Franchise Profile: Warner Brothers

A profile of the main cast of characters behind Warner Brothers’ most successful franchises.

DC Comics

Films (selected, from live-action adaptations):

    • Batman: The Movie (1966)
    • Superman (1978)
    • Superman II (1980)
    • Superman III (1983)
    • Supergirl (1984)
    • Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
    • The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)
    • Batman (1989)
    • Batman Returns (1992)
    • Batman Forever (1995)
    • Batman & Robin (1997)
    • Steel (1997)
    • Catwoman (2004)
    • Batman Begins (2005)
    • Superman Returns (2006)
    • The Dark Knight (2008)
    • Watchmen (2009)
    • Jonah Hex  (2010)
    • Green Lantern  (2011)
    • The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
    • Man of Steel (2013)
    • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) (not released)
    • Untitled Justice League film (TBD) (not released)

Notable directors: Christopher Nolan, Zack Snyder, Tim Burton, Bryan Singer, Martin Campbell,

Notable screenwriters: Christopher Nolan, Jonathan Nolan, David S. Goyer, Greg Berlanti, Chris Terrio

Notable actors: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Lawrence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon, Holly Hunter, Ryan Reynolds, Christian Bale, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Liam Neeson, Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Aaron Eckhart, Christopher Reeves, Brandon Routh, Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Margot Kidder, Kate Bosworth

Other notables: Bob Kane, Frank Miller (yes, Frank Miler)

Harry Potter

Films:

    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
    • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
    • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire   (2005)
    • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
    • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Part 1 (2016) (not released)
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Part 2 (TBD) (not released)
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Part 3 (TBD) (not released)

Notable directors: David Yates, Chris Columbus, Alfonso Cuarón, Mike Newell

Notable screenwriters: Steve Kloves, Chris Columbus, David Heyman, Mark Radcliffe, David Heyman, Michael Goldenberg

Notable actors: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Alan Rickman, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Mark Williams, David Bradley, Ralph Fiennes, Helena Bonham-Carter, Gary Oldman, David Thewlis, Imelda Staunton

Other notables: J.K. Rowling, David Heyman, Lionel Wigram

The Lord of the Rings

Films:

    • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
    • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
    • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
    • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
    • The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (2014) (not released)

Notable directors: Peter Jackson

Notable screenwriters: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson

Notable actors: Elijah Wood, Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortenson, Orlando Bloom, Sean Astin, Andy Serkis, John Rhys-Davies, Cate Blanchett, Liv Tyler, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Hugo Weaving, Christopher Lee, Miranda Otto

Other notables: J. R. R. Tolkien, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein, Robert Shaye, Mark Ordesky, Michael Lynne

Sherlock Holmes

Films:

    • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
    • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
    • Sherlock Holmes 3 (TBD) (not released)

Notable directors: Guy Ritchie

Notable screenwriters: Simon Kinberg, Lionel Wigram, Drew Pearce

Notable actors: Robert Downey, Jr., Jude Law, Jared Harris, Noomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams, Stephen Fry, Mark Strong

Other notables: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Hangover

Films:

    • The Hangover (2009)
    • The Hangover Part II (2011)
    • The Hangover Part III (2013)

Notable directors: Todd Phillips

Notable screenwriters: Craig Mazin, Todd Phillips, Jon Lucas, Scott Moore, Ken Jeong

Notable actors: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha

Final Destination

Films:

    • Final Destination (2000)
    • Final Destination 2 (2003)
    • Final Destination 3 (2006)
    • The Final Destination (2009)
    • Final Destination 5 (2011)
    • Final Destination 6 (TBD) (not released)

Notable directors: James Wong, David R. Ellis, Steven Quale

Notable screenwriters: Glen Morgan, Jeffrey Riddick, Eric Heisserer, Eric Bress

Notable actors: N/A

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