original Superman quadrilogy and Dark Knight trilogy or experience the contemporary thrills of The Suicide Squad and Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

  • Aquaman
  • Batkid Begins
  • Batman Begins
  • Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Birds of Prey
  • Catwoman
  • The Dark Knight
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Green Lantern
  • Joker
  • Jonah Hex
  • Justice League
  • Necessary Evil: The Super-villains of DC Comics
  • Shazam!
  • The Spirit
  • Steel
  • Suicide Squad (2016)
  • The Suicide Squad (2021)
  • Supergirl
  • Superman I, II, III, and IV
  • Superman Returns
  • V for Vendetta
  • Watchmen
  • Wonder Woman
  • Wonder Woman 1984
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League*
  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Justice is Gray*

* Max Original

DC shows on HBO Max (complete list)

Are these the best DC shows on the HBO Max DC Universe hub? Well, they’re the only live-action DC series on the service. But James Gunn’s Peacemaker and Watchmen are phenomenal.

  • Batwoman
  • Doom Patrol*
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
  • Peacemaker*
  • Pennyworth*
  • Superman & Lois
  • Titans*
  • Watchmen
  • Wonder Woman

* Max Original

DC Universe HBO Max animation

If you’re wondering where to watch DC animated movies and shows, HBO Max’s DC Universe is the place. I mean, we’re talking about content based on comic books, so it’s no surprise that 102 of the 141 current DC Universe titles are animated.

Unfortunately, we can’t list all 89 animated DC movies here—but here’s a sample:

DC Universe animated movies (partial list)

  • Batman: Assault on Arkham
  • Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
  • The Death of Superman
  • Injustice
  • Justice League Dark
  • Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
  • Lego: Batman the Movie: DC Super Heroes Unite
  • Lego: Justice League vs. Bizarro League
  • The Lego Batman Movie
  • Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse
  • Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
  • Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans
  • Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

DC Universe animated series (complete list)

  • The Adventures of Aquaman
  • Aquaman: King of Atlantis*
  • The Batman
  • Batman Beyond
  • Batman: The Animated Series
  • Harley Quinn
  • Justice League
  • Static Shock
  • Super Friends
  • Superman: The Animated Series
  • Watchmen: The Complete Motion Comic
  • Wonder Woman
  • Young Justice

* Max Original

Looks can be DC-ving

Some DC Universe hub content—like Justice League Dark, Peacemaker, The Suicide Squad, and Harley Quinn—is rated TV-MA. To ensure your children don’t pick up flowery phrases or a taste for ultra-violence, use the HBO Max parental controls (see the “Settings” tab) to create age-appropriate profiles for all of your children.

DC shows missing from HBO Max

Unfortunately, not every DC movie and series is streaming on the HBO Max DC Universe hub. We’ve listed the absent content below, along with alternate ways to watch everything.

“VOD” (video on demand) means that you can rent or purchase the title on Apple TV, Prime Video, Redbox, Roku, Vudu and other services.

DC movies missing from HBO Max

  • Batman 1966 (VOD)
  • Batman 1989 (Hulu, VOD)
  • Batman Returns (Hulu, VOD)
  • Batman Forever (Hulu, VOD)
  • Batman & Robin (Hulu, VOD)
  • Constantine (VOD)
  • The Kitchen (VOD)
  • The Return of Swamp Thing 1989 (Tubi, Vudu, Plex, VOD)
  • The Return of Swamp Thing 2018 (Roku Channel)
  • Stardust (Netflix, VOD)
  • Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut (VOD)
  • Swamp Thing (CONtv, Tubi, VOD)

DC shows missing from HBO Max

  • Arrow (Netflix, VOD)
  • Batman (Tubi, VOD)
  • Black Lightning (Netflix, VOD)
  • Birds of Prey (VOD)
  • Constantine (VOD)
  • The Flash 1990 (Tubi, VOD)
  • The Flash 2014 (Netflix, VOD)
  • Gotham (Netflix, VOD)
  • Krypton (CW Seed, VOD)
  • Legends of Tomorrow (Netflix,VOD)
  • Man of Steel (VOD)
  • Smallville (Hulu, VOD)
  • Supergirl (Netflix, VOD)
  • Swamp Thing animated series*
  • Swamp Thing 1990 (Tubi, VOD)
  • Swamp Thing 2019 (VOD)

* Unavailable to stream as of Mar. 3, 2022

Pro tip: Wanna get your DC fix while you’re driving? The Max Original podcast Batman: The Audio Adventures has 10 episodes waiting to bring action to your boring commute.

HBO Max plans and pricing

Plan Price Streams Video Details
HBO Max $9.99/mo. 3 1080p, 4K View Plan
HBO Max (ad-free) $14.99/mo. 3 1080p, 4K View Plan

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Final take

The HBO Max DC Universe hub is the official and best place to watch DC movies and shows. The HBO Max streaming service already offers amazing BANG! for your buck, but the DC Universe adds heaps of value to the service with an almost-complete library of live action and animated DC shows and movies. If you’re a DC Comics fan, you should definitely subscribe.

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Methodology

We’ve watched hundreds of hours of HBO Max, including dozens of hours of content on the service’s DC Universe hub. We took that testing experience and compared it to the hundreds of hours we’ve spent with other streaming services to determine how valuable HBO Max’s plans, pricing, features, and ultimately its DC content compares. For more on our process, see our How We Rank page.

How to watch DC Universe on HBO Max FAQ

How do I stream DC Universe?

To stream the DC Universe hub on HBO Max, make sure you have at least a 5 Mbps internet connection for HD streaming (or 50 Mbps for 4K streaming), and follow these steps:

  1. Open HBO Max.
  2. Navigate to the Hubs section.
  3. Select DC Universe.
  4. Choose something to watch.

Does HBO Max have all DC movies?

Unfortunately, the DC Universe hub on HBO Max doesn’t have every DC movie. Here’s a list of DC movies and series that are missing from HBO Max—with notes on where to stream them elsewhere (if possible).

Will Batman 2022 be on HBO Max?

The Batman (2022), a Warner Bros. production, will eventually be on HBO Max after a 45-day theatrical window.

Is HBO Max free if you have HBO?

If you subscribe to HBO through a cable or satellite TV provider, or a live TV streaming service, you do have access to HBO Max at no extra cost.

Is there a DC Universe streaming service?

The original DC Universe streaming service has been replaced by HBO Max’s DC Universe hub with tons of DC Comics–based movies and shows.

Does HBO Max include DC Universe?

HBO Max includes the DC Universe hub, which contains 141 movies and shows based on DC comics characters.

Can I watch Young Justice on HBO Max?

You can watch all four seasons of Young Justice on the HBO Max DC Universe hub.

What are the best DC shows on HBO Max?

Our favorite DC shows on HBO Max are Doom Patrol, Harley Quinn, Peacemaker, Super Friends, the classic Wonder Woman series, and Young Justice.

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